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Old 03-21-2016, 09:03 PM
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Thoughts on metalcloak dual rate springs

Generally speaking, will the 3.5 dual rates ride softer than 4" OME's? What is your experience with them?

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Old 03-21-2016, 09:57 PM   #2
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Generally speaking, will the 3.5 dual rates ride softer than 4" OME's? What is your experience with them?
Although I don't have any experience with the OME stuff, I highly doubt that the MC will ride softer. They have a higher spring rate in order to hold up tube fenders, winches, spare tire carriers, etc.

I took all that stuff off of my Jeep and took it for a ride and it rode very stiff. It's great with all that stuff on though.

You might consider shock selection more than spring selection though if you are looking for a softer ride.

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Thanks. I currently have bilsteins however I don't have tube fenders or a winch at the moment. They are on the short list. Maybe once added I will have a softer ride, but how much can that stuff really weigh?

I thought the point of dual rate springs was that the tighter coils rode soft until the springs were compressed to where they needed backbone.
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Thank you for the post and the great question.

The purpose of the True Dual Rate Coils is to allow for a longer free length. The upper coils pretty much remain compressed at ride height and are non-functional until you go off road. As you articulate off road, the upper coils expand allowing the coils to stay in pocket and providing extra support.

Here is a video that shows how the coils work.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiRjoD1rSXU
As a note, we have a stiff coil/soft shock philosophy for our suspension systems. Since Bilsteins are generally considered a stiffer shock then the ones we recommend, if you match our coils with your Bilsteins, you will have stiffer ride, not softer.

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Generally speaking, will the 3.5 dual rates ride softer than 4" OME's? What is your experience with them?
my metalcloak 3.5 rides smoother than factory suspension on my 12 JK. Plus they don't unseat when articulated which is nice. I'm going to a bigger lift so I can have 37s so mine springs will be up for sale at a good deal. 4000ish miles
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Recently switched to the dual rates 3.5's. I had 3" zone springs and bilsteins, but my jeep is quite heavy and the zones were too soft. I was only getting 2" lift out of them with alot of bounce in the rear. With the dual rates the jeep is much more stable and I had 3.25" of lift immediately after the install. I imagine it's settled a bit since but still much better then the zones. Ride is much nicer and got rid of the rear bottoming out constantly.

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