i had never heard about Rock Krawler brand, is it reliable??
im assuming this is the one you mention Rubinon
it looks good, i would just need to replace the shocks for longer ones, but i could do that once i change tires, im running the stock tires for a while (still about 50% of life left). you mention its a true 3" lift, that could compensate for when i start adding weight...
i guess i could install the spring lift, but i would be worried about adjusting the track bar, its something i have zero experience on, when i did SOA to my YJ i removed the track bars alltogether.
looking at some other lifts on quadratec, i see that i can get something like a Rubicon Express
and an adjustable track bar for about $200 more, and that would put me in the same price range of the Rock Krawler.... besides, i could do it in steps, order the lift first and then if i feel the need, order the track bar...
i also found this one
a skyjacker with shocks, its a little bit more expensive but the shocks are a plus, and if i feel the need i can install the track bar later....
what do you think?? any negative opinions of any of these kits??
Is Rock Krawler the best?..answering that questions is like setting myself up to be flamed by a firing squad when it concerns forums...its like trying to say if Chevy beats Dodge beats Ford beats/etc lol..I would say they are one of the best without a doubt. Lifetime Warranty, parts quality, the amount of abuse they can brush off, and Bridgette/Jason that work there are crazy helpful.
I run the 5.5" Long Arm on my TJ, and my wife has the 3.5" on her JK. I have installed a lot of these 2.5" kits and they are very solid. Track bar adjustment is pretty simple honestly. I mean ultimately its up to you and you can have it professionally aligned....or you take a tape measure to your driveway after you install the lift and do this:
-Drivers side front: Measure from the lowest fixed hard point on the body/frame...say the upper shock mount to a fixed point on the axle, say the hub face...or the C. Record that measurement.
-Passenger side front: Measure from the same fixed point on the body/frame to the same fixed point on this side of the axle
-Compare results and adjust the track bar accordingly
Or just do what a lot of us do, stick your thumb up, squint through one eye, and adjust side to side until your satisfied lol
If I am not mistaken Rock Krawler includes what the average "default" measurement should be before you even attach the track bar which will give you a good reference.
In reference to you buying a lift then the track bar separate like the RE lift. Its not really a good idea to buy a lift and plan on buying the track bar later, I will explain. When you spring lift the Jeep and keep a stock track bar you end up pulling the entire axle towards the drivers side of the Jeep because you arent extending the track bar to match the new distance which puts unecessary pressure on all your controls arms which want to keep pulling the axle to the passengers side. You probably will not notice this fight while driving for a little while but everything is affected by that pressure. Your joints, bushings, hubs, etc all get worn rapidly by this extra pressure and next thing you know you have the case of full blown death wobble. So that is something to consider....keeping in mind the lower the lift, the less pressure so the slower this process will happen, but it will happen eventually.
Lastly, my own .02, dont buy Skyjacker for a Jeep, leave them to play in the mud truck world. Skyjackers arent very flexy...and longevity is lacking.