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Unread 03-15-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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best 4 inch lift kit?

i am looking for a good 4inch lift kit for my 2006 tj with a 4 cylinder engine. i dont want to go to cheap but i dont do much serious off roading. i am confused with what the difference is with a long arm kit? what is better about the long arm

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Unread 03-15-2010, 11:03 AM   #2
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LA kits ride better.Longer control arms.Why go with the best if you don't do much serious stuff? RC works well.
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Unread 03-15-2010, 11:27 AM   #3
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There are pro's and con's to every lift. Do a lot of research. Long arms ride better, but are more prone to your control arms hanging up on larger rocks, require more modifications to the vehicle, and can be very pricey. Short arms ride stiffer, stray further from the factory control arm angle design, require less modifications and cost less. My opinion, the currie 4" is the best short arm, I've had two RC short arms and regretted them both. I run a Currie 4" now and am very impressed with it's design, quality, and strength. RC's X series is a cheap imitation of the Currie design. You get what you pay for when it comes to lift kits, so buyer beware.
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Unread 03-15-2010, 11:36 AM   #4
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Why go with the best if you don't do much serious stuff?
For me it was disappointment when I bought something I thought was "good enough", then had to spend MORE money to get something that would be reliable and perform as advertised.

OmanJeep's advice to go with quality and cry once, or go cheap and cry many times comes to mind...

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There are pro's and con's to every lift. Do a lot of research. Long arms ride better, but are more prone to your control arms hanging up on larger rocks, require more modifications to the vehicle, and can be very pricey. Short arms ride stiffer, stray further from the factory control arm angle design, but require less modifications and cost less. My opinion, the currie 4" is the best short arm, I've had two RC short arms and regretted them both. I run a Currie 4" now and am very impressed with it's design, quality, and strength. You get what you pay for when it comes to lift kits, so buyer beware.
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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ru...thread-792423/
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Unread 03-15-2010, 11:40 AM   #5
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i am looking for a good 4inch lift kit for my 2006 tj with a 4 cylinder engine. i dont want to go to cheap but i dont do much serious off roading. i am confused with what the difference is with a long arm kit? what is better about the long arm
Clayton Off-Road, Gen-Right or Poly Performance long arm kit with 4" AEV Progressive or Old Man Emu springs, with outboarded rear shocks.
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Unread 03-15-2010, 01:10 PM   #6
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Unread 03-15-2010, 01:20 PM   #7
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OmanJeep's advice to go with quality and cry once, or go cheap and cry many times comes to mind...
Big boys don't cry.
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Unread 03-15-2010, 01:23 PM   #8
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Ive ran Rough Country from the beggining (of getting a lift) not offroading, and it's done we well. I had a lot of issues with flex so i got sway bar quick disconnects, and in my opinion, that's when you get the full value out of your suspension.
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Ive ran Rough Country from the beggining (of getting a lift) not offroading, and it's done we well. I had a lot of issues with flex so i got sway bar quick disconnects, and in my opinion, that's when you get the full value out of your suspension.
FYI, RC isn't near the quality of Currie, AEV or Clayton Off-Road, etc. Not even same ballpark. Also disconnecting sway bars is NOT how you get "full value out of your suspension". Replacing the front and rear sway bars with either an Anti-Rock or dual rate sway bar system IS.
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OK, well maybe just at the end of Old Yeller
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My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ru...thread-792423/
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OK, well maybe just at the end of Old Yeller
I cried in "Gone in 60 Seconds". They really trashed a beautiful Shelby
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Unread 03-15-2010, 02:30 PM   #12
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get the RC 4in "X" kit, im ordering it Wensday, so if this thread is still around ill let you know
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Most people on here will suggest what they have or what they did. Nothing wrong with it, they know it works.

1) Are you doing the install yourself?
2) Find a retailer you can trust and get their input. They do it for a living day in and day out. A good one can even suggest changes to meet your needs based on your location and what you do.

For me, I called David at Northridge4x4. He knows my area and was able to go over all aspects of short vs. long, kits vs. hybrids, etc. etc.

Again, this is what I did... you alone can decide what you will do.
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