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Unread 01-02-2008, 10:16 AM   #1
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what would you do? (RE 4.5" tri link, stock size tires, Currie Anti Rock)

Hi everyone,
I am new here; recently (6 months ago) traded in my 2005 F150 Supercrew for a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

Did my first modification this weekend:
window light mounts and a pair of Hella driving lights.

Now what the real question is: considering a lift now........
what do you think about the following:
- Rubicon Express 4.5" long arm w/ tri-link rear.
- thinking the 4.5" cause I want to be able to keep the stock wheels/tires without it looking dumb - from what I read it's identical to the 5.5" kit with the exception of the springs. Also, don't want to change gears yet.

This w/ the driveline needed and the Currie AntiRock will be about $4000.
Installed @ ORW total price would be about $4700 and I would install the AntiRock myself.

Jeep currently is a daily driver, but will be fixing the '91 Honda Accord in a couple days so the Jeep won't be driven everyday.

Any takes on this?
Thanks for the inputs,
jake

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Fill in your profile info...and we might be able to throw some suggestions your way...

as far as stock tires....anything over 2" with stock tires will look funny.

I've got the RE 4.5" Superflex Short Arm..and 33s...

there's a thread "What would my TJ look like with x lift and x tires?"

Search all the threads...for $5000...you could probably get a long arm...if you want to eventually wheel it...
IMO, for now, it sounds like you could go with a 2" budget boost and be happy...with stock tires (Get some beefy 31's), you wouldn't need to regear, no sye involved...
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Unread 01-02-2008, 11:03 AM   #3
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That's a good solid combination, the RE 4.5", Tri-Linked, and an Antirock. I'm not sure you need the Tri-Link yet, I almost installed one (I have those other two items installed) but after discussing it with a few very knowledgeable friends, decided against spending the $$ for it for now.

Which ORW shop are you going to use? I have known Wally who manages their Escondido store for nearly ten years and trust him and his techs to do right whenever anything extra needs to be done.
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It would end up being the Esco shop. talked to the guys at the SD shop and got the close-to quote, but I guess that all work is done in esco? that's what I gathered from the guy, might be wrong.

My brother and I installed the lift on my old F150 and it worked out great, every time someone asked me who built my truck, they were surpised when i said that I did it. Thinking about doing it myself, I have read the directions a few times over and seems pretty straightforward, plus I have yet to use my TIG welder for anything other than a couple welds on my buggy I am building.

Any advice on self-install?

Any other inputs?

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The self-install is not THAT difficult but it's not a weekend project either unless you are into marathon type work. I'd say it'll take two full weekends to get it done as there is a lot of cutting, grinding, and drilling that takes place. It's definitely not a bolt-on as you already know. From what I've seen of TIG welding and its requirements for both hands and a foot, I think a simple MIG welder would prove more suited for the job.
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probably right on the welding aspect.

what's your take on the new winch from warn? the one with the air?
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Originally Posted by steelefx4
probably right on the welding aspect.

what's your take on the new winch from warn? the one with the air?
I like Warn products but I wouldn't touch that one. It's huge, it's heavy, and if it goes out you've lost not only your source of air but the winch too. The president of my local offroad club (Geared4Fun) has one and it is giving him trouble... which meant he had neither air nor winch the last event we did.
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