(approx) 4 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- How to Install Rough Country Front or Rear Lower Adjustable Control Arms on your Wrangler
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I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com and this is my review of Rough Country's adjustable control arms fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs. These will also work on the longer wheel base LJs. You can purchase these as a kit of all eight or as pairs. Any time you lift your Jeep, the axles will move toward the center line of the vehicle. So in order to get them re-centered in the wheel wells, you'll need a set of adjustable control arms. Also, when you lift a solid axle vehicle like a Jeep, you will change both the pinion angle and the caster angle of both axles. Having adjustable controls arms will let you dial those angles back in. A bad pinion angle can cause a vibration and premature drive train wear, and lack of caster angle can give you a flighty feel on the highway. If you have a non-Rubicon TJ and you're lifting over four inches, you'll probably want to run a slip yoke eliminator and CV driveshaft and you'll also need some adjustable control arms to reset your pinion angle. A set like this will get all of those jobs done. These control arms are single adjustable instead of double adjustable, which does make it a little bit more difficult to get your angles dialed in. However, once you set it up once it's not something you have to change often, and these are going to be a little bit less expensive than those double adjustable arms on the market. These do have spherical joints at one end, which are gonna provide a lot more articulation and performance off road. These control arms are really beefy. These things are gonna be strong and they're gonna hold up to whatever abuse you want to throw at them. They have a factory style rubber bushing on one end. Again, they have that spherical bushing on the other that provides you with 20 degrees of articulation on your upper arms and 35 degrees on your lower arms. What that's going to allow is for the axle to articulate and move, giving you more flex off road and keeping more tires in contact with the ground more often, which all leads to more traction. These joints are completely rebuildable. In fact, they come out of the box disassembled. The assembly process is really easy with the included tool that Rough Country gives you. Getting these control arms installed on your Jeep is gonna be pretty easy, although there are quite a few steps because you have to unload the axles in order to do so. Installing these while installing a lift kit will cut down on doing a lot of steps twice. If you're installing these and you aren't installing a lift kit at the same time, you'll have to first support the Jeep from the frame and then disconnect or loosen anything that keeps the axles from drooping. So that will be your sway bar links, your shocks, and possibly your brake line extensions. From there, you can completely droop the axle and remove the springs. Once the axle is unloaded, you'll be able to remove one control arm at a time and replace it with whichever control arms you're swapping out. Again, these are available as a kit of all eight or as individual pairs. Once you have the control arms placed back on the Jeep, you can check your pinion angle and your caster angle and make adjustments as necessary. The whole process could take four hours or more depending on the tools you have on hand. Speaking of tools, you can get this done with traditional hand tools, but if you have access to air tools and especially a lift it'll definitely speed up the process. These control arms are going to be a little bit less expensive than some of the other adjustable control arms on the market. Now, some of those other control arms will have additional features like possibly being double adjustable, but mostly what you're paying for with a control arm are the joints. I know that in the past Rough Country has had a bit of a bad reputation for making a part that doesn't last quite as long as it used to. But in my opinion, Rough Country has definitely turned things around in the last couple of years and they built a control arm that will definitely hold up and last. And, even if they do wind up wearing out, they're completely rebuildable. So it really comes down to your build and your budget. If you have the budget for one of those big name control arms that has additional features and you want that, they're definitely available. However, if you want to save a couple of dollars but you still need something that's adjustable, this is a nice way to go. So, whether you lifted your Jeep and you're looking to re-center the axles in the wheel wells or you need to adjust your pinion and caster angles, a set of adjustable control arms is the way to do that. And if you're on a budget and you don't want to spend the money for those top brand control arms on the market, this is a nice, less expensive option. So that's my review of Rough Country's adjustable control arms fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.
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Rebuildable. These upgrades drastically extend the longevity of the joints themselves since they are completely rebuildable for easy maintenance and adjustments. A few quick twists and your joints will be as tight as the day you installed them. Upper Arm X-Flex joints pivot up to twenty degrees, while Lower Arm Joints are capable of a staggering thirty-five Degrees pivot range.
Fitment: This Front or Rear Lower Control Arm kit fits 1997-2006 TJ Wrangler and 2004-2006 TJ Wrangler Unlimited. Recommended for models with 0in - 6.5in suspension lift kits
Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details
Rough Country 11900
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March 31, 2019
Broke a factory lower control arm on my TJ .. replaced them with these Rough Country control arms .. great !! Quality is outstanding.. took approximately two hours to install .Helpful (2)
November 08, 2018
Easy install better steering control
Install was very straight forward good instructions. Really tighten up my overall ride. Previous control arm bushings were shot. Less than 2 hours to install.Helpful (9)
August 02, 2018
Wow these will last a long time user tough conditions with no problem. Easy lube ports to keep everything greesed and moving right.Helpful (9)
July 22, 2018
The reason i titled my review fixed is because i had the dreaded deathwobble. After installing rough country adjustable control arms the problem was fixed. I highly recommend this product.Helpful (11)
April 22, 2018
Bought a Jeep for my daughter it has a 4” lift, real hard to handle. Took it to a mechanic to get alignment. Said need the control arms to be longer. Ordered front rough country adjustable control arms, they shipped very quick. Had mechanic install them, the Jeep handles 100 better. They did the trick on getting a perfect alignmentHelpful (10)
February 16, 2018
rear control arms
great product, well made, was able to get rear pinion angle inline after lift kit was installedHelpful (11)
January 15, 2018
My old Control Arms were wore out. These are a great up grade to the smaller ones that came with the lift. Easy to install well once i got the old ones off.Helpful (13)
December 06, 2017
New Design of X-Flex
Just got these shipped. I noticed the X-Flex joints are already built and look much stronger than the previous design. The joint is now solid and only requires removing the snap ring. I checked with Rough Country and they confirmed this is the new design and can still be rebuilt. I am a little disappointed that there were already a couple chips in the paint but I know I didn't buy top of the line so I am ok with it.Helpful (12)
October 10, 2017
Good Quality and Fast Shipping!
Recieved this product within 2 days and i was very impressed with the quality. Easy install. Very happy and would recommendHelpful (11)
October 01, 2017
Getting front ones now Rear work awesome. Good fit. Satisfied customerHelpful (13)
Does the control arm use 1/2 inch bolts?
This will reuse your stock bolts.
How long do the stretch out I need 31” I have 6” lift on my rubicon
With the Rough Country Front or Rear Lower Adjustable Control Arms, you will need to measure to ensure this is installed at the proper length, as every lift and tire will be slightly different.
What is the replacement rubber bushing for these
For replacement bushings for these control arms we recommend reaching out to Rough Country. They will have them available for purchase directly.
Range of adjustment? What is the range of adjustment on this product. I am replacing existing after market control arms for a 2.5" lift. What is the range of center to center mounting bolt length.
These control arms will fit your lift. They are intended for use on models equipped with 0 - 6.5 inches of suspension lift.
What is the range of length on this product I have a 99 TJ with a 2.5" skyjacker lift on it. The skyjacker control arms are rusting out. The skyjacker shocks have been long traded out with new shocks. I want to replace the lower control arms with this product, but need to verify that the I can adjust them to the length needed to match up with the old skyjacker control arms.
I don't know what your skyjacker control arms measured, but these are adjustable to fit up to 3" lift.
(approx) 4 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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