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Unread 03-28-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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Long arm upgrade on a budget?

Anyone have recommendation for a cheap long arm upgrade kit? Not the full kit just a bolt on front upgrade. Also, if I'm running at 6 inches in the front in 1.5 coil spacers should I have to replace with full springs so that they dont pull off the bump stops at full flex?

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Unread 03-28-2011, 04:04 PM   #2
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rough country seems to be the best bang for you buck
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There is no cheap kit. but, with the $600 rough country kit you do get a skid plate (however weak or strong it really is)
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Unread 03-28-2011, 04:18 PM   #4
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Cheap = Weak.

Buy drop brackets and use those for now and do it right later or you'll regret it.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 04:20 PM   #5
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What about Iron Rock Offroad, I have their trac bar and steering it seems solid, any opinions on that kit?
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The IRO or rough country upgrades are the cheapest. I have been pleased with all of my IRO products so far. I have their 3" kit on my WJ as well as their control arms. The biggest difference in the two is the IRO kit only has one upper arm, where the RC kit has two, and the RC kit comes with a built in skid plate. I think I would go with rough country if it were me, but wouldn't rule out the IRO upgrade either.
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I agree. With the price being so close between IRO and RC, either one would be a great kit. The RC long arms should be stronger due to the additional upper arm, but IRO kit is super easy to setup. You dont have to adjust the length of the arms, just set the bracket for caster and your done.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 05:24 PM   #8
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Cheap = Weak.

Buy drop brackets and use those for now and do it right later or you'll regret it.
Seeing as the cheapest kits out there are $600 and those are just for the long arms used in $1500-2000 kits.
$600 isn't cheap in my opinion, but being the cheapest option doesn't make it weak.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:07 PM   #9
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when compared to something like Staangs Fab that are only a few hundred more than those it just doesnt make sense to penny pinch. Run drop brackets until you can afford it and just do it right the first time.

Neither RC or IRO have life time warranties, so for me im saving and buying Staangs. your money though.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 08:41 PM   #10
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Cheap = Weak.

Buy drop brackets and use those for now and do it right later or you'll regret it.
Just curious but do you have personal experience with this? I agree alot of times cheap does equal weak but I wouldn't just assume that just because of the price. From a manufacturing standpoint it could be cheaper because rough country is a large company that is mass producing products. The more you produce the cheaper it gets.
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Neither RC or IRO have life time warranties, so for me im saving and buying Staangs. your money though.
IRO does

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Having installed both the IRO and RC kits on two Jeeps and been wheeling with both, they are both good kits. The IRO kit is much easier to install (but less mounting points than RC) and has better ground clearance. The RC kit is nice in that is comes with a skid plate but it is a little bit more difficult to install. For the people saying the IRO LA kit is weak have never wheeled with it. The downside to the RC long arms is that they hang down lower and will scrap on obstacles before the IRO long arms. The plus side of the RC is that it does have more mounting points than the IRO kit. Also it is possible to get the RC kit for under $600 if you shop around so that would make it a good deal.
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Also, if I'm running at 6 inches in the front in 1.5 coil spacers should I have to replace with full springs so that they dont pull off the bump stops at full flex?
wait ur running 6 inches of lift consisting of coil spacers???? if so yes you do need a set of springs. sorry if i'm misunderstanding this, can you explain your setup?
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wait ur running 6 inches of lift consisting of coil spacers???? if so yes you do need a set of springs. sorry if i'm misunderstanding this, can you explain your setup?
I thing he means that since that he has a 1.5" spacer with a 4.5 in spring. And since the coil spacer doesn't move at full flex the coil will come out from around the bump stop. While a 6" spring would remain around the bump because its longer.
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when compared to something like Staangs Fab that are only a few hundred more than those it just doesnt make sense to penny pinch. Run drop brackets until you can afford it and just do it right the first time.

Neither RC or IRO have life time warranties, so for me im saving and buying Staangs. your money though.
Wow..that Staang kit looks strikingly like the Claytons LA kit......hmmmm.

I have the IRO LA upgrade. Its awesome, but im sure the RC kit would work fine also.
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