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.
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.
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?
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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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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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.
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...
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