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Fabtech 6" Long Arm Suspension Lift Kit

Brand: Fabtech
Features: Typical kit includes:

  • Coil springs
  • Fabtech shocks
  • Adjustable front & rear trackbars
  • Shock mount relocation brackets
  • Pitman arm
  • Swaybar quick disconnects
  • Long arms (front & rear)
  • Sub frame crossmember

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Fabtech 6" Long Arm Suspension Lift Kit

Avg. Customer Rating: (7.7 Stars) Average Customer Rating
Number of Reviews: 3 reviews

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Fabtech 6" Long Arm Suspension Lift Kit - Reviews

Customer Rating 6" Fabtech Long Arm
Date: May 16, 2008
Reviewer: A User from (Digby N.S.)
Installer friendly, good instructions and design. Comparable performance to all other high end kits as far as flex goes. I used a piece of 1/4" plate as a flat belly skid which fit great over the Fabtec sub-frame. The arms are standing up great to the crawling we are doing around here and it gets pretty rough.
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Customer Rating Fabtech 6" Long Arm
Date: Nov 20, 2006
Reviewer: A User from (Orlando, FL)
In 2004 I installed the 6" long arm suspension from Fabtech on my 2003 Wrangler Rubicon with help from some friends. There are two seperate subframes for standard wheel base wranglers, one for 97-2002, and one for 2003-up. Get the right one. I have run 36" Interco Iroks and 36" Interco Swamper SXs on 15X10 rims. Truthfully, it needs a 1" body lift or some fender work to run this combination properly.

I picked the suspension for its relatively low coast and ease of installation for a long arm suspension. It has worked well for me and performed as expected with three exceptions. I feel these three things should be addressed by the manufacturer and should be part of a suspension that works.

1. The rear bumpstops do NOT line up with bumpstop contact pads on the axle. The rear suspension overcompresses as the bumpstops glance off the contact pads at an agle. This chews up the bumpstops and allows the tires to contact the fenders hard enough to bend sheetmetal. The overcompression is such that I feel it would still be a serious problem with just 35" tires. It also overcompresses the rear springs. I spoke with Fabtech about this a few times and was assured they were working on a solution. In July of 2006 I was surprised package containing a new bracket that repositions the bumpstop. Now I need to get new bumpstops (the old ones are chewed up) and see if this fixes it.

2. The rear track bar bracket does not attach to the frame of the jeep tightly. It has a little play and constantly makes little bonk bonk noises and movements that can be heard and felt in the seat of your pants when drivetrain load is shifted from acelerating to decelerating. The bracket is very long and creates alot of leverage. A better solution may be to weld it on to the original frame bracket after bolting it on. I'm not crazy about permanently attaching it though.

3. The springs have retained their ride height very poorly. I have had the suspension on the jeep for 2.5 years and put about 35,000 miles on it. The rear springs saged about an inch in relation to the front after one year. I added 3/4" spring spacers from Rubicon Express. Problem solved. Due to drivetrain torque, the right side of the jeep now sits about 1.5 inches lower than the left side. This very noticeable when parked on level ground and just plain looks dumb. This is a problem with all TJ's, but I don't think I've ever seen one as bad as mine.

The lift offers alot of suspension travel and its components are very strong. I have broken some of the factory jeep axle brackets and hardware, but have yet to break any of the Fabtech hardware, brackets, or arms. I wish that the suspension provided for more ground clearance under the transfer case, but this is not possible with this design. The subframes used to link the front and rear suspension arm frame mounting brackets mount between the frame and transfer case skid plate, lowerering ground clearance about 1.5 inch. A flat belly skid plate would help, but still never offer as much clearance as suspensions that do not us a subframe in this manner. Also, adding limiting straps would be a good idea, so as not to use your shocks to catch the weight of your axle/tire/wheel at full droop. The Fabtech shocks worked decent. After a year and a half the seals were gone in them and I replaced them with Rubicon Express monotube shocks. These work and ride wonderfully. The powder coat finish from Fabtech is actually pretty good. My Jeep has wheeled alot in the gulf coast area of Texas, and the Fabtech parts have not rusted, unlike almost every other part of the Jeep.

I use the Jeep quit hard offroad. If I could do it again, I would have suffered the extra cost and installation labor and gone with a Rubicon Express long arm 5.5" or Clayton Offroad hardarm 5.5". In my opinion these lifts offer more to the hardcore offroader. They are rebuildable, offer substantially more ground clearance, and are very tough.


2003 Wrangler Rubicon
4.0L 5spd Manual
6" Fabtech Long Arm
36" SX
Currie tierod/draglink
Warn XD9000i
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Customer Rating 6" Fab Tech Long Arm
Date: Mar 22, 2006
Reviewer: A User from (Onalaska Washington)
Awesome kit Installed my self took 15 hours to do so. Definetly worth it though. 31" Inches of Suspension travel. Looks great, Rides great, everything fit good. would highley recommend to anyone.
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