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Old 08-30-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Going back to short travel

The po of my jeep put a long travel lower control arm kit on my jeep. I want to go back to the factory length arms. Does anyone know if the mounts will work? The old mounts were cut off.

http://www.rustysoffroad.com/rustys-...ush-mount.html

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:45 PM   #2
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Only long-length lowers?

Post up some pictures.

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Old 08-30-2012, 09:36 PM   #3
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Why going back to Short Arm?

Those should work just fine. Those mounts are based on the width of johnny joints, so just make sure your new short arm lowers have johnny joints.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:05 AM   #4
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I had a transmission issue and in pulling it I found some frame rust under the skid/long arm bracket. I'm having the frame repaired and since that is happening I am having new brackets welded in. I don't do any hardcore off-roading (mainly used for hunting) so I'm going back to a stock style setup.
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Just to clear up this misconception--arm length has nothing to do with the level of wheeling you do and has hardly anything to do with suspension travel in this case. One could actually argue that if you wheel where clearance matters, your longer arms would be a liability.

To answer your question.....that mount would work fine. Just make sure it's welded on at the correct angle to prevent any bind/misalignment of the control arms at static ride height.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:11 AM   #6
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why not just fix the frame & keep the long arms?
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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One could actually argue that if you wheel where clearance matters, your longer arms would be a liability.
This is also the case. The places I hunt are full of stumps and high angle short "hills". I'm looking to free up some space under the jeep. The way it sits now I'm begging for a snag.
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You still haven't fully answered my earlier question.....you mentioned only lower control arms. What about the uppers? Are the factory mounts all in place? You can't be running upper and lower control arms with wildly different lengths. Just think about what's happening to the axle housing throughout the suspension's travel.
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You still haven't fully answered my earlier question.....you mentioned only lower control arms. What about the uppers? Are the factory mounts all in place? You can't be running upper and lower control arms with wildly different lengths. Just think about what's happening to the axle housing throughout the suspension's travel.
The upper arms are factory arms in the factory location. The more I read I think I am going to go with a high clearance long arm kit. Maybe Rustys or Rough Country? Any advice?
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The upper arms are factory arms in the factory location. The more I read I think I am going to go with a high clearance long arm kit. Maybe Rustys or Rough Country? Any advice?
I'd rather go back to stock arms than stick with your current setup or either of the two you proposed.
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I'd rather go back to stock arms than stick with your current setup or either of the two you proposed.
So to clarify go stock or the two I mentioned rather than my current.

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Stock before all three.
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Wow.......before you get yourself into a mess (your suspension is already a mess) please educate yourself.

You've currently got long lowers and short uppers......nothing could be more wrong, but a close second place would be RC or Rusty's long arm kits. You're actually in a good position to make things right--the factory lower mounts are already out of the way and you can start with a clean slate. If you have decent welding/fab skills, learn a few things about suspension, and set yourself up with a nice high-clearance short or 'mid' arm suspension.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:00 AM   #13
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Wow.......before you get yourself into a mess (your suspension is already a mess) please educate yourself.

You've currently got long lowers and short uppers......nothing could be more wrong, but a close second place would be RC or Rusty's long arm kits. You're actually in a good position to make things right--the factory lower mounts are already out of the way and you can start with a clean slate. If you have decent welding/fab skills, learn a few things about suspension, and set yourself up with a nice high-clearance short or 'mid' arm suspension.
I do not have any weld/fab experience. I know that things are wrong and want to correct them. That's one of the reasons I'd like to go back to a factory style set up. I really don't want a kit. I'd like factory location mounts so I can purchase aftermarket control arms based on my needs that will fit factory location. If this is somehow not what to do please advise.
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I meant stock before all 3. Personally I'd take Imped's advice, and that's actually the road I'm heading down right now. But, if you have no skills in that area and no desire to learn, going back to a stock type setup is probably your best bet. Factory mounts with some good control arms (Savvy, Currie, Rokment) would probably suit you well.
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Thanks for the help guys. ( no sarcasm intended)

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