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differences between LA and SA suspension lifts


 
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langston
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:59 am    Post subject: differences between LA and SA suspension lifts Reply with quote

whats the major differences between long arm and short arm supsension lift kits? im thinkin about gettin the RE 4.5 superflex, although i hear a lot of people are just saving more money to go with the long arm, or another long arm supsesnion. is it worth the money for the newer technology? i dont rock crawl much at all, mostly dd and trail riding. thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the big advantage to a long arm kit is more wheel travel. At 4.5" lift i'd guess you are at the max for stock systems
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

330T wrote:
the big advantage to a long arm kit is more wheel travel. At 4.5" lift i'd guess you are at the max for stock systems

True, but the RE SF kit netted me around 5.5", and at least 5" after settling, etc. Combined with OME shocks though it rides very well (better than stock IMO) and isn't too bad off road either. Wink

I think most would agree that the LA simply rides nicer too. This is another advantage to the SA kit. But I know for me the combination I have suits me well.

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long arms reduce the angle in the control arms giving you a more controlled feeling on road. Offroad the longer arms offer more flexability as well they dont tend to hop on approaches.

I dont have a long arm, but after redrilling my lower rear control arms for my NthDegree stinger slider it has a more controlled feeling. I could only guess that a long arm setup would feel awesome.

Like mentioned before long arm lifts really only benifit when your in the 4.5 and higher lift ranges.
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