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trailrated13 12-10-2009 03:02 PM

Newb question
I have a serious newb question:confused:. Please don't pick on me too much as I am only asking because i really want to learn as much as I can about Jeeps. I am looking into getting a 6 inch suspension lift for my Jeep in the near future.

What is the difference between a long arm suspension lift kit and short arm kit? Pros and Cons?

If I do muddin, beach riding, and some trails, which would be better for me?

Thanks for any help

bagged92sdime 12-10-2009 03:18 PM

Long arm in my opinion is ALWAYS better. The long arm kit is, exactly as it says, long arms. The brackets for the arms (which are usually incorporated into a tummey tucker/belly skid for a long arm kit) are moved farther towards the center of the vehicle. They will allow for more articulation and supposedly a ride that feels like stock even when lifted.

Short arm kits are (Don't quote me on this, I may be wrong with the short arm) basically replacements for the factory link arms that are tubular and just stronger really.

For the money, I would definitly go for a long arm kit, preferably the AEV/Nth Degree kit because they are incredibly well engineered and have a bend to them to allow for more ground clearance.

I don't know if you would see much benefit with a long arm kit for what you do, but you can never go wrong with a long arm! :)

BomberJeep 12-10-2009 04:07 PM

What size tires do you plan on running on your Jeep? If you arent going to be getting into anything crazy why would you need a 6 inch lift?

If your going to go that route tho go with a long arm lift over short. The ride will be worlds better

elephantrider 12-10-2009 05:13 PM

with the short arms your still getting a slightly
longer than stock amr, but yes, same basic
set up. for light trail / beach riding, there is
no need for a long arm set up. those are for
folks who think they need extremem travel based
on the lift size.

Skywagon guy 12-10-2009 07:41 PM

Unless your going to due some serious rockcrawling you won't need a 6 inch lift. A long arm always works better in my humble opinon. rides better, handles better, crawls better. I bought an 05 Rubicon new and did lots of mods over the last 5 years I've owned it. But no lift till this October. I've ran most of the bad stuff around Moab with no lift kit, haven't done Prichett Canyon yet. I reserched a lot of lifts and talked to a lot of people before making a choice. I decided to lift it after getting tired of dragging on rocks. I went with a 4 and 1/2 RE longarm, 35 inch tires on 16 inch rims. We installed it at our auto and truck repair shop. I was somewhat suprised at how much fabraction needed to be done, not just a quick bolt on. Rides and drives as good as stock. Wondered what I'd lose on the hills in speed. We live at 9200 feet so engine has already lost close to 30% of it's horsepower from sea level.
Before, I could get around 75 mph on a long hill and now it's about 60 mph, this was in 4th gear on both tests.
Don't know if I'll regear at this point, going to need to drive it a while. Wanted to get out to Moab before Christmas to try it out, but to darn cold. Moab was -7 yesterday, a new low temp for that date. I'd wait a while untill you know what you want to do with your new TJ.

terrible2 12-10-2009 07:56 PM

You'll want to regear, especially with manual. I know that when I had 33" tires and my friend had stock 31", he could make it up the hill and I barely did. He also had a automatic which helped, but it seriously sucks not having the power to climb a dingy rock hill.

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