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Lower Link Comparison Guide

Same song, different verse for this thread. A recent discussion got me thinking about how many different types and brands of rear lower links are out there, so I decided to come up with another list much in the same way as this thread: https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...son-guide.html

Hopefully if anything, this list will help those looking for lower links to be able to find the ones that suit their needs and wants.

Why would you even want a pair of aftermarket lower links might you ask? There are various reasons:
1) Strength: If the OE links are hit on rocks, they have a tendency to bend or break, leaving you stranded.
2) Adjustability: While this is not usually a problem and maybe not even noticeable, if you run 35" tires you might find that your rubbing is located in the wheel wells towards the front or rear of the vehicle at full stuff. Having an adjustable length lower link will make it easy to space your axle back further and reduce rubbing.
3) Wheel travel: Most people won't see this benefit unless your running long travel shocks in the rear. With a long travel or "superflex on the cheap" setup at full droop the stock lower links will contact the axle housing, limiting your travel. If you get offset lower links you will gain more travel and not hit your axle at full extension.

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-Do not call these simply lower control arms or LCA's. Most people are right into thinking you mean the front lower control arm. This has a tendancy to confuse the **** out of people. These are "links" or be specific and call them rear lower control arms.
-The differences in joint types is kinda just personal preference. The Heims are more prone to failure in a corrosive environment while the Johnny joints act as a rubber cushion to reduce vibration transfer. Heim are less maintenance but Johnny are rebuildable. Google for more info.
-Please don't buy any of the solid aluminum ones thinking they are stronger than the steel. They definitely have a nice bling factor though.
-Look into Wild West offroad if you want to be different.

Please feel free to tell me to add something to the list if you know any other brands etc....
As usual, suggestions welcomed.

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Re: Lower Link Comparison Guide

I have the metaltech lower links. I think they are one of the best heavy duty options of the bunch, especially for the price. I got lucky and picked up a pair used for a greater discount. If your afraid to do the install, don’t be. If you can change a tire you can install these, just need a few more tools. Here is great write up + video. I didn’t use any straps and mine lined up with little fuss.

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Yes! Finally a thread calling them lower links! Good work on the list ... I'm sure people will chime in with others ... I know the two frog racing links aren't being made anymore ... You can add ricochet unobtainium links to the list ... Only a few of those though.
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Yes! Finally a thread calling them lower links! Good work on the list ... I'm sure people will chime in with others ... I know the two frog racing links aren't being made anymore ... You can add ricochet unobtainium links to the list ... Only a few of those though.
Thanks for the info. Ricochet made lower links?! If they are not being made anymore I may not add them, you have any info/links on them though? I'm interested! A quick search finds nothing.
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https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...ium-links.html
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I really like the embedded speadsheet approach for comparisons. This took some time - good job.

BTW I run the All-Pro rear lowers.
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Them are real nice

Look like steel tubing with aluminum cover bolted on?
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Them are real nice

Look like steel tubing with aluminum cover bolted on?
Yep ... Square tube with aluminum skids!
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LoL i like the name " Un obtain ium"
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Updated list - removed Two Frogs Racing
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