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JK jeepgirl 01-08-2013 06:45 PM

Fab-Tech vs. Rock Krawler
 
Hey guys. I'm looking to get a 2.5" lift installed on my 2012 2-door sport within the next few months. I've talked to a couple different people about doing it and I've had one person suggest the Rock Krawler Max Flex and another suggest a Fab-Tech. Which lift do you recommend I go with and WHY?

I tried to find reviews on here and couldn't find any anywhere. I even used the search. So if this has already been asked and someone can link the thread, that would be great too.

(I'm getting 35" tires on 17" wheels the same time I get my lift installed, if that makes a difference.)

kramer2k 01-08-2013 06:48 PM

Come to think of it I haven't seen anyone around here in the JK section talking about a Fab-Tech lift. Is that more popular with the truck guys and/or TJ guys?

JK jeepgirl 01-08-2013 06:54 PM

I honestly don't know. It's just what one of the shops I'm looking at going to suggested. They do truck mods, too, but I think they do just as many JK mods.

kjeeper10 01-08-2013 06:57 PM

I see Fab tech on tv shows installed on big trucks/bronco's/etc. Not so much Jeeps.

Go with RK/synergy/Currie/Teraflex. Lift company's that specialize in jeeps.

Z-TJ 01-08-2013 06:58 PM

I have the Rock Krawler and love it

goodysgotacuda 01-08-2013 07:37 PM

In my experience fab-tech makes very reputable lifts

...for trucks. Their R&D is primarily for pickup trucks making their spring rate and setup decisions for a JK lift probably less than desirable compared to someone like Rock Krawler that ONLY makes Wrangler lifts. It's to no surprise to me that a truck shop would recommend a Fab-Tech, Pro Comp, etc because that is usually what they put on trucks.

I know I'm basically reiterating what KJeeper said..but we seem to share the same opinion on the subject. Fab-tech is extremely unpopular within the Jeep world and extremely popular within the truck world.

reade 01-08-2013 07:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Z-TJ (Post 3200910)
I have the Rock Krawler and love it

RK here as well.

kramer2k 01-08-2013 09:49 PM

RK here as well. It's pretty awesome stuff IMO. But it's my first lift on my first Jeep so I haven't dealt with other brands.

westofhwy5 01-08-2013 09:52 PM

RK 2.5 here too and love it. Although it looks and feels more than 2.5, I havent actually measured it though...

PieFace 01-08-2013 10:04 PM

My truck wears an RK 2.5 xfactor in steel.

If I had it to do over again, with a new truck, I might go taller, but I'd still go RK. Im planning 37s in the future.

Also, I should mention, I have driven the RK guys nuts with questions. They dont get annoyed.

kramer2k 01-08-2013 10:12 PM

Well look who it is! :wavey:

kurtz265 01-08-2013 11:41 PM

Another fan of RK here

JK jeepgirl 01-09-2013 08:43 AM

Wow. Okay. RK it is then. Thanks guys! :)

kjeeper10 01-09-2013 08:57 AM

Don't know if anybody voted RK yet.

Soooo. RK :thumb:

kurtz265 01-09-2013 09:52 AM

spoke to RK on the phone yesterday, man those guys are helpful and patient. For what it is worth, they told me the proper alignment specs following a 2.5 inch lift is

4.5-4.7 Caster (mine is at 5.2 seems perfect)
0 (neutral) toe

kjeeper10 01-09-2013 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by kurtz265
spoke to RK on the phone yesterday, man those guys are helpful and patient. For what it is worth, they told me the proper alignment specs following a 2.5 inch lift is

4.5-4.7 Caster (mine is at 5.2 seems perfect)
0 (neutral) toe

Hmmm usually a little toe in is rec. should be ok though :thumb:

kurtz265 01-09-2013 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kjeeper10 (Post 3203817)
Hmmm usually a little toe in is rec. should be ok though :thumb:

Hmmm, yah thought that was a bit strange but I had 2 guys at RK swear to me they liked to see a neutral toe

kramer2k 01-09-2013 10:02 AM

Toe should be slightly in if using larger tires, correct? Otherwise neutral is okay?

WatchThis! 01-09-2013 10:05 AM

I have allways been told that you want a little bit f toe in.

kjeeper10 01-09-2013 10:07 AM

Honestly, I've never seen neutral (0) mentioned.
Usually 1/8 -1/16 33"-35"

JK jeepgirl 01-09-2013 11:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kurtz265 (Post 3203796)
4.5-4.7 Caster (mine is at 5.2 seems perfect)
0 (neutral) toe

What is a "caster" or a "toe"? Haha.

Six 01-09-2013 11:31 AM

I like my RK...except for the DW :(

kurtz265 01-09-2013 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Six (Post 3204147)
I like my RK...except for the DW :(

Did you get that resolved yet? I had a bit of wobbling as well but Im 99% certain its a tire balance issue with the MTRs

kjeeper10 01-09-2013 12:05 PM

Ugh ... I feel you guys. Gets frustrating.

Wharfrat 01-09-2013 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by JK jeepgirl (Post 3204076)
What is a "caster" or a "toe"? Haha.

Caster, Camber, Toe

Six 01-09-2013 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kurtz265 (Post 3204217)
Did you get that resolved yet? I had a bit of wobbling as well but Im 99% certain its a tire balance issue with the MTRs

Get my bolt kit tonight. I'm going to put it in this weekend.

kurtz265 01-09-2013 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Six (Post 3204357)
Get my bolt kit tonight. I'm going to put it in this weekend.

Too bad you dont live closer, funny thing is, my bolt kit is arriving tomorrow and I'll be installing Saturday.

Are you going to have the jeep re-aligned after the bolt replacement?

Z-TJ 01-09-2013 10:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Six (Post 3204357)
Get my bolt kit tonight. I'm going to put it in this weekend.

Quote:

Originally Posted by kurtz265 (Post 3204801)
Too bad you dont live closer, funny thing is, my bolt kit is arriving tomorrow and I'll be installing Saturday.

Are you going to have the jeep re-aligned after the bolt replacement?

What is this bolt replacement you speak of?

kramer2k 01-09-2013 10:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Z-TJ (Post 3207049)
What is this bolt replacement you speak of?

You can get a bolt replacement kit from places like Poly Performance that replace the OEM suspension bolts. The replacements are shouldered properly and don't allow the play like the OEM bolts do. The OEMs are thread the entire length of the bolt and they can gouge out the holes in your bushing over time. The shouldered ones are tighter and the thinking is that there won't be any place with them.

Here's a good read: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/the...128154-25.html

Z-TJ 01-09-2013 10:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3207072)
You can get a bolt replacement kit from places like Poly Performance that replace the OEM suspension bolts. The replacements are shouldered properly and don't allow the play like the OEM bolts do. The OEMs are thread the entire length of the bolt and they can gouge out the holes in your bushing over time. The shouldered ones are tighter and the thinking is that there won't be any place with them.

Here's a good read: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/the...128154-25.html

Thanks:thumb:


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