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Unread 08-11-2004, 01:42 PM   #1
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My Jeep with 5.5" RE Long arm kit installed

This is my second post on this site so I'm a little new. Just wanted to show off my jeep and see what yall thought of it. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Unread 08-11-2004, 02:10 PM   #2
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This is my second post on this site so I'm a little new. Just wanted to show off my jeep and see what yall thought of it. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Jay
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Looks good Jay, Welcome to the forum. What Gears are you running on your rig?
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Unread 08-11-2004, 02:28 PM   #3
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Too tall for me. Nice to see you got rid of the thornbird tires though... (those are just bad... and not in a good way...)

I would take the Jeep t-braw thing off the hood as it will only drap dirt and dust and scratch the paint and the sun will not fade the paint evenly with it on so what isn't scratched will be darker if you do take it off in a few years. It's one of those things that I just don't understand why they make cause they surve no positive purpose. Just my opinion though.
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Unread 08-11-2004, 04:56 PM   #4
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Well the thornbirds didnt look as good on my Jeep because there 33's and they had'nt been clean. I liked the tires they do great offroad and provide a lot of traction in the mud. Did you not like them because of how they looked? Anyways the bra thingy looks good to me. I wont leave it on for long periods of time. Maybe every other month. I should have a problem. The gears in the Jeep are 4.10s because its a 4 banger. I dont have any problems getting into 5th and the tires feel the same as the 33's. Thanks for the input.

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Unread 08-11-2004, 05:22 PM   #5
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You liked em? Your the first person I've ever heard admit that. Every once in a while someone around here joins up on a trail with a set and they usually have nothing but problems. We find them horrible in mud, on the rocks, even on wet roads. Just all-around a bad tire. If they were the first tires on your Jeep and you thought they performed well, I'd expect you to really like the new MT's.
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Unread 08-11-2004, 05:41 PM   #6
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Aight well I have some Super Swamper TSL's on my truck for a while and didnt have a bad experience with them. Even wear was tuff but I managed. Then I got the Thornbirds. I had them on my truck for a month maybe and they made a huge difference. Everything road smooth and they did good in the sand and the mud. They ended up on my Jeep and didnt have any problems with them. I found them to be a good tire on and off road. I just traded them to a friend for his 35's that I have. I havent noticed a change. I just dont want to have given him a bad trade. Thanks for the input. I have never heard that about those tires.

Todd if you read this and you have any problems with those tires I'll be happy to switch back.

Sir u live in Austin.. so where do wheel at? I live in Round Rock and havent found a decent place to wheel at yet.. I havent looked very hard though.

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Unread 08-11-2004, 05:55 PM   #7
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yeah where are the wheeling spots? I am in Round Rock also
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Unread 08-11-2004, 07:47 PM   #8
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Great pics, and timely for me since my 5.5" RE LA kit is sitting in my garage awaiting installation. I'm actually seriously considering swapping the 5.5" for 4.5" springs since I'm not really planning to go bigger than my current 35" tires. What are your thoughts on the 5.5" lift height which is actually considerably higher than that? Where I like to wheel, it's easy to get too tall which raises the center-of-gravity too much which encourages tipovers or rollovers.
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There's a big mud pit uptown behind the VFW in N Austin I hear (havn't been to that one myself). But I do some in SA lately since the slab closed down due to the new wounderful texas river law... But actually, I havn't been on the trails too much lately... I need to get back out there.
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to add another + for the thornbirds, i love mine...i have about 1500 miles on them and they are both on and off road.....teh are not bad in the wet either, after considering the the size difference compared to the stock ones...i just added some heave duty hawk brake pads and get better gripping than the bfg at ko's that i had........

i like them offf road too....sand, mud, clay, and gumbo ***** are what i have to go through, and they preform like they should.....

many of the negatives posts and reviews that i read about them were from bandwagon haters (not implying that any of you are), that had never actually owned a set and made their OWN opinion....truth is, they do well on light vehicles like a jeep and if aired down properly (12-16psi) getting the side lug closer to the contact patch, they are the best all-terrain tire you can buy....they are also some of the best priced tires out there.....

nice looking jeep.....do you not need a swaybar with that kit?? or am i missing something??

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Great pics, and timely for me since my 5.5" RE LA kit is sitting in my garage awaiting installation. I'm actually seriously considering swapping the 5.5" for 4.5" springs since I'm not really planning to go bigger than my current 35" tires. What are your thoughts on the 5.5" lift height which is actually considerably higher than that? Where I like to wheel, it's easy to get too tall which raises the center-of-gravity too much which encourages tipovers or rollovers.
Talk to Jason over at Redrock. He has run both and prefers the 4.5's. From the people I've talked to with the 5.5's, you still get some wheel hop like on the short arm kits (that's what I have) when the tires spin. It goes away with the 4.5's. Again this is just what I've heard. I've ridden in jeeps with both but just on the road or in a field, no real testing. On a different note, the 5.5 kit has plenty of room for 37s.
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Talk to Jason over at Redrock. He has run both and prefers the 4.5's. From the people I've talked to with the 5.5's, you still get some wheel hop like on the short arm kits (that's what I have) when the tires spin. It goes away with the 4.5's. Again this is just what I've heard. I've ridden in jeeps with both but just on the road or in a field, no real testing. On a different note, the 5.5 kit has plenty of room for 37s.
Very good input, thank you. I'm probably going to do the swap for the 4.5" springs based on that plus everything else I've been considering and hearing/reading. Plus I already had one 5.5" lift and it was a bit too tall for much of what I enjoy doing.

With the 1" BL, that's more than enough to run my 35" tires. I'll stick with 35" tires and avoid 37" tires, especially since even with my Warn inner/outer front axleshafts and hubs plus other drivetrain upgrades like rear Superior axle shafts, etc., 35" tires are all they can really take with the trails we tend to run out here. I've already broken one front axleshaft with just 35" tires, thank you.
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Unread 08-12-2004, 07:35 AM   #13
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Hey Under_PsI
I am the one that swapped tires with Jbirdman and I noticed a 100% improvement in the way my jeep rides....... love the tires !!
Hey Jbirdman, Under_PsI just saved you from my bounty hunter coming after you to get my 35"s back ha ha
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Unread 08-12-2004, 08:03 AM   #14
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All you thornbird-lovers must be suffering under some hallucinogen that's in the rubber...

Seriously though, if you like em, more power to ya. I have never has a set on my vehicles but I have wheeled and driven quite a few that have. My old neighbor used to have a set on his YJ. We took it all over the place and tried to beat the heck out of it on the trails.

The centers are too slick for the rocks around here and the didn't wrap the rocks as well as other tires, they slide on the slick texas roads when it rains and the soupy mud around here just makes em spin... Alot of it is probably due to the area and conditions but no one around here really likes em much that I've seen. You only see them on the occasional vehicle here and there and very few that were regulars on the trail.

But if you like em, that's all that matters... I guess... But after my experiences using them, I wouldn't take a set for free...
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Unread 08-12-2004, 09:32 AM   #15
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My thoughts on the 5.5" are that it's taller and I plan to run 38.5" tires eventually. The 5.5" kit doesnt really seem that tall to me but I'm a pretty tall guy so. Before that though I will be upgradeding my axles to Sunray engineering 1550 series axles.

I agree with Under_PsI. I think that most of the people that dislike the tires are just going along with everyone else. JMO though. Thanks for the support Under_PsI now my buddy doesnt have to jack his tires back.

Not taking a set for free.... HMM you must really hate that tire. Well if anyone every offers some to you free tell them to give them to ME!!

Thanks again for all the input

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