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post #1 of 7 Old 09-28-2007, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Question What lift kit to stay away from?

I have read countless threads on how great one lift company is (i.e. teraflex, rubicon express, superlifts, etc..), but I haven't read any threads on what lifts to stay away from.

Please post if you have experiences or have heard of troubles with peoples lift on the JK.




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post #2 of 7 Old 10-10-2007, 10:42 AM
 
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I have the Rancho Long Arm Kit on my JK, and would recomend that to anyone and everyone out there. I know they are also coming out with a short arm kit at this years SEMA show.

I ran the Ultimate Adventure this past year with this kit and DID NOT have one issue the entire time. In fact this year I have run Moab (week long), Rubicon, Big Bear (2x), and the Ultimate Adventure and again, no issues with this kit at all.

You can see some of my images of my Optima Battery sponsored Jeep JK at:
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www.rchdesigns.com/moab_rim
www.rchdesigns.com/rubicon_web
www.2007ultimateadventure.com
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-11-2007, 04:48 AM
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I have the Rancho Long Arm Kit on my JK, and would recomend that to anyone and everyone out there. I know they are also coming out with a short arm kit at this years SEMA show.

I ran the Ultimate Adventure this past year with this kit and DID NOT have one issue the entire time. In fact this year I have run Moab (week long), Rubicon, Big Bear (2x), and the Ultimate Adventure and again, no issues with this kit at all.

You can see some of my images of my Optima Battery sponsored Jeep JK at:
www.rchdesigns.com/hells_revenge
www.rchdesigns.com/moab_rim
www.rchdesigns.com/rubicon_web
www.2007ultimateadventure.com
Welcome to the forum!

I SOOO want your fenders!

I tried to figure out who made these when I first saw your JK. I even harassed people at Optima.

Great looking JK!
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I wouldn't neccessarly say to stay away from any one kit, but stay away from one specifc part, front trac bar relocation brackets. The extend the mount upwards and create more stress on the factory mount and have caused failures of the welds. In the rear they are ok IF the mount to frame and not axle.
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I wouldn't neccessarly say to stay away from any one kit, but stay away from one specifc part, front trac bar relocation brackets. The extend the mount upwards and create more stress on the factory mount and have caused failures of the welds. In the rear they are ok IF the mount to frame and not axle.
I wouldn't say to stay away from all Relocation brackets as a whole, but a lot of them out there aren't good for the program. It really depends on how solid it's mounted. We've put OURS through Hell without any problems.

We prefer to relocate them to the axle, Front and Rear, as it keeps the roll center higher. Keep it solid and don't bolt it up solely to the factory bracket and it's not a problem.
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Thanks on the fenders. The guys at www.twistedtinmotorsports.com built them for me on off. They have quoted others that were interested at $1000 per set due to all the TIG welding necessary. The guys at Smittybilt and Rancho are both working on trying to produce a similar set at an affordable cost.

You are right on the relocation bracket failure. I broke mine when it was just bolted on, then I welded it on and stressed out the stock mount. So now I had Mel at Off Road Evolution in Fullerton brace the s&$t out of it. By the way, if your in southern california, the guys at Off Road Evolution are the best on working on JK's.

Word to the wise, beef up the lower control arm mounts on the front axle. I ripped mine off half way up Cadillac hill in the Rubicon.

And, for those interested in the one accessory that everyone should have in their vehicle when serious wheeling, the portable Ready Welder is the answer. www.readywelder.com

I'll post more on it later. Long story short, it got me out of the Rubicon after ripping off the lower control mount clean off my front axle.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-25-2007, 10:01 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

I SOOO want your fenders!

I tried to figure out who made these when I first saw your JK. I even harassed people at Optima.

Great looking JK!
Get in line. Twisted made the fenders, but they're one off and there won't a second pair. I talked to the Optima guys at the Pomona show and they said it took 30+ hours to make the fenders... so, there will not be another set. Of course, on their website they're selling the fenders... hmmmmmmm...

Good news though: I talked the Poison Spyder guys at Pomona and they said they will unveil the new fenders at SEMA.

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