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Old 11-06-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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Short vs Long arms!

Post some pics of you rig with either short or long arms and tell me why you chose them. I'm caught in the middle and don't know what to buy. I currently have 4" of lift and 33s but plan to go to 35s when this tread wears. Any input and pictures would be sweet!!!

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Old 11-06-2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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The PO had 6" lift w/ Adj. CA so I stayed with short arms.. Lowered it to 3.5" for better COG running 35" MTZ's.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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Oh no another short arm vs long arm post.

Ill give you some things Ive learned from reading multiple long arm vs short arm threads. Problem with long arms is that the control arms can get hung up in rocks. I read some old posts with pictures of jerry's old TJ getting hung up on some large rocks because of his long arms. The upside is that you can go with lifts larger then 4.5" without getting extreme control arm angles like you might get with short arms. Now most people think that longer control arms equals longer travel, which is not necissarly true. The longer control arms allow the suspension to cycle freely, it is however the shock absorbers that determine your vertical wheel travel. If you throw the same shocks off a long arm onto a short arm you would get the same travel. However the short arms might start to bind before they reach full travel. A lot of this type of binding can be reduced with control arm joints like the johnny(however you spell it) joints.

My suggestion is, if you are going to stick with 4" or less of lift then stay with short arm. A short arm lifted jeep is just as capable of a offroad machine as a long arm lift jeep. From what I have read on the forums, anything more then 4" of lift is unnecissary. If you understand suspension geometry then I would suggest doing a custom mid arm build, its in between a short arm and a long arm and is probably going to be the best option down the road, I know I will be doing that. If I missed something or said something that was false let me know!
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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Long arm :-)

BUT it all depends how your trails are and what you want to do. My advice is, if your trails are hardcore then yes it's worth every single penny. If you only want it for daily driving and moderate off road use don't waste your money and buy an adjustable arms suspension
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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Long arm :-)

BUT it all depends how your trails are and what you want to do. My advice is, if your trails are hardcore then yes it's worth every single penny. If you only want it for daily driving and moderate off road use don't waste your money and buy an adjustable arms suspension
Define hardcore and what benefits you will gain from a bolt on long arm kit over a short arm kit
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Define hardcore and what benefits you will gain from a bolt on long arm kit over a short arm kit


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