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Old 12-11-2019, 09:10 PM
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Shop brand lift kit

What are your thoughts on a shop using a rebranded lift kit.

I was talking to a local shop owner about lifts and he said they source their own individual components to make their kit. He did say the springs are teraflex.

Would you consider this or run away?

Our system consists of:
-2.5in Lift Springs
-Lift Shocks (Standard, Fox, and Bilstein options available)
-Caster Correction Brackets
-Forged Adjustable Front Trackbar
-Bump Stop Extensions
-Upgraded Steering Stabilizer
-Longer Sway Bar Links w/Quick Disconnects
-4 wheel alignment
-Includes installation labor in package price, has a 12m/12k warranty, and we GUARANTEE no death wobble.

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I think you have to look at a few things:

Your comfort level with the shop and their work.
The reputation of the shop.
Overall cost.
What are you mainly going to be using your Jeep for?

I would also ask for references from people who have already had this package installed from this shop.

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I suppose that would depend on the price. I would also prefer to use adjustable control arms vs. correction brackets. What brands are the other items like sway bar links and steering stabilizer.
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Like previously said, knowing the price would help. How do the match springs and shocks, if not done right could be rough ride.
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For 2500, I'd want to know exactly what I was buying. That's Metalcloak Gamechanger kit territory.

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Thats 2500 installed

It is actually more than my local dealer wants for the mopar lift installed.
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I personally would look elsewhere. At that price and not knowing the source of all the parts, something doesn't add up.
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I would think for that money you could get a JKS, AEV, Mopar, Teraflex or other quality lift installed with shocks. A name brand lift will come with the engineering and often a lifetime warranty. Last thing that I would want a hybrid of lower quality components- (rough country, skyjacker, trail master.. ect) which feature made in china labels. Remember once you install a lift you are generally "stuck" with your choice so spend the money and do it right the first time. Certain things I spend a little extra the first time and end up saving in the end. The same can be said about tires.
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I don't think that is a very good price for a 2.5" lift installed. Either they are charging you a lot of money to install the lift, or they are charging you a lot of money for the lift. The lift itself should be around $1200, so that would be $1300 to install it. That is steep. Or they are charging you more than that for the lift.
As mentioned, other key questions would be what parts are they assembling for "their" lift. They certainly don't make the parts, so they are using someones parts. Are they high end parts? They better be for that high end price.
If you like and trust the shop, fine. But I would at the very least have a lot of questions about where my money is going and what sort of quality I am getting for said money.
I am not against FrankenLifts, but I would want to know what components are being used.
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Get the Mopar lift from your dealer. No brainer to me.
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I would be skeptical...the idea behind a "frankinlift" is that you can get quality components from different places put together into a decent lift that all works together AT A LOWER COST THAN BUYING A FULL KIT FROM A QUALITY COMPANY. Like others have said, for that price you can buy a quality complete kit that was all engineered to work together.
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I appreciate all of the feedback. I am going to pass on their kit.

Now I have to decide between 2” Mopar or 2.5 AEV. They are within about $50 of each other.

The AEV would be installed by an AEV dealer in my area and the Mopar would be installed at a dealership I use.
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Shop brand lift kit

Figure they will charge ~ 8 hours for the install, so that’s around $800 right there and $1700 for the parts. I would shop around some more at other shops. Good lifts include Rock Krawler, Metalcloak, Teraflex, Core 4x4, etc. I have RK and very happy with the parts and CS was excellent. My shocks are Fox Resis and they have been flawless, although some may think the ride is a little stiff.

I would be wary of a shop brand because when you need to have something fixed or have questions later now you have to go back to them. With a name brand you can just call the manufacturer directly and work out issues or get replacement parts.
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I appreciate all of the feedback. I am going to pass on their kit.

Now I have to decide between 2” Mopar or 2.5 AEV. They are within about $50 of each other.

The AEV would be installed by an AEV dealer in my area and the Mopar would be installed at a dealership I use.
Either of those lifts should be great.
And either lift would be better if you add either geometry correction brackets or longer / adjustable lower front control arms.
I prefer the Fox shocks in the Mopar lift. They are a better shock than the Bilsteins in my opinion.
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couple of things that stand out out to me. If your stock steering stabilizer is not damaged then no need for a new one and most cause more issues than they cure. 4 wheel alignment? nothing you can adjust on the rear other than center rear axles and possibly thrust angle but the parts needed for those corrections are not listed. ie adjustable rear track bar and rear track bar relocation bracket which by the way you will want to correct roll center and adjustable rear control arms . Sounds like you are getting $600-700 worth of parts and way too much labor. If he has any experience at all should knock this out in 6 hours so about #$300 an hour for labor.
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Exactly what was said above. A amalgamation of parts SHOULD be cheaper than an outright kit. Otherwise whats the point of mix and matching warranties? They may warranty something but they will eat it when that warranty is shorter from X manufacturer.

AEV and Mopar lifts are excellent places to begin. IMO, if you are hard wheeling or rock crawling, I'd but adjustable arms instead of brackets. Someone on here in the recent past broke both brackets from AEV by wheeling hard. Not the norm for sure, and AEV warrantied them.
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I appreciate all of the feedback. I am going to pass on their kit.

Now I have to decide between 2” Mopar or 2.5 AEV. They are within about $50 of each other.

The AEV would be installed by an AEV dealer in my area and the Mopar would be installed at a dealership I use.
Both of those lifts will benefit from adding the geometry correction brackets (don't use the cams in the Mopar kit) and some front sway bar quick disconnects. I lean toward the Mopar for the addition of the front drive shaft.
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Definitely not using cam bolts if I go Mopar.
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I have the Mopar 2" with Falcon 3.1 shocks and have had the AEV 2.5" on my previous jeep if your are mostly on road which face it most of us are I would go with the AEV. For some reason it gets a somewhat of a bad rap but it was designed by the engineer who designed the JK suspension. He was hired by AEV so he designed the suspension how he wanted to without the restraints placed by Jeep. I have run most of the trails in Moab and my geo brackets don't have a mark on them. The geo brackets do more than just correct your caster. They help in braking by preventing front end dive and they also protect your driveshaft by reducing the angle under articulation or droop. With the AEV and geo brackets you do not need a different driveshaft and contrary to popular believe the stock DS is stronger than most and smoother and less affected by driveshaft angle.

If there is one draw back to the AEV 2.5 it is it does not have a ton of down travel but neither does the Mopar 2 because both have fairly short shocks compared to some other lifts. With my AEV 2.5 I have done Golden Spike, Rose Garden Hill, Potato Salad hill, Kane Creek, Behind the rocks and of course the easier ones Poison spider, hells revenge and fins and things and never had a mark on my geo brackets.
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Yeah, being totally honest with myself and the forum, I am 75% below 45mph on road. 24% highway above 75mph and 1% dirt, fire and logging roads. I don't see myself in the rocks and I hate cleaning mud.
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Yeah, being totally honest with myself and the forum, I am 75% below 45mph on road. 24% highway above 75mph and 1% dirt, fire and logging roads. I don't see myself in the rocks and I hate cleaning mud.
Have you considered the Rancho Sport 2" lift? They also offer a 3" lift now. I'm sure you've seen the huge thread on the 2" Rancho lift. Based on what you're saying, it might be a good choice.
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Yeah, being totally honest with myself and the forum, I am 75% below 45mph on road. 24% highway above 75mph and 1% dirt, fire and logging roads. I don't see myself in the rocks and I hate cleaning mud.

Save yourself a ton of $$ and get a spacer lift! Maybe even something like this: https://www.quadratec.com/p/rancho/2...cks-rs66119br5

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