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post #1 of 37 Old 12-30-2008, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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6.5 inch lift long arm or not

i've been thinking of re-lifting and was considering going to 6.5 so i could put on 35's but i see that you could have long arms or short arms for this lift. I'd like to hear some opinions from guys who have run both of these set ups. thanks


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post #2 of 37 Old 12-30-2008, 01:42 AM
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Go with the long arms. Much better ride.

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long arms will give you better flex off road, and will also be much better on road compared to a short arm kit

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post #4 of 37 Old 12-30-2008, 07:42 AM
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If you are going to short arms you'll have to at least have drop brackets but to do it right I would go long arm.

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for that much lift i would go longarms also


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post #6 of 37 Old 12-30-2008, 07:58 AM
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I'm putting a 6" lift on mine right now. I'm going the cheap route and using short arms, but I'm planning on upgrading to long arms later on.

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post #7 of 37 Old 12-30-2008, 09:23 AM
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The Skyjacker lift is short arm but uses a custom subframe for the arms. One of the strongest kits ever designed for the XJ. Jeepspeed guys use these kits because of the incredible added strength.

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My 6.5" is short arm and I'm currently preparing to swap to the long arms as well. Spend the money now or spend it later its your wallets choice but youll regret the short arm later.

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post #10 of 37 Old 12-30-2008, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys now i guess its a question of what long arm upgrade to get. I saw rusty's has theirs for $790 and I've been pleased with the lift i have from them so far...

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post #11 of 37 Old 12-30-2008, 02:01 PM
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Good call on the long arm.

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post #12 of 37 Old 12-30-2008, 04:54 PM
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Here is a smokin' deal on an LA kit: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=659129

Much higher quality kit than Rusty's garbage and you'll never be able to find anything even remotely close to it for the price.

Rock Krawler charges $99/pair for their 6.5" coils and $150 for their shackles. That's really the only difference between the 4.5" kit and the 6.5" kit.
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If you're dead set on going long arm, here is one of the best kits ever made for an XJ: TnT Customs

And avoid the RK kits at all costs

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If you're dead set on going long arm, here is one of the best kits ever made for an XJ: TnT Customs

And avoid the RK kits at all costs

My
explain .

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explain .
Yes, please do and cite your sources. My RK parts are rock solid and carry a lifetime warranty. The control arms and track bar are all made from sold stock. The brackets are all made from 1/4" A50. The rod ends are Rock Krawler's Monster joints, which have the highest raidal and axial load ratings of any comparable sized rod ends or Heim joints on the market today.

Any negatives that you find on the Rock Krawler LA design are nothing more than internet myth. It's a superior design to the cookie cutter radius arm front end that everyone else uses. The only kit that is a better comparable is the Full Traction LA suspension. The caveat is that the 4 link design that the Full Traction kit uses will bind in high articulation applications, so it's best suited for high speed, desert racing applications. The Rock Krawler kit owns when it comes to high articulation applications.

Do these parts really look like crap?








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