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Old 05-18-2015, 10:23 AM
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Lift kits - how long do they last?

How long does a good lift system last compared to stock?

Are adjustable control arms more maintenance in the long run?

Are after-market springs more likely to sag in time?

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If you are purchasing quality parts your lift should last as long or longer than a stock suspension. Aftermarket springs shouldn't sag any more than stock. Also consider what is truly sag and what isn't. Many people call weighted down springs sag. Sag is worn out springs.

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Old 05-18-2015, 11:30 AM   #3
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This greatly depends on the quality of the aftermarket parts used.

Cheap springs wear faster then quality ones. Consider OEM to be relatively high quality.
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Even if you install quality parts, installing them correctly plus maintenance plays a big role on longevity.
case and point... I purchased a set of jks disconnects on my previous jk. I initially DID NOT lubricate the fittings. After several months, it seized and took a while to put them back on during a wheeling session. I added grease afterwards and it was way easier. good thing I caught it early.
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Many after market components can also be rebuilt with new bushings, etc..
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Many after market components can also be rebuilt with new bushings, etc..
Can be rebuilt or will need to be rebuilt? If an after market control arm's bushings need to be rebuilt would the OEM control arm under the same circumstances still be fine or worn out and needing to be replaced?
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Can be rebuilt or will need to be rebuilt? If an after market control arm's bushings need to be rebuilt would the OEM control arm under the same circumstances still be fine or worn out and needing to be replaced?
That depends on quality as well. When I put the first lift on my TJ the factory bushings were worn out. I put an old RC kit on and ended up with play in the bushings in short order. Now I have a RK kit and I don't anticipate any wear anytime soon with regular greasing. And if they do wear out, I'll just rebuild them!

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How are you using your Jeep?
I see guys going through heims/bushings every 15,000.
I know others who wheel hard and had to replace them at 50,000 miles.
Remember often times suspension components (the wear items) are trying to balance a nice on road ride and offering a lot of flex off-road.



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Can be rebuilt or will need to be rebuilt? If an after market control arm's bushings need to be rebuilt would the OEM control arm under the same circumstances still be fine or worn out and needing to be replaced?
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Can be rebuilt or will need to be rebuilt? If an after market control arm's bushings need to be rebuilt would the OEM control arm under the same circumstances still be fine or worn out and needing to be replaced?
Even if the factory bushings last longer there is a reason for the saying "You have to pay to play"
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Even if the factory bushings last longer there is a reason for the saying "You have to pay to play"
Yep. But how much do you have to pay? Just trying to establish what the "total cost of off-roading" is and wondering about hidden future maintenance associated with after-market parts.

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