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    Worth stretching a JKU?

    Iím currently building 07 Dana 60 and Sterling rear (in the process of getting parts) and debating on staying with my Evo stage 1 bolt on coilovers vs installing a long arm kit/stretching the rear a few inches. Was wondering if itís even needed to stretch the wb on a JKU? Not my daily but planning to drive to/from trails. Planning to run 40s/42s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon6 View Post
    Iím currently building 07 Dana 60 and Sterling rear (in the process of getting parts) and debating on staying with my Evo stage 1 bolt on coilovers vs installing a long arm kit/stretching the rear a few inches. Was wondering if itís even needed to stretch the wb on a JKU? Not my daily but planning to drive to/from trails. Planning to run 40s/42s
    I think a jku wheelbase is long enough that you donít need to stretch it.

    Long arms are a good idea tho for ride quality and keep the geometry where it should be especially since your going to drive to and from the trails
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon6 View Post
    Iím currently building 07 Dana 60 and Sterling rear (in the process of getting parts) and debating on staying with my Evo stage 1 bolt on coilovers vs installing a long arm kit/stretching the rear a few inches. Was wondering if itís even needed to stretch the wb on a JKU? Not my daily but planning to drive to/from trails. Planning to run 40s/42s
    I canít say that it makes anything better or worse, it just makes for a different style of wheeling. Thereís pros and cons to every mod on your Jeep.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Exodus Jeeps View Post
    I canít say that it makes anything better or worse, it just makes for a different style of wheeling. Thereís pros and cons to every mod on your Jeep.


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    What style of wheeling goes more hand in hand with long arms and a stretched wheelbase on a jku? Just curious of your opinion. Iíve been comparing and contrasting my setup (stock control arm brackets) with a coworkers longarm setup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Clyde View Post
    What style of wheeling goes more hand in hand with long arms and a stretched wheelbase on a jku? Just curious of your opinion. I’ve been comparing and contrasting my setup (stock control arm brackets) with a coworkers longarm setup.


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    Long arms don't stretch your wheelbase. Just make it perform better. your axles stay right where they were designed. You can make long arms longer than normal to stretch your wheelbase, which on a 4 door I'd say is probably wasted effort unless you want to do it just to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Clyde View Post
    What style of wheeling goes more hand in hand with long arms and a stretched wheelbase on a jku? Just curious of your opinion. Iíve been comparing and contrasting my setup (stock control arm brackets) with a coworkers longarm setup.


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    The longer the wheelbase, the better the ride. The longer the arms, the better the ride. Now just because you combine the 2 doesnít necessarily mean itís going to wheel better, but it doesnít mean it wonít either. Itís not a straightforward question and answer, just really depends on the person driving it and how they manipulate it through whatever the obstacle is.

    I could say that long arm kits perform best at speed but that also depends on the geometry and the shock/spring package with it. Itís a lot to consider if you really want to understand it. Itís best to find a reputable shop and sit down with them so they can walk you through the pros and cons.


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    Right on, makes sense...I would like to wheel with long arms on a jku some time. I wonder if it would be more stable in off camber situations where suspension is flexed out


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    Iím debating between the TMR aluminum arms ($2060, never seen on sale) vs Evoís long arm ($2700, $2300 during 15% off sale). Iím only looking to stretch the wheel base a few inches front and rear but not sure how much is possible since Iím using Evoís bolt on coilovers. Iím looking at dialing in the rear diff with the Sterling there and maybe pushing the front out a few inches for better climbing angles

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    Is Evo having a 15% off sale on everything or just the arms?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bmkrinne View Post
    Is Evo having a 15% off sale on everything or just the arms?
    Not currently that Iím aware of but Northridge and others frequently have 15% off holiday sales for Evo and itís almost that time!

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