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post #1 of 27 Old 04-10-2013, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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JBA vs. Rocky Road UCA's???

Anyone have a preference as to which is better or gives the most clearance? I have the older design of the JBA's, paid $450 for them and they have my knuckle bashing my strut bc of lack of clearance. Not sure if JBA's are worth the costs since rocky roads are $339.


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post #2 of 27 Old 04-10-2013, 11:01 AM
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I have the Rocky Roads and have a hard time imagining any other options being better designed or made. No coilover contact at full extension for me either.

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there is a thread on here about the new design from JBA. cant remember who its by but they tested out the new ones a few times for JBA and it appeares the issue was fixed.

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sorry for posting twice but i found the link to the thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f67/j...-12-a-1438984/

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sorry for posting twice but i found the link to the thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f67/j...-12-a-1438984/
thanks buddy! This information is exactly what I needed!!! Just called JBA and they said they'll work with me on getting the newly redesigned ones since I already blew $450 on the older ones. Thanks again for everyones help! I'll let you know how it goes!

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post #6 of 27 Old 04-10-2013, 01:18 PM
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So what's the down side to the rocky roads considering they are over $100 cheaper? I think I'm about ready for some UCA's
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post #7 of 27 Old 04-10-2013, 01:44 PM
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The RRO use KK bushings which are smaller and seem to be not as stout as the JBAs.. Although havent heard of any complaints from people using the RRO, I will be going the JBA route though..

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post #8 of 27 Old 04-10-2013, 02:45 PM
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I read somewhere that the RRO's are better for lifted heights of 4"+, as opposed to the NEW version of the JBA ucas which are more suitable for 2-3" of lift. I am not positive of this fact but I recall seeing it somewhere.

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post #9 of 27 Old 04-11-2013, 07:29 AM
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That is true but that's only on the new design JBA is still carring the other uca for wk with more then 3 inch lift

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post #10 of 27 Old 04-11-2013, 08:47 AM
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I have been using the rocky road uca for 5 months on a moded superlift with no issues.
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post #11 of 27 Old 04-11-2013, 08:59 AM
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Anyone have a preference as to which is better or gives the most clearance? I have the older design of the JBA's, paid $450 for them and they have my knuckle bashing my strut bc of lack of clearance. Not sure if JBA's are worth the costs since rocky roads are $339.
RRO bought a set of JBA's,copied them using cheaper material.Why there cheaper.


Ever notice RRO almost always comes out with exactly the same products a few weeks/months after someone else does and they look almost identical.

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post #12 of 27 Old 04-11-2013, 10:56 AM
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RRO bought a set of JBA's,copied them using cheaper material.Why there cheaper.

Ever notice RRO almost always comes out with exactly the same products a few weeks/months after someone else does and they look almost identical.
The fact that they don't do any R&D also allows them to charge less. This was one of the reasons JBA re-designed their UCA the first time and upgraded the bushings so they weren't the same after RRO copied the original design.

For me the deciding factor was Customer Service. RRO doesn't have any from what I understand, where as Marlin is known to work with his customers. If you buy a product from JBA, and are unhappy, they will give you a refund without questions.

Not inly was this my experience, but when I pressed the case further (poor fit on the UCA) I was contacted by Marlin who offered to work with me and fabricate some new arms until we got the best possible fit. I think the quality and service is easily worth the extra cash.
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post #13 of 27 Old 04-11-2013, 11:09 AM
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So basically if you've got more than like 4" of lift the jba ucas first gen are your option and they're not gona fit right

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post #14 of 27 Old 04-11-2013, 11:27 AM
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They will if u have more lift if not as big a lift u get the second gen

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post #15 of 27 Old 04-11-2013, 11:51 AM
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A 4" Superlift utilizes the stock UCAs due to the new Lower control arms which essentially maintain stock suspension geometry. If you want to use the JBA arms you would have to add a little more lift to about 6", which would then be about the same as a budget lift (as far as suspension is concerned).
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