To all the TJ and LJ owners on here; What long arm kit did you choose and why? I'm on a search for a 3-3.5" long arm kit for my LJ. I'm going to be doing a Low COG build and I want to hear about your experiences with your long arm kit. What do you like about your kit, what do you dislike?
I have a Rubicon Express 3.5" lift with Rough Country long arm upgrade. Started with RE 3.5 standard lift on stock short arms. When it was time to upgrade I wanted a better ride. So I looked at Rubicon Express for their upgrade long arm kit. But they were out of my price range.
Rough Country long arm is very strong and holds up. The only thing I would change is the Stock skid plate with their New skid that fits their kit.[IMG][/IMG]
Rock Krawler, hands down best lift I have had. Out of Teraflex, RE, mismatched, and now RK. Actually my second variation of RK too. My first was a 10" rear stretch, front stock LA system. Now have the same rear 10" stretch, but added a 7.5" front stretch too(111" WB). About 5" suspension lift with a 1" BL and 39s. Freaking awesome.
I put on the 3" Teraflex enduro with the bellyup.I've helped intall some other kits and the rubicon was very nice but they (rubicon) have had issues with their control arm bushings. Dont know if its resolved. My LJ is a DD and rides very nice. It rides almost as nice as stock and is pretty flexy too. We have done some 200/300 mile trips and its nice. The kit is technically dificult for most backyard mechanics and is a solid 12 to 14 hours of work. I went with all teraflex underarmor and got a deal with the company for buying it all at one time
Location: Mount Aukum, CA - El Dorado County about 55 mins from the Rubicon Trail
I had a RE 5.5" tri-link on my '06 LJ (reason: Master distributor account). Street manners were great and had no issues other than the front upper control arm mounting bolt (very small carry spares). But I was running stock fenders and flares with 37s, so it was nice. To do it again I would go with Rock Krawler X Factor Plus Comp 3.5 Coil Over System and high line fenders, rear quarters, and swap the rear springs out for the 5.5" and cut them down a bit. This way when your loaded down with bumper/tire carrier and gear you ride level.
Here is what it looked like before bumpers and a bunch more goodies. Btw, I wasn't worried about tearing off the front flares. Actually, it barely rubbed but I was hoping it would so I could get new fenders. Never happened in 15 trips through the Rubicon.
If you want more information on any kit costs PM me!
Vector6...I reason I want the skid plate is for ground clearance below the trans and x-case...I know the arms and mounts are in the way on the frame...Not much I can do with that...But with the RC skid you gain some down the middle of the under carriage...
For only 3 to 3.5" of lift, why do you even believe you need a long-arm suspension? I ran a 4.5" long-arm suspension for six years on my last (a '97) TJ and it did more to get me hung up on tough trails than anything else. When that Jeep was stolen this past March, I ended up running a Currie 4" short-arm suspension on my replacement '04 TJ and it outperforms my former long-arm suspension in all significant areas... especially that my control arms no longer get hung up on big rocks like my long-arms did.
The below is one of a series of pics taken by friends of my TJ taken while wheeling in Johnson Valley every time I got hung up. Needless to say, none of my friends who run the various Hammers trails Johnson Valley (an EXTREMELY tough bunch rock crawling trails) are fans of long arms and all they could do is grin and snap more pics each time my long arms got hung.
Gone wheeling, back late sunday... Remember that having a different opinion doesn't also require one to be a jerk when expressing it.
this is my first post on the forum. I know you're asking about the TJ's but the lifts aren't that much different. I am running the 4.5 RE long arm. I've had it for 2 years and couldn't be happier with it. On-road it rides great and off-road it flexes awesome. I agree at first I was having some premature bushing failures but RE seems to have found the right compound now and I haven't had any issues since. Just my two-cents. Really, they are all good or else people wouldn't be buying them.
I currently do not have a long arm kit but have been thinking about upgrading. I have done a lot of looking around and found that although rubicon express is a huge name in the market they have a lot of problems with there control arm bushings failing. I think if I was to do it right now I would go with a lift from clayton offroad ( Clayton Off Road - Jeep Lift Kits - Jeep Cherokee Lift Kits - Jeep Wrangler Lift Kits - Jeep Suspension Lift Kits ). there are not many other places out there with a no questions asked lifetime warranty on there arms against bending or breaking. Also if you wheel your jeep they offer a 3 link upgrade for the front that is supposed to make a huge difference. But thats just my $.02
Thanks for the link Elwood. Any pictures of your last jeep?
Sorry for the delay.
The RK system had "dog leg" arms to aid with clearance issues. The flex is amazing, as is the ride and handling. RK uses solid arms instead of tubing. It is heavy, but you can slide on the arms with no worries of damage. The belly skid is nice as well and gains a lot of clearance vs. stock.
I bought one of the first nth degree (now produced by AEV) long arm kits. The whole nth system was designed by the former Jeep engineer, Jim Frens, so I bought on Jim's reputation and the few reviews available at the time.
The ride is nothing short of amazing. I've driven it across country more than once. I've wheeled the forests of Nova Scotia and the rocks on the Rubicon. I've scraped the hell out of the arms, but never gotten hung up on them. I've worn through a couple sets of the GyroJoints. I blew up the original rear track bar mount. But overall it has held up well.
I do not have a body lift. The tummy tucker made it a tight fit under there and the floor was !hot! before I put Koolmat under the carpet.