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Old 06-27-2013, 03:09 PM   #1
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economical long arm kit?

My TJ id a daily driver and will be for the next two years. After the loan is paid off i will buy a cheap high MPG car. At that point the jeep will become more of a toy. Rather then lift it now only to lift it again later i am going to hold off. Save money up and make a monster when the time is right.

What would be a good long arm build to take full use of a 37" tire?


I could eithher lift it now just a bit and a bit more later, or pay it off sooner and go crazy later.

Need some ideas as to the direction i would take.

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Old 06-27-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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Well I'm a fan of saving your money and doing it right and the way that you want the first time. It will save you a lot of money in the long run. So that is a plus there.

My only question is have you thought about all of the other mods, beside just a lift, that you are going to need to run 37's?

Bulking up the drivetrain to handle 37's and the lift needed to run them is not going to be cheap by any means.

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Yes that is why i need to get a full idea of what i would like piror to doing it. I fully understand i would need new axles, new, drive shafts, new steering, new brakes and im sure lots of other thngs.

It may end up being something i dont wanna do. I may end up sticking to 35" and a short arm build. Im just trying to get some ideas so i know what i want to do. Money is not really an issue if done slow and over time. With that said i would not want a $15,000 lift either.


Heck it may be cheaper to just buy a good built buggy.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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Just curious, what makes you want a long arm lift? and 37s? Also, since you have a sahara, you only need to upgrade your front axle considering Saharas are standard with a rear D44. Although, switching to an 8.8 would not be a bad idea at all in the long run.
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Just curious, what makes you want a long arm lift? and 37s? Also, since you have a sahara, you only need to upgrade your front axle considering Saharas are standard with a rear D44. Although, switching to an 8.8 would not be a bad idea at all in the long run.
Not true. The only thing that came stock from the factory with a rear 44 were the Rubicons (which also had front D44) and LJs. The dana 44 was still an OPTION though.

If it were me...I would look into building a custom 4 link vs a long arm "kit" as most kits probably don't produce the potential that a 4 link would.
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I have a D35/30. 4 link is an option. I just don't know anything about 4 link.
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Not true. The only thing that came stock from the factory with a rear 44 were the Rubicons (which also had front D44) and LJs. The dana 44 was still an OPTION though.
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If it were me...I would look into building a custom 4 link vs a long arm "kit" as most kits probably don't produce the potential that a 4 link would.
This. If you want, I can point you to some information on them; I've been reading up on 4-links for quite a while now.
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If it were me...I would look into building a custom 4 link vs a long arm "kit" as most kits probably don't produce the potential that a 4 link would.
x2 here's a good thread about that (I know the title says Long Arm but there's lots of info on 4-links in there). A well done custom setup will always be better than one bought off the shelf.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/long...ts-228510.html
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I have a D35/30. 4 link is an option. I just don't know anything about 4 link.
Read up. I think you will get more for your money if you are dead set on long arms.

Think about "WHY" you want to run a long arm.

Also, it is possible to keep the lift height lower on a factory style suspension, while running larger tires. Think Hiline. This may be a little less involved if you dont feel like getting involved with suspension geometry. A quality kit such as Currie, will perform very well for the average guy...and there are ways to get 37s to fit.

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