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Old 11-16-2006, 01:20 PM   #1
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Fabtech or Full Traction lift?

I have decided to go to a 6" or 8" lift. I like the Full Traction 6" lift with the 3 link rear but I also like the Fabtech 6" and 8" Crawler system with the 3 link. Anyone know which will handle better on the road and which will last longer? It looks to me like I will be paying about 800-900 bucks more for the Fabtech kit just because it says Fabtech on it. Or is Fabtech just that good of a kit?
I am not worried about ease of installation, I have a MIG, and all the tools.

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Old 11-16-2006, 01:21 PM   #2
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Do you have a SWB? If so 8" is a lot of lift.

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Old 11-16-2006, 01:57 PM   #3
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I have personally never liked Full Traction products at all. That's just me and I don't things fit together very well from them. Fabtech seems to be building some decent suspensions now days. Their shocks are definitely a good product.

Have you checked out www.rockkrawler.com Their X-Factor LA IMO is one of the best out there.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:32 PM   #4
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With either of these lifts what size tire are you planning to run?
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:26 PM   #5
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I am leaning more twords a 6 inch. I have a SWB TJ it is an X model. I was planning on running either 35" or 37" tires.
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What axles and gears are you running? Or are planning on running?

Sorry for so many questions. Everyone is just trying to give you the best advice. We just need a little more info.
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:41 PM   #7
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I understand, As for gears, probably 4.10 or 4.56 Axles dana 30 front dana 35 or 44 rear. I know the 35 is looked down on by most but if I get the lift then I cant afford an axle at the same time. I like that Rock Krawler 5.5 inch lift too. Does anyone have experience in these lifts?
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For 35's and up I would go with 4.56 as the min gears.. 37's maybe 4.88s. all depends on your tranny. With 35-37's you will need a dana 44 or the like in the back for the trails, as that 35 is just a time bomb waiting to go off. Figure a 1k for a used dana 44. Now if I had to pick a lift.. I think fabtech is a bit over priced, the full traction seems okay, I prefer Rubicon express, as I have run a few of there lifts, but all of them have good point and bad.. so pick the one you like the best and fits your budget.
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:09 PM   #9
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will the dana 35 be okay on the street? I wont be doing anything wild until i get my winch and bumpers along with my other stuff.
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will the dana 35 be okay on the street? I wont be doing anything wild until i get my winch and bumpers along with my other stuff.
On 35's or 37's and a locked D35 you could possibly grenade it going around a corner on the street. Un-locked probably would be okay for awhile on the road.

I've seen all of the kits, but me personally I have more experience with RK. I've installed 1 RK 5.5 and am going to be doing an X-Factor 5.5 this weekend. Good stuff, stoutly built and you can't beat solid stock control arms. Probably overkill, but it won't be the thing that breaks on that setup.
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:52 PM   #11
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Thats the thing that concerned me. How much do those solid arms weigh? How much cutting and welding is involved with the RK 5.5?
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I have the rk long arm kit in my comanche for 3 years and have not had a prob. I know someone with it in there cherokee and they have not had a prob.
the have changed the long arms a little but I like the change.

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just to add the rk lift will articulate like mad
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I'd have to also agree on the lift height thing.

I had an RE 5.5" kit with 35's a few years ago and would never do that again on stock width axles.

We run RE 3.5" kits with a few tweaks and a JKS 1.25" BL for 35's and we've fit 37's on that set-up too. I personally think 35's are a practical limit on stock width axles too.

A big 6-8" lift and 37's makes for a top heavy jeep that isn't very stable at all. My XJ with 33's and only a rear locker would easily outclimb my TJ with the 6" lift, 35's and ARB's at both ends. Sure, the XJ had a longer wheelbase, but the height of the TJ was a real detriment to climbing capability and stability.

My TJ now sits on full width 1 ton axles and 40" tires. I'm running about 6" of lift in the suspension. With a massive increase in width and 108" WB, it's way stable...
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Hey Dirk, just wanted to say welcome aboard!

In case no one knows - Dirk is a HIGHLY repected vendor and has a wealth of knowledge. We're lucky to have him on board.
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yup. MR. CLIFFORD speaks highly of you. welcome.
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Old 11-21-2006, 11:41 AM   #17
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[QUOTE=Dirk;32115]
My XJ with 33's and only a rear locker would easily outclimb my TJ with the 6" lift, 35's and ARB's at both ends. Sure, the XJ had a longer wheelbase, but the height of the TJ was a real detriment to climbing capability and stability.

huh thats funny that comanche of mine out climbs my tj on almost any thing with out the lockers on and if I turn on the lockers theres almost no stoping it
I only wish my tj would do as well with both lockers as the mj

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