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    Default Cheap ZJ Long Arm Kit (front only)

    I cant find a post I read many months ago about someone positng a long arm kit for an XJ that will fit a ZJ (front) - the kit was like 500 bones I think.

    Does anyone remember which produt and website they were referring to?

    I used the search tool - but no dice.

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    That was me suggesting Clayton's XJ kit or the RK XJ kit.
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    curious?
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    The XJ and ZJ front suspensions are pretty much the same as regards to the way Kits go.

    XJ LA kits will fit the front of ZJ's.

    go do some research on some XJ kits and compare them to the ZJ kits of the same makers.
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    But do you really want to "cheap out" on something this important to the driveability of the Grand?

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    -=- originally posted by Jim Hef -=-
    But do you really want to "cheap out" on something this important to the driveability of the Grand?
    How is just buying the front "cheaping out?" I only run front LAs on my ZJ and couldn't be happier. Go compare ZJ fronts and XJ kits for yourself. There are a couple guys just running the XJ/ZJ front kit from Clayton on their ZJs.
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    Why would you not want the LAs in the rear? Is it the $$? Can you buy just the rear at a later time then?
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    Long arms on the front only might be worth doing the research on.
    I can tell you from experience the full long arm mod. is not cheap! I ran into a lot more custom fabrication and extra parts ( read: high steering kit) than I first thought.
    If your goal is 33" tires a 4.5" to 5" lift with front only long arms might be the ticket. You get a good ride and the dreaded DW is hopefully eliminated.
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    i totally agree with front only long arms if your going to make a VERY capable rig on 33's with some RE 4.5 coils and then just use a mix or stock/adj arms in the rear.....this is the plan i am leaning towards
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    -=- originally posted by OptBlackNite -=-
    Why would you not want the LAs in the rear? Is it the $$? Can you buy just the rear at a later time then?
    B/C I got my front LAs for $60 total. When I get the time I will build my rears. Its not that I don't want them, its just that I haven't had time to build them. LAs in the front is still an amazing difference over short arms, esp at 7".
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    -=- originally posted by zjnick -=-
    i totally agree with front only long arms if your going to make a VERY capable rig on 33's with some RE 4.5 coils and then just use a mix or stock/adj arms in the rear.....this is the plan i am leaning towards
    same here...33's and 5-6" is my goal.
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    -=- originally posted by Jim Hef -=-
    But do you really want to "cheap out" on something this important to the driveability of the Grand?
    The front long arms have a drastic effect on the ride and handling of a ZJ, way more than the rears actually. If you can only afford front long arms, its still way better than short arms. cheaping out would be not going long arms at all
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    werd, front longarms is the shiznit rookie beeyotch

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    I can vouch for the front long arms, after seeing Brandon's and how well they work, they are a VERY good option. Being that the rear is still limited due to the shorter arms, it causes the front to flex ALOT. Also, the rear end stays planted MUCH better on the steeper hill climbs, adding your traction and getting you up much steeper hills. Plus, the rear end really isnt that stiff if you set it up correctly with the right coils/shocks. Move your axle back enough with the adj. arms and trim a hair or two off the fenders and 35s are not that far away.

    Brandon's rig is EXTREMELY capable and for the money that he has put into it, he is able to out wheel someone who spent FAR more than what he did. Really goes to show what a little time and knowledge will do for you.

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    Very cool man - thanks for jumping in here. I have been thinking about doing this for some time now. It makes TOTAL sense functionality wise, drivability wise and MOENY wise. Excellent idea but I have just now got myself in the financial position to do it but I lost the dran link to them.

    Do you still have a good (cheap) source for them on the web as in the link?

    Thanks a million,

    BP

    -=- originally posted by BMRisko -=-
    That was me suggesting Clayton's XJ kit or the RK XJ kit.
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    While we're on the discussion of cheap longarms, i had a questions about making cheap rear longarms. As many of you know i posted a new topic here on JU about sleeving my rear skyjackers. I got alot of help and links to NAGCA, but after some detailed research using those links, i couldnt find much info on "sleeving" fixed control arms. More info on making your own custom arms using box tubing.

    So my question is, if i want to sleeve my skyjacker arms, what material should i use to slip over the beefy arm halves?

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    Pat,
    my guess would be, Measure the O.D. of your SJ and get that as an I.D. DOM Tubing.

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    -=- originally posted by AprilzWarrior -=-
    Pat,
    my guess would be, Measure the O.D. of your SJ and get that as an I.D. DOM Tubing.

    AW
    Thanks for stating the obvious, but im more curious as to if this is strong enough? The skyjacker control arm seems like its almost made out of solid barstock, not hollow DOM. Can anyone verify?

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    Wouldn't it be almost as easy to get some DOM and the neccesary hardware and make your own full LA instead of sleeving your current control arms? Seems like if your going through the trouble of sleeving them you should just buy some dom and do the whole thing... maybe im missing something.
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