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    Default Long Vs Short Arm Suspension?

    I'm over in Iraq right now and have been browsing the web for a lift and while I have found a lot of products I have'nt found any comments or feedback as to how well they work. I am not a heavy wheeler nor into extreme buildups (read-daily driver) and would prefer a bolt on system, I have a lift, airtools and wirefeed welder/plasma cutter.

    What I am looking for is honest advice-please remember I use this for going back and forth to work 15 miles down a dirt road-washboard when dry/nasty when wet-some washouts and My kids need to be able to get in the back hopefully by themselves.

    2009 JK Unlimited X-Smitty SRC bumpers and a 10k winch running 32's want 35's at max.

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    if thats all you're going to be doing then go short arm. its cheaper. but if you think there is any chance that you may want to go bigger or more aggresive in the future, go ahead and get the long arm. i dont know much about whats out there for JKs but this is my advice.

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    On this opinions are like assholes. I'd say go long ARM cause youre going to be beating the shit out of it on washouts. It's more comfortable and will last longer. Do it right the first time

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    I vote long arm also. The higher the lift, the steeper the control arms get, and a long arm will help with that, giving a smoother ride.

    (although I don't think you need a lot of lift on the JK to fit 35's)

    I have long arms on the front of my XJ, and it's so much smoother than my buddies with the same lift and short arms. Both on road and off.


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    Done a lot of research into this before I bought my lift. From what I've read and seen, some call the JK arms, meduim arms. They are larger than a stock TJ, but shorter than long arms. The stock JK control arms are just weak, any lift with adjustable controls work great. You can put 35's under a JK with a 2" bb.

    I run adjustalbe control arms on a 4" lift, 1"BL on 37's with no rubbing or binding. The ride is very smoothe, the family doesn't mind riding in it on long trips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spazz View Post
    Done a lot of research into this before I bought my lift. From what I've read and seen, some call the JK arms, meduim arms. They are larger than a stock TJ, but shorter than long arms. The stock JK control arms are just weak, any lift with adjustable controls work great.
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    I completely forgot about the mid-arms for JK's. I may have to strike my original comment in support for that.

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    Unless you have the cash to burn and are planning to go above 37's, just staying with the mid-arm on the JK is the best option. Spend the extra cash on some armor/bumpers/winch/etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theyeti1775 View Post
    Unless you have the cash to burn and are planning to go above 37's, just staying with the mid-arm on the JK is the best option. Spend the extra cash on some armor/bumpers/winch/etc.

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    If you are looking for a kit that comes with all. Go with a Clayton JK 3.5" kit.

    http://claytonoffroad.com/product_in...products_id=43

    Being I run a TJ I do not have any first hand experience with JK lifts or suspension. But I do know mine, 3.5" RE springs with RC adjustable control arms with 33" tires. My driving is similar to yours. My jeep is a fishing/hunting rig, not alot of major wheeling going on here. My favorite hunting spot is 350 miles one way. So it spends more time on road than off. But there is no where that I can not get my jeep once I am in the woods that I hunt. Even my buddies with 4-wheelers are amazed at where I put my jeep.
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