"re-lifting/lowering/overhaul" of jeep LJ suspension
So here is the scoop.
I have owned a '06 rubicon LJ for about 8-9 years now. I lifted it around 2009 with a Rubicon Express 5.5" long arm lift kit, and it rolls on 315/75-16's.(35's). I have swapped gears to 4.56, ARB locker in rear to replace the failed factory unit, and treated 30 spline rear shafts.
At this point, I am not really happy with the lift kit, for a few reasons. Firstly, (as most of you probably know) the "hourglass" bushings in the control arms suck. I have replaced them twice in less than 35,000 miles. I want to get rid of that garbage.
Secondly, the jeep is just too tall and it doesnt suite me anymore. Between the whole LCG craze, and me getting older, i want it to be a little lower.
Thirdly, I just want it to drive better.
So, I would like some opinions on what you guys would suggest would be the best route to overhaul this jeeps suspension.
I dont really have a set budget, but if i can accomplish good results in a cheaper way, i am all for that.
I'm not sure if i want to try to squeeze 35's on something like a 3.5" spring, or just go to 33's.
I am kind of "out of touch" with what options are out there right now, but a have a few ideas i have considered. For example, metalcloak makes a bushing kit, where i can chop all the old rod ends off my rubicon express arms and weld the duroflex bushings on. They also have progressive rate 3.5" coils, which i thought looked nice.
They also sell complete radius arms, which look very similar to the rubicon express arms. Anybody know if those would bolt on to the rubicon express belly pan?
I guess i want to try to retain that belly pan, and replace arms(or just bushings), springs, shocks, ect.
Let me know what you guys think, and thanks