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post #1 of 9 Old 08-20-2006, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Currie J-arm

I am really interested in running this setup. does anyone have any experience with it? I like the idea of long arms with stock control mounts. Is the axle brackets all you have to cut and weld? How about the rear?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-21-2006, 01:17 AM
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Do a search for J-arms and see what you come up with. Blaine is very knowledgeable on them and what it takes to install as well. I believe FlexyTJ is running them as well as one other member here-though I can't recall exactly who. A good search should provide all the info you need. Keep in mind though that the "J" arm is not a long-arm if that's what you're after. It is more "mid-length" if you will-longer than a regular short arm, but not as long as a real "long" arm either. There are a couple good explanations and write-ups if you dig around-Blaine has lots of good info about them. I'd love to change over to a "J-arm" setup and outboard the shocks as well-just never seem to have enough cash to fund all these little projects...

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I have a buddy Joel that's running them...

here's where the write-up was:

http://www.nc4x4.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2704

unfortunately, the galleries we were using did an upgrade, so all the hyperlinks changed and he never went back to update them...I'll send him a PM to see if he can do that...

otherwise, the pics are now all here:

http://wrangler.rutgers.edu/gallery/...uildup/J_Arms/

and the outboarding shock pics are here:

http://wrangler.rutgers.edu/gallery/...utboardShocks/


He really likes 'em...the performance of a long arm with the clearance of a short arm...

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he has an updated version of the J-arms here:

http://www.webwheeling.com/index.php...ry_view&iden=6


and the outboarded shocks here:

http://www.webwheeling.com/index.php...ry_view&iden=7


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Could i run only the j arm kit in the rear until i could afford to do the front? or would it screw up the handling?
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-22-2006, 01:22 AM
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If it were me, and for the work involved, I'd opt for saving up until you have all the necessary funds to complete the project in it's entirety-properly and correctly with all the right parts and be done with it. A J-arm swap is not exactly as easy as a simple spring swap short arm lift.

Wait a minute-that is why I'm not on J-arms yet....

Best of Luck,

Mike

-oh and BigWaylon-Thanks for the link, that's exactly who the "other guy" was that I was thinking of. Great pics!
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Could i run only the j arm kit in the rear until i could afford to do the front? or would it screw up the handling?
I believe mrblaine is (or at least was) running a half j-arm setup for awhile...

I wanna say it was just the fronts, after he stretched his wheelbase...

I know another guy that ran the RE LA's up front and SA's in the rear for awhile...

just never seen anybody do the rear first...

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Could i run only the j arm kit in the rear until i could afford to do the front? or would it screw up the handling?
I don't see why you couldn't. If you are going to do just the rears consider outboarding the shocks as well. I didn't think about it when we did mine and as you saw in the writeup I bottomed them out like that was my life's mission the first time out. The rear are much easier to do than the front and should be less expensive (but not by too much) so that probably isn't a bad jumping off point.

After running that setup for over a year the only disappointment I have is that I cheaped out and ran RE adjustable uppers. I am kicking around the idea of the Blue Torch Fab truss kit for the 8.8 and triangulating the rear. I seem to be going through RE's rubber bushings at the rate of every 3 months.
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I would also triangulate the rear at the same time. Will i need to truss my rear axle for the upper links? Or are there just larger brackets from currie?
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