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3" Lift, 31x10.50s rubbing


 
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etc2na
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:01 pm    Post subject: 3" Lift, 31x10.50s rubbing Reply with quote

I just finished a 3" lift and put bigger tires on her. The front tires are an inch closer to the back side of the wheel well than the front. When I turn the wheels to the stops the tires rub the inside of the wheel well. Is there an adjustment for that?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what you wrote, I'm not sure where you're exactly having the problem.

First, you mention the tire being closer to the rear of the fender well than the front. That's an issue that adjustable control arms can fix. However, you may be limited how much you can "push" the axle forward to recenter the tire due to the arc the control arms travel through. The axle and tire will move forward as the suspension compresses.

Later, you mention rubbing the inside of the wheel well. This is a backspacing problem. You can do the simple fix and adjust your steering stops to prevent the wheels from turning as far. This will decrease your turning radius. Or you could do the expensive fix and get yourself new wheels with less backspacing or a set of wheel spacers to bump out your current wheels.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:39 am    Post subject: Clarification Reply with quote

It's not a back spacing problem. The spot where the tire is rubbing the wheel well is where it and the fender meet. It's actually the plastic molding covering the fender in the wheel well that is getting rubbed.

The stock lower control arms look like they could be shifted forward a 1/2" or so where they mount at the frame. Is that enough? If not, I guess I need suggestions for adjustable control arms... Thanks.

I'm too dumb to figure out the pic post, here's a link. The first pick shows the spacing between fender and tire, the second shows where it's rubbing.

http://photos.yahoo.com/etc2na
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You pretty much have 2 options. The first one is what ehirner said, adjustable control arms to help center the axle in the wheel wells. The second is trimming the fenders/flares back a little to clear the tire. You'll probably have to do this as well...if it's rubbing onroad now, once it gets offroad, it's going to rub everywhere.

http://jeephorizons.com/tech/xjfender.html

I've since gone much larger, cut the fenders waaay back and put on TJ flares to keep it legal....but the above writeup will show you how I first did it before I had things like dremel tools and angle grinders.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im personally going to install adjustable control arms to center my axle, then later when I go bigger I'll start cutting and trimming.

Cutting and trimming is cheaper, but sometimes doing it right is well right
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 1:33 pm    Post subject: Rather not cut... yet Reply with quote

Any suggestions on which control arms to go with?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rubicon Express or JKS adjustable arms would be good options.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was eyeballing the same two compaines. I currently have the JKS trackbar and man talk about beefy.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:58 am    Post subject: Control arms Reply with quote

Thanks for the help.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rustysoffroad.com sells some pretty beefy powder coated adjustable control arms...$169 for a pair of uppers and the same for a pair of lowers.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheBrat97 wrote:
rustysoffroad.com sells some pretty beefy powder coated adjustable control arms...$169 for a pair of uppers and the same for a pair of lowers.

They lack locknuts and have too much play in the threads. They wear fairly quick and aren't worth the expense.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They lack locknuts and have too much play in the threads. They wear fairly quick and aren't worth the expense.

That is some good info. My brother was seriously looking at those. Not any more! headbang
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