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Unread 02-01-2013, 01:23 AM   #1
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iro or rubicon express

Im saving up for a lift but im tor between the 4.5 iro lift or the rubicon express 4.5 superflex what do u guy recomend?

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Unread 02-01-2013, 01:25 AM   #2
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I have no experience with RE but I have the 5.5" IRO kit and I love it.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 03:36 AM   #3
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I don't like RE's rubber bushings . I bought when they had a bad batch . It was a real turn off since they cracked in a month and they are not the cheapest . The old style used OEM bushings and if still the case , this question would be harder to answer .

I like IRO because they use solid OEM bushings which will last 10 yrs + and I could replace them with parts from my local sources .

My opinion on a great short arm set up would be IRO arms , and springs . Bilstien shocks , JKS end links and rear track bar , Clayton's front track bar . I have 3 sets of RE arms in my shed , and a RE TB and bracket .
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Unread 02-01-2013, 05:46 AM   #4
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I ran re suspension components for over fifteen years. I'd surely buy them again.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:48 AM   #5
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I have 3 sets of RE arms in my shed , and a RE TB and bracket .
Well I'll help you out and get them out of your shed if you have a set of adjustable lowers for the front!!!

Cause my Rough Country twist in the middle crap actually moves back and fourth....threads are completely shot and I've replaced every other control arm with IRO's but haven't found any lowers cheap enough....
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Unread 02-01-2013, 08:30 AM   #6
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Well I'll help you out and get them out of your shed if you have a set of adjustable lowers for the front!!!

Cause my Rough Country twist in the middle crap actually moves back and fourth....threads are completely shot and I've replaced every other control arm with IRO's but haven't found any lowers cheap enough....
Are your RCs the adjustable flex joint type? If so, then Currie and Ballistic Fab make replacement Johnny Joints for them.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 08:31 AM   #7
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Are your RCs the adjustable flex joint type? If so, then Currie and Ballistic Fab make replacement Johnny Joints for them.
my end joints aren't the problem...it's how they twist together in the center of the arm for adjustment....I can literally move them in and out like an acordian by hand.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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I have an IRO 4.5" Premium and love it. I looked at both RE and IRO when looking for my lift and eventually went with IRO because it got some great reviews, customer service is great, and it was not as pricey as the RE setup.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:45 PM   #9
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I ran re suspension components for over fifteen years. I'd surely buy them again.
You had the arms with OEM bushings then , those were good . The newer style bushing is crap . As a matter of fact , I think thats why they sold out , bad bushings , too may warranty claims . I really don't think you'd be pleased with the new bushings .

Kyboy , thanks for the offer but I will find something off-road only one day and use them on it , maybe even this latest 5.9 acquisition . I'm having a hard time keeping my foot out of it , gonna get me a big ticket one day Sold my 70 Chevelle after I got handed a mitt full of tickets , even though I beat them .
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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:52 PM   #10
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I did replace the bushings. The new rubber bushings were the moog ones. Not RE ones.

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Unread 02-01-2013, 05:13 PM   #11
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I've had great products from both companies but in my opinion IRO gets the nod for customer service. I have a LA front on 4.5 springs, unbelievable flex while being very stable at the same times. Using their short arms in the rear. Like states above, the bushings they use are OEM quality and spec, easy to replace and last a long time.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:23 PM   #12
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I couldn't tell you how long any IRO stuff would last as I haven't used any of their stuff for that long, but I can tell you, back in late 05 I installed a 3.5in RE super-flex kit in my 93 ZJ and this past summer pretty much all the flex joints and bushings started to fail in my control arms. I guess thats not all that bad considering the abuse. NOT A FAN AT ALL of the track bar that came with the kit! It robbed me of so much flex and I kept bending the crap out of it.

Overall I say RE has some great products and I'm sure they improved over the years. But from what I've used from IRO, I think if I'd chose them over RE... Thats just how I'd go with short arms in that situation
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Unread 02-01-2013, 07:38 PM   #13
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I did replace the bushings. The new rubber bushings were the moog ones. Not RE ones.

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Right , OEM style , not the hourglass shape BS that the new bushings are . You can't swap one for the other . You had the good , old style arms .
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Unread 02-01-2013, 10:43 PM   #14
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I've got RE long arms under my zj right now that i installed just under a year ago. So far so GREAT. no issues at all with anything. well there were a couple small issues in the installation.. but nothing too difficult to figure out. you can check my build thread for info about that.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 11:57 PM   #15
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I couldn't tell you how long any IRO stuff would last as I haven't used any of their stuff for that long, but I can tell you, back in late 05 I installed a 3.5in RE super-flex kit in my 93 ZJ and this past summer pretty much all the flex joints and bushings started to fail in my control arms. I guess thats not all that bad considering the abuse. NOT A FAN AT ALL of the track bar that came with the kit! It robbed me of so much flex and I kept bending the crap out of it.

Overall I say RE has some great products and I'm sure they improved over the years. But from what I've used from IRO, I think if I'd chose them over RE... Thats just how I'd go with short arms in that situation
so you got 8 years out of those bushings? yea thats good


iro is fine. RE is fine. RE springs to me, have been the best for what i've run................. best springs IMO
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