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Old 07-02-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Question Building My Own 3" Lift

I have been a TJ guy for a long time, so I am particularly new to the JK.
I have a 2007 JKU Rubicon thats near stock. Flat Fenders, 35" BFG's.
I am selling my 97 and with some of the cash I would like to put a nice lift on my new rubi. But after looking at the prices of these kits I am scratching my head.

Why couldn't I just fabricate my own Control Arms? A buddy of mine who races Trophy Trucks has Heim's laying around everywhere. A tube bender, welder. Brake lines and a brake line bender. I would just need a source for the proper tubing.
Get some Eibach Springs and buy the bump stops and possibly the brackets that are necessary.

Does anyone have any knowledge or insight on doing a project like this?
A link to a proper build page????

My goal is to lift my rig to get some clearance out of it ( I know it will never hit transitions like a 2 door). I just would like to make it simple and not have to replace the drivelines or anything to extreme.

Also, any specs on the length of the control arms, track bars, stuff like that would be fantastic. I'm having a hard time finding it myself.

Thanks guys.

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Old 07-02-2013, 06:08 PM   #2
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Pretty simple if you have some fab skills.
Contact Dan @ Ruff stuff. He is a vender here and seems to be the go to guy for all kinds of build components/joints etc.

Would you want a mid arm or long arm setup ?

Typical mid arms are not much longer then stock and use the factory mounts. For the most part used for pinion/caster/wheel base after lifting.

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Old 07-02-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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Thanks KJeeper, I see you have a 3.5" lift. Was there any driveline issues?
I know your in a 2dr and I'm in a 4dr, and I know you can get away with a little more slack with a longer wheelbase.
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I did replace my front driveshaft. There was some grease splatter but removing it, there was no rips in the rubber.
I was running too much caster which made things worse and prob stressed the boot. the grease worked it ls way out past the clamp.

My stock rear is fine. The 4 door has a longer rear DS so you can get away with more angle.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:59 PM   #5
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makes sense. Did you end up running adjustable track arms?
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:36 PM   #6
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You can most definitely do it, there is a lot of math involved, so be prepared for that, also there are a lot of bends to clearance. If you can get heims and Dom tubing for free then go for it, if not, then it will be quite expensive to manufacture your own arms. I think heims alone are about 50 bucks x 14 heims. That puts you at 800 bucks right there. The pain will be if you decide to go long arm. With a jk unlike a TJ the arms require some pretty specific bends to maintain the factory axle mounts and with a long arm 4 link you have to figure out where and how to properly space and mount the arms on the frame to prevent binding.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:48 AM   #7
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Artec sells just about everything you need.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:09 AM   #8
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After looking at everything, I feel like it would be easier to buy a truss both the front and rear, then make a 4 link kit
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I don't know anything about dif CA configuration. Def looking forward to seeing this build.

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