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Unread 05-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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TeraFlex LA upgrade mod question

My friend is thinking of taking my old Tera LA kit that came on my jeep and making his own lift. It is just the 4 lowers and the skid plate/mounting rails. He wants to know if he could just use the mounting rails and maybe redo the existing arms with some newer joints like JJ's or Duroflexs. And then he wants to run longer uppers so that he doesn't have to run short arms and have a chance of busting them. I don't know if he can make a 4 link in the rear and 3 link in the front off of this. I know he can't adjust the lower frame mounts since they are prefabbed, so that is the problem I see with it. Is this possible?

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Unread 05-26-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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Yeah keep lowers and add mc joints and run longer uppers with a 3 link front with poly, artec or ballistic link brackets... Good idea to recycle those parts... The arms are beef.
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That's a POS setup.....

Why don't you go check the threaded shank size and determine for yourself what else can be swapped in.

As for the uppers, can he weld and fabricate new mounts and does he understand enough about link suspension to put them in the right spot? If so, you're good to go. If not, you're not.

It's that simple. You can answer all of your questions with a little time under your Jeep.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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That's a POS setup.....

Why don't you go check the threaded shank size and determine for yourself what else can be swapped in.

As for the uppers, can he weld and fabricate new mounts and does he understand enough about link suspension to put them in the right spot? If so, you're good to go. If not, you're not.

It's that simple. You can answer all of your questions with a little time under your Jeep.
I know the kit is a POS. I hated it on my jeep for the couple weeks I had it on. He was thinking of just using the mounts itself and not really that interested in reusing the arms. They are the old style bushing arms anyways. He had a thought about cutting them off and re-welding new joint ends to them. I told that may not be the route to go even the they are stout arms.

He can weld and fab fine. I would probably end up helping him if he does go through this and I'm confident in my suspension knowledge so far. But I'm always reading up on it.

I just didn't know for sure if he could use the frame rails that came with that kit.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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Sure, I don't see why not. The upper mounts are the problem....fix that and the suspension should perform much better. Don't bother with the existing arms.....just get some tube and build some new ones. Honestly, if the only thing you're keeping is the TF lower mounts, then just ditch the whole thing for a few hundred bucks and put that money toward new, better mounts and parts to build links.
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Unread 05-26-2013, 07:38 PM   #6
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I've been trying to sell it for a while now and haven't had any luck. Since then my friend asked if he could pick it up and use the kit. I tried to get him to go with my setup or similar but he has his sights on this for some reason. I'll try to get it through him that you can make it all new for relatively cheap.

But I guess I will have to go and make up a setup with him based off of the TF mounts for now. Until he realizes that it won't be worth it and just start from scratch.
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So the front arms are bent for clearance. Does that mean we have to bend the new arms too?
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So the front arms are bent for clearance. Does that mean we have to bend the new arms too?
You tell me. Why are they bent? Will your new setup retain that reason or will you change it?

Again, you can answer your own questions better than we can.
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