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Unread 10-03-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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RE 4.5" LA, 5.5" LA or Clayton LA kits?

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I know this has been debated in various threads but I would like to get some input from actual people whom have these kits. I have been driving Jeeps my entire life. I was "out of the game" for a while without a Jeep but I recently purchased a 2004 Jeep Rubicon to begin my build project again. I plan on running 35" tires and do mostly rock crawling in Northern KY. I am stuck on making the right move (the first time) for my suspension purchase. This vehicle will not be my daily driver but I would like to have good road mannerisms if I am spending @ $3k for a new suspension. I am stuck between...

Option 1) 4.5" RE LA Tri-Link: RE7514 seems like a great kit and is pretty much "all inclusive" beside shocks which I plan to run Bilstein shocks as well. My concerns are will this be enough life for 35" tires? website says 33".

Option 2) 5.5" RE LA Tri-Link: RE7515 also seems like a great kit and plenty of room for tires and flex. Also read by several people... too much height for a Jeep. Loses traction on steep climbs and doesn't fee "stable" on rocks...truth?

Option 3) 4" or 5.5" Clayton LA Kit: 3205020. Seems like an excellent kit from what I have read. Bomb proof with lifetime warranty. Down side is a LOT of cutting and manufacturing (welding). Also need to include ($) belly skid, required 1" BL for Rubicon model, and of course shocks.

I would obviously love to have Clayton kit. However I am afraid I am getting out of my league with welding and fabrication. Where as RE kits aren't "as much". I would like to hear some experienced opinions and PLEASE post some pics similar to my desired set up. As always all, much appreciated in your help.



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Unread 10-03-2013, 07:46 PM   #2
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The fact that the RE kits have less fab is exactly what is wrong with them. Too many compromises to make it easier. Faced with these choices only Clayton by miles is the better choice
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Unread 10-04-2013, 04:53 AM   #3
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Priced our Clayton kit last night.. Just under. $4k for everything.... Wow
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Priced our Clayton kit last night.. Just under. $4k for everything.... Wow
There is a very respected member here on JF who has said the budget to run 35s correctly should be around 10k. Clearly people do it for less. Personally, I'm way over that.
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There is a very respected member here on JF who has said the budget to run 35s correctly should be around 10k. Clearly people do it for less. Personally, I'm way over that.
If that comment is true, I am shocked such a large % of Jeepers afford these type of modifications.... "doing it right". I suppose I should unload the Jeep and scrap the whole project then...
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