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Old 02-05-2011, 10:28 AM   #1
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Sorry to do this, but need Long Arm advice

Hey all. I have worked with the search function until I'm blue in the face. I also read the sticky on lift kit reviews, great help but I know there has to be more out there. I'm looking for a long arm kit for my 2006 LJ. I do mostly on-road driving so I want the added benefit a LA kit should provide. I do have good trails within a couple hours drive so I want to something that will get me there, have a good time and still get me home. I don't see myself getting too crazy off road but if I'm going to spend the money, I want the potential to be there. My mixed match 3" kit is plum worn out, gotta go! Rather than replace this bushing, that bushing, shocks and still have a mixed match kit, I going to do it right. Are there any other people out there experienced with long arm kits that can help? I will include my current thoughts to prevent wasting some of your time with the kits I've already ruled out. I will be getting the professional install to make sure it's right and I'm hovering around 4" of lift. I know the actual height varies from brand to brand, I'm taking that into consideration as well. Also, I have read many pros and cons about radius arms (Clayton, RE). I don't have a clue on that argument.

1. Rubicon Express 4.5 LA. I had the short arm kit on my last TJ and I loved the springs with OME shocks. While a good kit and reputable brand, I am NOT comfortable with the length and angle of the rear lower arms they use for the LJ (unlimted) long arm kit. It looks like the front arms and the mounting skid are the same they use for the TJ and they just put longer rear arms in the LJ kit. This looks like a very low hanging obstruction. If I do go with RE, I've read some scary things about the on-road manners of the rear tri-link. Is it really that bad on road compared to the 5 link?

2. Teraflex LCG Pro 4". I really like the looks of this, I'm already running a Teraflex belly up skid with the one inch body lift so that part is done. I like the bulk of their arms and I am pretty sure they have a turnbuckle design to adjust them, but there isn't much out there in the way of current reviews. Most people HATE their older stuff, but I am pretty sure the newer stuff has been built much better. Very expensive though. The few reviews I have read about the newer design say it is a great ride and flexes very well.

3. Clayton 4". Clayton is great, what else can I say. Never read a bad thing about Clayton other that the lower arm mounts hang below the frame too much. I think I would have to cut up my Teraflex skid plate to make this kit work, or purchase a Clayton skid plate. Now we're getting up to Teraflex prices. I just can't get on board with square tubing control arms either. They look weird to me. But it's supposedly a great kit both on/off road.

4. Superlift 4". I know nothing about this kit, but I like the bent lower arms for clearance and the price is nice. Not nearly enough to go on though for a decision. I've read very vague reviews good and bad.

4. AEV/Nth 4.5". I have read lots of good about this and there is even a review in the lift sticky on this forum. He had to change a few things before he was happy though. Very expensive but worth it??? I don't know enough about them other than AEV recently resurrected the Nth line after they went out of business. I don't want to run the risk of them being dropped again (probably due to price) and then I won't be able to get parts.

5. Full Traction 4". I read quite a bit of good about this kit but have seen some bad. The fully bolt on thing has me concerned though. I hear the customer service is crap as well. If I spend this kind of money (unless I buy it from a 4wd shop who installs it locally) I will not be happy with some turd on the other end giving me lip or lack of service.

6. Rock Krawler Triple Threat 3.5" I have read pretty good stuff about this, but again some bad. I don't know much about it. I hear customer service is pretty good too.

7. Treks. I know nothing, but a few people swear by them. Expensive! But worth it in the long run???

Warranty is a pretty big thing with me. If they have a great warranty because they are standing behind a reliable product, that is HUGE with me.

Well I think that's all of them, I didn't realize how many were in the race until began typing!

Not interested in Pro-Comp, Skyjacker, or Rough Country. There's probably others, but like I said, just trying to save some of your efforts.

All help and advice is great appreciated.

Thanks and GOD Bless.

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Old 02-05-2011, 11:26 AM   #2
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I have the 6 inch superlift long arm kit. It handels good on the road. It has a Ton of grease zerks. I am pleased with it.

I also put alot of miles on my jeep

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Old 02-05-2011, 12:45 PM   #3
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I also have the 6" superlift LA w/the bent lower arms. Before I had the RE 4" SA kit and the difference is amazing. Its rides incredible now even with lots of extra weight like armor, front and rear stinger, steel corners, winch, full cage, etc. It flexes out great and everything is incredibly heavy duty. My only complaint so far, is the rear frame mounted lower control arm bushings have worn out completely. This seems to be one common complaint for the superlift. I am replacing them with poly bushings and it went around 40k miles before they wore out. The other bushings seem to be fine. I am running 37's but I am eventually going to drop back down to 4" springs and run hi-line type fenders to get a lower center of gravity.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:48 PM   #4
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I had no complaints with my previous RE 4.5" LA kit, other than long arms tend to hang up a lot more on the rocky trails my TJ is mainly interested in. RE's flex joints are similar to Currie's Johnnie Joints I'm currently running, both of which hold up very well.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:23 PM   #5
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I bought my 05 Rubi, not a LJ in Oct, 04. I looked at lift kits for 5 years at Moab and different jeep runs here in Colorado. before deciding on a RE LA 4 1/2. Talked to people with all kinds of different lifts and watched them at work. Looked at Clayton and Nth degree pretty hard also. Did a lot of reading on all the major lift kits. I'm on 35 inch rubber. I'm very happy with the on road and off road handling, handles very nice at 75 on the highway and great on the sandstone at Moab and jeep trails here in Colorado.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:28 PM   #6
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Thanks everybody, wow lots of good stuff on Superlift. I am not giving RE much consideration at this point. If I had a TJ, yes I would check them out, but I just don't like how low the rear arms hang on the LJ's. I am also hearing rumors from our local RE dealer that the the company is experiencing some financial troubles. Can't confirm this though. Anybody else out there have long arm knowledge to share? Thanks again!
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:36 PM   #7
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I've had a Tera flex LA on mine for years and love the ride but the springs got too soft so put on RE springs a few years ago. I really like the new Tera system and if I decide to get rid of my mismatch (which actually works great) I'd go with it.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:45 AM   #8
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Rock Krawler fan here.

I have had TF, RE, and RK stuff. RK is by FAR the best stuff I have used. Super durable, quiet, great weight transfer, nice ride.
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I will be getting the professional install to make sure it's right
Make sure you know your installer. I had one painful experience where the professional install wasn't.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:36 PM   #10
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Good point on the reputation of the installer. I don't know how to be for sure about that. We have two shops within 50 miles, both have good reputations and I have seen some of their work on the road and in the lot. I guess you can never be too sure though. Thanks again for all of the great words of experience!
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Ran the 4.5" and 5.5" RE LA forever and loved it. Never had a lick of problems.

Other friends of mine have run the Nth and Rock Krawler and loved 'em as well.

Another friend had the Superlift and hated it, tho I don't remember why -- likely that he just sucked at wheeling (I seem to remember a lot of winch time with him )

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