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Old 02-08-2014, 02:09 PM   #1
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TeraFlex LCG PreRunner Suspension

Hi everyone.

I am expecting my new rig in a few weeks and want to do a lift on it. I have been looking around and came across the TerFlex LCG PreRunner kit and am interested. Does anyone here have this kit installed and/or have any experience installing it? I will be looking for a shop in the Northern VA to do the install and just trying to see what the install might run, anything special I might need to know.

Any info at all would be helpful. Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-08-2014, 02:16 PM   #2
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good choice, fair amount of welding. going to be a little pricey, find a good shop with a reputation for welding... ask your local clubs.

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Old 02-08-2014, 03:27 PM   #3
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Here are some pictures of my 3" kit with LT285-75R17 tires. My own installation costs for it were about nine-hundred dollars. I had also been saving up for quite some time and had a stronger front axle housing and new driveshafts installed. I figured it made since to do a whole lot of things at once and just drove it stock for a while. The kit works very well flexing and low speeds on rocks and has great performance at high speeds on and off road. And as tabber02 said there is a lot of cutting and welding involved so this will not be installed quickly.I hope that this helps.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input tabber02 and computeruser6!! Computeruser6, what housing and drive shafts did you install?

I have been seeing some folks says the stock D44 front axle might take a beating, depending on what I am doing off road. Not sure I want to replace brand new axles, or blow any warranty, but have looked at armor/truss options. I would rather do things all at once, just looking for different opinions.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:35 PM   #5
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I am really looking to improve high(er) speed stability on and off road and have the ability to do some minor rock crawling. I'm not trying to go climbing cliffs... LOL I have been doing a lot of reading here and on other forums and there are mixed reviews about the TeraFlex kit. Off Road Evoution Double Throwdown kit seems to come up quite a bit, but is really expensive.

The TeraFlex PreRunner kit seems to be a 3" long arm kit (all weld on brackets?) with Speedbumps and tuned springs and shocks. I am good with doing a weld on kit, even though the rig will be brand new. I am reading that King coil over shocks are really great, so I was thinking maybe going with a TeraFlex 3" or 4" long arm kit, maybe King coil over shocks and King bumpstop kit instead of the Teraflex Speedbumps and Fox tuned shocks.

I am also concerned that the stock D44's might be bent if I am doing high speed runs, so I am thinking about doing a truss/armor kit front and rear. Also thinking I will run Hutchinson beadlocks and 35's.

Just throwing stuff around to see what might be a good kit or combo to do. Any thoughts are appreciated!
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Teraflex has did some revisions to strengthen the rear CA brackets. Breakage from stresses off road was the only complaint. TF is pretty darn good in the CS department and they always make things right. I think you will be happy with the prerunner along with their tuned Fox shocks.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:27 PM   #7
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ZRXMAN, my own kit did not come with the speedbumps, I think that they're about eight-hundred dollars extra. All of the control arm brackets are cut off and new ones welded on. The housing I went with was the Tera44. Everything inside of the front axle is still the same and it has worked out well for me so far. I think the Tera44 housing was about fifteen-hundred dollars.
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Hey ZRXMAN,

Came across your post on a Google search of this suspension kit. Chaos Off-Road in Winchester, VA can do this install. These guys live and breathe Jeeps. Depending on where you live in NoVA they will pickup and deliver. They just installed my Metal Cloak lift kit and built a custom concealed rear winch mount for me. Chaos happens to be enthusiastic about long arms on JKs.

Don't know how long you've been in the area but let me know if you find a good place for pre-runner type wheeling in this neck of the woods. Around here we rock crawl, snow wheel and drive the tame forest roads of the George Washington National Forest.

Bought my JK Sport a year ago and have proceeded to build it out. RCV front axles, Metal Cloak 6Paks, Rubicon transfer case, full undercarriage armor, and lots of other stuff.


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Hey guys, the concept of long arms on the JKs has me intrigued. It's pretty common to see on the TJs but much less so on the JKs. For those of you who are running the Teraflex LCG long arms a few questions.
How much lift do you have?
Did you previously use a non-long arm lift prior to going long arms on your JK? If so, did you find the long arms to be a big improvement on and off road?
Do you find that these long arms get hung up on the rocks if you happen to be crawling around on the big rocks? They seem pretty exposed.
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Hey guys, the concept of long arms on the JKs has me intrigued. It's pretty common to see on the TJs but much less so on the JKs. For those of you who are running the Teraflex LCG long arms a few questions.
How much lift do you have?
Did you previously use a non-long arm lift prior to going long arms on your JK? If so, did you find the long arms to be a big improvement on and off road?
Do you find that these long arms get hung up on the rocks if you happen to be crawling around on the big rocks? They seem pretty exposed.
Long control arm suspensions are a lot more common on TJ because the stock arms are so constrained. The benefits are not as strong on JKs unless you have a large lift and even then it is difficult to get the right approach angles for the LCAs. If you want to get maximum performance in some conditions off road it is beneficial but the road benefits are minimal. Investing in coilovers provides a better return but the LCAs sure look cool!
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:07 AM   #11
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Hi kawa001. Thanks for the input. I had a similar recommendation about Chaos on one of the local club forums. I'm interested in the long arm kit because some folks have suggested that it helps with on-road stability as well as off-road and still has some flexibility to do some rock crawling. I'm from up north and love driving in snow, so would be interested in that as well.

I'm still looking at different options, reading and waiting for the rig to show up, then plan on putting some miles (1-2k) before doing the lift. Trying to find the best price on some Nitto's and Hutchinsons.
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Hi kawa001. Thanks for the input. I had a similar recommendation about Chaos on one of the local club forums. I'm interested in the long arm kit because some folks have suggested that it helps with on-road stability as well as off-road and still has some flexibility to do some rock crawling. I'm from up north and love driving in snow, so would be interested in that as well.

I'm still looking at different options, reading and waiting for the rig to show up, then plan on putting some miles (1-2k) before doing the lift. Trying to find the best price on some Nitto's and Hutchinsons.
Well, I'll tell you, you can do plenty of rock crawling without going to long arms on the JKs. I've yet to see a JK on long arms out on the trails of the Cove or Rausch Creek which are the only places around here that you'd want a long arm.

Re: Tires and beadlockers. I run 32s and 35s depending on the situation. The internet is your best place to get a tire deal in my opinion. If you are looking for Hutch wheels there's a group buy that someone is trying to set up on Facebook VA Jeep Offroad. I'm headed down the 37's path so I'm looking at some diggers and Raceline beadlockers. I'll only run those for Rausch Creek weekends and Big Dogs event though.

I'm up on Facebook VA Jeep Offroad and a member of NOVA Jeepers but also wheel with OCC and Maryland Elements Off-Road. I also wheel a lot by myself in the GWNF. You can check out my GWNF trip report blog in the Virginia forum.

Back to the long arms. Chaos ordered me the Teraflex long arm kit. We are going to marry it up to the Metal Cloak 6Pak shocks. Those shocks have 14" of travel on the front end. I'm only running 2.5" of lift. If this comes out well I'll end with an awesome low COG rig.

Feel free to PM me if you want to ride along before you get your jeep. I was out at Red Cloud ORP this past Saturday and had an empty co-pilot seat. I'm building trail in WV this Sat at the new Chaos Off-road park.

Here's a vid of some light snow wheeling. This is probably the closest you'll get to pre-running around here.
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Hey kawa. Thanks for all the great info. I checked out the blog and it looks great. I would love to go down there and explore once I get my rig built up some, maybe even before! I signed up over on NoVA Jeepers as well. Nice folks. Look forward to getting out there with everyone.
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Tried emailing TeraFlex for more info on the PreRunner kit, but have not heard back yet. Not sure the email went through as it has been almost a week. Will try again.
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Tried emailing TeraFlex for more info on the PreRunner kit, but have not heard back yet. Not sure the email went through as it has been almost a week. Will try again.
I recommend calling. I spoke to one of their people for almost 20 minutes about the PreRunner kit on Tuesday. I should have mine installed by the end of the month.
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Hey kawa. Thanks for all the great info. I checked out the blog and it looks great. I would love to go down there and explore once I get my rig built up some, maybe even before! I signed up over on NoVA Jeepers as well. Nice folks. Look forward to getting out there with everyone.
Glad you liked it. NoVA Jeepers is having a chili cook off this Sunday, March 9, 2014, 2:00pm - 5:00pm at DelMarVa's TapHouse in Sterling. You are welcome to come. I believe that the owners of Chaos will be there, too. AK will be happy to extol the virtues of a long arm.

So, the nice thing about the GWNF is that you can wheel stock and still have a great time. For the snow vid I only had 32s on.

Big Dogs is having their season opener near Winchester, VA 4/26-27. I highly recommend attending stock or no. You'll get a chance to see what other folks are running. These are guided trails. You pick the level of difficulty you want to wheel on and the guides run a convoy through on the them. Events
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Wish I could have a kit installed by the end of the month, but the rig hasn't been built yet! LOL Like I said. I think I'm going to put a few thousand miles on it first, maybe take a few day trips to GWNF, then start the mods.

Not sure I can make it this Sunday, I'm fighting off a pretty bad URI, but if I'm better I might stop by.

Will definitely look into going to Big Dogs.

Thanks again kawa!

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