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Old 02-16-2017, 09:44 PM
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Lift Decision

I have narrowed down my targeted lift:
- Teraflex S/T 3, or

- Metalcloak 2.5/3.5 Game Changer Rock Sport.

I like trails and overland. It is also a DD

I'd like to hear your thoughts on which way to go, and why.

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I went with Teraflex 2.5. I also prefer trails and overlanding, and scenery. I think it has a great mix of driving. The Metalcloak I never considered and wish I had, but the Teraflex kit was the best bang for the buck.

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I was looking at the same thing last year. I opted for the Metal Cloak w/Rocksports but then changed my mind and went with the 6-pak shocks. And while I did retire last year I have put around 15000 miles on the Jeep since installing the kit. The kit itself is top notch, it took me a couple of days to install it and everything fit perfectly. Ride is always subjective but the ride is firm compared to stock but where the stock setup IMO is harsh when it comes to expansion joints and the like this setup is not. I would imagine that the Rocksports are not as firm as the 6-pak shocks.

Off road the difference is night and day compared to stock. Where wash boards would put the Jeep sideways stock I just plow straight throw them now. Articulation is amazing but again that is because of the 6-pak shocks.

With the MetalCloak kit you will get at least the advertised and probably more. There lift height is based on a full loaded setup, winch, armor, bumpers, etc. About the only down side to this kit is bushing maintenance, you need to grease them about once a year and that mean taking the control arms off. Not hard, it takes time, but it does get you under the vehicle to do other maintenance that you should be doing anyway.

I hope that helps, I don't think you can go wrong with either kit.
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Terry,

Thanks for the response. From what I have read this kit comes with the hardware adjusted to 3.5" and that changes have to be made to reduce the lift to 2.5".

Did you make those changes?

Also, I have read that some lifts require modifications to the exhaust system, or a new front drive shaft. Did you have to do any of this? Are there any other mods you had to make or did you simply bolt on the parts Metalcloak supplied?
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Honestly, for trail and overland those lifts are overkill. I run the 2.5 TF coil lift and it's great. Price is right too. With Rancho 9000's, geo brackets, etc, it cost about $1200 (self installed). Drives and rides great.

That being said, I doubt you'd be disappointed in either of those lifts...if you have to coin to spare. But for half the cost...

Just my 2 cents. YMMV
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Terry,

Thanks for the response. From what I have read this kit comes with the hardware adjusted to 3.5" and that changes have to be made to reduce the lift to 2.5".

Did you make those changes?

Also, I have read that some lifts require modifications to the exhaust system, or a new front drive shaft. Did you have to do any of this? Are there any other mods you had to make or did you simply bolt on the parts Metalcloak supplied?
I actually used the measurements they supplied for the 3.5" even though I only lifted 2.5. It netted me about an inch longer wheelbase. My front alignment was spot on when I took it other than I did not have the steering perfectly straight. My rear is not perfectly square but it is within spec and I have not bothered to change it over the last year. I will address it when I get ready to lube the bushings next month.

I am still running the stock driveshaft and did install exhaust spacers.
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I vote for the MC game changer 3.5"
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the TF in post #6 is about the same price as a MC , MC has numerous kits for a 2.5 lft with or without shocks and not at double the price actually the same as a tf lift

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