I started with Full-Traction Suspension a few months ago and the first thing I did was order thier 3" Long Arm JK system. This is a bolt on sytem that includes everything you need for the install. I also ordered a set of the brand new JRi Shocks to go with it.
Now, I work for Full-Traction. There, I said it. But I'm also a very honest, straightforward guy. So I'm going to give you my opinions and I'm sure you'll take them with a grain of salt. That's okay. I'd do the same thing.
The install was pretty straightforward. It does require some cutting and grinding, but no welding is required. This is a bolt on kit! The hardest and most time consuming part was cutting off the frame side control arm mounts.
And my 2008 JK has a mix of sliders and skids from different companies so that was a little bit of a pain, but certainly not Full-Traction's fault. It didn't help that my Jeep has been wheeled and the underside is a little beaten up. Once again, not Full-Traction's fault.
So here's a few obligatory pics of the parts and the install:
Mounts needed to be straightened
Factory brackets need to be removed. We used a combination of electric and air tools, but a plasma would have sped up the process
The JRi shocks are adjustable and feature a remote reservoir
The control arms are huge and the joints are large and great quality. I was blown away when I opened the box
We did a late night, driveway alignment and I was off to Jeep Beach the next day!
I'd never driven a long armed JKU before and I was blown away by the ride, both around town and on the interstate. Lots of folks think a long arm kit is just for serious wheeling, but it dramatically improves the ride on the street! The Jeep feels much less twitchy and it rides great!
Here's the truth. I was down at Jeep Beach for 7 days. I spent over 40 hours in the seat, driving during that week. I have an Infiniti as my backup and normally after that much time in the Jeep, I'd look forward to the Infiniti. I got home from Jeep Beach, hopped in the Jeep and took the kids to school the day after I got back. I look forward to driving the Jeep so much more now!!
I'm leaving tomorrow for Black Mountain in Harlan, KY for 8 days of wheeling. I look forward to getting the Jeep offroad and seeing what this new system can do. I'll provide updates here. Stay tuned.
If you have any questions, feel free to post up here. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thanks!!