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.