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Jimmyb 17-04-2010 05:27 PM

REVIEW: WJ Rough Country 4" lift from Morris4x4.com
 

Well my new 4" Rough Country lift turned up in Australia. Grabbed the 4" Extreme kit from Morris4x4.com in the USA. Dealing with the owner of the shop, Eric was a breeze via email. Even following up with tracking of the items was great getting onto their website and being able to talk to someone live providing I got the time differance right.

Its a pretty complete kit. Everything you need including coils, shocks, adjustable front lowers, swaybar disconnects, bumpstop extension, rear shock relocation brackets, A-frame spacer, tranny spacers and various other bits. Also got included in the purchase a new steering stabaliser.

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All up working on my own had it all installed in about 9 hours. Looking at my hands now, I have busted two knuckles and have various cuts but alas its all in.

The front was as I would expect from a 4" lift. Starting off with removing the lower control arms and fitting the new ones, remove and replace shocks then onto the coils. With the new 4" coils, I was able to get one side in ok, but the other side ended up having to use spring compressors.

The disconnects are a two piece unit. The 90 deg knuckle on the top threads onto the actual link. I think the thread was a bit sketchy as they didnt wind on very well but will a little encouragement they went on. Also included is a bracket to allow you to hook the swaybar up and out of the way when wheeling.

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The kit came with an adjustable track bar, but its for the US left hand drive. I have just kept the OEM track bar in for the moment until I can remanufacture the adjustable one. Its only out by approx 10mm so not a big issue. The front coil rates seem to be really nice, I like a soft coil and these are that.

Moving onto the rear, well it was a bit of a headache. Removing the A-frame from the diff is hard, especially when I didnt have a 21mm ring spanner and only a adjustable shifter. I ended up getting out from under the Jeep and heading to Supercheap to buy a ring as its pretty tight under there with the handbrake cable and the brake lines to hinder movement. Once out was then easy to install the spacer with crush tubes. Only thing to note is the replacement bolts are 22mm, should have got a 2nd spanner also.

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The shocks comt with a spacer crush tube for the top, and a U shaped bracket for the bottom which allows the shocks to move inboard more to give you room for wider rubber. Getting the rears coils in even with the extended bump stops wasnt much of a headache, just needed pressure on the disk brake to push the diff right down and in they went.

I have not installed the tranny drop spacers yet, as I have taken it for a drive on the road and theres no vibes at this stage so may leave them out, wait and see.

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Still trying to decide if I am going to go 265/75 16 or 285/75 16 Mickey MTZ's. By all measurements the 285 is a 32.8" and the 265 is a 31.6

Not much differance really, but even with the stock 245/70 16's on there looks like it might be tight when flexed. Will probably end up with the larger ones providing the width is ok and they dont stick out from the guards.

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Once I get the rubber on will get out on some tracks and get some flex shots also and let ya all know how it rides.

Thanks again to Eric from Morris4x4.com for all your help mate!

CRDSTU 22-04-2010 04:39 PM

Looks pretty groovy Jimmy, very involved by the looks but looks great.

Once you've got the poops with that let me know and we'll install one of my Clayton's 6" LA Kits in ;)

Im seriously thinking of buying my Brothers' 01 Laredo V8 and putting in one of the Kits I have here.....Ive also got a few sets of new Yukon 4.56's ratios for WG's...

turbomart 08-05-2010 06:39 PM

The offset rear shock bracket is a nice inclusion , although I suspect mine caused the early demise of my shocks, its puts a lot of side-ways strain on the shock seal when flexing.

Jimmyb 09-05-2010 08:00 AM

Not overly happy with the shock length. IMHO they could have been prob 3-4" longer. They seem to be the limiting factor for flex. They are a great length for a 2" lift but to get more droop need longer. Might be something to look into down the track.

Also the inclusion of front adjustable uppers might have also been a good inclusion.

The only other complaint is that the supplied lowers are a little noisy, some clunking going on down there.

xj-tj wozza 10-11-2014 01:27 PM

How much was the shipping from Morris4x4.com? Because I have been looking at a similar kit for my TJ and I was just a bit put off because they don't display how much th shipping costs are

Doctor W 08-10-2015 01:41 AM

I've bought from Morris' before quite a few times and they always give you a price for shipping .......they email you pretty fast (within 12 -18 hours) from a real live person who you can then email back or phone and discuss anything, more personal than Rockauto.

Paul wj jeep 05-11-2015 09:14 PM

Would it be legal to do that lift in Western Australia I was told not that's why I did the 2in lift wish I'd did more checking with the cops. It looks good at 4 in nice jeep


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Morris4x4Center 07-11-2015 03:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xj-tj wozza (Post 1501697)
How much was the shipping from Morris4x4.com? Because I have been looking at a similar kit for my TJ and I was just a bit put off because they don't display how much th shipping costs are

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Originally Posted by Doctor W (Post 1552290)
I've bought from Morris' before quite a few times and they always give you a price for shipping .......they email you pretty fast (within 12 -18 hours) from a real live person who you can then email back or phone and discuss anything, more personal than Rockauto.

Hey! Apologies, just seeing this. Doctor W, thank you for being a Morris 4x4 customer.

xj-tj wozza, shipping US->AU needs to be quoted. We are working towards a shipping estimator that will allow you to see this number live. For now, our international shipping team picks up after you request a quote (as quickly as possible!).

From what I've seen on forum discussions, Morris 4x4 prices plus shipping still save you (sometimes lots of) money compared to local options. We always price match every product, and AJOR members receive a discount with the forum promo code (good for 10% off I believe).

- Morris 4x4 Web Team

Wooders 27-12-2015 10:37 AM

Back to the Product I recently had a customer bring one in and I was a little surprised at 2 aspects.
1. The spherical ball in the flex joint looked like it was straight off the lathe. It was quite a rough finish and certainly not chromed or polished.
2. The arms themselves are mild steel seemed pipe - basically water pipe and only about 5mm wall. On the long arms it's even bent making it weaker again.

The spherical ball being poorly finished will result in accelerated wear and of the maybe 10 brands of arms with "flex" joints this is the first I have seen this.
Also those arms have used the MUCH stronger DOM, Chromoly or other quality steel in the arms themselves. And usually at least as thick if not more.

Reason I mention this is because it's the sort of thing a lot of people won't notice at first glance.


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