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Unread 07-22-2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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RE 5.5 Long arm: Net lift height?

I have ordered a Rubicon Express Long Arm 5.5" from my 04 Rubi to be installed next week. I have been hearing that the lift, when finished, is much higher than 5.5". I realize that some settling will occur, but I have been told that I should expect 7"??? Anyone out there have this lift on there TJ?

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Unread 07-22-2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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I had the 4.5" and it was nearly 5.5"

My 3.5" is almost 4".

4.5 and 3.5 were/are both RE springs.
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I ordered that exact same lift but fortunately, I came to my senses before I installed it and swapped the 5.5" springs for 4.5" springs. For 35" tires, the 4.5" kit is ideal and it provides more like 5.5" in reality anyway. 5.5" tall springs (6.5" in reality) are just stupid-tall in my personal opinion. I hope you will have a SYE and CV driveshaft installed for either of those lift heights, you'll need them.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 11:06 AM   #4
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don't rubi's already have an sye?

one of my friends put the 5.5 RE long arm on his 04 rubi with 36 sx tires a few weeks after i had my 8" skyjacker lift put on. i run 37s and his jeep sat very close to the same height as mine.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 11:29 AM   #5
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I ordered that exact same lift but fortunately, I came to my senses before I installed it and swapped the 5.5" springs for 4.5" springs. For 35" tires, the 4.5" kit is ideal and it provides more like 5.5" in reality anyway. 5.5" tall springs (6.5" in reality) are just stupid-tall in my personal opinion. I hope you will have a SYE and CV driveshaft installed for either of those lift heights, you'll need them.
Stupid tall? Our fronts have sagged with the stinger and winch. Currently, we have a 3/4" spacer in the front and after about another year could likely use another 3/4" spacer to level out. We are considering swapping in some 4.5" rears instead. It all depends on the weight of installed accessories.

Keep in mind that the RE springs seem to take a year, or more, to "break-in" and settle. Along the way the ride will improve too.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 11:40 AM   #6
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I just spoke to Rubicon Express and they tech guy tells me that I the lowest would be 5.5", but hard top, large spare, wench, and etc will associate with the lower figure. If the Jeep is stripped plan for 6.5" give or take. Ok, now that I know this I will wait to see how this lift looks and then play with the tire size. This is nuts but will be fun either way I guess.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 11:43 AM   #7
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Yes, the Rubicon has an SYE from the factory and I am doing the CV drive shaft too. I am upgrading the Dana 44 with new stronger axles and new 5:13 gears. If I end up going with 36 or 37's I should be fine. You guys are great for helping me out Thanks so much.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 12:00 PM   #8
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What tire do have you guys experienced with? I don't mind noise and I do more road driving than trail, which I hope to change soon, but for now its 75/25.
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I have heard that the RE LA kits do tend to sit hire. I'm on a 6" Long arm (Full Traction) and I don't want to go anymore than that, lift wise.

If you're running 35's I think the 4.5 kit would be just fine. However, it is your Jeep and ultimately your preference.


As far as tires, I've always liked BFG's. I've owned the BFG Mud Terrain and BFG Mud Terrain KM2. Both rode nicely on the road (wore well, fairly quiet) and performed nicely off road as well. They're not too bad price wise IMO when compared to others.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 12:29 PM   #10
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I have the RE 5.5" with 35" tires. I have actually only had this done for a couple of weeks now. At first, I thought it sat way too tall, but I definitely like the look now. I also figured there will be some sag with my hard top, body armor, etc., and if/when I decide to go to a bigger tire I have room to go. I am not running any body lift, and hopefully won't ever have to. Jerry knows best, but like he stated, it's his personal opinion. Anything above 5.5" would have been absolutely ridiculous on 35" tires for my Jeep.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 12:45 PM   #11
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I agree, I will just see what it sits like and try a couple tire options. If I can go to 37 than that is fine since I am going with stronger axles in the D44's and 5.13's.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 01:09 PM   #12
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It will sit pretty high. I had a 1" bodylift previously installed before the 5.5 lift. So I have 6.5" total. A little more lift makes sense where I wheel because its hard to avoid mud, and water crossings. However, when I start taking it to Rausch creek eventually I plan to throw some 3.5" coils on there.

In this picture it's sitting on 36" iroks which measure out to be a tad over a true 35" tire.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 01:35 PM   #13
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Nice rig! I always have the option to buy lower springs if need.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 03:59 PM   #14
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I have the RE 5.5 LA on my LJ. I took measurements before and after the lift. Including the difference of tire size (from stock 30's to 35" MT/R's) I had a total change in elevation of 10 inches. That was almost three years ago though and I'm sure it has settled some since. But like others have said, it will allow you options on tire size (up to a 37 with no other modifications), or you can always swap in shorter springs if you prefer once the rest of the system is in place.
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Sorry... I like the 5.5" "stupid tall... after a small sag over time and all of my winch and armor, it works great.I didn't want a body lift at all! I love the tri-link that I added with it.It works well for me.IMO!
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