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Old 03-20-2011, 02:46 PM   #1
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97 TJ with Teraflex lift, Help!

I just bought a 97 Wrangler with a 4 inch teraflex lift with Nitto 33 inch tires. I went to one of our local 4wd shops that carry the Teraflex lifts and they said I should put the long arm kit on instead of the short arm kit that's on it. The guy was nice but a little off with his reason for the change. What advantage would this be? Is it really needed? I don't drive the Jeep every day it's more of a weekend warrior, trails, fishing, hunting etc.... Any help?

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Old 03-20-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
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if your not wanting to turn it into a crawler then i dont see whats wrong with the 4 inch short arm. are you goin to be doin any hard rock crawling? and wat rear axle do you have?

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I really don't think I'll be doing any big time rock crawling, someone did say that it would ride better with the long arm kit, idk? I know it has a locker and not sure off what rear axle it has. It's a 97, 4.0 with automatic trans, I would assume it's stock.
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if it has a locker stock it is a dana 44. you have a good rear axle. i would just go with the short arm. im about to do the same and im not planning on doing and hard core rock crawling.
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its a 97 so the locker was not stock, if its the original axle its a 35 but who knows what the internals look like gears etc.

A long arm kit for what you are doing not necessary, but different strokes for different folks.
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Yes, the locker is not stock (sorry) I was talking about the reared being stock.
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:05 PM   #7
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I think the guy just wants your $$$... if your not doing anything crazy, shorties are fine, thats what i got and it does amazing for my weekend adventures.

If you are locked in the rear, and its a dana 35, hopefully who ever put it in originally did the super 35 kit...
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:10 PM   #8
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I have a Teraflex long arm and put it on six years ago. I've had people tell me my TJ rides better than others especially off road, but not sure I would change over from a good working setup. I got a very good deal back then and got the long arm for just a bit more than their standard arm.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:39 PM   #9
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I just bought a 97 Wrangler with a 4 inch teraflex lift with Nitto 33 inch tires. I went to one of our local 4wd shops that carry the Teraflex lifts and they said I should put the long arm kit on instead of the short arm kit that's on it. The guy was nice but a little off with his reason for the change. What advantage would this be? Is it really needed? I don't drive the Jeep every day it's more of a weekend warrior, trails, fishing, hunting etc.... Any help?
a long arm lift will give better articulation. the point being to keep all four tires on the ground. hope this helps.

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