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Rough Country Front or Rear Lower Adjustable Control Arms (97-06 Wrangler TJ)

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  • Clevite OEM, Style Rubber Bushings
  • Fully Greasable.
  • Completely Rebuildable X-Flex Joints
  • Adjustable Retainer Ring
  • Increased Longevity
  • Upper Joints Pivot Up to 20 Degrees
  • Lower Joints Pivot Up to 35 Degrees
  • Allows for Greater Articulation Off-Road
  • Fits Either Front or Rear
  • Recommended for Models with 0in - 6.5in Suspension Lift Kits
  • Designed for 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ Models
  • Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    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.

    Please note: All Rough Country products are subject to a handling feeQuality Control Arms. With their ball-in joint, massive 2.5" diameter body, and huge 1.25" threads, these X-Flex Joints offer considerable range, strength, and safety for off-road applications. Rough Countrys X-Flex Joints now also feature Adjustable Retainer Rings, allowing you to preload the bushings by compressing them prior to install. A threaded chamber inside the housing offers the ability to modify the amount of compression on the bushings and friction on the spherical ball at any given time by simply adjusting the end retainer ring using our included adjustment tool.

    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 

    Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods.

    Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

    What's in the Box
  • (2) Lower adjustable control arms
  • Flex joints
  • Hardware
  • Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Will it fit my Wrangler?
    • TJ - 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
    • TJ Rubicon - 03, 04, 05, 06

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    5/5
    Adjustable Strength

    Initially purchased to stop the 2.5” lift springs from hitting the spring stops on the passenger side when fully extended off-road. Although the adjustable control arms did not accomplish this, I was able ...

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    5/5
    Perfect

    I bought a pair for the front and the rear.These arms bolted right up. I was trying to get my factory wheel base back, and a little more suspension articulation (wheel base can be shortened by the installation ...

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    Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    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.

    Tdawg

    • These control arms will fit your lift. They are intended for use on models equipped with 0 - 6.5 inches of suspension lift.

      NicoleD

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    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.

    Tdawg

    • I don't know what your skyjacker control arms measured, but these are adjustable to fit up to 3" lift.

      03JeepTJ

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    • 5/5

      April 08, 2017

      Adjustable Strength

      Initially purchased to stop the 2.5” lift springs from hitting the spring stops on the passenger side when fully extended off-road. Although the adjustable control arms did not accomplish this, I was able to regain caster adjustment since this vehicle was not set up with caster bolts. The strength and quality of the adjustable control arms were better than expected. The grease zerk’s for lubrication of the joints should provide years of extended service any vehicle is put through. Once the correct length of the control arms are obtained, large locking nuts will keep the adjustment in place. After adjusting for 5* of wheel caster on a 2003-TJ, I found the vehicle was drawing to the right when running the crown of the road. Back to the garage; using a plumb-bob off the lower mounting bolts of the front control arms and rear shock mounts to the floor, it was apparent the wheelbase was 1/8” shorter on the right side. With one additional turn (longer) on the right front lower control arm moved the axle 3/16” forward, which corrected the vehicle wanting to draw right. With this kind of adjustment available, I would recommend Rough Country’s adjustable control arms to anyone. The spring stop rubbing the coil spring issue when fully extended was solved by removing the spring, cutting a pie shape piece from the stop, bending rearward, welding in place and reinstalling the spring; problem solved. Good luck with your projects

      DonA

      Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      July 14, 2016

      Perfect

      I bought a pair for the front and the rear.These arms bolted right up. I was trying to get my factory wheel base back, and a little more suspension articulation (wheel base can be shortened by the installation of lift kits). The new arms were a big improvement over the stock ones. Assembly is required on the articulation side of the arm, but I didn't mind. Helped my ride as well. GOOD STUFF

      BIGD

      Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      January 14, 2016

      RC LCA are a great buy. They seem very durable.

      The units them selves are beefy. Looks as they would hold up well. Nice design on the pivot end. Went together well.

      Wrangler2005LJ

      Year: 2005Illinois, USA

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    • 4/5

      September 21, 2015

      Heavy Duty Built

      Control arms seem to be heavy duty. Will have to see how they do. Easy to install. Took about 1 hour from start to finish.

      Baffle

      Year: 2005Alabama, USA

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    • 5/5

      June 12, 2015

      Excellent way to adjust caster for steering stability.

      When I bought a 1998 TJ it was hard to tell anything about the steering. It was a scary ride home! 33" mud tires (which turned out to be under inflated) plus an uncertain steering box required attention to keep it in it's own lane. After I fit some 18" Dodge Charger wheels with street tires I could get a better handle on what needed done. It would not hold a straight line. When we did the alignment toe was off a bit, camber was good but caster was almost vertical. Someone had installed a lift kit and the lower control arms were too short. When I received the adjustable control arms I was pleasantly impressed. The heim joints are much better than the rubber bushings and gave mare articulation for off road. Assembly of the front joint was easy and I hid the grease fitting between the joint and axle where it wouldn't get knocked off. I will probably remove the bolt to grease it...no big deal! Back to the alignment machine. Jacked in more caster. Much better but still not right. Eventually we found that the steering box was severely over-tightened. With that adjusted all things were good! It now steers with a couple of fingers. On a flat road I can release the wheel and it tracks very well. I wouldn't have been able to get this without the adjustment made available on the control arms. I would buy them again 'cause I would have to!!

      YamahaYZ250

      Year: 1998Houston, TX, USA

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    • 3/5

      May 15, 2015

      Rough Country lower adjustable control arms

      Fit well, joints went in well and added good flex to the jeep. I would buy again.

      Br78

      Year: 2002St. George, UT, USA

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    • 4/5

      May 15, 2015

      Contrail arms

      Over all good product. Easy to install and for well

      Fkoeppen7

      Year: 2002Texas

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    • 4/5

      May 14, 2015

      Control arms

      I replaced my bent control arms with these Rough Country Control arms. I would recommend these arm's! VERY strong!! I just took the old arms off, Assembled the swivel jounts as directed with the instructions, Placed the new arms over the old arms from Eye to Eye, Lined up, Matched the eye holes up than placed under axles for fit, Tightened everything down. Works great! Good Flex, Very strong! should last years! Very east to install! Would recommend these for anyone who is on a tight jeep budget or just wants "overkill strong" control arms! I am very pleased.

      Hutchmp5

      Year: 1997Big Bear Lake, Ca

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    • 5/5

      February 19, 2015

      Rough Country Adjustable Lower Control Arms

      These arms are definitely much more heavy duty than stock. The install was pretty straightforward, as long as you have the right tools. The X-Flex joint did not come assembled so make sure you have some heavy duty snap ring pliers and they will go together pretty easily. I have put about 300 miles on these and they tightened up my front end quite a bit. Haven't had a chance to test them off-road, but they look like they can take a beating. Very satisfied so far.

      Jolley

      Year: 1999Charleston, SC, USA

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    • 5/5

      February 15, 2015

      An excellent upgrade

      The Rough Country Front Upper and Lower Control Arms are an excellent, impressive heavy duty off road upgrade over the stock suspension. They have exceeded my expectations.Jimbo

      Drifter

      Year: 2003Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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    • 4/5

      October 01, 2017

      Great

      Getting front ones now Rear work awesome. Good fit. Satisfied customer

      SharonB

      Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      August 30, 2017

      Very sturdy parts

      Fit great. Allows me to upgrade or downgrade my 4" lift. I did have trouble finding a shop with a 1 3/4" wrench that is needed to adjust the large nut and install them, but I did find one. I installed both front and rear sets.

      BOW75

      Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      August 30, 2017

      Well made with beefy bushings.

      Direct fit for my 99 TJ with a 3 in lift. Real helped the daily ride and the pounding when in the dirt. Easy install.

      AikenSCBlackTJ

      Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      June 27, 2017

      Did the job with some adjust ability over stock

      Purchased these for adjustability to correct bad pinion angle on a 4" lift. Heavy duty and overall heavy compared to stock, but will need a large wrench to tighten the lock nut down once installed. Only downside is to adjust, you have to remove completely, but it got my pinion angle back to normal.

      CollinK

      Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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    • 5/5

      June 15, 2017

      Rough Country front lower and upper control arms

      I have to admit I was skeptical about purchasing these Rough Country front upper and lower control arms for my 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, but I'm very pleased. A great price and these are really heavy duty, very well built. I've tested them off road and they have held up well. I will be purchasing Rough Country upper and lower rear control arms soon. I installed them myself without any problems. That saved me a lot $$$ Thanks for suppling a great product Extreme Terrain! PS: I have a four inch lift kit on my Jeep. These had more than enough adjustment.

      DavidB

      Year: 2003Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 4/5

      June 11, 2017

      Worked great

      Everything went together great. Lots stronger than stock

      Jordan13

      Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      June 06, 2017

      Quality

      These are very durable, HD control arms for the price! Would buy again.

      201TJ

      Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      May 19, 2017

      Feel great

      After installing them in my Jeep I felt a difference instantly great product at a great price

      Jay

      Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      February 03, 2017

      Heavy duty

      Works great. Live in Michigan and reusing hardware is a joke. Replaced bolts using 9/16. Not bad installing. Lifted the front alittle more because of the longer arms. Overall satisfied

      AndruA

      Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      January 16, 2014

      heavy duty

      These are by far the most heavy duty ones I found. I definitely recommend.

      fubar

      Year: 2006iowa

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