RK vs Clayton - most opinions wanted
I havent seen Joe around for a while, so I'm going to throw this out to the masses for some help. I am getting very close to getting a suspension lift for the new heep. The two I am currently debating are 1. RockKrawler JK 3.5 X FACTOR PLUS MID ARM SYSTEM and 2. Clayton Off Road Mfg. JK 3.5 (Full Traction is a possible 3rd). Since I am still a complete newb to suspensions, what puts one of these over the other? RK is cheaper & has shock relocation brackets, but I do not know if new shocks are required. CORM sells Bilstein 5100s for another $320. CORM is completely bolt-on, which means I could do all of the work myself. I do not know if RK is bolt-on or if welding is required. What else would I need with either of these kits?
1. RockKrawler JK 3.5
X FACTOR PLUS MID ARM SYSTEM
$1699.00 from Absolute Offroad
- high clearance - high misalignment lower control arms front and rear,
- high misalignment front upper adjustable control arms,
- front sway bar disconnects,
- and long travel stainless steel brake lines.
- independent three link rear conversion with adjustable anti-squat geometry.
- The rear axle on the 3.5” X Factor Plus Mid Arm System is moved back 1” to allow for greater clearance between the tire and the factory rock slider
- rear shock relocation brackets that move the rear shock mounting position up 2 inches for better ground clearance under the lower control arm mounts on the axle.
2. Clayton Off Road Mfg. JK 3.5
$1,899.00 from Clayton Offroad Mfg.
- 3.5 - Front coil springs (pair)
- 3.5 - Rear coil springs (pair)
- JKS swaybar disconnects
- Rear swaybar extensions
- Front set of brakelines
- Rear set of brakelines
- Front Adjustable trackbar with misalignment spacers
- Rear trackbar bracket
- Front bumpstop with allenhead bolt (pair)
- Rear bumpstop with 2 allenhead bolts with nuts (pair)
- Front lower double bent adjustable control arms (pair)
- Front upper adjustable control arms (pair)
- Rear upper adjustable round bent arms (pair)
- Rear lower adjustable arms (pair)
OR should I ditch both of these and get the Full Traction 3" Ultimate kit for $1774.95... which includes:
- 8 adjustable upper & lower control arms for both front and rear,
- heavy duty adjustable front & rear track bars,
- new generation front sway bar disconnects,
- rear links,
- bump stops,
- off-set brakeline relocation brackets, and
- ride frequency tuned coil springs for a comfortable ride