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Old 08-21-2007, 03:24 PM   #1
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Partial Long Arm

Is it feasible to only install the front control arm portion of a long arm system?

I know that the entire system would provide much more articulation for the rear, but with a possible combined coil/spacer lift height somewhere around 6", the short front arms are not in a good position and hitting bumps will most likely be painful.

Any thoughts would be helpful.

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Old 08-21-2007, 04:06 PM   #2
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Most Long Arm setups require you to remove the stock lower control arm mounts on the frame to make room for the new longer arms. However the angles are going to be the same in the rear as they are in the front so why would you want to have long arm front and short arm rear?

Are you thinking of trying to buy just the front portion of the RE LA upgrade or something of that nature?

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Old 08-21-2007, 04:07 PM   #3
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What a waste of time to do half and not the whole thing.Its like going to take a crap and not pulling down your pants. Do it right or not at all.
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I agree! Go big, or go home!
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Old 08-21-2007, 06:09 PM   #5
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I have about 6.5" of lift on short arms.. drive 30 miles to work each day.. about time for new shocks, but no bumpstop issue's and flex is fine.
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Old 08-21-2007, 06:12 PM   #6
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Are you thinking of trying to buy just the front portion of the RE LA upgrade or something of that nature?
Hey I did that. What of it??



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Old 08-21-2007, 06:31 PM   #7
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Hey I did that. What of it??



Um, them look like them long leafy springy things to me. Not short arms.
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Old 08-21-2007, 07:12 PM   #8
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RE long arm kit for an XJ and use the rear leafs to stretch it at the same time
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:15 AM   #9
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Getting the front arms of the RE upgrade is exactly what i was thinking. I know I will have to cut the front LCA mounts and getting the RE skid plate (or welding the mounts farther back on the frame).

As I understand the physics, the front control arms are more affected by the impact from bumps as they are transfering the loads back to the frame while moving forward. The steeper the angle, the more impact. If I am incorrect, please let me know.

Cash flow is the main reason for staging the mods.

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you can do that in stages. But I sure wouldn't. You ever thought about lowering your jeep to a more suitable ride height for 33s? You don't need RE 4.5s for 33" tires. You should come down to OME 2.5s and maybe a 1.25" body lift. All your angles would be much happier. And it won't be as jacked up as long arms in the front and short arms in the rear.

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