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Old 06-15-2014, 12:44 PM   #1
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Metalcloak vs Teraflex

I am planning on getting one of these lifts and installing it myself. I have limited mechanical experience but, I am feel confident that I can do the installation after studying the installation instructions. My question concerns the point in the installation when a small amount of welding is required or recommended. It appears to me that the majority of the install could be done and then drive or perhaps tow the jeep a couple of miles to a welder to have the welding done.

I would like to know from those that have actually installed either of these lifts if what I am proposing if feasible. Also, please feel free to offer any advice that you feel would be beneficial.

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Old 06-15-2014, 12:57 PM   #2
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There really isn't any welding required on most suspension lifts, most are bolt-ons. Only one of my previous suspension lifts required welding but that particular lift, a Rubicon Express 4.5" long-arm suspension wasn't worth the effort to install... it just didn't perform well in the offroad conditions I ran it in.

The vast majority of suspension lifts can easily be installed with standard hand tools at home, you just need things like 6-ton jack stands (3-ton version aren't tall enough) and some kind of a hydraulic floor jack. And those little floor jacks in the blown-plastic cases like you see on the store shelves are more frustrating than useful. Harbor Freight Tools has inexpensive floor jacks that are big enough to do the job. I use a 3 ton HFT floor jack on a regular basis.

Tool-wise, you will need both metric and SAE sizes.

I'd add Currie to the list of suspension lifts to consider... they make one of the most widely respected suspension lifts and it too is a bolt-in. My current 4" Currie outperforms my previous 4.5" Rubicon Express, 5" Rock Krawler, and 3" Tera suspension lifts in all regards by a considerable margin.

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Old 06-16-2014, 04:15 PM   #3
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The majority of our kits are bolt on with the exception of our long arm kits which require a significant amount of welding. In fact on our short arm lifts and 2.5" lifts you can get away with no welding. However, the rear trackbar bracket can be tacked into place for piece of mind so you never have to worry about the bolts that hold it on coming loose, it's not a necessity but is a piece of mind. I had a front bolt on track bar kit on one of my jeeps (not a TF product) and after I got done wheeling all the bolts were loose. I welded everything up so I would never have to worry about it again.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:44 PM   #4
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I have Teraflex. Got the 3" kit uppers and lowers trackbar up front. Brackets for back. Swaybar discos and shocks. The huge kit. I love it. Great customer service. Had it shipped to Alaska while I was deployed to Afghanistan. Dude called all over for the cheapest trucking rate.

I made huge blocks out of 4x4 s 2 one way 2 the other. Supported jeep on them at frame bumper mounts for install.

0 welding btw.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:48 AM   #5
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Had the TF basic 3" kit on my 97 TJ for 17 years. TF frt adj track bar for awhile also (years, Can't remember when I put it in. getting old.) Beat the crap out of it and it held up. Replacing it with MC in stages now. Have all Metalcloak CA's and I love them so far. (only about a month now) Have not done any wheeling with them yet though. Don't think you can go wrong either way. Currie makes excellent products as well. Installation is pretty straight forward. Did it in my driveway with basic tools, a floor jack and jack stands. Spring compressor would have been helpful.

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Old 06-25-2014, 06:49 PM   #6
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My wifes uncle has a 2.5" Metal Cloak short arm lift running 35's on a 09 JK and recently won the flex competition on the RTI Ramp. He scored a 1440. If you are looking for a kit with a lot of flex, I would say Metal Cloak.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:13 AM   #7
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I've run Metal Cloak and Teraflex lift kits including the TF long arms. I've had fails with both Teraflex and Metal Cloak but both provide superb customer support and stand behind their stuff. You'll can't wrong with either company.
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Personally I think Tera is way overpriced for what you get with some of their basic kits. Their 3" kit w/o shocks is over $500. You could start with a base kit like a Zone one and build off of that or take a look at curries kits that come with most items to make a "complete kit". Of course it all depends on your budget.
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Personally I think Tera is way overpriced for what you get with some of their basic kits. Their 3" kit w/o shocks is over $500. You could start with a base kit like a Zone one and build off of that or take a look at curries kits that come with most items to make a "complete kit". Of course it all depends on your budget.
Hey buddy. Those high production quality YouTube videos and tutorials don't come cheap you know. Seriously, you sorta get what you pay for. I'm half tempted to share this very detailed technical response I got from one of the Teraflex engineers last night about their long arms. Way beyond the call of duty. If you search around you can usually find a good price on TF stuff.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:37 PM   #10
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Never had TF but I sure like my Metal Cloak Stuff

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