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    3 Link Vs. 4 Link Long Arm Kit

    I have a 1988 Jeep Comanche with the 4.0L ho and aw-4 swap. It is strictly for offroad use. When i bought it, had about 8 inches of lift. Coils and spacers on the front, SOA and blocks in the back. The person who did the lift put in fixed lower control arms that were desgned for more like a 3 inch lift. I am looking at a few different long arm kits. Possibly Staangs Fab or Rough country. I also came across the 3 link desing by Rock Krawler. I'm interested in everyone's opinion about these kits, pros and cons of 4 link and 3 link and which would be best for my application.

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    Rock Krawler, 3 link front, 3 link rear

    running without sway bars, flex's like crazy. Anti rocks are on my list and hope to improve capability off road. Sorry only had three runs last year on new kit.

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    the typical radius arm is a simple suspension to swap into an XJ/MJ/ZJ
    however they have the inherent unloading and binding problems.

    a 3link is a little more involved. you can buy the rock crawler kit, or you can build your own. But either way I don't think you'll be disappointed in the flex you gain from going with a 3 link kit, built or bought.

    a 4link, depends on what you see as a 4 link kit. triangulated or 4 link w/trac bar? the krawler kit is a 4 link with trac bar, normally used for high speed driving, as opposed to rock crawling. the 3/4link krawler kits are the same, but one more arm on the 4 link kit... reduces flex (I believe) but is suited to high speed.
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    You linking front and rear or just the front? Full hydro, hydro assist or stock pump/box? If full hydro the best is double triangulated, no panhard........if you can fit the links. You could do assist/stock and double triangulated but the panhard has to be level to the ground at ride height, still not ideal. So stock or assist i'd go a proper 3 link with panhard. I'm not a big fan of the radius arm set-ups, IMO they are for the bolt in bandits. Still much better then short arms tho. Guess it depends on what you can do and/or what you can spend. I vote 3 link for ya. My 2 cents.

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    I intend to link just the front with a track bar. Leave the leafs in the back with blocks, although i do have an axle wrap issue. Stock pump and box, but gonna build a better tie rod/drag link setup with chromoly tubing and heim joints. I'm going for strength more than anything. Flex is cool but most of the wheeling i do is deep, rutted, muddy holes. i kept breaking lower control arm mounts off. I recently reinforced them with 1/4 inch plate, then with a long arm kit i'm hoping that'll no longer be an issue. I appreciate everyones opinion. Any other input would be great, thanks!

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    however they have the inherent unloading and binding problems.
    If done incorrectly yes. I have had 0 issues with mine, It is basically the same as a full size Rock Krawler kit. Im sure a true 4 link would be better in some ways, but I made it myself for next to nothing and it works badass IMO. No binding, and I would say it almost feels like it loads under hard climbs, full throttle and crawling.
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    If you're talking to Eric (Staang's Offroad), ask about a 4-link with the removable bar for extra flex... Eric is a great guy to deal with.
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    thats pretty much a radius arm set up joe, not a four link

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    I had Eric at Staang build me a radius arm set up for the front of the Jk.
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    Look at that gold zinc plating on those big beefy johnny joints.
    You can't beat the johnny joint for cororrosion resistance, flex and durability.
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