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Unread 10-15-2014, 07:42 AM   #1
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More flex for my tj?

I know this gets asked a lot, but I have been doing some research and really haven't found anything specific to answer my questions.

Right now on my tj I have a 4" skyjacker lift with a 1" spacer up front and the rear axle is a 8.8 with an artec industries truss, I know the truss gives a little extra lift so right now let's say it's about 5" of lift. I also have a 1.25" BL and I'm running 35s. Hopefully I can get some tube fenders and run 36's soon. I have quick sway bar disconnects, sye, adjustable track bar, and a drop pitman arm. My jeep has fixed lower control arms and stock uppers, the shocks are still the 4" skyjacker shocks and they are horrible and really uncomfortable on the road.

My question is how can I get more flex out of my tj? I'm going to put a down payment on a RC long arm kit Friday, but that's really all I could think of doing for more flex. Is there better shocks I could get to get more flex? If so what would you all recommend? I'm only 17 so I can just save up if what you all recommend is expensive, so don't worry about price. I really got a job so I could buy nice things for my jeep 😂 Is there tricks I don't know of? Is there anything I could buy? I don't want to go into anything as difficult as coilover conversions but I can do things like shock relocation mounts. Would that help? Anything you all recommend for more flex just shoot. Thanks!

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Unread 10-15-2014, 07:49 AM   #2
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My TJ has a 2" OME HD lift, Antirock, and Rokmen adjustable control arms, and it has plenty of flex. What are you looking to do with all this new found flex?
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Unread 10-15-2014, 08:24 AM   #3
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Pretty much to show off 😂. I mean I play on rocks a lot and more Tavel would be great!
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Unread 10-15-2014, 09:50 AM   #4
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A complete set of adjustable control arms is a good start, much better than the stock arms. Proper length shocks for the lift you're running is a must as well.

I've done quite well with my set up in places such as Moab Utah and Ouray Colorado.
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Unread 10-15-2014, 01:12 PM   #5
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What kind of shocks would you recommend? I was looking at the bilstein shocks with reservoirs.
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Unread 10-15-2014, 01:25 PM   #6
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I ran Bilstein shocks (5100's I believe) on my previous Jeep (95 YJ) and they were great. I have Old Man Emu shocks now.
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Unread 10-15-2014, 07:53 PM   #7
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If your suspension doesn't flex enough for you you need to start by figuring out what is limiting the down travel (or up travel) of the axle. Is it your shocks bottoming out? Control arm joints binding? Or do you just need more room in the wheel well. I would guess the skyjacker lift control arms have poly or rubber bushings. Replacing those with flex joints like a Johnny joint will provide much more articulation. And don't just throw the cheapest long arm kit you can find on it because you think it might help flex. I've heard a lot of negatives about the RC long arm kit. Longer control arms help with articulation because they don't displace the axle back as far during down travel. But changing the suspension geometry can affect a lot of other things. Try searching the forum for long arm info before you buy a bolt on kit.
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Unread 10-15-2014, 09:20 PM   #8
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Unread 10-28-2014, 02:00 PM   #9
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In general, long arms are not going to give you more "flex" than short arms. Shock travel and the type of control arm bushings are the primary factors that limit "flex". The more travel in the shock the more flex. You also want Johnny/heim joints in the control arms. Next you need to avoid binding in the steering, trackbars, and driveshafts.

Frankly, flex is overrated. If you want to get further down the trail then throw in some lockers.
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