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Old 05-16-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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Feedback on MC, RK or TF suspension kit

Aloha. Fairly new to the forums, have been hanging around and reading up on stuff for a couple months.

My 10A (my first jeep) that I ordered a couple months back is currently making it's way across the Pacific and I am trying to come to a final decision on which lift to go with.

The 3 I've narrowed it down to are:

RK 2.5" X-Factor (w/ bump stops & shocks)

MC Game Changer Lite 2.5"

Teraflex 3" w/ 8 flexarms (w/ shocks and front trackbar added)...(for purposes of this post I'm listing the 3" w/ flex arms b/c that is the kit I see around, but I will likely try to get that kit but with 2.5" springs instead).

Still debating between Bilstein 5100 or Fox 2.0 for the shocks on the TF or RK kits, but once you add the shocks and the bump stops(RK)/trackbar(TF) to the kits they are pretty close comparisons as far as parts & price....as far as I can tell.

From what I've been able to tell (reading a bunch & talking w/ some install shops) these are all good quality companies/kits. Additionally as far as capability goes they will all exceed what I will initially be doing in my Jeep (lots of beach, old cane roads, light trails) when it is shiny and new. They will also all work well for what I would eventually do w/ the Jeep once it isn't so new (lots of mud & deep ruts, not much rock crawling here...but lots of mud).

I could go with a more entry level kit that would just allow me to run 35's & upgrade later. However I'd like to just do it once and be done with it and all 3 of the above kits fit within my authorized (i.e. wife) budget.

The reason I've decided 2.5 would be best for me (at most 3", knowing that i'll likely get a little more the advertised out the springs) is I would like to avoid DS issues, at least initially, & the wife and 3 small kids won't need a ladder to get in.

So to try and wrap this long post up...does anyone who runs these kits have any feedback on them. I'm looking for quality/durability/reliability & it seems like any of these 3 would do that. Just having trouble making the final decision...

Oh yea weight wise I'll just be adding the larger spare/ a carrier (the Teraflex) & a winch. Keeping the 10A bumpers.

Thanks for any advice/help anyone can offer!

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Old 05-16-2013, 02:16 PM   #2
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Maybe we can help here...

We are a dealer for both RK and TF. We dont carry MC but they seem to be a nice setup from what we have seen...

Like you said, when you add the trackbar and things, the RK 2.5" X Factor and TF lifts will all new arms are about the same. There are a few differances though.

TF runs a linear spring front and rear. RK runs a progressive front and a linear rear. The progressive is nice because it will hold weight better and also give you a better on road ride. Also, the RK coils are going to be longer netting you more lift than the TF will.

The RK arms are also a bit heavier than the RK's. They run a solid arm.

Install wise, they are both about the same. I would recommend doing a exhaust spacer with either one.

Now for shocks. I like the Fox's over the 5100's. They are a bit more, yes, but you get more out of them. The 5100's are steel and can rust. The Fox are aluminum and will not. Also, the Fox's are rebuildable and revalavble. Something the 5100's are not.

One of my personal favorite setups out for the JK are the RK 2.5" and Fox shocks. That is what we run on our 07 2dr and it flat out works!

If there is anything we can do to help or if you have any questions, feel free to PM, email, or call us at anytime!

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