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Old 07-17-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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Only 1 month old and lookin' to jack 'er up!

How's it goin'? Newbie to the Jeep world. My wife and I bought our first JKU (Sport S) about a month ago. It's actually her's, but I am going to live my dream through her jeep (for the time being). I'm looking for some info and pics on the specific lift kits and your guys experience. I have been lurking and searching the forums and I have found many questions that I have been answered, but then I look at another thread and answers contradict the thread before...Anyways, Looking to compare the Rock Krawler 2.5" Flex vs the Rock Krawler 2.5" max travel? Also am looking at the Teraflex 2.5" Coil Lift, but am curious if I do the 3", will I have to do extensions on any other components or replace any additional parts? and last, the Metalcloak 2.5"-3.5" Dual-Rate Kit. If you have any one of these, please post a pic, and your experience. Also is 2.5" the true max before you need to do the part replacements or extensions, or is it the 3" mark?

I was starting to get a headache comparing each thread and going back and forth trying to recheck what I was reading. Again sorry to beat a dead horse with another lift thread. Thank you guys in advance!

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:45 PM   #2
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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I know you were talking about metal cloak and rock krawler, but you also mentioned the teraflex coil lift. Just thought I'd throw in one more for consideration if you're thinking about going coilover. I got the EVO coilover with their long arm kit. Here are a few mild pic's.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:22 AM   #4
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It would be more reassuring to see the jeep on dry land again!
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:25 AM   #5
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It would be more reassuring to see the jeep on dry land again!
ROFLMAO I was thinking the same thing. Looks like pic was taken while looking for someone to pull it out.

OP its all about the money or lack of.You might want to say how much do you have to work with ?
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:56 AM   #6
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ROFLMAO I was thinking the same thing. Looks like pic was taken while looking for someone to pull it out.

OP its all about the money or lack of.You might want to say how much do you have to work with ?

I actually made it out without winching or being pulled out. I had to back out and choose a different line...but I made it through. Had a rig behind me on 44's that made it through the same line I initially tried to go through.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:18 AM   #7
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It has nothing to do with money or lack of, the biggest question is what are your goals with this? You gonna take it once a week? Month? Year? How much time does it spend on the pavement? Are you looking to look good, trail ride, or rock crawl?
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:36 AM   #8
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It has everything to do with money.Give a price then you know what you can or cant get. Budget will always dictate the outcome with a Jeep.
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I know you were talking about metal cloak and rock krawler, but you also mentioned the teraflex coil lift. Just thought I'd throw in one more for consideration if you're thinking about going coilover. I got the EVO coilover with their long arm kit. Here are a few mild pic's.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:56 AM   #10
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I see both points as far as money. I think the real question is how much money is available up front and how much additional money is available in a year or 18 months. If the answer is the same then it's easier to make a decision. if he/she will add additional gear down the road then the suspension/lift choices will dictate future purchases (especially if on a limited budget).

I agree budget always dictates the outcome of jeeps, its just a matter of when. I'd like to have Dana 60's, but i'd rather wait 2 more years till the 2016's and see about a diesel before dumping the money in my 13. Part of the reason I bought the '13 Rubicon vs a X or sport.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:45 AM   #11
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Sorry, should have included all the fine details in original post. So, it is her jeep so its the DD during the week, but we are outdoors people and try to get out of the city every chance we can. It's a mix of fire roads, off road parks, and desert driving. I want the ability to crawl over rocks, but nothing real extreme. I just don't want to be the limitation for the group.

Budget wise I'm at $4k for the time being. I can do more right now, but for the lift, tires and wheels, that's all I am looking to do right now. My plans are 35x12.5 pro comp xtreme AT on KMC XD monsters. I'll be getting a set of 5 and it'll set me back about $1500. So I have $2500 to play with. I've watched teraflex video on what lift to choose and like the coil. I want to stay away from spacers...I figured the list brands and kits were all compatible and in the range of $800-$1500. I may do a full kit with shocks depending on what they are, or may do shocks separate, not sure yet. Also, less I go on the lift, means more accessories now. Plan on the NFAb rails and a upgraded tire carrier if I keep lift cost down. In the next year, I'll be getting the front and rear bumper along with winch. And I am open to other brands as well.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:42 AM   #12
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I had about the same budget and intentions. Ended up going with the rk 2.5 max travel. In my opinion the lift is perfect, I found a pretty good package deal that included shocks and bumps and coil retainers and ss and relocation bracket and pro Cal for a very reasonable price though a vendor of another forum.

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