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Old 01-08-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Fab-Tech vs. Rock Krawler

Hey guys. I'm looking to get a 2.5" lift installed on my 2012 2-door sport within the next few months. I've talked to a couple different people about doing it and I've had one person suggest the Rock Krawler Max Flex and another suggest a Fab-Tech. Which lift do you recommend I go with and WHY?

I tried to find reviews on here and couldn't find any anywhere. I even used the search. So if this has already been asked and someone can link the thread, that would be great too.

(I'm getting 35" tires on 17" wheels the same time I get my lift installed, if that makes a difference.)

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Come to think of it I haven't seen anyone around here in the JK section talking about a Fab-Tech lift. Is that more popular with the truck guys and/or TJ guys?

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I honestly don't know. It's just what one of the shops I'm looking at going to suggested. They do truck mods, too, but I think they do just as many JK mods.
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I see Fab tech on tv shows installed on big trucks/bronco's/etc. Not so much Jeeps.

Go with RK/synergy/Currie/Teraflex. Lift company's that specialize in jeeps.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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In my experience fab-tech makes very reputable lifts

...for trucks. Their R&D is primarily for pickup trucks making their spring rate and setup decisions for a JK lift probably less than desirable compared to someone like Rock Krawler that ONLY makes Wrangler lifts. It's to no surprise to me that a truck shop would recommend a Fab-Tech, Pro Comp, etc because that is usually what they put on trucks.

I know I'm basically reiterating what KJeeper said..but we seem to share the same opinion on the subject. Fab-tech is extremely unpopular within the Jeep world and extremely popular within the truck world.
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I have the Rock Krawler and love it
RK here as well.
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RK here as well. It's pretty awesome stuff IMO. But it's my first lift on my first Jeep so I haven't dealt with other brands.
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RK 2.5 here too and love it. Although it looks and feels more than 2.5, I havent actually measured it though...
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My truck wears an RK 2.5 xfactor in steel.

If I had it to do over again, with a new truck, I might go taller, but I'd still go RK. Im planning 37s in the future.

Also, I should mention, I have driven the RK guys nuts with questions. They dont get annoyed.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:43 AM   #13
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Wow. Okay. RK it is then. Thanks guys!
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Don't know if anybody voted RK yet.

Soooo. RK
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spoke to RK on the phone yesterday, man those guys are helpful and patient. For what it is worth, they told me the proper alignment specs following a 2.5 inch lift is

4.5-4.7 Caster (mine is at 5.2 seems perfect)
0 (neutral) toe
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spoke to RK on the phone yesterday, man those guys are helpful and patient. For what it is worth, they told me the proper alignment specs following a 2.5 inch lift is

4.5-4.7 Caster (mine is at 5.2 seems perfect)
0 (neutral) toe
Hmmm usually a little toe in is rec. should be ok though
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Hmmm usually a little toe in is rec. should be ok though
Hmmm, yah thought that was a bit strange but I had 2 guys at RK swear to me they liked to see a neutral toe
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Toe should be slightly in if using larger tires, correct? Otherwise neutral is okay?
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I have allways been told that you want a little bit f toe in.
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Honestly, I've never seen neutral (0) mentioned.
Usually 1/8 -1/16 33"-35"
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4.5-4.7 Caster (mine is at 5.2 seems perfect)
0 (neutral) toe
What is a "caster" or a "toe"? Haha.
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I like my RK...except for the DW
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I like my RK...except for the DW
Did you get that resolved yet? I had a bit of wobbling as well but Im 99% certain its a tire balance issue with the MTRs
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Ugh ... I feel you guys. Gets frustrating.
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What is a "caster" or a "toe"? Haha.
Caster, Camber, Toe
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Did you get that resolved yet? I had a bit of wobbling as well but Im 99% certain its a tire balance issue with the MTRs
Get my bolt kit tonight. I'm going to put it in this weekend.
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Get my bolt kit tonight. I'm going to put it in this weekend.
Too bad you dont live closer, funny thing is, my bolt kit is arriving tomorrow and I'll be installing Saturday.

Are you going to have the jeep re-aligned after the bolt replacement?
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Get my bolt kit tonight. I'm going to put it in this weekend.
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Too bad you dont live closer, funny thing is, my bolt kit is arriving tomorrow and I'll be installing Saturday.

Are you going to have the jeep re-aligned after the bolt replacement?
What is this bolt replacement you speak of?
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What is this bolt replacement you speak of?
You can get a bolt replacement kit from places like Poly Performance that replace the OEM suspension bolts. The replacements are shouldered properly and don't allow the play like the OEM bolts do. The OEMs are thread the entire length of the bolt and they can gouge out the holes in your bushing over time. The shouldered ones are tighter and the thinking is that there won't be any place with them.

Here's a good read: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/the...128154-25.html
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You can get a bolt replacement kit from places like Poly Performance that replace the OEM suspension bolts. The replacements are shouldered properly and don't allow the play like the OEM bolts do. The OEMs are thread the entire length of the bolt and they can gouge out the holes in your bushing over time. The shouldered ones are tighter and the thinking is that there won't be any place with them.

Here's a good read: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/the...128154-25.html
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