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TJ Track Bar Relocation Bracket

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


tjDYERSBURG, TENNESSEE— There’s an easier way to get the right angles after lifting your Jeep TJ, thanks to Rough Country’s new TJ Track Bar Bracket. This heavy duty bracket lets you keep your track rod in the stock location on the axle. Utilizing this bracket alleviates the task of drilling a new axle mount point so close to the original, meaning a faster and easier install with more peace of mind. This kit works perfectly with a stock track bar on a 4″ lift, or an adjustable, factory-style track bar on 6″ lifts. This kit also includes an extended pitman arm, allowing you to drop the drag link thus promoting a longer lifespan for tie rod ends – a common weak point on lifted Jeeps. Made with durable 1/4″ plate steel, the TJ Track Bar Bracket is ready to protect at all times, even under intense off-road action. This kit retails for $99.95
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High Clearance Dual Steering Stabilizer

Monday, July 18th, 2011


DYERSBURG, TENNESSEE— Running larger tires? Reclaim your ride quality with Rough Country’s Dual Steering Stabilizer for Jeep TJ/XJ/LJ/MJ. Stabilizers that hang below the axle are incredibly vulnerable in off-road applications, however, this high-clearance stabilizer mounts above the axle, providing greater clearance than any other dual stabilizer design on the market. When running tires 33″ and up, a dual stabilizer can be a huge help in improving steering control. Works on stock height up to 6.5″ lifts. Gain the increased vibration dampening you need and prevent wobbling with this 50/50 valved dual setup. Installation is quick and easy, with a 100% bolt-on installation process. Retails for $99.99 Read More→

DYERSBURG, TENNESSEEWho says your daily driver and your weekend warrior can’t be the same vehicle? The 4″ N2-Series Kit for Jeep TJ was engineered by Rough Country’s Research and Development Team to give the perfect blend of off-road performance and smooth highway ride. A set of application tuned, lifted coil springs are included in this kit along with a set of tubular lower control arms outfitted with rubber Clevite bushings for the best in vibration dampening. The 4″ N2-Series kit also includes a tubular transfer case drop kit, track bar bracket; and a full set of extended sway bar links. Most notably this kit is outfitted with the all-new N2.0 Shock Absorbers, nitrogen charged and specifically tested and tuned for TJ applications. This allows for a super smooth highway ride and outstanding control in rugged off road situations from the same shock. The 4″ N2-Series Kit for Jeep TJ retails for $499.95 Read More→

Rainbow City, AL, 1/24/10 – Rusty’s is proud to annouce the addition of two new gusset kits to help solidify that Dana 30 axles for Jeep Wrangler JK and TJs, XJ Cherokees and ZJ Grand Cherokees.

The kit for the JK Wrangler is part #ADS30JK. The Rusty’s JK gusset kit is a 6 piece bracket kit that will reinforce your axle and add strength. Laser cut from ¼ inch steel. The gussets are precision cut to fit the axle and weld into place. With tires getting larger and the trails getting tougher, this is a small price to pay to strengthen your axle housing.

The kit for TJs, XJs and ZJs is part #AG330. The Rusty’s model 30 gusset kit is a 3 piece bracket kit is designed for a model 30 in an XJ, TJ or ZJ. It will reinforce your axle and add strength. Laser cut from ¼ inch steel. The gussets are precision cut to fit the axle and weld into place. With tires getting larger and the trails getting tougher, this is a small price to pay to strengthen your axle housing. Read More→

Jeep TJ Deluxe Cable Shifter:
Finally there’s a solution to alleviate that problematic Jeep TJ transfer case shifting mechanism!  Advance Adapters now offers a heavy duty shifter designed to correct the binding, hard shifts, and slipping-out-of-gear that is inherent when lifting a Jeep TJ or when altering the drivetrain components.  The kit replaces the body mounted mechanical system with a robust cable actuated designed that creates a crisp and carefree shifting experience with your transfer case.  P/N 715543-231 or 715543-241.
Jeep JK Cable Upgrade:
Advance Adapters now offers a new deluxe cable shifter upgrade for Jeep JK vehicles.  This new heavy duty design was created for the off roader who is constantly shifting the transfer case in and out of various ranges.  The improved cable & mounting system offers both a durable and dependable system that removes the easily worn out or broken factory cable system.  P/N 715596.
Atlas 4 Speed:
For a while now, questions & anticipation has been building around the availability of the ‘next generation’ Atlas 4 speed.  Well, wait no longer.  Advance Adapters is happy to announce the re-release of this epic product.  Some progressive features include a new planetary shift mechanism, the input gear & planetary shaft supported by tapered roller bearings to accommodate the higher thrust loads of larger engines & tires being used today, and a 300M output shaft.  Still in development is a flat towing lubrication system which will be an upgrade option for all versions of Atlas cases.

Selectable design allows Jeep owners to control suspension balance and roll stiffness in a way that was never before possible

Alliance, NE – April 2010: The SwitchBlade Swaybar from JKS Manufacturing is the industry’s first variable rate anti-sway bar for Jeep vehicles. This high performance replacement for the factory anti-sway bar can be adjusted by the user to improve vehicle performance both on- and off-road. Unlike single- or dual-rate anti-sway bars that offer limited or no tuning capability, the SwitchBlade Swaybar allows the user to match the level of swaybar resistance to virtually any vehicle, terrain or driving style. With five unique settings from which to choose, the vehicle owner gains control of roll stiffness in a way that was never before possible. Read More→

Rough Country 97-06 Jeep TJ Long Arm Upgrade Kits

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Dyersburg, TN Long arm performance is now available at an affordable price and it’s no surprise that Rough Country is the company to do it. The new 97-06 Jeep TJ long arm upgrade kit is available for TJ’s already lifted 4 to 6 inches. This kit delivers great features such as high clearance Y-link front design, high clearance four link design in the rear, rebuildable x-flex joints, and heavy duty quarter-inch steel control arm mounts. As always, all Rough Country kits include their 100% satisfaction guarantee and “If you have a problem, we will fix it” warranty.

For more information about the new 97-06 Jeep TJ Long Arm Upgrade Kit, please contact Rough Country Suspension Products at or call 800-222-7023 today! You may also contact Rough Country to find an authorized dealer near you, or visit the “Dealer Locator” link at

About Rough Country:

Formed in early 1970’s, Rough Country Suspension Products was one of the founders of the off-road industry and today is one of the fastest growing manufacturers and marketers of lifted suspension packages and off-road accessories for both 2wd and 4wd trucks and SUVs. Rough Country Suspension Products is owned by Heckethorn Products. Heckethorn Products has a storied history in the automotive aftermarket that includes inventing the first steering stabilizer for military Jeeps in the 1950s. As a complete supplier, Rough Country Suspension Products offers retailers, jobbers, and consumers an opportunity to purchase products the market is demanding.

Jeep Rubicon Locker Bypass

Tuesday, April 1st, 2003

Jeep Rubicon Locker BypassJeep really nailed it right on the head when they released the Wrangler Rubicon. With dual lockers, Dana 44 axles at both ends, 31″ tires and more, there is little more that a Jeeper could want from an out-of-the-box rig.

One area where the Jeep Rubicon does fall just a bit short, however, is the way the lockers are set up to work. Most-likely designed the way they are for safety and liability reasons, the lockers only function when the transfer case is low range.

Who cares, right? If you are sitting there asking that, then perhaps you’ve never been mired in a mud bog, been on a snow run, or hit the sands of Glamis. In these, and certainly other situations, low range just isn’t going to cut it. You need 4WD high or you’re stuck. Therein lies the rub.

So there you are, stuck on a sand dune, nailing it with all you’ve got and you’re doing nothing but watching your fronttire sit still and maybe once in a while catch a little traction. Meanwhile, the rear is catching a bit now and then, thanks to the limited slip in the Rubicon, but it’s still not grabbing on like the real locker would. Oh, if only you could turn on those blasted lockers!

Well, don’t tell your service writer this, but a few Jeepers got their thinking caps on and put their eyes on the Jeepservice manual schematics long enough to figure out how to trick the computer into letting him use his lockers in high range. There are several ways of doing it, and Bill Snowden (Willie G) chose the method shown here. Follow the easy steps below and you’ll be well on your way to locking ‘em up, too.

But first – a little disclaimer. Obviously, if you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t do the modification. Also, we canshow it to you, but we haven’t tried it ourselves here at RC HQ and we certainly won’t be held responsible for showing you kids how or telling you to do it. Using lockers in high range, especially on the road, can be very dangerous, which is why the good folks at Jeep wired them the way they did. So do the modification at your own descretion, be careful, and if you goof something up, don’t blame us. If you choose to try this yourself, you assume all risk associated with the use of any information contained within this article. And don’t be surprised if your service writer figures out what you’ve done and says no to your next warranty claim. That said, read on…

As with most electrical installations, the first thing you’ll need to do is disconnect your battery. Then disassemble part of your dash. Begin by prying up the defroster vent panel by the windshield. You can use a flathead screwdrive or, like Bill, you can pick up a real trim tool from your Jeep dealer for about $3. Pry the trim in several places along until it pops out.

Rubicon Locker Bypass
Rubicon Locker Bypass

Once the vent is out of the way, you will see two Phillips head screws. Remove these, and this will allow the center dash bezel to be carefully pulled off by pulling straight out and upward.

Rubicon Locker Bypass

Rubicon Locker BypassThe HVAC controls and the switch panel will be exposed. There are four screws that hold the switch panel in place,. Remove them and pull the panel out of the dash. In the photos here, you’ll see the toggle switch for the lockers already installed. Bill chose to use an aircraft-style switch with a safety cover to activate the locker bypass. The switch used in this install is an inexpensive $10 switch. If you go topless and/or doorless often, we’d recommend using a military-spec switch. They are dust and moisture-proof and they do cost more, but they are worth it in the long run. You can get these from Kilby Enterprises.

Looking at the back of the toggle switch, there is a red wire with a white stripe. If this wire is connected to the vehicle ground, it tells the computer that the transfer case is in low range. The computer will then allow the lockers to engage, as long as the vehicle is going less than 10 mph. The object of the modification is to trick the computer into thinking the transfer case is in low range, in order to allow the lockers to be turned on.

Take a piece of wire and tap into the red/white striped wire, and run this to your switch. Then tap into the black wire and run that to other pole on the switch. When the switch is turned ON you will be able to use the lockers in any transfer case range. With the switch in the OFF position, the lockers operate in low range only.

The safety toggle switch was used in order to prevent accidental use of the modification. Although any switch will work, or no switch at all, we do recommend this type of switch for the safest installation. See the chart above for other wiring options. The photos below should help you with the wiring. Click each one for a larger view.

Rubicon Locker Bypass
Here you can see the red/white and black wires.
Rubicon Locker Bypass
Wires clipped on to stock harness.
Rubicon Locker Bypass
Close-up of wires on harness.
Rubicon Locker Bypass
Switch mounted on center dash bezel.

Put everything back together and go test your Jeep out in a safe location. That’s all there is to it!

Jeep Wrangler TJ Transmission MountOne thing that every Jeeper will eventually need to replace on their trail rig is their transmission mount. It’s one of those unavoidable things that just go with the territory when using (abusing?) our Jeeps.

How do you know when your tranny mount has given way? Well, if it’s really far gone, you won’t have a whole lot of wondering to do, especially if you have a manual transmission. I discovered my shot mount on the Project TJ one day at the top of a 4+ hill while leaning far over to the side and desperately calling for a winch line. With the Jeep perched nearly on its side, the entire driveline was able to shift over to the driver side, allowing the manual shifter to get pinned against the Tuffy center console. The weight of the transmission and Atlas II transfer case was enough to make the shifters not want to movein any direction. Once I was safe at the top of the hill and on level ground, everything flopped back into place and was fine. There’s the clue!

Once I got the Jeep home I got out my floor jack and a block of wood. I put the wood on top of the jack and placed it all underneath the engine’s oil pan. I slowly jacked it up until there was just a little pressure under the oil pan and cranked slowly while watching over the transfer case skid plate. Sure enough, the driveline went up and I could plainly see that thetransmission mount had come apart.

I took a quick ride to the Jeep parts counter and picked up a new stock replacement transmission mount and headed backhome, sure that this was a do-it-yourself job that I could easily handle in my driveway. For once, I was absolutely correct in my assumption!

Swapping a transmission mount on a Jeep Wrangler TJ is a simple job that requires nothing more than a floor jack, a block of wood if the jack isn’t tall enough to reach, and some simple hand tools.

I chose to go with the Jeep mount for two reasons. First, it was immediately available at the dealer. Second, though there are aftermarket companies making polyurethane mounts, I have heard that some allow a noticeable difference in driveline vibrations coming up into the tub of the Jeep, and I already have more of my share of vibes to deal with.

Follow along as we guide you step by step through the installation:

Jeep TJ transmission mount repairStep 1
Be sure you have your parking brake on and the Jeep in gear (if manual) or in Park (if automatic). Also be sure to chock your wheels in case the Jeep decides to move. Remember, safety first! Also, be sure to wear safety glasses, as there will be plenty of dirt and rust falling from the bottom of the Jeep as you work under there. Place a block of wood on the jack. This not only helps it reach the oil pan on lifted Jeeps but also will spread out the pressure so you don’t dent the pan. Lift the jack until you just barely begin seeing the Jeep lift. This is for driveline support only.
Jeep TJ transmission mount repairJeep TJ transmission mount repair
Step 2
Underneath the transfer case skid plate, you will find 4 bolts. Note that our skid plate has been modified slightly for an Atlas II transfer case so your case may differ just a bit. Regardless, you will have these 4 bolts. The bolts hold the tranny mount to the skid plate. Remove the nuts on each one.
Jeep TJ transmission mount repairStep 3
Remove the six large bolts holding the skid plateto the frame of the Jeep. Be prepared! As you remove these bolts, plenty of rust and dirt will fall all over you. Protect your eyes! We recommend loosening all six bolts almost all the way and then removing them by hand the rest of the way out one by one. Remember, once they are out, the skid will fall. Be ready, as it’s very heavy! Bend your knees up to help support it as it comes down. Slowly ease it down onto your chest androll it out from underneath the Jeep.
Jeep TJ transmission mount repairNote
Here you can see the tranny mount while the skid plate is half-removed. You can clearly see that the rubber bottom has come loose from the main part of the mount. Yikes!
Jeep TJ transmission mount repairNote
With the skid plate dropped, you can plainly see how the tranny mount gave up. The metal rod that goes between the tabs had come loose when the tabs bent outward. Gonzo!
Jeep TJ transmission mount repairStep 4
The tranny mount is attached to the transmission by four more bolts. Simply remove them and catch the mount as it falls loose.
Jeep TJ transmission mount repairNote
Here you can see the old mount in two pieces (left) and the new mount (right). This is a very typical failure for this mount and is to be expected on any rig hitting the trails or high-mileage rigs, in general.
Jeep TJ transmission mount repairStep 5
Finishing the job is a piece of cake. Simply attach the new mount with the 4 bolts then the skid plate, then the bolt the skid back on to the frame just enough to hang it. The skid is the toughest part. Lay it on your stomach and using your knees for support, get it back up in place. If you have a gut, you can push with that, too. Finally, with the skid still slightly loose but in place, align the four mount holes and get the nuts on them. Then tighten the skid up to the frame and follow up by tightening the nuts down on the mount. You’re done! Don’t forget to remove the jack!
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