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Unread 03-07-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Long Arm Kit or Driveshafts?

I have a 2008 4 door. It is currently lifted with a 4in Skyjacker lift with hydro shocks and coil springs. I also have JKS front and rear adjustable track bars, sway bar disconnects, and end links. I am running 35" KM2s on the D30 front and D44 rear. I use the jeep right now as a DD and will continue to do so for 2 or 3 more years. With that said, I still would like to get a little more flex and offroad capabilities with it.

So now heres the real question... Do I go with the Teraflex Long arm kit for $2,000 ir do I get the Tom Woods front and rear driveshafts for about $1,100? I plan to get both eventually but which will help more first? Which is more necessary but will keep the DD stable? I do plan to do an axle swap, regear, and add lockers down the road when it is no longer a DD but right now this is what my options are. Please give me your input! I am only 19 and still learning!!!!! Heres some pics of the Jeep as it stands today.





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I would suggest you think about upgrading your driveshafts before dumping money into your lift. You can have the best lift in the world but if your driveline is breaking then your suspension is useless. If you are not going to be changing out the Dana 30 anytime soon, reinforcing that and driveshafts would make more sense to me.
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I would suggest you think about upgrading your driveshafts before dumping money into your lift. You can have the best lift in the world but if your driveline is breaking then your suspension is useless. If you are not going to be changing out the Dana 30 anytime soon, reinforcing that and driveshafts would make more sense to me.
Thanks for the thoughts I am not gonna be swapping the axles for a few years so I will most likely do the driveshafts
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Which is more necessary but will keep the DD stable?
Just based off of this question alone the obvious answer is drive shafts. Where are you getting that price though for Tom Woods? I think I paid $450 shipped for my rear "Coast" drive shaft and I could have sworn Tom Woods was right in the same price point.
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Just based off of this question alone the obvious answer is drive shafts. Where are you getting that price though for Tom Woods? I think I paid $450 shipped for my rear "Coast" drive shaft and I could have sworn Tom Woods was right in the same price point.
I have talked with Tom and he quoted me about 500 per shaft for CV type shafts and clear coated to keep them lookin nice. With shipping and tax it comes out to just below 1100 for both. I am thinking their probably gonna be my next purchase
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Neither thing you mention is going to give you more articulation on your rig. No reason to replace your driveshafts unless they are spitting grease. Adams seems to be the cost leader in driveshafts today at around $700 for both front and rear. Tom Woods make a fine shaft though and you wont go wrong with them.

Your rig reminds me of another in the chicago area. Black with the red even had skyjacker on it.
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Do the driveshafts. Without a doubt your stock ones will end up crapping out at the worst possible time. You should definitely look at the Adams Driveshaft shafts. I have them, they are awesome and they are priced really reasonably.
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Your rig reminds me of another in the chicago area. Black with the red even had skyjacker on it.
Probably Ludskis?
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Neither thing you mention is going to give you more articulation on your rig. No reason to replace your driveshafts unless they are spitting grease. Adams seems to be the cost leader in driveshafts today at around $700 for both front and rear. Tom Woods make a fine shaft though and you wont go wrong with them.

Your rig reminds me of another in the chicago area. Black with the red even had skyjacker on it.
Thanks for the info... Is there anything else you'd reccomend worrying about before the shafts? Anything I don't have that I need? I'm only 19 and still trying to learn all of this stuff! Appreciate it guys!

Youll see mine in the west suburbs and downtown mostly. Also spend a lot of time up in the Kenosha area
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Do the driveshafts. Without a doubt your stock ones will end up crapping out at the worst possible time. You should definitely look at the Adams Driveshaft shafts. I have them, they are awesome and they are priced really reasonably.
What's the difference between the Adams and woods that changes the price so much? How's the install?
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Have you looked at tatton driveshafts I will be installing one on the front of mine this weekend. I will let you know how I like it after a few trips. I paid 375 shipped
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Have you looked at tatton driveshafts I will be installing one on the front of mine this weekend. I will let you know how I like it after a few trips. I paid 375 shipped
Please do I plan to order them at the end of this month so keep me posted!
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Fix your profile, you have the 3.8 engine not the 3.6. Add what transmission you have. I doubt you are running 3.91 gears in the rear. Should be same as the front and 3.73. If you want your jeep to drive better and perform better off road they I would look at gears and lockers. Get some 5.13 gears in there if you have the automatic. 4.88 if it is a 6 speed. Will dive like a new jeep after the gear swap. Depending on your steering feel you might want to get some adjustable control arms.
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