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Hey guys, I have a random question. What is the difference between a regular or "standard" lift and a long arm lift? I know there is a big price difference between the 2, but what exactly is the difference?
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Hey guys, I have a random question. What is the difference between a regular or "standard" lift and a long arm lift? I know there is a big price difference between the 2, but what exactly is the difference?
This refers to the length of the front and rear control arms (see attached picture). The stock (short) control arms work well with stock suspension or with a mild (4" or less lift) but when you go beyond this you limit articulation and suspension travel since you're moving the axle assembly farther away from the frame. Again, look at the attached picture... the red line shows the original location of the control arm. The poster installed drop brackets to lower the arms instead of going with a long arm kit, but try to imagine if the "truck end" of those arms was still in the stock location - they'd be at a more sever downward angle, and would have less travel for suspension articulation.

With a true long arm kit, the front and rear control arms are replaced with longer arms that also mount on the frame farther away than the originals, thus providing a much greater range of articulation for the suspension.

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How much lift are you looking to run? 6" or bigger, I would go with long arms. Short arms are fine if you stay under 6". I am running 1/2" longer arms with a 3 lift, and my truck will articulate with the best of the powerwagon trucks.
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This refers to the length of the front and rear control arms (see attached picture). The stock (short) control arms work well with stock suspension or with a mild (4" or less lift) but when you go beyond this you limit articulation and suspension travel since you're moving the axle assembly farther away from the frame. Again, look at the attached picture... the red line shows the original location of the control arm. The poster installed drop brackets to lower the arms instead of going with a long arm kit, but try to imagine if the "truck end" of those arms was still in the stock location - they'd be at a more sever downward angle, and would have less travel for suspension articulation.

With a true long arm kit, the front and rear control arms are replaced with longer arms that also mount on the frame farther away than the originals, thus providing a much greater range of articulation for the suspension.

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And I was just curious for the moment. I am not going to be running anything more than 4". I am trying to decide before the end of June, Rancho is offereing a $500 rebate on any lift 4" + with 4 shocks. After mail in rebate it'll only be about $500-$600. No money for the rubber, but I can always hold onto the lift for a while. Anyway, I was just asking. It's my daily drive so I don't want to get too crazy, not yet at least.
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I just noticed that you have a powerwagon...I dont know why I thought it was just a regular 2500. With that said, I think you would be doing your truck wrong if you didnt go with long arms when you lift it. A 4" lift on a PW is equivalent to a 6" lift on a standard 2500, so I would definately recommend the long arms.

PW's are made to go over anything and everything in their way, and short arms are going to limit you when you take the truck offroad.
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Cool, thanks again for the info... and yea it's a Power Wagon. Theres another guy in the Power Wagon section going with one, but not sure if it's long arm or not. I have already used it off road, and it is sweet. I wouldn't want to hinder it in any way...
Thanks again for the input.
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