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post #1 of 31 Old 02-04-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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ok so i'm about to buy a new lift, front driveshaft is about to go so i'm just gonna redo the entire suspension as opposed to buying control arms, more than likely gonna be a RK 3.5...

where i struggle is which one do i get?

3.5 max travel, consisting of a mid-arm package

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3.5 long arm

i have read numerous threads about what some think or don't think is good about long arms and to be honest it just confuses me and i don't know who to believe.

i do alot of highway driving on 35s, and if i still have this JK (have been staring at stigo's for sale thread) I will jump to 37 when the time comes.

my jeep has seen the trail 5 times now, but nothing too crazy. i'm still learning.

i guess my questions are, will i regret not spending a couple hundred more bucks and getting the LA? do i even need it?

if i decide i want them later the upgrade is over 1k, to do it right off the bat looks like an extra $300-$400

just looking for facts, opinions, superstition, paper rock scissors, experience, rationale that would make you do one or the other.


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As far as cost is concerned, labor to install a long arm kit will be quite a bit more since you have to do a lot of cutting and welding. If you were to go mid arm first and then decide to go long arm later you could always sell the control arms to get some of the money back. Also RK's mid arm kit flexes like crazy and should be plenty for most wheelers.
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As far as cost is concerned, labor to install a long arm kit will be quite a bit more since you have to do a lot of cutting and welding. If you were to go mid arm first and then decide to go long arm later you could always sell the control arms to get some of the money back. Also RK's mid arm kit flexes like crazy and should be plenty for most wheelers.
i have not thought once about selling the mid arms to recoup some of the cost...good point


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That 3.5 RK midarm system is really flexy. I'd go with it just because the performance difference between that and a long arm isn't worth the additional install work needed. All just my oppinion

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I agree with texaskev. I have never wanted more flex than what I have with my mid arm kit.

I have a jeep and it goes over shit.
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I'd agree with the sentiments above that a long arm isn't needed. You'll be plenty happy with the mid arm and flex it gives you.


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the 3.5 max travel is the way i was leaning. i'm just wanting this lift to be the last one...for awhile anyway...and a good one at that.

i originally bought the rancho because it was dirt fuckin cheap and i couldn't stand my stock height JK anymore. and not that its been a bad lift, but it doesn't come with control arms so i have no way to keep my front driveshaft happy


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googled rock krawler 3.5 flex and found this pic of their mid arm. Looks like it flexs pretty good.


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ok so i'm about to buy a new lift, front driveshaft is about to go so i'm just gonna redo the entire suspension as opposed to buying control arms, more than likely gonna be a RK 3.5...

where i struggle is which one do i get?

3.5 max travel, consisting of a mid-arm package

or

3.5 long arm

i have read numerous threads about what some think or don't think is good about long arms and to be honest it just confuses me and i don't know who to believe.

i do alot of highway driving on 35s, and if i still have this JK (have been staring at stigo's for sale thread) I will jump to 37 when the time comes.

my jeep has seen the trail 5 times now, but nothing too crazy. i'm still learning.

i guess my questions are, will i regret not spending a couple hundred more bucks and getting the LA? do i even need it?

if i decide i want them later the upgrade is over 1k, to do it right off the bat looks like an extra $300-$400

just looking for facts, opinions, superstition, paper rock scissors, experience, rationale that would make you do one or the other.
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From what it seems you will be doing with your rig the 3.5 mid arm kits are going to be right up your alley! The mid arm does indeed flex amazingly, and if at a later date you did choose you wanted to do a long arm you can just purchase the upgrade. All of your other componants will carry over to the long arm kit.

Here is a pic of our SEMA JKU sitting on a 3.5 X-factor mid arm kit with 37's and PSC's tube fenders.



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yes it looks plenty flexy...thanks guys. we recently installed that kit on my buddy's jk but have yet to do anything but take it for a spin down the road...a work in progress i should say. looks like i just need to get my taxes done now so i have some $$...


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Sir,

From what it seems you will be doing with your rig the 3.5 mid arm kits are going to be right up your alley! The mid arm does indeed flex amazingly, and if at a later date you did choose you wanted to do a long arm you can just purchase the upgrade. All of your other componants will carry over to the long arm kit.

Here is a pic of our SEMA JKU sitting on a 3.5 X-factor mid arm kit with 37's and PSC's tube fenders.



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Awesome flex pic. where do you get 37" Grabbers?
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Awesome flex pic. where do you get 37" Grabbers?
From General of course! LOL, they are the comp compound but not the best for a DD like this rig is.

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Went 3.5 max travel...just finished it lol



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Sick looking jeep ! Nice work!

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Went 3.5 max travel...just finished it lol



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Damn that looks nice and exactly like what I want to do. Are those 37's?

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Looks great!!

I still need to get the rear control arms so I can push the axle back a tad on mine. Have the RK arms up front and love them.

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That shop looks spotless, I'm just as jealous of it as the lift!

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Nice work Vandy. Looks great. And don't let 'em give you crap about the Feb - Dec thing. Money and time, man. Money and time . . .

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lol thanks everyone. they are 37s, and the last time she was offroad was a sandy creek...yeah, bein under there with my eyes open i've been cussing that decision every time a run the impact or break something loose!

i've had the lift since july, but never found a good time to put it on(weddings, cruise, birthday getaways, etc). we started it the saturday after thanksgiving, ran into a few issues, and i'm a noob at this. had some brake line parts missing, which marcus hooked me up with QUICKLY(thanks marcus)!

also put on driveshafts and had some issues there too, due to my noobness again, not the driveshafts fault...but stomper offroad and james at adams driveshafts were really quick to help and very patient with me. thanks again to them

now to find a trail...


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Looks good Vandy. Makes me kind of miss my old silver.

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Looks good Vandy. Makes me kind of miss my old silver.
thanks man, i loved that jeep too. seems i saw a pic of it somewhere not too long ago when i was searching something. you trade up?


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