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Unread 04-07-2014, 09:47 AM   #1
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which long arm kit?

hi guys, i have a 1997 tj and im looking for a long arm kit. im running 31s right now and to be able to run big tread 35s for mudding but 33s would be alright. which kit is best for me? im looking for a 3-4" lift and all the parts, not one of those hacked together ones. i want an all inclusive kit. which one is the best overall? which one is best of the cash? should i piece it together myself? any insight with this height rage, please hit me up with what you have and how you like it. thanks guys

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Unread 04-07-2014, 10:07 AM   #2
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It seems like the long arm trend is pretty much stalled out. It seems short arms are back in again. I've never owned a long arm setup to offer any pros or cons with them, but others that do, will I'm sure.
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Unread 04-07-2014, 10:16 AM   #3
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hi guys, i have a 1997 tj and im looking for a long arm kit. im running 31s right now and to be able to run big tread 35s for mudding but 33s would be alright. which kit is best for me? im looking for a 3-4" lift and all the parts, not one of those hacked together ones. i want an all inclusive kit. which one is the best overall? which one is best of the cash? should i piece it together myself? any insight with this height rage, please hit me up with what you have and how you like it. thanks guys
The only complete kit I have is the Rough Country 4 inch X-series Long Arm Lift Kit. I personally run their Long arm upgrade kit. The geometry of the kit isn't ideal. The anti squat number is really high and there are other short comings. That can be said for most bolt in long arm kits in my experience.

A lot of people will tell you a well built short arm kit will perform better for you and not to "waste" your money on long arms. For the wheeling I do I have enjoyed my long arms on and off road.

I'll be doing a frame swap soon and I'm undecided on whether I want to go with a triangulated 4 link with long arms or go back to the stock control arm mounts and do a solid short arm lift.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like a quote!

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Unread 04-07-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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I run the 5.5" RE LA with tri-link. To do it over today, I wouldn't run a long arm.
I'd run a Savvy 4" SA and flat skid it to the frame.
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Unread 04-07-2014, 06:28 PM   #5
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okay, well since it seems to be that short arm lifts are the way to go...what should i be looking for in that market? most inclusive one? best for money?
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Unread 04-07-2014, 06:57 PM   #6
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Savvy/Currie 4" short arm.. imo. It's what I'm running currently, no complaints here.. except my fox shocks seem a little stiff, but I don't have any weight on my jeep yet. As in bumpers.. spare tire.. rear seat is out.. no winch.. no armor.. so I'm really light at the moment.

I don't mud though. I avoid that BAD stuff. Nothing worse than mud for any vehicle, except maybe sand. Mud is fun.. but not worth it for me. =)

There's extra's you need to clear 35's on this kit..
1.25" bodylift
1" MML, I recommend Browndog
SYE and new driveshaft
You'll likely want a Novak shifter kit for your 4x4 shifter cause your linkage will make annoying popping noises after you lift it.
You may or may not need a M.O.R.E 1" steering bracket lift (Mine needed it, steering shaft was rubbing on the firewall)
If you get Antirock swaybar... it will rub on your Tierod/draglink connection
Get the kit with the rear track bar
And you will likely have to re-route your Muffler/tailpipe (Not a big deal, local shop did mine for $60)
4.56 or 4.88 gear ratio
New speedometer gear
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okay, well since it seems to be that short arm lifts are the way to go...what should i be looking for in that market? most inclusive one? best for money?
What's your budget. I would look at the Savvy / Currie lift

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Unread 04-07-2014, 08:06 PM   #8
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Unread 04-07-2014, 08:13 PM   #9
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i run the 5.5" re la with tri-link. To do it over today, i wouldn't run a long arm.
I'd run a savvy 4" sa and flat skid it to the frame.
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Unread 04-07-2014, 08:13 PM   #10
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OP, there is a ton of info on this site about this. Spend some time searching and reading through older posts and I guarantee you will learn way more that way than starting another thread.

But as others have said, you will mostly find people recommending savvy & metalcloak.
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Unread 04-07-2014, 08:25 PM   #11
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Having had a 4" RE short arm kit and going to a 5 1/2"RE long arm, tri-link kit now, if I was to do it over again it would be the Savvy/Currie 4" short arm no questions asked...
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I've got 3" BDS springs and RE super flex short arms. I'd love some 4" Currie springs and Currie/Savvy short arms if I ever change them out.

I've heard good things about the Metalcloak arms too
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