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Unread 12-03-2006, 10:56 AM   #1
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Best articulating 5.5" lift?

What lift articulates the best in the 5.5" range and costing less then $4000?

I have been looking at the Rock Krawler, Fabtech, Rubicon Express and nth degree. Which of these is the best and are there others I should look at?

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Unread 12-03-2006, 11:30 AM   #2
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RockKrawler X-Factor Plus 5.5 long arm system....here's a link to some pic's of the build on my jeep with install pic's on that system....system flexs so well it is nessasary to use limiting straps to keep from dropping the springs out or over extending your shocks....about $2399.

http://www.slackeroffroad.com/photo/...s.php?album=76
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Unread 12-03-2006, 11:39 AM   #3
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Unread 12-03-2006, 12:57 PM   #4
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Also look at the Clayton kit and the TNT customs kit. I'm going to build one like the clayton kit to save some $$
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Unread 12-03-2006, 05:24 PM   #5
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Is there a link for the Clayton kit? Who is TNT?
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Unread 12-03-2006, 06:50 PM   #6
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Is there a link for the Clayton kit? Who is TNT?
http://www.claytonoffroad.com/
http://www.tntcustoms.com/webV4/default.asp You may have to go here for info on their new LA lift:http://www.colorado4x4.org/
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Unread 12-03-2006, 09:30 PM   #7
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Unread 12-04-2006, 02:47 PM   #8
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Not anymore! The website has been updated and info is now available regarding the kit. http://www.tntcustoms.com/webv5/tjylinksystem.asp

With that said, there are a few more updates that aren't on the website (new info as of today) that you may want to be aware of:
  • The Late Model TJ kit has been completed and is now also available effective 12-11-2006.
  • A last minute design revision added two more benefits: (1) Removeable skid plate without having to touch the suspension to make any necessary maintainence. The previous version had the front control arms integrated into the skid. (2) Less complicated install. The new design makes accessing all of the bolts a snap.
  • We have not yet confirmed that the final version works with the Rubicon model. We will update the site as soon as we can confirm it's good to go.
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Unread 12-04-2006, 07:22 PM   #9
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I am sure all the kits are good. Which articulates the best?

Krawlers kit is the first kit I have seen to give a RTI score. They also have a tech section on the site that makes a lot of sense on why theres is the best. I don't mean sale lit. but actual pro/con on 3 link vs 4 link etc.

Most of the other kits seem to say "We have a long arm kit with 3 link in the back" and leave it at that. So, what design elements will give us the best flex.
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Unread 12-07-2006, 08:28 PM   #10
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I am sure all the kits are good. Which articulates the best?

Krawlers kit is the first kit I have seen to give a RTI score. They also have a tech section on the site that makes a lot of sense on why theres is the best. I don't mean sale lit. but actual pro/con on 3 link vs 4 link etc.

Most of the other kits seem to say "We have a long arm kit with 3 link in the back" and leave it at that. So, what design elements will give us the best flex.
RK uses a 20 degree ramp. Most rti's are done on a 30 degree ramp, so it's a little misleading, but having wheeled with quite a few guy's running the 5.5 X-factor long arm kit, it flex's like nothing else I've seen....once my rigs out on the trail I will have plenty of pic's to post to show the flex....and why I use limiting straps....
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Unread 12-08-2006, 07:21 AM   #11
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Matt fohgot one key oint to the new M.A.S.S. (Modular Advanced Suspension System) kits. The transmission has it's own independent crossmember. The belly skid can be removed with common hand tools at any time without supporting the trans/tcase.

Benifts?
1)High clearance front control arms
2) Dual triangulated rear suspension. (Check the suspension induced rear steer in the following pics)
3) Full rear axle truss (weld on, no bolt on bracket assy that is called a truss)
4) Removeable skid, without having to support the tranny/tcase
5) All mounting points are frenched (tucked into the mounting system)

Flex?

Here's a Clayton's stretch kit:




Here's our M.A.S.S. IV Y-Link. BTW it's on a YJ...




TJ went 80" up the ramp, YJ 91" That's a 30* ramp.
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Unread 12-08-2006, 12:08 PM   #12
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RK uses a 20 degree ramp. Most rti's are done on a 30 degree ramp, so it's a little misleading, but having wheeled with quite a few guy's running the 5.5 X-factor long arm kit, it flex's like nothing else I've seen....once my rigs out on the trail I will have plenty of pic's to post to show the flex....and why I use limiting straps....
Yeah... if that thing every gets back out on a trail
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Unread 12-08-2006, 12:26 PM   #14
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I think pure articulation is overrated. If I had $4k to spend on my suspension, it would be a stretched Clayton setup... there isn't really anything tougher on the market.

I also like the Nth stretch kit... which is a tad higher at $4500, but it does include the tank and such. I've heard no complaints about the strength of the kit (ask Dozer) and the ground clearance is fantastic.
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Unread 12-09-2006, 09:03 PM   #15
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Does anyone have pics of the extended wheelbase lifts?
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