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Unread 01-08-2015, 11:08 PM   #1
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RE 4.5 super flex still good buy?

Looking at purchasing the RE 4.5 short arm kit this week. Still a good purchase? Anyone had issues?

I also spoke with a gentlemen at my local shop that had said I am paying more for the name than quality. What are your opinions?

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Unread 01-08-2015, 11:24 PM   #2
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I have a 4.5 RE SA kit put on in 2006. Replaced springs and shocks since. Still have the CA's and adj TB's. I heard they have made improvements but if I were you I'd do some more research. Maybe enough research where a kit isn't the best way to go. There are better components i.e. CA's, springs, shocks, adj TB's etc you can piece together and probably be much better off.
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Unread 01-08-2015, 11:59 PM   #3
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I'd buy something else if they have the hourglass shaped rubber bushings on one end. I have there old style with the superflex on one end and a rubber Clevite style on the other. Been happy with them. I did rebuild two of the superflex ends on the front lowers after about 50k miles because I severely neglected greasing them. The rear two I just took apart and cleaned up. They don't offer the Clevite style anymore, just the hourglass ones. I'm on their newest rubber compound in the rear uppers that have the hourglass style, have been replacing them every few years, I think I'm on my third set of bushings on just that one set of arms. Anyway, get something else, for sure any arms with. Johnny Joints or Metalcloaks. There is one fairly large company equivalent to RE stuff maybe rough country or something like that, haven't heard of bad reports of their latest designed spherical end joint, that's if you want to stay lower budget. Course if you want more proven/well reviewed stuff go with JJ or Metalcloak.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 12:00 AM   #4
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Currie and Metalcloak are king of the TJ world. You won't find too many RE lovers due to their sub par control arm bushings.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 06:48 AM   #5
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Re springs are too high a rate for most jeeps except a fully armored lj.
Re twin tube shock are not good. Mono tubes aint bad though.
Re arms eat bushings.
Look at the currie 4" lift, mabey metalcloak too.
They are top notch.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 07:26 AM   #6
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I have RE Superflex arms. The arms have held up to some abuse and the superflex joints are fine. It does go through the rubber bushings though. I'd love to swap all of mine to Currie or Metalcloak arms.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 10:44 AM   #7
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I've got the RE 4.5" superflex kit (but with the 3.5" springs); purchased it in 2008 for my 98 TJ. Plenty tall for 33" tires. I thought the RE shocks were too stiff; I'm half-way through replacing them with Bilstein 5100 series shocks. And I have replaced the rubber bushings a time or two. And the rear upper control arms I had replaced under warranty as the metal ring holding the rubber bushing went oval on me. But overall I've been pleased with it. I think of it as a good mid-range priced lift kit. If you go through 4x4groupbuy they sell package deals that include a SYE and a Tom Wood's CV rear driveshaft. When I was looking for a lift kit way back when, I compared piecing a kit together vs. a package deal, and the package deal worked out better. You still need to get a rear track bar and bracket.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 11:06 AM   #8
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I started with an RE 4.5 inch superflex short arm kit and wouldn't recommend it. Definitely check out MetalCloak and Currie/Savvy lift kits. They may be a little more expensive to start with, but you'll spend less time and money replacing stuff in the long run.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 12:00 PM   #9
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I started with an RE 4.5 inch superflex short arm kit and wouldn't recommend it. Definitely check out MetalCloak and Currie/Savvy lift kits. They may be a little more expensive to start with, but you'll spend less time and money replacing stuff in the long run.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 12:42 PM   #10
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Another guy here with RE arms looking to get new ones.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 04:23 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the help gents!
Looks like I am leading towards metalcloak 3.5 and add the sixpak later on. Anyone know about the sixpak shock performance?
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Unread 01-09-2015, 05:30 PM   #12
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I hear alot of good stuff about the metal cloak lift!
I have not heard much about the shocks yet.
Nothing bad either, Just I dont think alot of people run them?
In theory they should have plenty of travel?
Im not bashIng them, just dont hear alot about them.
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Thanks for all the help gents!
Looks like I am leading towards metalcloak 3.5 and add the sixpak later on. Anyone know about the sixpak shock performance?
IMO six packs are a gimmick. Equal or better options for cheaper.
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Unread 01-09-2015, 09:51 PM   #14
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IMO six packs are a gimmick. Equal or better options for cheaper.
Ideas? Bilstiens?
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Ideas? Bilstiens?
Bilsteins are popular here. Not my thing. Really depends on the budget. I'd look at Rancho 9000s or Foxes. I guess if you are talking six packs budget is decent size, but you can get Fox remote reservoirs and have them tuned by Alltech for materially less than six packs for example. Would do that every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
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