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Rubicon Express Long Arm Suspension

Rubicon Express 4.5" Long Arm Suspension

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I decided to do a Long Arm kit in preparations for an AiROCK suspension some time down the road.  I had heard good things about the ride of the long arm and after twisting up my factory skid pretty good I really needed to replace it.

Rubicon Express Parts List

4.5" Extreme Duty Long Arm Kit RE-7214 (Manual)
OME 'LT' Shocks
JKS "Quicker Disconnects"
Teraflex shock relocators

My Jeep currently has a winch in the front along with rear corner guards, Hi-lift and recover gear in the back so I am fairly balanced on additional weight.  I also have a 1 1/4" body lift installed.  I had taken measurements before, so I figured I would once again show the difference between stock and lifted.

Critical Measurements
(*includes 1 1/4" body lift)
  Before Lift  After Lift Total Lift
*Front Fender
(Centered through tire from ground)
34 1/8" 38 3/4" 4 5/8"
*Front Fender
(From center of wheel)
19 5/8" 24 1/4" 4 5/8"
Frame behind Front 
LCA bracket
14 5/8" 19 1/2" 4 7/8"
*Center of Rocker Guard (Centered on middle body mount) 20" 24 3/4" 4 3/4"
Skid Plate 
(Lowest point under Transfer case)
10 1/4" 15 1/2" 5 1/4"
Frame in-front of Rear LCA bracket 15" 19 3/4" 4 3/4"
*Rear Fender
(Centered through tire from ground)
34 7/8" 39 1/2" 4 5/8"
*Rear Fender
(From center of wheel)
20 3/8" 25" 4 5/8"
Note: When I removed the factory shocks I was surprised when the vehicle dropped.  I went back and remeasured the Front and Rear fenders from the ground.  The front had sagged 1/2" and the rear 3/8".  Nobody has ever mentioned this drop.  Now the OME shocks are not high charged Nitrogen like the factory shocks, so I will not get any additional height out of them. 



Spring Characteristics

  Factory Front RE Front Factory Rear RE Rear
Length 17 1/4" 20 3/4" 12" 16 3/8"
Width 4 7/8" 5 3/8" 6 1/4" 6 5/8"
Wire Size 0.508" 0.630 0.610" 0.658"
# of wraps 8 +1/4" overlap 11.75 6.5 7


Shock Characteristics

  Factory Front OME Front Factory Rear OME Rear
Extended 21" 27 3/8" 19" 24 3/8"
Compressed 14" 16 3/8" 12 1/2" 14 5/8"
Comp. Force 90lbs 10lbs 90lbs 10lbs
Note: Compression Force Measured on scale by applying weight stacks to top of shock.  Force is Approximate of what is required to hold shock compressed.


Installation: This is not an easy kit to install.  Hopefully I can make it simpler for you.  The RE instructions are lacking in every detail.  RE does recommend that you have a professional installer install this kit, and I can see why by their instructions.   Take a look at my Issues section before you begin, so you can see some of the problems that you will run into with this kit. On to the Install.

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This page last updated: 16-Apr-2008

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