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Old September 6th, 2006, 05:20 PM   #1
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RUBICON EXPRESS now offers a tri-link system for ’97-‘06 Jeep Wranglers. The main feature of the kit is the modification of the long upper control arms to triangulate the rear suspension for lifted applications and removal of the rear track bar. All necessary hardware is included. The kit is 100% bolt on and can be installed by most home mechanics.
Wheel travel is at a maximum and all beneficial for conquering any obstacle or off -road situation without compromise. Drivers will feel more confident both on the trail and on the street due to more predictable handle and more control. Never before has a vehicle been so competent for dual-purpose use than the Jeep Wrangler fitted with a RUBICON TJ EXTREME DUTY SUSPENSION with the tri-link conversion.

When you decide to do this type of suspension lift, make sure that you won’t change your mind. There are many brackets and mounting points that either are removed or modified by installing this lift.
The directions that come in the box from the manufacture (Rubicon Express) are not very detailed so you have to look at the pictures in the directions and try to figure out what they exactly mean.
I will be inserting pictures to describe exactly what was done as I was doing the conversion. This kit is also available as an upgrade to the extreme duty kit.


The first thing you want to do when you get the kit is make sure everything you need is there. I can tell you from experience, I started installing the kit and after removing the stuff the directions requested and started putting together the Tri-link kit, at the bottom of the third page of instructions there is a note that tells you. “If retrofitting an original Long-arm kit to the Tri-link you also need to order RE 4450”

Didn’t find this out until two days into the install, and had to order the new heim-joint ends. Then a week later, when they arrived had to dis-assemble the upper arms and install the bigger size new heim-joints.




Fortunately, the new heim-joints are also supplied with the proper ratchet adapter to remove the old heim-joints.







The upper and lower holes that match the triangulated cross-member have to be drilled into the upper control arm brackets that are attached to the axle. Note that the springs have to be removed to gain access with a drill. I drilled out the upper holes first, which is where the original long-arm was attached. When everything was in place and proper, I drilled out the bottom holes and placed the proper bolts in place.




Well that’s pretty much it hope everyone can enjoy this write-up and if anyone has any questions please feel free to e-mail me: rockdoggtj@comcast.net
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Old September 6th, 2006, 08:10 PM   #2
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Done one awhile back, there really not that bad to do.
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Done one awhile back, there really not that bad to do.

I never really said that were bad/hard to do, all I was stating is that the instructions they send are very vague, and if your doing the Tri-link as a retrofit you need to order the RE 4450 kit also. they don't tell you that when you're ordering it, you have to figure it out yourself. if your doing a new kit, such as never had the longarm before then the new upper arms are already the correct size.

plus the fact that the TJ actually changed a little in '03, and they send all the hardware for all years from '97-06 whether you need it or not

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