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Clearance problem with 5.5\" Rubicon Kit

I have a 99 wrangler that I swapped a dana 44 in the front of it. I have the Rubicon Express extreme duty kit and I am having clearance problems with the front driveshaft. I am in the process of installing the lift now. With the frame on jack stands and the suspension relaxed I cant even hook up the front driveshaft because it is hitting on the new skid/cross member. I have the disconnects hooked up too. I cant imagine what clearance issues I would have if they werent hooked up. Anyone running this kit? or heard of any problems with this. It looks like I have to cut the skid plate to get some more clearance. I am going to call rubicon and see what they have to say.

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Re: Clearance problem with 5.5\" Rubicon Kit

I have heard of that problem with tall lifts. With almost 6in of lift I am going to assume that you have a SYE, and that you probably didn't drop the Tcase. I have heard that dropping the case one to one and a half inches can sometimes solve the problem. However, cutting the skid also works.
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Re: Clearance problem with 5.5\" Rubicon Kit

Dropping the skid plate is not an option with the Rubicon extreme duty kit on a TJ.

I just got off the phone with rubicon and they said that they have heard of the problem before and people have to cut the plate. What a pain in the butt! This plate is made of 1/4" steel. I guess I will get out the grinding wheel and see what damage I can do to the plate. You would think for a $2400 kit that has been on the market for a while would have corrected this by now. There have been a few things that have not impressed me on this kit. One example... The rear shocks have a wopping 9.5" of travel! Not exactly impressive. The coils havnt even relaxed yet before the shocks are fully extended.
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Re: Clearance problem with 5.5\" Rubicon Kit

Get out your jigsaw. It will make quick work out of that 1/4"

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Re: Clearance problem with 5.5\" Rubicon Kit

my wifes jeep with the RE 4.5" kit has the same problem with the stock crossmember when the jeep is on a lift(frame lift). it never touches while wheeling though...truth is.. if both front tires are off the ground, a little driveshaft rubbing isnt going to do much.
I have the long arm kit on my tj, and the rear flexes almost infinately.. I have limiting straps in the rear to keep the tires out of the fenders.
the front on my RE long arm skidpan has a channel in it... sounds like a job for the cutting torch to me....
be thankfull you dont have the early long arm kit... the center doesnt unbolt and you have to just about remove both axles to work on any drivetrain parts. my jeep actually has the prototype/ very first RE long arm kit..
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