Trail Master suspension systems are uniquely designed to allow vehicles to take on the most extreme off-road trails, yet remain quiet and dependable for everyday driving. To do this, we design our systems to limit excessive wear and tear on factory ball-joints, steering components and reduce noise and vibrations. Making sure everything is durable and reliable is why our suspension systems include items such as, high-grade alloy steel- tube control arms, Flex-joint bushing technology, precision laser cut bolt-holes, CNC machined spindles, CNC press-brake formed brackets, and much more. Our suspension systems also come complete with everything required to properly raise your vehicle without having to order or purchase extra components. Find out why more people prefer a quality Trail Master Suspension, than other suspension kits on the market.
So I bought this kit as an economy kit for my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo toy. For the money it was perfect. If you buy this kit, please note the following experiences I had;
-Track bar does not line up with axel mount after install. Had to use a 5K LB ratchet strap to torque it in to place.
-The kit tells you to remove upper control arms (for some un-Godly reason). The instructions NEVER tell you to re-install the upper control arms. This will result in the axel rotating forward and the sway bar links will not line up and the coil springs will curve. I attempted this with the front...FAIL on the company. Made no sense.
-The kit says to remove the rear upper control arms also for install (never says to re-install), I DID NOT DO THIS STEP, it was stupid and irrelevant. Nor did I disconnect the rear sway bar and the kit installed perfectly in the rear. I simply dropped the rear axel, pulled old springs, lower control arms and through in the new ones. Simple and fast.
-Rear track bar relocation bracket in the kit does not match the one in the instructions. The one in the instructions looked very different and required drilling. The bracket that actually came in the kit required no drilling but WAS NOT an EXACT fit by any means. It was very off-center and resulted in the 1/2 bolt holding it on only having a few thread on the nut to hold it in place.
-The kit says it doesn't include a transfer case lowering kit, but it did include 1" cross member lowering spacers.....
-I do have a louder rumble in the front end now. I don't notice a decrease in handling regardless of the rumble. I went 70 mph down the highway and it drove fine.
-Had to buy several new bolts cause the old ones were rusted and either broke or had to be cut off. This kit should come with ALL NEW REPLACEMENT HARDWARE, since it is designed for a vehicle that is over 20 years old.
-Lastly, the instructions are absolutely terrible and need to be written by someone who understands mechanics and instructing. The instructions are written in a "professional mechanic to professional mechanic" way, SO if you do not understand vehicle suspension and basic mechanics, you are going to have a difficult time installing this kit.
By Chief from Colorado Springs, CO
You Get What You Pay For!!!
There are 2 ways to lift a vehicle: 1) Longer Springs; 2) Stiffer Springs. These springs are only about 1" longer than the stock springs so obviously they have a much higher spring rate. My Jeep rides like a 1 Ton truck. I've had many Jeeps and lifted every one of them and have never had this rough of a ride.
Also, the lower control arms are not only SHORTER than stock????? But they are also not offset where the tubing meets the bushing ends, so they still BIND just as soon as the factory LCAs do when they hit the spring cup/shock mount. You both need LONGER LCAs to correct caster/pinion angle, and OFFSET tubing to clear the axle brackets. Why else would you install aftermarket control arms??
By T-Fluff from Springfield, MO
The install took most of the day working by myself. I recomend the addition of an adjustable front track bar and heavier sway bars to complete the lift. 31 inch tires are the max i would run after the lift. Kit was well made, and all parts function properly.
i filled out all the drop boxes on the select vehicle tab. 1998 zj laredo 4x4 i6 4.0 but it says this is not compatible with my vehicle? but i read that it is compatible with all models even the AWD. what is the true compatibility of this part on my zj?
zj n00b from dallas, tx on
Hello ZJ Noob,
This kit will fit all 1993 to 1998 Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee. Any models or motor sizes. Thank you for the question.
RK from dallas, tx on
I have a 98 zj limited with a 6 cyl and I believe a 249 transfer case will this be a good fit for my jeep will I get drive line vibrations if so whats the best way to deal with that
brian from Spencer Ma. on
Yes, the Trail Master 3.5 Inch Lift Kit with NGS Shocks T/MTM3835-40013 will fit your vehicle application. We suggest installing a Transfer Case Lowering Kit 3/4" XJ/ZJ R/ERE2120. Thank you.
from Spencer Ma. on
can it be put on a 4 all the time 97 jeep grand cherokee laredo?
dubya from cypress, tx on
Yes, the Trail Master 3.5 Inch Lift Kit with NGS Shocks will fit your vehicle application. Thank you.
Since the late 1980's Trail Master Suspension has been a trusted name in the off-road industry for suspension components that will get the job done at a reasonable price. Trail Master produces off-roading full suspension systems, shock absorbers, leveling kits, steering stabilizers and accessories for a variety of trucks, Jeeps and SUVs. Trail Master designs its products for the hardcore off-roader but at a price point for the weekend-warrior. Each complete suspension system is designed for and tested on each individual vehicle application, as are the leveling kits. To accompany its lift kits and leveling kits Trail Master has its own line of SSV shock absorbers meant for off-road use with extra wheel travel and fade free performance. Shop Trail Master Now