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Old 04-08-2011, 08:28 AM   #1
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pro's and cons 5.5 long arm lift, please advise?

I know there are alot of pros to the long arm lift, but are there any negatives to consider? i have a 4" lift now and 1" body lift, but wanting to upgrade to 5.5 long arm. Also are there any huge changes i would have to add? Do i need a drop pitman arm?

Also im considering a Rusty's long arm lift, or rough country, are these good or horrible choices, also looking at the teraflex upgrade kit, but they dont include a belly pan which is kinda weighing on me, would like your thoughts and Ideas. thanks

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What size tires do you plan to run and what are your front and rear axles? There is no need to run 5.5" of lift plus your existing 1" body lift unless you will be running 37" or bigger tires and you can't run those with a Dana 30 up front.

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Doesn't seem to be many people on here chiming in about long arm kits for Wranglers. I'm trying to decide to between a complete new kit or an upgrade for what I am currently running.
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I used to run a Rubicon Express long-arm suspension and its favorite pastime was getting hung up on rocks. It gave a nice ride on the highway but offroad, it was only ok until it had to contend with large trail obstacles like rocks. I now run a Currie short-arm suspension and it rides fine on the highway but it does much better on the more difficult trails I enjoy. I no longer get hung up on the control arms as I did so often with my previous long-arm suspension.

A friend (Black Magic Brakes) took the below picture of one of the many times my long arms got hung up on the rocks on a trail called Sunbonnet in Johnson Valley, then another friend saw it turned it into a poster.

P.S. My TJ had a nice pic of it in 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility magazine 3-4 years ago. You guessed it, my TJ was stuck on a trail called Pumpkin Eater and its front long-arm control arm was hung up on a big rock so they snapped a great photo of it and published it.

I learned my lesson, no more long arm suspensions for me.
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