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thinking about control arm skids

I have been thinking about control arm skids - any thoughts on the extremeterrain ones? Price is right. Btw, JK is the light use rig - it's mainly for family exploring - my XJ is the trail rig.

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If I were going to do lower control arm skids they would be weld on.

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I like the Evo weld on fronts and Evo Rockstar rears.
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I don't completely understand control arm skids. I ran stock control arm mounts on the axles for a few years and crashed, slid, and beat on those lower axle mounts countless times. One mount bent a bit at some point. There were no problems.

Sure there is some small probability you will rip off a mount or something. But in my opinion unless you already have a full set of skid plates all around, evap relocation, rock sliders, good bumpers, etc. then there are much better uses of your money to increase the durability of your JK.

On a light use exploring vehicle that's not really your trail vehicle, seems like a complete waste of money and weight to me to put any skids on control arm mounts.
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I would not waste the time or money.

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I would not waste the time or money.
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Seems a good way to waste resources that could go for more critical upgrades or fuel. Unless you run CAs that’re made by Tiffany’s or something...




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I definitely would *not* go with the EVO Rockstars. I have them for my coilovers and they piss me off endlessly. Every time I even *think* about doing something with the rear LCA's I get a headache/wish I had a lift/fantasize about having something bigger than my Hobart 140 so I could weld on some coilover and control arm mounts from another manufacturer.
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I picked up a set of the rock stars a couple of years back after they were recommended by @jason mac because the stock ones were hammered and tacoed in.

They do work for getting that shock up and out of the way a little more and they are more robust and take more of a beating. They do make it more of a bitch working on the rear LCAs.

You also loose some shock travel but in my case, I gained it back by using the Synergy rear shock top relocation brackets. They raise the top of the shock by about the same amount as the Rock Stars plus they tilt the shock tops rearward a bit more. Aside from needing the spring perches rotated, this setup works well with the OME LT shocks and evo plush ride linear 4" coils.

My front LCAs are pretty beat and I have the synergy front LCA (weld on) brackets sitting on the shelf.
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I picked up a set of the rock stars a couple of years back after they were recommended by @jason mac because the stock ones were hammered and tacoed in.

They do work for getting that shock up and out of the way a little more and they are more robust and take more of a beating. They do make it more of a bitch working on the rear LCAs.

You also loose some shock travel but in my case, I gained it back by using the Synergy rear shock top relocation brackets. They raise the top of the shock by about the same amount as the Rock Stars plus they tilt the shock tops rearward a bit more. Aside from needing the spring perches rotated, this setup works well with the OME LT shocks and evo plush ride linear 4" coils.

My front LCAs are pretty beat and I have the synergy front LCA (weld on) brackets sitting on the shelf.
^x2. My stock rear shock mounts were taco'd after the first trip out. That along with the shocks acting as anchors...I made the switch to the Rockstars. Much beefier, more protection, and the shock is up and out of the way more. I can still take my control arms out pretty easily with a blow hammer and a little finesse.

Front lowers were pretty fukt too so did those with the artec armor kit. I don't see how it's a waste of time. A welder and 10 minutes/a sawzall, grinder, and 20 minutes of time for some beefier control arm brackets was a no brainer and worth it for me.

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Couldn't you whip up something with a $20 piece of flat bar?

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