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Old 01-25-2016, 08:33 PM
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Drop brackets vs. LCA's

So I just bought a 14 jk with a 2"zone spacer lift with stabilizer. Rides ok, no bump steer, body roll minimum. Just want it higher with more capability. It's my 3rd jeep so I'm not a newbie (79 cj7 4 in lift & 99 tj 4in full traction). I'm looking to add a lift and after doing much research on jk's suspension I'm totally lost on where to go. Its my DD and I do a small amount of wheeling. Live in deep south so no heavy rock.
I'm leaning toward the jspec jks 3.5 lift. Local 4wd shop let me ride in 2016 with drop brackets and it rode very well, better than mine. Shop owner said he is installing a couple a week and is steering people to this lift over the AEV 4.5 lift he's been installing. He likes that it lifts 3.5 front and 2.5 back to compensate for added front weight of bumpers/ winch leveling the jeep. My first question is between these two which would be better purchase? Secondly, I've looked at metal cloak and the AEV and JKS are not cheap lifts and spending that kind of money to not get lca's or uca's seems kinda weird, so i can eek out another 600 and have the game changer.. would all new control arms be better than all stock with just drop brackets?? Seems to me so.thoughts?!?! Help??? Thanks for your responses!
Ps. Sorry so long winded!

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Old 02-15-2016, 03:56 PM   #2
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Sorry I didn't get to your post. We're slackin'!

The big difference is going to be your future plans. Do you want to build a rig that will be very capable off road, or just be a dirt road and a daily driver. If you do the drop brackets like we have you will basically be saying that you want to just get it done.

If you do one of our Dual Rate kits with the upper front control arms, that allows you to, over time, add the rest of the components to eventually have the full Game-Changer.

Our systems are the only ones that allow for you to start at the bottom of the kits and use all the same parts to build the biggest and best kits we have.

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Old 03-12-2016, 12:26 AM
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Thanks for replying! It's awesome being able to speak with the developers/owners of the company from which you may drop a bunch of $$ to! Hope y'all maintain that great service as the company explodes in growth!
I've been doing a ton of research and am ALMOST certain I want Metalcloak!
So the hard reality is I do very little wheeling these days. Too many kids with too many commitments! I do miss the days of trail rides and hope that maybe by having a rig again I'll at least be able to break off here and there! So it's a DD, kid limo most of the time.
I've recently seen a pic of a 3.5 game changer with a 37's and overland fenders and I love it. I doubt I need the GC with virtually no wheeling. I want that set up but after reading 37's put alot of strain on axles, driveshafts, gears, motor etc. should I steer clear of that setup being I don't wheel much? Or bc I don't, would it not affect the components as much? If I went that route, planned on regear to 4.88s. Running D30 & D44 auto trans. 3.6. Would I need to upgrade axles with regear, maybe sleeve at minimum? New driveshafts? Don't want to drop all that $ on a rig that won't really utilize the components. Mainly, at least for now, want the look but hopefully later can have the function.
Secondly, bc it is a DD I don't want to sacrifice ride, kids and wife would appreciate that! I know shocks make that diff, so not sure which shock setup to go with out of the packages you offer. I've heard and read fox shocks are great but stiff and have heard OME are great also, maybe better for ride, but what about rocksport? (That may be something to add to the site for potential buyers like myself if you haven't already, hope I haven't overlooked it!)
I'm pretty sure I'm going Dual Rate kit just not sure which shock setup to go with. I've read that there have been a few that have installed the lift and needed to flip drag link? Is that necessary? Does roll center change that much? Is there anything I'm forgetting? Thanks for the info and feedback!
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