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JKUx
12-09-2013, 02:25 AM
Hello everyone,

I'm in the market for a full suspension lift (replacing the TF BB kit) and confused in what to buy, for example they sell an economy lift and then there's the premium systems that come with fully adjustable front and rear lower arms and some with upper and lower front and rear adjustable arms; now the original plan was to pick up the AEV 3.5 dual sport RS system but now after considerable research I've seen other companies(rock krawler/full traction/teraflex/skyjacker/rancho) offering more than just brackets etc.

Now I have my sights on (Full Traction) 3.0 in ultimate suspension kit, it is a complete system with complete adjustability and I priced it with the Fox 2.0 shocks.

All Experienced advice is appreciated.

The goal is to do it right (with a reliable/serviceable system) and make it trail worthy for those weekend warrior events and eventually move up from 35s to 37s.

drwfaulk
12-09-2013, 03:48 AM
I've been researching the same thing. It have done a lot of mix-matching and have found that it is cheaper to get for example: EVO 3" plush ride coils , Currie control arms with Johny joints ,RK track bars ,EVO end links , ext. SS break lines ,EVO drag link flip kit(if needed) , rs9000 shocks. But that's off the top of my head. I could be missing something but it all came out cheaper than the complete kits and in my opinion more quality parts. :D

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DunnyBunny
12-09-2013, 04:26 AM
Only think I would maybe change from above is I would go with the synergy flip kit. Comes with a beefier draglink and replaces both ends with beefier ends I believe. And it's only a few dollars more.

JKUx
12-09-2013, 11:14 AM
I've been researching the same thing. It have done a lot of mix-matching and have found that it is cheaper to get for example: EVO 3" plush ride coils , Currie control arms with Johny joints ,RK track bars ,EVO end links , ext. SS break lines ,EVO drag link flip kit(if needed) , rs9000 shocks. But that's off the top of my head. I could be missing something but it all came out cheaper than the complete kits and in my opinion more quality parts. :D

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That's definitely a quality setup, I appreciate the advice!!!

Trembley
12-10-2013, 01:42 AM
I've been researching the same thing. It have done a lot of mix-matching and have found that it is cheaper to get for example: EVO 3" plush ride coils , Currie control arms with Johny joints ,RK track bars ,EVO end links , ext. SS break lines ,EVO drag link flip kit(if needed) , rs9000 shocks. But that's off the top of my head. I could be missing something but it all came out cheaper than the complete kits and in my opinion more quality parts. :D

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Anybody else have a comment on this, it seems like a decent way for a guy on a budget to add things as they can afford them and end up with a solid set up.

drwfaulk
12-10-2013, 02:15 AM
Anybody else have a comment on this, it seems like a decent way for a guy on a budget to add things as they can afford them and end up with a solid set up.

It's just a start. I never see myself doing C/O, unless the price drops. But with that setup I can upgrade as I go with quality parts first. I did start with a RC 2.5 spring lift and it sucks, rides really rough and I netted about 3.75 inches on the lift which was more than I wanted and has put too much strain on other parts.

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DunnyBunny
12-10-2013, 06:42 AM
Anybody else have a comment on this, it seems like a decent way for a guy on a budget to add things as they can afford them and end up with a solid set up.

This is basically how I'm doing it just with the synergy flip kit and drag link and with springs that are a tad cheaper. Didn't realize their plush coils were $400 basically. And I have fox shocks and got a hell of a deal of a full set of RK control arms that I couldn't pass.

chaseit1
02-15-2014, 04:47 AM
If you want a quality lift on a upgrade as you can afford I would suggest looking at the Rock Krawler Line... You can start out with springs and front Trackbar and rear trackbar relocation bracket and removeable front swaybar links for a pretty reasonable price around $500.00.Included is the BombProof lifetime Warranty as long as you use all there parts in the upgrade process. Parts are reasonably priced and you can build to whatever level you want. you can check them out at http://rockkrawler.com

JKDriver
02-15-2014, 03:15 PM
The Rock Krawler stuff is high quality. Just a few things to note, their shocks are a little on the stiff side, and their RRD shocks are also. The shocks are re build able and can be valves for your application, but you need to specify what kind of ride you are looking for.

JKUx
02-15-2014, 03:47 PM
If you want a quality lift on a upgrade as you can afford I would suggest looking at the Rock Krawler Line... You can start out with springs and front Trackbar and rear trackbar relocation bracket and removeable front swaybar links for a pretty reasonable price around $500.00.Included is the BombProof lifetime Warranty as long as you use all there parts in the upgrade process. Parts are reasonably priced and you can build to whatever level you want. you can check them out at http://rockkrawler.com

Thanks I bought most of the RK stuff with EVO plush coils and Bilstein 5100's
Now to get time to install:👍:

wayoflife
02-15-2014, 04:15 PM
Only think I would maybe change from above is I would go with the synergy flip kit. Comes with a beefier draglink and replaces both ends with beefier ends I believe. And it's only a few dollars more.

Funny, in the last 7+ years, I can't say that I've ever had a problem with my factory drag link. Still running it on my 2012 JK that has over 75,000 hard miles on it. Guess I need to play harder. :idontknow:


Anybody else have a comment on this, it seems like a decent way for a guy on a budget to add things as they can afford them and end up with a solid set up.

Sounds like a solid setup to me.


If you want a quality lift on a upgrade as you can afford I would suggest looking at the Rock Krawler Line... You can start out with springs and front Trackbar and rear trackbar relocation bracket and removeable front swaybar links for a pretty reasonable price around $500.00.Included is the BombProof lifetime Warranty as long as you use all there parts in the upgrade process. Parts are reasonably priced and you can build to whatever level you want. you can check them out at http://rockkrawler.com

For a guy with only 4 posts and who said he came here to "try to listen and learn more than talk", that's quite an endorsement :crazyeyes:


The Rock Krawler stuff is high quality. Just a few things to note, their shocks are a little on the stiff side, and their RRD shocks are also. The shocks are re build able and can be valves for your application, but you need to specify what kind of ride you are looking for.

As noted, the shocks are too long and the shortest length you can set their control arms is about 1.5" longer than stock too. Even with 4" of lift, you really only need to have your control arms adjusted at about 1/2" longer max. This longer length will cause issues with spring bow, springs making contact with things like your track bar and in some cases, difficulty setting your pinion angle.

JKUx
02-15-2014, 05:35 PM
Funny, in the last 7+ years, I can't say that I've ever had a problem with my factory drag link. Still running it on my 2012 JK that has over 75,000 hard miles on it. Guess I need to play harder. :idontknow:



Sounds like a solid setup to me.



For a guy with only 4 posts and who said he came here to "try to listen and learn more than talk", that's quite an endorsement :crazyeyes:



As noted, the shocks are too long and the shortest length you can set their control arms is about 1.5" longer than stock too. Even with 4" of lift, you really only need to have your control arms adjusted at about 1/2" longer max. This longer length will cause issues with spring bow, springs making contact with things like your track bar and in some cases, difficulty setting your pinion angle.

^^^^This is good to know as RK lower control arm length is set for 3.5 inch of lift as I have the EVO 3 inch Plush coils, according to RK guide it shows very little difference in length from their 3.5-5.0 inch suggested settings, I was going to follow accordingly to their 3.5 setting as go from there.

wayoflife
02-15-2014, 05:56 PM
^^^^This is good to know as RK lower control arm length is set for 3.5 inch of lift as I have the EVO 3 inch Plush coils, according to RK guide it shows very little difference in length from their 3.5-5.0 inch suggested settings, I was going to follow accordingly to their 3.5 setting as go from there.

To give you an idea of things, a factory front lower control arm measures 22-5/8″ in length eye to eye. As a starting point, I typically set my new adjustable front lower control arms to 23″ eye to eye on a 3.5"-4" lift - that only 3/8″ longer than stock. Again, the shortest setting that the RK arms will allow you to go is 1-1/2" longer than stock. This is A LOT longer than what you need even at 5" of lift to get your axles back to where they were under the wheel wells.

JKUx
02-15-2014, 06:34 PM
To give you an idea of things, a factory front lower control arm measures 22-5/8″ in length eye to eye. As a starting point, I typically set my new adjustable front lower control arms to 23″ eye to eye on a 3.5"-4" lift - that only 3/8″ longer than stock. Again, the shortest setting that the RK arms will allow you to go is 1-1/2" longer than stock. This is A LOT longer than what you need even at 5" of lift to get your axles back to where they were under the wheel wells.

Just measured to confirm, seems like it's max length is with the ends all the way in; based on your measurement and compared RK 23 1/8 suggested settings it's pretty damn close...👍69269

wayoflife
02-15-2014, 06:41 PM
Just measured to confirm, seems like it's max length is with the ends all the way in; based on your measurement and compared RK 23 1/8 suggested settings it's pretty damn close...69269

Compared to what I have seen in the past, this looks to be a recent change and one that I'm glad to see. I should note that the 23" that I recommend is just a "starting point" for 4" of lift, not 3" and more times than not, I personally find that going a tad shorter yields better results especially if you did not get adjustable uppers with your kit. Still, you should be okay - the worst that you'll see is some spring rubbing issues. I just don't get why a company would sell an "adjustable" product that you can't even adjust to a stock length but, that's just me.

JKUx
02-15-2014, 06:45 PM
Off topic but I forgot to ask, what's the eta on the WOL gear decal in black, I wanted to buy 2 to go with the other decals I recently purchased from you.

JKUx
02-15-2014, 06:54 PM
Compared to what I have seen in the past, this looks to be a recent change and one that I'm glad to see. I should note that the 23" that I recommend is just a "starting point" for 4" of lift, not 3" and more times than not, I personally find that going a tad shorter yields better results especially if you did not get adjustable uppers with your kit. Still, you should be okay - the worst that you'll see is some spring rubbing issues. I just don't get why a company would sell an "adjustable" product that you can't even adjust to a stock length but, that's just me.

Learning as I go along and I totally agree; as this is the first Jeep I ever owned which I love, now that I'm aware before starting the install I'll go for the uppers too as I was going to buy them down the road.
As always I appreciate the valuable information!🍻

DunnyBunny
02-15-2014, 11:10 PM
Funny, in the last 7+ years, I can't say that I've ever had a problem with my factory drag link. Still running it on my 2012 JK that has over 75,000 hard miles on it. Guess I need to play harder. :idontknow:


Post was a while ago and I never said you don't play hard enough. To me it makes sense to spend I think $25 extra to have a what I consider a better setup. It was also merely a suggestion and my opinion to the OP. Sorry you felt offended by it.

wayoflife
02-16-2014, 12:24 AM
Off topic but I forgot to ask, what's the eta on the WOL gear decal in black, I wanted to buy 2 to go with the other decals I recently purchased from you.

Hopefully in about 2 weeks :yup:


Post was a while ago and I never said you don't play hard enough. To me it makes sense to spend I think $25 extra to have a what I consider a better setup. It was also merely a suggestion and my opinion to the OP. Sorry you felt offended by it.

:cheesy: Funny, never said you did and I merely stated what I have experienced to the OP. If it helps you to sleep better at night spending money on things you don't really need, more power to you. Seems to me that the apology is mine to give as clearly, it is you who was offended here. ;)

DunnyBunny
02-16-2014, 03:09 AM
Hopefully in about 2 weeks :yup:



:cheesy: Funny, never said you did and I merely stated what I have experienced to the OP. If it helps you to sleep better at night spending money on things you don't really need, more power to you. Seems to me that the apology is mine to give as clearly, it is you who was offended here. ;)

Quoting my post and then stating at the end that you should play harder doesn't seem to only merely share your experience. Seems more defensive to me. Maybe I misinterpreted. But last I checked the EVO kit was $300. If I'm spending that kind of money I don't want to go from stock to stock and if I can spend roughly the same amount of money and go from stock to better then yes that's what I'm going to do just to have a little extra piece of mind.

wayoflife
02-16-2014, 03:40 AM
Quoting my post and then stating at the end that you should play harder doesn't seem to only merely share your experience. Seems more defensive to me. Maybe I misinterpreted. But last I checked the EVO kit was $300. If I'm spending that kind of money I don't want to go from stock to stock and if I can spend roughly the same amount of money and go from stock to better then yes that's what I'm going to do just to have a little extra piece of mind.

Hello!! like I just said, if it helps you to sleep better at night spending money on things you don't really need, more power to you. Regardless of how much more it was, it was still more and you did it just to "have a little extra piece of mind" - i.e. helps you to sleep better at night. No need to get all butthurt just because I quoted you. ;)

Canvas JK
02-16-2014, 11:17 AM
I started off with the Pro-Comp 2.5 inch coil and shock lift and after 6 months or so I replaced the coils with the EVO 3 inch Plush Ride coils and RK FLCA's and front Adjustable Track Bar. Love the ride and for what I do it works. May I suggest you fine some Jeepers in your area with different lifts and take a ride. As mentioned in previous threads ride comfort is subjective, what works for one may not work for another. Best way is to either ride or drive different set ups to find what you like the best. I may be off track on this but the control arms only have minor affect on the ride. Tires and coils have a much bigger accept than LCA's.

R/
Will


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JKUx
02-16-2014, 12:59 PM
I started off with the Pro-Comp 2.5 inch coil and shock lift and after 6 months or so I replaced the coils with the EVO 3 inch Plush Ride coils and RK FLCA's and front Adjustable Track Bar. Love the ride and for what I do it works. May I suggest you fine some Jeepers in your area with different lifts and take a ride. As mentioned in previous threads ride comfort is subjective, what works for one may not work for another. Best way is to either ride or drive different set ups to find what you like the best. I may be off track on this but the control arms only have minor affect on the ride. Tires and coils have a much bigger accept than LCA's.

R/
Will


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Canvas JK,

Thank you for your input, knowing you have the same setup as I, do you have any rubbing issues regarding coil to track bar or sway link-I'm starting off with RK front LCA and Track bar too with 3 in EVO coils and RK links all around, down the road I'm going to get the UpperCA so that I'm covered at all angles.

redyeti
03-05-2014, 02:53 PM
I just pulled the trigger and a Rancho 3" sport lift is on it's way. I bought the 9000 XL's with it. My decision was greatly influenced by the shock comparison article in Overland Journal, and the rebate Rancho is offering for the next few months.

I have a Rocklobster Red 2013 JKU Sport 6 speed with the 3.73's and the limited slip rear. I need to keep it wife and kids friendly, so 3" with 35's is what I'm doing for now.

I'll take some pics of the install and post them when available.

JKUx
03-05-2014, 05:28 PM
I just pulled the trigger and a Rancho 3" sport lift is on it's way. I bought the 9000 XL's with it. My decision was greatly influenced by the shock comparison article in Overland Journal, and the rebate Rancho is offering for the next few months.

I have a Rocklobster Red 2013 JKU Sport 6 speed with the 3.73's and the limited slip rear. I need to keep it wife and kids friendly, so 3" with 35's is what I'm doing for now.

I'll take some pics of the install and post them when available.

I'm in the same boat there man, that sounds like a great setup, I look forward to the pics! :👍: