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    Cool Tallest ZJ with stock control arms?

    What is the tallest lift anyone is running with stock control arms? I have 3.5" springs, and am considering adding a BB. What are the other issues that will come into play with a 5.5" lift?

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    I know of people that had ~5" with stock arms. The problem is how much closer to vertical your arms get.. Will it work sure. I know a guy that did some serious four wheeling trips with those stock arms and that height.


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    There are a couple of guys running with that setup and I would try it but there are bigger problems that come into play.

    Driveshaft lenght
    tranny breather tube
    extended brake lines, front
    trackbars front and rear
    extended swaybar lengths
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    there are more and I would recomend getting this all in place before lifting the rig to 5 or so. Best bet would be to stay around 4.5.

    This is what I am doing, but I am getting all the adj. UC's before the install.

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    At that height it works better offroad than on. The arms get very vertical which doesn't work well for absorbing bumps up front. The bushings will wear quickly and you'll hate the ride. Your tires will move in very close to the doors. Adjustables help tires and pinion angles but not the ride. The real fix is long arms.

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    I think Nate Cannon, aka Gone Jeepin', aka Cannonball, is at 5.5" or so wth stock arms and 35's. Try a search on one of those names.
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    I was stock arms for a little while but went to adjustables I'm maybe a little over 5" lift. It wasn't bad with stock arms but I needed adjustables when I went to the 8.8 out back. I'd say 4.5 or so, that is if you have the U-jointed front shaft.
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    I am at 6" front with only skyjacker lower arms and about 5" rear with all stock and I havent had any problems. I test-flexed it disco'd and the brake lines were fine. It probably isn't the best ride in the world but I have a friend who had a 6" ZJ and says mine rides much better than his did and he had all 8 adj. so I guess it kinda varies. I am also running 31s still and I think rear arms would be needed to run anythign bigger.

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    I'm at 4.5" with stock arms. The ride is fine, but with adjustables I'm sure it will be better. Plus the flex should be better as well.

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    stock arms here

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    I have about 7-7.5" Still running stock arms.

    Upgrading to Longarms.. SOON!!!!1

    35's installed tomorrow!
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    Maybe I'm just special. I went up to 4.5 with stock arms, and started to have issues. Not huge ones, but ones I wasn't willing to deal with. Specifically, I bottomed the rear slip-yoke out with almost any extension of the rear axle, crushing my seal and causing my new constant-loss oil change system (jiffy-lube tops it off every 3k). The ride was alright, the rubber bushings help a lot. I dropped back down to around 3.5".
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