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Old 04-11-2007, 09:06 PM   #1
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Was wondering what you think.

I am going to lift my 03 TJ and I was either going to go with full traction or rubicon express. I want 4 to 6 inches of lift and I was woudnering what was better? The 6in Long arm 3 link system from full traction or the trianglated 4 link from rubicon express? Any info would me great.
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what size tires?

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Old 04-11-2007, 09:48 PM   #3
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x2??...personally i would like to run the 4.5" RE longarm with 35's. or a 3.5" with one inch body lift but i've heard super good things from the FT too. either one seems like a good choice.
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4 link gives you more lateral load capacity.
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4 link gives you more lateral load capacity.
Not sure if you know but both kits allow for zero lateral movement. The FT kit is a 3 link kit but their are 2 upper arms. It just goes back to 1 joint so they call it a 3 link.

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The RE kit is similar. It uses 2 upper control arms and comes back to one of their builder balls. They even call it a tri-link kit. It isn't a true 4 link setup.

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Thanks for the info, Not a great help but you tried. I want to go with a 33 12.50 on a 8.5in rim same side wall but a narrow tred path.
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6" of lift for 33s??

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Old 04-11-2007, 11:42 PM   #8
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I want 35in tires but it is my daily driver and the only difirence between the 4" and the 6" is the springs refering to the FT lift. I know I will have to change the gearing. But I want to know what is better 3 link or triangleated 4 link?
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I want 35in tires but it is my daily driver and the only difirence between the 4" and the 6" is the springs refering to the FT lift. I know I will have to change the gearing. But I want to know what is better 3 link or triangleated 4 link?

Maybe I can try a little harder then?? Since I only tried the last time.


Of the 2 companies you requested info on neither sell a triangulated 4 link system. Both are 3 link designs. Either will be of equal quality as both make excellent products. Full traction uses a 6" spring which is too much lift for 35s and when you try to shorten the lift height you run into problems locating the pinion since their kit doesn't have enough adjustability. The RE kit, however, does accommodate smaller lift springs. Such as the RE 3.5 springs which you should accompany a 1.25 body lift for more than enough lift for 35" tires.
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I am Sorry for the inadequate info. I am also going to go with the poison spider front fenders that give you an extra 2.5" of travel and the overkill engineering tube flares for the rear, That also gives you clearance on travel. I am sorry but a body lift is out of the question.
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Just to add to what Mr. C was saying and maybe make it a little bit easier to understand. Both the FT and the RE triangulated kits take away the need to have a rear trac-bar since the triangulation now locates the axle. You'd be fine going with either however if you are only wanting to go with 33's i'd suggest the RE route, out of the two you mention that would be my personal preference.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:02 AM   #12
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I am Sorry for the inadequate info. I am also going to go with the poison spider front fenders that give you an extra 2.5" of travel and the overkill engineering tube flares for the rear, That also gives you clearance on travel. I am sorry but a body lift is out of the question.
Poison spyder fenders don't give you an extra 2.5" of travel.


Why is a body lift out of the question?
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Thanks, but I am not apposed to changing out springs and tires for a Rubicon run, but when I get back, I want to maintain my gas mileage when back on the road. I guess each is as equally good. And If I don't need a track bar on either I will go with the FT 6in true 3 link kit. Unless someone can give me a good reason to go with something, better.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:17 AM   #14
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seems to me you've already made up your mind. No need for further discussion from me.
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Sorry but I read that on some site if it is not true I feel like a heel for mentioning it.
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Honestly they are both truly 3 link rear designs. RE's uses two separate arms into 1 misalignment joing and FT's uses two arms welded to a misalignment joint. This IMO makes RE's eetup as MR. C stated because you have tons more adjustability with the RE setup.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:28 AM   #17
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It's just that you've had 2 other guys offer the same solution and you seem to shoot it down each time. Like I said before, you can't go wrong with either kit. They are both reputable companies that sell stellar products. The FT kit will be more expensive over the RE kit. If you are happy with choosing full traction over RE do it. It is your jeep and your money so do what you want to.


When it boils down to it, regardless of what tire size, gearing selection, and lift suspension you run it will always be a brick on wheels. Best I've seen on any wrangler around here is 16mpg. And it is a stocker.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:32 AM   #18
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I guess, what it sounds like is that it is a matter of choice. I want 33's for everyday driving but when I go on a club run I want 35's so I can do all the runs. I think the 3 link FT will give me the articulation. However, I have never run the system. I feel the same for the RE kit. I guess I Was wondering, was if anyone had anything bad to say about either kit. However, it seems like they are equal.
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I am running the 6" FT system, and love the way it works. I don't daily drive mine, but if you wanted to swap to shorter springs, you shouldn't have any issue, as I actually had a tough time getting the pinion to point high enough in the rear (price you pay for a 3 link design). As stated in every post above, you will be happy with either kit, as both use quality materials, and have built good reputations in the community. Feel free to PM me with any questions you have about the FT kit specifically.

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