This should stir up some debate
Most here probably don't know my history but in the early 2000's, Blaine and I worked on many TJ's and wheeled quite a bit together. Some of what he has perfected today had genesis in the theories and opinions we yakked about around the campfire back in the day. As a reference, I have on my rig, the 4th outboarded shock modification that Blaine performed after Gary's ARCA Jeep and Kathryn's TJ. Eventually, I changed jobs and my Jeeping took a different direction which ultimately led to invest into the long arm and move away from the rock crawling world.
I've got an early interpretation of an aluminum long arm suspension on my rig and its been there since 2004. Mostly trouble free until the past year and a half where I started breaking suspension pieces. Since the manufacturer is now out of business and no longer supports his customers, parts are hard to come by and even if I do find them, there seems to be dimensional differences which makes getting these pieces to fit and actually work, a challenge.
Consequently, I've been yakking with Blaine over the past month or so about revisiting my rig and it was the Savvy Under Armor that finally got me to move. So with that, my rig is now at Blaine's for a major bit of surgery.
We will remove the 1" Currie body lift and install a 1.25" BL to prep for the under armor, the Skyjacker 6" coils will be removed and replaced with new Currie 4" progressives. We will retain the 12" stroke Edelbrock remote resevoir shocks.
The long arm kit will be replaced by a custom 4 link up front (trackbar, 2 lowers and 1 drivers side upper on a custom HP30 truss). This should clean up my clearance issues, improve strength and also get me better more controlled articulation with less bind. We will reuse the aluminum lowers although at a mid arm (26" or so) length.
The big Genrite 24gallon gas tank is also going in favor if a stock 19gallon tank with a Savvy raised skid.
Once we finish the front, we will look at the rear which is currently trilinked with a truss on the rear 44. We expect to retain the rear truss and modify it to accept a Johnny joint or maybe a set of FK rod ends. If budget allows, we will relocate the upper spring perches and we intend to remove the Ford shock tower outboard kit and replace it with a Poly Performance outboard kit to allow the reuse of the 12" shock with the shorter spring.
Eventually, we will get to the Under Armor and clean up the mid section of the Jeep's belly. I'll also have to eventually revist the front trackbar and steering but that will take a back seat to the suspension and Under Armor since I really haven't had a DW or serious bumpsteer issue with it yet.
So... here is a crappy Iphone pic of the front long arm as of yesterday before the tear down. More to come.