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Unread 06-06-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Long arm upgrade

Looking at doing a long arm upgrade on my 98 tj. What's everyone's opinion on these what's the best bang for the buck? Also hack n taps any good?

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Unread 06-06-2013, 04:30 PM   #2
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Are you just planning on swapping short arms to long arms? What are you trying to accomplish?

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Unread 06-06-2013, 05:06 PM   #3
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Do some reading on the SA LA threads on here. If I was dead set on going LA id buy clayton
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Unread 06-07-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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I have a 4" Tera flex and I want a better street ride and better articulation off road.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 04:24 PM   #5
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best thing to do is use the search bar on the home page and search for sa vs la threads. the difference In ride is subjective and the articulation is going to depend on your shock lengh and or the limiting factor in your suspension witch is most likely not your arms.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 04:50 PM   #6
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I have a 4" Tera flex and I want a better street ride and better articulation off road.
Longer control arms don't guarantee either one of those.

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Unread 06-07-2013, 05:00 PM   #7
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Well I went from a Rubicon Express 4.5 SuperFlex to a Clayton Pro Series 5.5 Long Arm. TO ME it was night and day in the ride. The LA drove so much better TO ME. As for articulation I might have gained a bit but not much. But that is in my opinion.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 05:03 PM   #8
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As for articulation I might have gained a bit but not much. But that is in my opinion.
Articulation has nothing to do with opinion or arm length. It is a function of shock length.
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Well I went from a Rubicon Express 4.5 SuperFlex to a Clayton Pro Series 5.5 Long Arm. TO ME it was night and day in the ride. The LA drove so much better TO ME. As for articulation I might have gained a bit but not much. But that is in my opinion.
I'm guessing that swap also involved changing springs and shocks?
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Articulation has nothing to do with opinion or arm length. It is a function of shock length.
I agree! Like I said I didn't gain much. I think where I gained was my tires were not hitting my fenders anymore with the newer coils.
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I'm guessing that swap also involved changing springs and shocks?
The kit I got came with new bilsteins that were the same model as the bilsteins I already had on.
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I agree! Like I said I didn't gain much. I think where I gained was my tires were not hitting my fenders anymore with the newer coils.
Well, so as to not confuse the OP, specify why you gained articulation and where the gains came from.

I'll keep going--tires hitting the fenders have nothing to do with the springs.
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The kit I got came with new bilsteins that were the same model as the bilsteins I already had on.
So they were the same part number? Same valving?

And, no new springs?
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Unread 06-07-2013, 05:22 PM   #14
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So they were the same part number? Same valving?

And, no new springs?
I installed a brand new Clayton 5.5 Longarm my old kit was a RE 4.5. My old shocks that I had were longer because I had the up and down travel to support them. Just so happens the Clayton kit came with the same shocks as my old ones. Yes there were new coils.

I understand that you can only articulate as far as your shocks will allow. When I installed the kit I flexed it out on my forklift at work like I would with my short arm. I was worried I would roll the jeep before that rear tire would come off the ground.

Trust me I was short arm guy through and through but I got a good deal on this kit and couldnt pass it up and I am glad I got it.
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Well I went from a Rubicon Express 4.5 SuperFlex to a Clayton Pro Series 5.5 Long Arm. TO ME it was night and day in the ride. The LA drove so much better TO ME. As for articulation I might have gained a bit but not much. But that is in my opinion.
Just the difference in ends alone would be night & day.
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