With the mounting holes enlarged, the new track bar can be put into place. It features a r
The Fabtech kit utilizes the stock steering. To get the angles correct, a dropped pitman a
Next, the coil springs can be squeezed into place. Make sure to install the extended bumps
All that is left to finish up the front is to install the shocks and the extended brake li
With the front done, it is time to handle the rear suspension. It is fairly similar to the
The Fabtech suspension system also includes much longer upper and lower rear arms to provi
It is fairly common on TJs that get used for their rear lower track bar mount to crack--an
Since the new arms rotate the axle upward slightly for proper driveshaft angle, the factor
To get the angle right on the rear track bar, a new bolt-on mount is used in the rear to r
A new upper mount is also used to lower the upper end of the rear track bar. With both new
Next the bumpstop extensions can be installed and the coils squeezed into place.
After the coils are in, the shocks can go on and the rear suspension is finished.
Finally, the new Fabtech subframe can be welded onto the frame. It is not fully welded to the frame, but rather along three small tabs to provide some extra strength. Once done, the vehicle can be put on the ground and the track bars checked for proper alignment.
Longer is Better
So is it really worth extra time, cutting and welding to install a long-arm kit onto your TJ? Well, it depends upon what you intend to do with your rig. Since we wanted the most articulation we could get, it was definitely worth it for us. Longer control arms allow for more travel and articulation simply through their length. While the explanation involves some physics, there is a very easy way to visualize it by using your body. Stick your arm straight out in front of you. Now, using your elbow as a pivot point, move your hand up and down. Notice how far your hand can travel. Next, lock your elbow and use your shoulder as the pivot point. It is very easy to notice how much farther your hand can go up and down. If there was an axle attached to your hand it would be easy to see how much farther it could travel. Something else you should notice is how much less of an angle change there is with your hand when using your shoulder as a pivot point. This is another major benefit of longer control arms. In fact, as the Fabtech suspension system cycles through its travel, there is no pinion-angle change, making for proper suspension cycling and happy driveshafts.
Project Teal-J II, Intro
Project Teal-J II, Part 1
Project Teal-J II, Part 2
Project Teal-J II, Part 3
Project Teal-J II, Part 4
Project Teal-J II, Part 5
Project Teal-J II, Part 6
Project Teal-J II, Part 7
Project Teal-J II, Part 8
Project Teal-J II, Part 9
Project Teal-J II, Part 10
Project Teal-J II, Part 11
Project Teal-J II, Part 12
Project Teal-J II, Part 13
Project Teal-J II, Part 14
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