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Old 04-09-2013, 02:11 PM   #1
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Metal Cloak 2.5" lift

I've been looking at all sorts of different options and reading different threads and in the end, as helpful as the information is, I just seem overwhelmed. I am looking for the COMPLETE package. I am considering the JK Wrangler Unlimited Dual-Rate Lift Kit, 2.5" but want to know, what else am I going to NEED to get with this.

I am new to lifts and suspension all together. I don't hit the trails hard (if at all) but want to eventually. This is my DD, I do intend on selling it before it gets too old (2-3 years from now) if that makes any difference.

is there a list of the parts one needs to replace anywhere when considering a 2.5" lift?

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Old 04-09-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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I installed this lift a month ago. It raised my JKU Moab 2-3/4" in the front and 2-7/8" in the back. My axles were off center by 3/4". It rode fine once I installed my Rancho 9000xl shocks.

I ended up purchasing the front track arm and the rear track arm bracket. I rides great.

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Old 04-09-2013, 03:59 PM   #3
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I'm sure Matador will chime in here at some point because he's actually a wealth of knowledge on this, but you may want to look at a thread he started on here:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/lif...ps-221119.html
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I also bought the MetalCloak 2 1/2 Dual Rate lift kit but have not install it yet. I want to get the Rancho 9000XL shocks but dont know what the part number is. I would assume these shocks are different for different height jeeps. Anybody know?
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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Gonna chime in to BUMP this thread and because this is the lift I am considering going with. @WannaV8JK, did you ever get it installed? Anyone else running this set up?

Here are my questions: Since this kit does not come with shocks, how much improvement will I see in replacing the shocks? I have a 13' Sahara with the "heavy duty suspension" whatever that means so how will my Sahara shocks compare to new shocks. If I should consider new shocks, should I just step up to the Metal Cloak ARB kit that comes with new shocks? Should I throw on the Rancho 9000s since everyone raves about them? Should I just keep my factory shocks for now to save money on the lift? I guess the downside is, I need to buy a trackbar for the front and bracket for the rear, correct? Finally, this vehicle is my DD, so I want improvements in handling and driving for on road use but the capability to off road on down the road. I will probably be running 33 to 34 inch tires at some point. I currently have stock bumpers so I know the lift will be closer to 3.5 inches.
Thanks for the advice. I am looking for people to tell me they love this lift!
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1. Here are my questions: Since this kit does not come with shocks, how much improvement will I see in replacing the shocks? I have a 13' Sahara with the "heavy duty suspension" whatever that means so how will my Sahara shocks compare to new shocks.

----You would see a huge improvement with properly sized and valves shocks. It's probably 3/4 of the benefit of the lift.

2. If I should consider new shocks, should I just step up to the Metal Cloak ARB kit that comes with new shocks? Should I throw on the Rancho 9000s since everyone raves about them?

---The ranchos are a good shock. The firmness adjustability is a nice option to have. You just need to consider how often you'll be adjusting them after you have them dialed in. I usually recommend them to people looking that are sensitive to firmness. If that's not a big concern and your already riding in a firm jeep I would suggest the OME shocks that come with the ARB kit. MC did extensive research when looking for shocks and they choose the OME because they felt that they were the best match for their springs.

3. Should I just keep my factory shocks for now to save money on the lift? I guess the downside is, I need to buy a trackbar for the front and bracket for the rear, correct?

---That's up to you. The entry level kits come with shock extenders, so they give you the option to upgrade later. I think the track bar and bracket are crucial to the lift. If your running a fully loaded jeep with bumpers, which, skids etc. then you might get away with just a 1/4" shift in the axle. But if your stock then you might face some problems without them.

4. Finally, this vehicle is my DD, so I want improvements in handling and driving for on road use but the capability to off road on down the road. I will probably be running 33 to 34 inch tires at some point. I currently have stock bumpers so I know the lift will be closer to 3.5 inches.
Thanks for the advice. I am looking for people to tell me they love this lift!

---I feel the 2.5" MC lift is a great option for someone with a DD that's looking for improved handling and offroading. They focus on maintaining a LCG (low center of gravity) this allows for a 50/50 droop and lift. In other words, the jeep will have great articulation and be able to go over obstacles but still maintain a low stance for great on road handling. Let me know if there are other questions.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:10 PM   #7
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Matador,

Thanks for the advice. How much lift will I get on my 13 sahara with the stock bumpers? I don't want to go too high as this will look silly with my stock wheels for now. I don't want to mess with adjusting shocks. What are the benefits of firm vs a shock that isnt firm? Does it have to do with travel during off road? Off roaders would want a firmer shock while people wanting on road performace would want a shock with more travel and a smoother ride? Can you recommend a good shock that meets somewhere in the middle of a soft ride but capable for moderate off roading as well? Would you still say the OME?
Assuming installation of the MC ARB kit with the trackbar in the front and bracket in the rear, what would a reasonable install cost be? The kit is $1600 or something like that plus whatever the cost of the trackbar and rear bracket ( I havent priced those). I am trying to get an idea of total out of pocket cost.
Finally, I have the lifetime max warranty offered through Chrysler. I was told that a mild lift would not void the warranty but I might have just been told that to make the sale. Will a lift void my lifetime warranty?

Thanks for the answers.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:33 PM   #8
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Matador:
I am going off your review "Lifting in Steps"
AEV Dualsport XT vs the Metalcloak unlimited dual-rate 2.5 kit: Which would provide better on road performance? Which would provide better off road? I am trying to decide between these two. Both kits I have to buy additional parts to correct the geometry of my vehicle....but the AEV comes with shocks. The MC will lift my Jeep higher bc I have factory bumpers...maybe leaning towards AEV?
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:17 PM   #9
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Matador,

Thanks for the advice. How much lift will I get on my 13 sahara with the stock bumpers? I don't want to go too high as this will look silly with my stock wheels for now. I don't want to mess with adjusting shocks. What are the benefits of firm vs a shock that isnt firm? Does it have to do with travel during off road? Off roaders would want a firmer shock while people wanting on road performace would want a shock with more travel and a smoother ride? Can you recommend a good shock that meets somewhere in the middle of a soft ride but capable for moderate off roading as well? Would you still say the OME?
Assuming installation of the MC ARB kit with the trackbar in the front and bracket in the rear, what would a reasonable install cost be? The kit is $1600 or something like that plus whatever the cost of the trackbar and rear bracket ( I havent priced those). I am trying to get an idea of total out of pocket cost.
Finally, I have the lifetime max warranty offered through Chrysler. I was told that a mild lift would not void the warranty but I might have just been told that to make the sale. Will a lift void my lifetime warranty?

Thanks for the answers.

yours would end up looking like this.
This is the ARB edition, measures 39.25 in the front and 39.625 in the rear (ground to bottom of flare). Sitting on stock 32s. Firmer ride than stock Sahara but I like it. Haven't been able to take it off road yet.

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yours would end up looking like this.
This is the ARB edition, measures 39.25 in the front and 39.625 in the rear (ground to bottom of flare). Sitting on stock 32s. Firmer ride than stock Sahara but I like it. Haven't been able to take it off road yet.
Can you grab a measurement from mid wheel to bottom of flare ?
This will take the tires out of the equation.
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:30 AM   #11
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Front about 24''and 24 3/8 in the back, would you happen to know what a stock Sahara is at? I forgot what mine was at
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Front about 24''and 24 3/8 in the back, would you happen to know what a stock Sahara is at? I forgot what mine was at

It's around 201/4 front and 211/4 rear.

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