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Old 04-21-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Build questions 2013 JKU Sport

I currently have a Rough Country 2.5" spacer lift and Rubicon Shocks (w/ext), this is a great lift for those who offroad every once in a while and stay on Greens. Over the past year I have been on mainly blues and this kit just isn't cutting it any more.

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What is the difference in support mods between the Metal Cloak 2.5 springs and the Metal Cloak 3.5 springs? (Both will net about .5-1" over their advertised lift with armor)

Can I get away with running the MC 2.5" springs and clear 37's?

Is there a need to upgrade the stock bump stops before switching to 37's? (Currently running 33's)

Are there any other mods that I should consider (Required/Recommended)?

The problem I am having is (Like everyone else) money is tight. I don't want to go ahead and buy the 3.5" springs then have to upgrade the Drive Shafts sooner than I need to. Especially if I could have got away with the 2.5" springs.

Current (This year) build plan:
2.5" MC Springs
Bilstien 5100's (Already have in garage)
MC Front/Rear Track Bar
MC rear shock relocation bracket
MC Front Lower Control Arms


Future (Year or more out) Build Plan:
Artec front axle armor kit (Truss and Gusset)
Yukon gears (4.88)
Nitto Mud Grapplers 37x13.5r17
Drive Shafts

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Old 04-21-2014, 11:42 AM   #2
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With either kit 2.5” or 3.5” you will need the exhaust spacers at a minimum. If you go with the 3.5” I would consider the front drivsahft sooner rather than later, however there are tell tale signs that your driveshafts is about to go, so you would have some time. You do need bumpstops for 37’s and you can fit them on a 2.5” with flat fenders, especially MetalCloak’s fenders. Also, if I went with the 3.5” right away I would consider getting arms too. Consider front sway bar quick disconnects, too.

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Yeah, I have exhaust spacers sitting in the garage and I already have trimmed stock fenders and JKS quick disconnects. I am going to order the MC adjustable front and rear bump stops so I only have to buy them once.
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With either kit 2.5” or 3.5” you will need the exhaust spacers at a minimum. If you go with the 3.5” I would consider the front drivsahft sooner rather than later, however there are tell tale signs that your driveshafts is about to go, so you would have some time. You do need bumpstops for 37’s and you can fit them on a 2.5” with flat fenders, especially MetalCloak’s fenders. Also, if I went with the 3.5” right away I would consider getting arms too. Consider front sway bar quick disconnects, too. -Dan
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:09 PM   #5
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I have read that over and over again, it is extremely helpful.

So I think I am going to stick with my original 2.5" springs and pick up the MC front lowers and rear uppers. Already plan on going with the 1-4" adjustable front and rear bump stops and install my exhaust spacer.

Now, I did notice that the MC front upper CAs are recommended to be the same length as the stock front uppers. If that is the recommended length for a 2.5/3.5" lift is there any point in getting them?

Is there any reason to upgrade the drag link? Or to do a drag link flip with a lift that is under 4" or not experiencing bumpsteer?

Any reason to upgrade the tie rod other than durability?
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