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    Stretch - learn me something

    Hey everyone, I want to know about stretching the rear of my TJ. I pretty much understand the process. I have questions. I have been reading everything I can find since coming back from the Rubicon last week.

    Is it worth it? Thats the big question.

    Im torn between the Metalcloak long arm kit until they release a stretch could be by the time I have mobey they will have released it, and rock krawler 5 stretch. Your thoughts?

    My rig is certainly capable but there is always room for improvement. It will never be a trailer queen though. I like driving it too much.


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    Actually, the question is, is it worth it to you ? What happened on the 'con that made you wonder about a stretch ?

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    I felt like I would miss some stuck spots a bit better if i was a bit longer.

    That is a good counter question. It may end up being one of those off handed research projects where I learn enough that I wont do it.


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    No free lunch, Longer also means bigger turning radius and worse breakover angle.

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    My thoughts would be to take a look at the savvy mid arm kit. That'll be the next lift I go with. Get the best of short arm and long arm

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    The main thing you will notice if better departure angle, especially if you have a large spare hanging off the rear bumper/carrier. What size tires are you running? With 40s under my old TJ, it always felt way too short of a wheelbase, so stretch was done, but if you're on 35s, then I don't see a stretch necessary.
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    Stretch - learn me something

    Im on 35s and am planning for 37s. Something has to be do e about the departure angle if nothing else. I keep parking on my gas tank.


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    LOL, here I am thinking how great it would be if I could stretch my CJ5 to TJ length...

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    I've wheeled at 105,110,116. 116 works by far the best especially if you want to do legit climbs and drops. I'd stretch it to atleast the point of getting decent departure angle
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    I think having to plan a climb better so you don't smash your gas tank makes you a better driver. On the other hand, the harder stuff sometimes does require mods. I'm not one to really say though, I've had nothing but long Jeeps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samiam2714 View Post
    Im on 35’s and am planning for 37’s. Something has to be do e about the departure angle if nothing else. I keep parking on my gas tank.


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    There's fuel tanks out there that you can gain quite a bit of clearance without stretching your rig. If you stretch it you may need one of those tanks anyways. I'd give one of those a shot first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CashMoney View Post
    There's fuel tanks out there that you can gain quite a bit of clearance without stretching your rig. If you stretch it you may need one of those tanks anyways. I'd give one of those a shot first.
    Yes the Genright tank though expensive address the departure angle thoroughly.


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    Stretch - learn me something

    I am leaning towards a different style of stretch. I am going to see if someone will add 10 of body and frame in the back end. Stretch the tj to lj length.


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    Goatbuilt is working on a tube chassis kit that allows you to transfer over a TJ drivetrain, including things like AC. It is going to be LJ length and can use a LJ top.

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    That sounds like fun.


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    Stretching is a good way to go but it basically requires you to destroy a perfectly good jeep in most cases. Once its done you have throw a bunch of money at it and it is very hard to get rid of. If you plan to keep it forever then cut it up, throw a fuel cell in the back and run a double triangulated 4 link. I have run this set up on a TJ and it was great except for the loss of cargo space. If space is needed you may be better off getting rid of the TJ and getting an LJ. Even though LJ's bring a good premium you will likely spend less in the long run and have a vehicle that is worth more. Then there is the JKU which will give you lots of room and long wheel base without much worn and a JKU on 37's will run the Rubicon all day long in comfort with tons of room. I currently have a stretched JK if you want to bring your TJ down and have me look at it and go over different options on your stretch. I am just down the hill from you at Timberline and have a full shop at my house. Just shoot me a PM if you want to come by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samiam2714 View Post
    I am leaning towards a different style of stretch. I am going to see if someone will add 10” of body and frame in the back end. Stretch the tj to lj length.
    You said a GenRight tank was expensive, but I can only imagine what a stretch would cost! Unless you are a body man and doing it yourself, I think that you would be better off buying an LJ and swapping your parts over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samiam2714 View Post
    I am leaning towards a different style of stretch. I am going to see if someone will add 10” of body and frame in the back end. Stretch the tj to lj length.


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    If you want to use LJ top's and etc. you have to stretch the body fifteen inches.
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    Okay fifteen inches it is i was going to measure my friends tub to be sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by samiam2714 View Post
    I am leaning towards a different style of stretch. I am going to see if someone will add 10” of body and frame in the back end. Stretch the tj to lj length.


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    I seriously considered doing this to my TJ for a while. I needed more room on the inside and wheelbase stretch was going to be an added benefit. I finally just said f*ck it and bought a Land Cruiser, ha!

    This is the thread I had been following. Maybe it will be helpful to you: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/108-tj-tj6-1125818/

    I thought someone on this forum had done it too several years ago, but I can't find the thread.
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    Thank you! Ive been absorbing that thread as well, and now I just dont freaking know. I wont do anything until I decide.


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