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Old 04-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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Short Arm vs. Long Arm

I currently have a 3" BDS Lift with 33 AT tires. I am looking go up a couple of inches and run 35's. I know there are numerous mods needed to run 35+ size tires and i have already taken that all into account. My question is would you prefer a Long Arm Lift or a Short Arm Lift. I am looking for personal experiences. Im looking for several factors. On Road Ride quality, Trail Ride Quality, Stability and Flex. Expense does have a little to do with it because you also was to get the most bang for your buck, but really looking to find out which one is a better lift design.

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Old 04-19-2013, 02:01 PM   #2
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:11 PM   #3
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this has never been asked before.........
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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Is that someone beating a dead horse? lol

I've been reading through the other thread. I dont want to steal someones thread.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:55 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 View Post
Very good read. I was gonna post it but Unlimited beat me to it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #6
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So a bunch of guys getting into a pissing match really didnt help me make up my mind. I'm really looking for more information on a standard kits. I am not looking to do any kind of stretch or custom fabrication on my Jeep. If i wanted to go that far i would get with my buddies (mechanics) and just build a custom buggy. I was able to pan through the "who has a bigger johnson" posts to get some good information. I was really looking more into getting a LA kit or staying with the SA. I dont want to have to trim or use a BL to run 35's without rubbing. I did see the poly performance kits and they look pretty good but would def have to get some help with installing those. i dont mind spending $2000-$3000 if i am going to get a superior lift. I do mostly on road driving and need something that will handle on road and off road as well. Reading that thread almost made me want to have a stock jeep and not worry about it. J/K
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #7
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I can only say I had a full-on RE long-arm suspension in my previous TJ stolen 3 years ago & my present Currie short-arm suspension does everything better. It certainly handles better & there is no comparison on how rarely the short arms get hung up on trail obstacles like my previous long arms did.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #8
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With your stated criteria, why not just call up Savvy and tell them you want to drop 3k, run 35" tires, and let them ship you some boxes?

If I had your stated goals and no interest in digging into the geometry, or the components that make up the black art of suspension, that's probably what I would do. They obviously have quality components and are knowledgeable. It would fit all of your stated needs too.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:18 PM   #9
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Im not gona say any lift is worse or one is better, Im running the RE superflex short arm 4.5ft and 3.5rear, I like it alot and flex is amazing but i need to replace my shocks cus they are at this point what is limiting my travel and not the arms, so far on my LJ i like the short arm but If i were to do LA, it would be custom and all my arm mounts would have custom brackets that are resets on the inner side of the frame.

So my answer is havent run long arm yet but my short arm is doing great and has amazing flex
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:44 PM   #10
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I have a teraflex 4 inch short arm with bilstein 5100's, and Anti rock on mine. I run 35's I will be going to a Savvy short arm kit. As I get more into the sport I find that I am doing tougher trails. My street ride is OK, my off road is OK. But neither is great. I want to have a fully adjustable kit to optimize my wheel centering and pinion angles. The savvy kit can be had with a custom tuned TJ specific Fox Res shock. I don't want to spend the money on a tummy tuck and then put all the arms and pivots right back down there so I get hung up on the rocks. Just my experience and thoughts. If your going to just run fire trails then I don't think it really matters which one you get as long as it is a quality kit.

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