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Jeep Grand Cherokee Control Arm Drop
(CAD) system for ZJ


zj control arm dropGrand Cherokee Control Arm Drop kit

Excellent suspension flex thanks to our Control Arm Drop brackets up front.

Rocky Road control arm drop brackets are THE only kit for your Grand Cherokee which is NOT MADE IN CHINA!!!
All other kits are cheap in quality, strength, engineering. They are ALL made in China.
Why is that other kit on the internet $20 less... because its made in China, it is weaker, it is harder to install, and once installed... it is wobbly on your Jeep because of those kits saving a buck in their design and not having a fully welded box system for the drop.
The Rocky Road kits are MADE IN THE USA!!! Fully welded box design! And crazy strong if you could compare side by side with the chinese made stuff.

grand cherokee control arm dropSo yes, you can perhaps find a cheaper kit, but you get what you pay for. Don't bolt cheap Chinese junk onto your Jeep, go with solid American made engineering and strength!

ZJ Control Arm Drop kit installed.
Please excuse the dirt, this shot was taken off our company ZJ,
the kit was installed 17 years earlier.

Click the pic for larger view.

Misinformation is perhaps the most common item found on the internet today.
Fine if its about celebrity gossip... not so good if you are researching and spending money on parts for your baby... your JEEP!
Hopefully we can dispel some misconceptions and actually properly inform Jeepers on the subject of control arms and lifting. The common misconception we are addressing here, is that longer control arm kits are the only, and best fix for front axle mounting on a lifted Jeep. Wrong!

While aftermarket control arms can help with the castor alignment setting, they don't go as far as is possible to help with the ride quality, handling, and MAX suspension flex of the ZJ Grand Cherokee. And "long-arm" kits?? No way! Read more on those things lower on this webpage.  

So what is the best fix for control arms on taller lifts? Let's backtrack a bit to your stock Jeep...


Grand Cherokee Control Arm Drop kit

Here's what 4WD&Sport Utility magazine has to say about the Control Arm Drop system.

"The control-arm relocation brackets have got to be one of the greatest bolt-ons for a lifted Jeep. These steel relocation brackets bolt into place of the original control arms, and lower where your control arms mount. Bringing the control arms back to a more parallel position with the ground gives a much smoother ride & increases suspension droop."

And here is what customer Robert Moates thinks...

"Your CAD kit is nothing short of awesome! The pictures on your site don't do it justice. It's really beefy without being over done, and honestly it's a work of art. I was pleasantly surprised when I received the kit and it used the cross-member mounts to tie in. Installation was straight forward and relatively easy...
Not only did it relocate my front axle to the proper position under my Jeep, but the ride improvements are incredible. The only minor problem I have is now I need to make some limiting straps, but all that means is that I have plenty of flex for the trail, so that problem isn't really a problem at all. WOW! Thanks for the incredible products!"

If you view the front control arms on a stock Grand Cherokee, they sit at or very close to flat (parallel with the ground). The reason for this is control and ride quality. When you are driving, you want all the bumps and jolts to be absorbed by the springs and shocks. You do NOT want them transmitted up thru the rigid mounted control arm and into your frame (and from there right to you). Automobile engineers understand that flat arms do not transmit bad bumps and knocks into the frame. However, control arms that sit at a angle from frame to axle, end up transmitting a good deal of the impact energy (from bumps) up into the frame... and not thru the springs and shocks. Ultimately what this means is that your ride quality is diminished over what it could be. Which it really doesn't need to if the control arm issue was being addressed properly. It is a similar situation with vehicle tracking. The flatter the control arms sit, the better your Jeep will track and more stable it will feel at higher speeds. The Rocky Road CAD system flattens out the control arms to keep you riding as smooth as possible.

CAD systems are appropriate for use on lifts 3.5" or taller. We would not recommend the system for anything less than 3.5", but the taller your lift, the more this system makes sense for optimal ride quality and handling. And the CAD kits are an ideal upgrade for folks who already have new longer control arms on their Jeep. The CAD kits will make a substantial difference with stock, or aftermarket control arms!

All of our CAD systems come with a multi-point mounting system and jig-welded constructions for super strong mounting and easy installation. Kits also come with the rear mounted brace and skid guard which integrates into the Jeep's transfer case cross member for even more gusseted strength and protection. Our kits are guaranteed never to bend or dent... a lifetime warranty!

Additionally, our kits provide a camber adjustment system (many Grand Cherokees do not even have this from the factory) so you can fine tune the front alignment to exact and perfect setting no matter what your lift height or control arm configuration. Our unique slider adjustment system is exclusive to Rocky Road CAD kits.




Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ Control Arm Drop kit

So why do most 4x4 shops only sell control arms? Why not even mention the control arm drops when they are the clear better choice?

Because most 4x4 shops sell only what the large suspension companies crank out. And most of the large suspension companies moved on long ago from the ZJ Grand Cherokee. They spit out a couple control arms... call it good. But you can do better! And those that run Jeeps on a regular basis know this.

To the left is a diagram that shows how the CAD system is far superior to simply using longer control arms. Diagram explains how the proper geometry works.

Click on the illustration for a better view.

Rocky Road is the first and only company to produce a CAD kit for the Grand Cherokee because no one knows Jeeps like we do. We don't just engineer a part and move on to the next full-size pickup from Detroit... we live these things, love these things. So we never stop working to make our Jeeps the best they can be, and you benefit!


On another subject... We do get alot of folks asking about "long-arm" kits. Our response is that these systems work OK if your one and only focus is a trail vehicle. If safety isn't much of an issue, if highway control and stability are not important, then the long-arm kits may be for you. While they do look impressive parked on a flex ramp or posing in a magazine ad, these kits do not allow your suspension to cycle up and down in the manner in which it was designed. So they can ride a bit spooky at highway speeds.  

This may all sound a bit harsh considering the buzz surrounding long-arm kits and the huge marketing efforts (and expense) that go into trying to sell them, but its not just our opinion. Both 4WD&Sport Utility and JP Magazines have run articles comparing the appropriate usage of long-arm kits to proper length control arm kits... both with the same final opinion that we've always had.

So, if what you want is to build a trailered trail-rig and not necessarily an all-around performer... yes, a long-arm kit may be for you. We won't sell them though since we'd never run them on our own Jeeps.... we will stick with a proper Control Arm Drop system for our Jeeps.


We do offer optional replacement lower control arms. Not really needed for lifts below 5" when you have our CAD system. However, on those taller lifts, our lower control arms will help with your alignment specifications as well as combat the dreaded death-wobble so common on the very tall lifts.

Click on the picture for a larger view of the ZJ Control Arm Drop system.


Our metal fabrication is also MUCH nmore heavy duty than any other kit on the market. They all come from China with the primary purpose of being cheap. Do you want cheap Chinese junk for your Jeep? Of course not!! Buy American made, buy strength, buy engineering, buy quality, buy Rocky Road!

The Rocky Road CAD system is simply the best way to correct front end geometry.  




 Please note: This is a newly released system with limited production. Please expect a couple weeks for shipping on these. Thanks for your patience.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Control Arm Drop Select kit Click to add to cart
Jeep Grand Cherokee Control Arm drop kit
Optional control arms


Note: 5.9L engines might require mods to CAD brackets to clear exhaust.

The world has discovered that Rocky Road parts are the absolute best on the planet.
As a result of the somewhat overwhelming demand at this time for our kits, there can sometimes be a few weeks turnaround time.
Please bear with us and understand sometimes the best things in life take just a little longer