More and more Jeep enthusiasts are figuring out the advantages of keeping the center of gravity low while still maximizing suspension flex. While this presents challenges when it comes to clearing larger tires, it does have its advantages on the trail...a low center of gravity enables the Jeep to handle sidehills better and feels less "tippy" in certain situations. While LCG kits are not for those that want to clear big tires without trimming sheetmetal, they do have their advantages. As a result, Rusty's new 3" Long Travel Kit delivers major suspension flex in a more conservative lift height to meet the needs of those that want to keep their Jeeps capable and low.
Rusty's 3" TJ Long Travel Suspension Kit is based on our proven 5.5" kit but has a few key changes that enable it to work at a lower ride height and still maintain impressive amounts of suspension flex. Like the taller kit, it takes you places other vehicles can't go; over logs, big boulders, or just about anything else on the trail. We have applied race technology and years of research and development to deliver a suspension system with enough articulation to keep your rig firmly planted even over the most radical terrain. This system is the answer for those who demand nothing less than bulletproof off-road performance!
The system starts with Rusty's 3" front and rear coil springs, which have been available for some time in our more conventional short-arm systems. It also includes heavy-duty adjustable front and rear track bars, brake lines, sway bar links, shocks, and other related components (see the component list below). The real fun begins with new radius-style control arms that are completely adjustable, both the long lower arm as well as the upper link. The arms utilize Clevite factory rubber control arm bushings at one end to ensure that no noise or vibrations are transmitted through the frame and at the other end Rusty's rebuildable Flex Joints for superior flex and articulation. The arms are constructed of 2" diameter D.O.M. tubing, so go ahead and bash them against rocks and ledges because they can take the abuse and keep right on going!
The front radius-style control arms and the rear control arms bolt to completely new 1/4" thick steel brackets that have been laser-cut and CNC formed for a precision fit. These brackets sandwich the frame and are secured with additional hardware positioned through the frame for additional strength. To top things off and provide protection as well as additional ground clearance, the weak stamped steel factory cross member is replaced with Rusty's 1/4" inch thick steel "skinny up" belly pan. The belly pan provides total protection to the transfer case while tying the long arm suspension mounting points together as one solid assembly. The complete kit comes in a durable black powder-coated finish.
• Front 3" Coil Springs
• Rear 3" Coil Springs
• Long-Arm Belly Pan
• Lower Front Long Arms
• Upper Front Long Arms
• Lower Rear Long Arms
• Upper Rear Long Arms
• Long Arm Mounting Brackets
• HD Adjustable Front Track Bar
• HD Adjustable Rear Track Bar
• 1.25" Drop Pitman Arm
• Rusty's Front Sway Bar Disconnects
• Rear Extended Sway Bar Links
• Front and Rear Stainless Steel Brake Lines
• Your Choice of Rusty's Performance Shocks
Note: While not required at 3" of lift, we recognize that most customers interested in this lift kit intend to use their Jeep heavily off-road. As such, Rusty recommends installing a Slip Yoke Eliminator Kit and CV Driveshaft Combo Kit to prevent driveline vibrations. This kit provides additional driveshaft length along with provisions to run a CV (Constant Velocity) joint at the transfer case. These kits are available for the NP231 transfer case that comes standard on non-Rubicon TJs.
For Rubicon models, we offer a Tom Woods 1310 Series Rear CV Driveshaft to replace the factory rear driveshaft and smooth out the driveline by replacing the driveshaft with one that utilizes a double cardan to reduce the operating angles on the factory u-joints.
Note: Exhaust modifications may be required if using the stock muffler with this suspension system. A popular muffler replacement is the Flowmaster HP2 Muffler Series or similar muffler options.