Drop Brackets or new LCAs
What's your preference? I'm going from 3 to 4.5/5". Long arms are down the road a ways. So what would you do? I'm not a pretty tight budget
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I'd get adjustables if I were you. Drop brackets would probably do it though, lots of guys here run them with high success.
'00 XJ Locked on 35s
'00 XJ Locked on 35s
'00 TJ 2" on 33" Grabbers
'00 XJ 6.5" on 35" KM2s
'96 ZJ 2" on 31" Baja Claws
'93 ZJ - Stock, Totaled
Drop brackets are fine if the XJ will be a gentle to moderate off road machine. No galloping through the the rocks or prerunning. The extra leverage they put on the lower control arm frame mounts will eventually lead to metal fatigue if the suspension is abused.
I'd be more worried about steering box mount and rear unibody metal fatigue than LCA mounts.
Eventually Long arms will be added to my rig, but Drop brackets are performing very well at 1/2 the price.
Rough country's are cheapest but their braces are so short and could over time fatigue. Rocky road and rubicon express go all the way back to the cross member and I doubt you'd ever have an issue with them!
Real Jeeps have dents
Properly installed and braced, Drop Brackets will outlast the rest of the Jeep. RR and RE use 1/4" steel for their brackets and braces.
If you have lift kit control arms for your 3" lift, you can use them with drop brackets. If you don't have aftermarket control arms, you should at least get some lowers. I have found several sets of lift kit control arms in the junkyard, and have also bought/sold several sets of used control arms.
You should keep your eyes open for some used drop brackets and some used control arms. You will want to have one set of control arms be adjustable, and you might be able to get away with both sets being non-adjustable.
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True story here, someone made cage braces out of fence post and the tubing itself had to be 1/8" at most. Full trophy truck bro runner. Was rolled, cage wrecked like it wasnt even there but it had some gnar gnar 6" over beams so it must of been a trophy truck. I couldn't believe it when I saw it lol. It was at a local junkyard.
Like Tim suggested, shop around for used brackets and arms. They'll get you nearly anywhere long arms will and will ride just as good for half the price. I have never truly been stuck on mine and the only wheeling I do is either rocks or fast stuff. Been great. I even use them to slide off of ledges. For a budget minded person I recommend them. And ALL drop brackets on the market come with braces of some kind. Obviously the ones that tie into the crossbar bolts are better
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