INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR: RE7124 2 DOOR JK

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR: RE7124 2 DOOR JK
RUBICON EXPRESS 3290 MONIER CIR., RANCHO CORDOVA, CA. 95742 916-473-4600
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR:
RE7124 2 DOOR JK WRANGLER
RE7144 4 DOOR JK WRANGLER
4.5” SUPER-FLEX SHORT ARM SUSPENSION SYSTEM
Application Notes:
1) The transmission skid plate must be removed and will not be reinstalled due to drive shaft clearance.
2) It is necessary that a front CV drive shaft be used in conjunction with this lift on either 2 or 4 door models. It is also
recommended that a rear CV driveshaft is used on both 2 and 4 door models.
Safety Warning:
Suspension systems or components that enhance the off-road performance of your vehicle may cause it to handle differently, on and off-road, than it did
from the factory. Care must be taken to prevent loss of control or vehicle rollover during sudden maneuvers. Failure to drive the vehicle safely may result
in serious injury or death to driver and passengers. We recommend you always wear your seat belt, drive safely and avoid quick turns and other sudden
maneuvers. Constant maintenance is required to keep your vehicle safe. Thoroughly inspect your vehicle before and after every off-road use.
Installation Warning:
All procedures described in these instructions were performed while the vehicle was properly supported on a vehicle lift. Use caution when
supporting the vehicle as removing and installing parts will change the vehicle center weight. Rubicon Express recommends that chassis support
jacks are always used at the front and rear of the vehicle during the installation of a suspension system.
We recommend that certified technicians perform the installations of our products. Attempts to install these products without knowledge or experience
may jeopardize the safety of the vehicle. These instructions only cover the installation of our products and may not include factory procedures for
disassembly and reassembly of factory components. Read instructions from start to finish and be sure all parts are present before disassembling the
vehicle. Included instructions are guidelines only for recommended procedures and in no way are meant to be definitive. Installer is responsible to insure a
safe and controllable vehicle after performing modifications. Do not perform test drives on public roads with partially completed installations. Always
double and triple check your work before use.
ESP WARNING NOTE: The 2007+ Jeep Wrangler JK is equipped an Electric Stability Program (ESP). This system is designed to help control
the vehicle in times of uncertain traction conditions and roll stability. Due to the complex nature of this program Rubicon Express strongly
suggest that after lifting the vehicle it is returned to the dealer for a computer “flash” to re address tire size and proper ESP control settings.
Rubicon Express also recommends that you become familiar with the ESP controls and how the different level of settings can help you to keep
better control of your vehicle.
WHEEL NOTICE: If using factory wheels it will be necessary to purchase 1.5” wheel spacers to provide proper clearance
to suspension components. Otherwise aftermarket wheels with 4.5” back space measurement will be required.
KIT CONTENTS
RE1143
RE1157
RE1371
RE1376
RE1380
RE1387
RE1530
RE1540
RE1607
RE1675
RE1680
RE2610
RE3750
RE3752
RE3755
RE3757
Gen2 Sway Bar Disconnects
Rear Sway Bar End Links
(2 Door) RE1372 (4 Door) Front 4.5” Coil Springs
(2 Door) RE1377 (4 Door) Rear 4.5” Coil Springs
2” Front lower bump stops
Rear bump stop pad
Front SS brake line set
Rear SS brake line set
Rear Lower Track Bar Bracket
Front HD Adjustable Track Bar
Front track bar bracket
JK drag link
JK Super-Flex Front Lower fixed arms
JK Super-Flex Front Upper Adjustable arms
JK Super-Flex Rear Lower fixed arms
JK Super-Flex Rear Upper Adjustable arms
TYPICAL TOOLS REQUIRED
Basic mechanics hand tools. Optional floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks for ground installation.
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PRE INSTALLATION NOTE:
Control arm bushings are pre-lubed during initial assembly at Rubicon Express. As general maintenance the control arm bushings should be
lubed with a silicone base grease as needed. Silicone base grease can be purchased at your local auto parts store.
The Super-flex joints are also pre-lubed during initial assembly at Rubicon Express. As general maintenance the super-flex joints should be
greased as needed and the outer spanner nut tightened on the joint. Any type of grease will work on the Super-flex joints. Spanner nut
tools are available through Rubicon Express (RE3771 & RE3772) if needed for tightening of the joints.
INSTALLATION OVERVIEW
The installation process can be broken down into the following tasks:
1. Installation of front control arms, track bar and bracket, coil springs and bump stops, shocks, and brake lines, Sway bar
disconnects.
2. Installation of rear control arms, track bar bracket, bump stops, coil springs, shocks, brake lines, and sway bar links
3. Final detailing and adjustments.
Step 1 – Front arm and component installation
A.
With the vehicle and axle properly supported prepare the front end suspension component installation by removing the following
items; shocks, sway bar links, and track bar. These items will not be reinstalled on the vehicle.
B.
Remove the brake line attaching screw at the frame but keep the brake system sealed at this time. Unclip the abs wires from
there attaching points for additional length. Lower the breather hose clip on the shock tower approximately 4”.
C.
Lower the axle and remove both coil springs.
Front arm Installation
A.
Remove the passenger’s side factory upper and lower control arms.
NOTE:
It will be necessary to cut the upper control arm bolt off at the frame end to remove the passenger upper
front arm. This is due to the bolt being installed from the inside out prior to the exhaust installation from the factory.
Alternatively the head pipe assembly can be removed to pull the bolt out of the frame bracket. If choosing to unbolt the
head pipe be sure to disconnect all O2 sensors before removal. (photo 1)
B.
Set the upper arms to an initial setting of 18.75” center to center. With the supplied ½” bolt install the Super-Flex end of the arm
into the frame pocket for the upper control arm and the fork of the arm over the bushing mount on the axle. Use the factory
hardware thru the fork end of the arm.
C.
Using the factory hardware install the lower arm into the frame pocket and the flex joint to the axle. The bend in the arm will be
towards the center of the vehicle allowing for proper tire clearance. Both arms need to have the zerk fittings facing up to avoid
trail damage.
D.
Repeat steps A – C on the driver’s side.
E.
Loosely assemble all hardware on the control arms. When the vehicle is back on the ground under its own weight torque upper
control arm bolts to 70ft/lbs and lower control arm bolts to 90 ft/lbs
NOTE:
It will be necessary to re-adjust the upper arms during the final check to properly set the castor angle.
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Photo # 1
Photo # 2
Front bump stops and coil springs
A.
Place the front bump stop (RE1380) on the center of the lower spring mount on the axle tube. Insert a center punch thru the
center hole in the bump stop and mark the hole to be drilled. Drill the marked hole to 5/16”, use the supplied self-tapping bolt to
secure the bump stop to the lower spring cup.
C.
Raise the small diameter end of the Rubicon Express coil into the upper spring bucket and over the lower spring cup and bump
stop. Then raise the axle to seat the upper mount and rotate the coil to properly index in the lower mounts.
NOTE:
If the axle cannot be dropped far enough from the frame due to brake line or ABS wire length to install the coil springs
remove the bump stop and insert it into the coil. Then slide the coil over the stock axle mount and re-install the bump stop bolts.
(PHOTO # 2)
Front Track bar
A.
Install the front track bar over the factory track bar mounting location on the frame. Using the supplied spacer and hardware
secure in place to mark the hole to be drilled into the coil bucket. Remove the track bar bracket, drill the marked hole to ½” .
Reinstall the track bar bracket and tighten all hardware.
B.
Set the track bar at an initial setting of 32 5/8” center to center. This measurement may vary due to the weight of your vehicles’
front end. We advise to pick a common point on both sides of the axle and then cross measure to the opposite side frame rail.
By cross measuring, you are assuring the axle is centered under the vehicle.
C.
Using the factory track bar bolt, install the bushing end into the axle mount. Attach the Super-Flex end of the track bar to the
previously installed frame mount using the supplied hardware. The bend on the track bar will be with the elbow up to clear the
front differential cover.
NOTE:
It may be necessary to use a ratchet strap to pull the axle to the drivers side and install the track bar. Otherwise wait
until the vehicle is on the ground under its own weight to install the track bar at the frame end. Moving the steering wheel back and
forth will assist in connection the track bar if the vehicle is on the ground.
Drag link installation
A.
Remove the factory drag link from the pitman arm and passenger knuckle.
B.
Ream the passenger knuckle top down with tapered reamer (RE2612 or Snap On R-121) sold seperatly.
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C.
Set the new drag link to match the length of the factory drag link being sure to have equal tie rod end engagement in
both ends of the drag link tube.
D.
Install the draglink top down into the newly tapered hole in the passenger knuckle and as it came out of the pitman
arm. Install nuts to 50 ft/lbs, and tighten to the next slot for the cotter pin. Install cotter pin to lock nut.
Front brake lines, shocks, and sway bar links/disconnects
A.
Remove and replace the front brake lines with the included stainless steel brake lines. The lines are left and right specific, when
installed the 90 degree leader from the caliper should be leaning away from the tire. (photo 4, front shown)
B.
Depending on what shocks have been purchased with the suspension system, it may be necessary to reuse the sleeves and bar
pins from the stock shocks. If this is necessary be sure to lubricate the sleeves or bar pins during removal and most importantly
during re-installation.
C.
See supplied instruction sheet for the front sway bar link / disconnect information (RE1143). This kit contains all parts necessary
to be used on a Jeep Rubicon model with factory electronic disconnect as well as X and Sahara Jeep models.
Photo # 4
Photo # 5
Step 2 – Rear arm and component installation
A.
With the vehicle and axle properly supported prepare the rear end suspension component installation by removing the following
items; shocks, sway bar links, and track bar at the frame only (loosen the track bar bolt at the axle). The shocks and sway bar
links will not be reinstalled on the vehicle.
D.
Remove the brake line attaching screw at the frame but keep the brake system sealed at this time. Unclip the abs wires from
there attaching points on the axle brackets for additional length. Remove the two nuts holding the E-brake cables to the bottom
of the body.
E.
Lower the axle and remove both coil springs. The rubber isolators will come out with the coil and must be reinstalled with the
new coil springs.
Rear track bar bracket and factory track bar (photo 5)
NOTE: With the installation of the rear track bar bracket you may notice that at ride height, the axle is
not completely centered under the chassis; this is intentional. The reason for such offset at ride height
is to allow for proper tire to frame, and/or control arm clearance. Centering the axle under the chassis
at ride height may cause the tire to contact the frame and/or control arm which may result in tire
damage or failure!
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A.
With the axle properly supported remove the driver’s side rear lower control arm from the frame and axle.
B.
Place the new track bar bracket over the factory track bar mounting point on the axle while aligning the two 3/8” holes on
the back side of the lower control arm bracket. Loosely install the two 3/8” bolts, washers, and nuts thru the lower control
arm bracket and track bar bracket.
C.
Install the 9/16x3.5” bolt thru the factory track bar location being sure to use the supplied spacer to keep the factory
bracket from collapsing. Tighten the two 3/8” bolts to 35 ft/lbs then tighten the 9/16” bolt to 90 ft/lbs.
D.
Using the supplied 9/16x3” install the factory track bar into the new bracket. Install the nut on the back side near the coil
spring but do not tighten at this time.
Rear Arms
E.
With the axle already supported and the driver’s rear lower arm already removed install the Rubicon Express Super-Flex
control arm with the rubber bushing at the frame and the Super-Flex Joint at the axle. Reuse all factory hardware for
arm installation and make sure the zerk fitting is on top to avoid trail damage. (Photo 6)
F.
Set the rear upper control arms to a base line setting of 17 5/8” center to center. This measurement may vary
depending on driveshaft angle and JK model. Install the arm with the Super-Flex joint at the frame and the rubber
bushing at the axle. Reuse all factory bolts and nuts for attaching the upper arms. (Photo 7)
Note:
It will be necessary to re-adjust the upper arms during the final check to properly set the pinion angle.
Rear bump pads, coil springs, and sway bar links
A.
Remove stock coils
B.
Install the two bump pads (RE1387) on top of the axle housing using the supplied 3/8” hardware.
C.
Using the factory spring isolator place the rear coils up into the upper mount and over the lower mount. Raise the axle into
place just enough to keep the coil spring from falling out.
D.
Install the supplied links (RE1157). Install the drivers side link to the outside of the sway bar and lower axle mounting point.
On the passengers side install the link on the outside of the sway bar link and lower axle mount.
Rear brake lines and shocks
A.
Remove and replace the rear brake lines with the included stainless steel brake lines. The lines are left and right specific and
when installed the 90 degree leader from the caliper should be leaning away from the tire. (photo 4, front shown)
B.
Depending on what shocks have been purchased with the suspension kit it may be necessary to reuse the sleeves and bar
pins from the stock shocks. If this is necessary be sure to lubricate the sleeves or bar pins during removal and most
importantly during re-installation.
Photo # 6
Photo
#7
Step 6 - Final details and adjustments
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A.
Install wheels, verify all coils are properly seated shocks installed and lower the vehicle.
B.
Check the front track bar for axle center, adjust as necessary.
C.
Tighten all control arm and track bar rubber bushing hardware. Use factory specs where factory bolts are used.
D.
Properly bleed brake lines per factory manual and check for leaks and a firm pedal.
E.
Manually disable the factory ESP system before the first test drive. (Refer to owners manual for the disable procedure) Note the
location of steering wheel while driving in a straight line and any driveline vibrations.
F.
Adjust drag link to center the steering wheel. NOTE: Centering the steering wheel is highly critical for proper ESP function.
Minimum factory caster and maximum factory toe-in is the recommended initial setting for alignment (see Troubleshooting as
well).
G.
Adjust upper control arms if necessary for proper front castor angle and rear pinion angle. NOTE: Shown below is a diagram of
proper pinion angle for a CV style drive shaft (see Troubleshooting as well).
H.
I.
Retighten all bolts after 50 miles and again after every off road excursion.
After all adjustments have been made, Rubicon Express recommends that your local Jeep dealership “flash” the computer to
adjust for proper tire size and ESP control settings.
TROUBLESHOOTING
Rear driveline:
Acceleration vibration: Caused by the pinion being too high in relation to the transfer case output shaft. Adjust upper control arm to lower
pinion accordingly.
Deceleration vibration: Caused by the pinion being too low in relation to the transfer case output shaft. Adjust upper control arm to raise
pinion accordingly.
High speed wobble:
It is a condition where front tires will shimmy after hitting a bump. Avoid bias ply tires and wheels with excessive offset. Check for worn or
loose parts. In most cases a reduction of positive castor will eliminate this condition.
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