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post #1 of 12 Old 12-21-2018, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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X-Factor vs CT3

Looking for a little insight into either the RK 3.5 X-Factor or the Teraflex CT3.

Has anyone ridden in both? Overall thoughts or impressions? Any glaring differences? I know shocks will play a part, but I will probably either run JRI or Falcons.

Will either kit be more prone to rust or wear in the north east salt used in the winter?

Are speed bumps annoying on the road, I heard they "thump"?

It looks like either kit can be had at close to the same price. Any input is appreciated, I'm sure both kits are stellar, but I don't have either available to me to see and experience in person. Thanks!

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I have been a more than a few rock krawler set ups and the ride is rough. The teraflex speed bumps are a gimmick that basically places the foam bump stop in an aluminum can that makes it look like an air bump stop. They charge you almost as much as an air bump as well. I would pass on either kit and company.

Metal cloak is going to be one of the best riding suspensions out there as well as Synergy. They both offer several kits in the height you are looking at. Metal Cloak has 3 choices of shocks and a no shock option that lets you buy what you want. The game changer from Metal Cloak comes in a bit cheaper then the teraflex or RK.

https://metalcloak.com/jk-wrangler/j...k-edition.html


The Synergy is a bit more in terms of cost.
https://www.synergymfg.com/synergy-j...tegory_id=4971

Out of the two you listed and the two I listed the Metal Cloak is the most complete set up and due to their bushing design offers the best ride with the synergy bushing being just a bit harder which should affect the ride a bit but may not be noticeable.

Remember tire selection will have a big impact on your ride quality so choose a proper load rated tire for you jeep and adjust the air pressure for a good ride and contact patch.
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My worry with the metal cloak was the installation with the jam nuts. I was worried I would bind them up or not be able to get them tight enough.

I have the synergy stage 4 long arm on my old jku, I loved it but, Its just so much more expensive.

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Their no different the the jam nuts on the RK except the Metal cloak are bigger and stronger. You can always use a little blue loc-tite on the jam nuts to keep them in place. To keep any joint centered while snugging the jam nut is to stick a punch or chisel between the joint body and bracket to hold it in a centered position.
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Their no different the the jam nuts on the RK except the Metal cloak are bigger and stronger. You can always use a little blue loc-tite on the jam nuts to keep them in place. To keep any joint centered while snugging the jam nut is to stick a punch or chisel between the joint body and bracket to hold it in a centered position.

ok, I guess I didn't understand they were the same. Im absolutely open to the metal cloak kits, guess I better start pricing them now too.

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I have installed just about every lift kit brand out there and metal cloak is at the top of the heap.

And for what's it worth I don't run their kit on my rig. Mine is custom designed and built by me.

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Second the vote for MetalCloak. I have ran those before and loved the ride. That's what also will be going on my Wife's Recon when I quit screwing around on the beast.


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Ok, sounds like a plan.

Will the metalcloak coating on the arms be more prone to wintertime rust?

Is there anything else you all would recommend to add to the kit to really compliment it? Other than maybe a steering stabilizer, I figure I would add that and the grade 8 kit.

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It is a zinc coating the is better for corrosion than the powder coating most companies use. Its really a complete kit, only other thing might be high steer but I would wait and see how the lift settles out on your ride and if its even with getting.

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I too would recommend the metal cloak lift compared to the others, or really, any bolt on short arm suspension. I would also go with their 6 pack shocks if the budget allowed, which judging by your shock choices mentioned, does.
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I would not get the 6 pack shocks unless you are building your rig around them and how they work. Great travel but if you don't adjust brackets or run too big a tire you wont take advantage of them.

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It is a zinc coating the is better for corrosion than the powder coating most companies use. Its really a complete kit, only other thing might be high steer but I would wait and see how the lift settles out on your ride and if its even with getting.
I have Synergy components and I notice that my tierod is getting a tiny amount of rust (or something) build up under the paint / powdercoat. Not even sure how that works since it's chromoly. Also, I have been using red n' tacky on the grease fittings and my rear bushings squeak worse that a bed with two fat people having sex. So maybe a +1 for zinc coating vs. paint / powder.

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Noted tie rod is chromoly so who knows whats going on there.
For OP, I think if you check your jam nuts and keep them thread locked and tight, you should be fine. I know there's a lot of FUD on other forums about RK jam nuts. Not sure if that is junk hardware or people not tightening fasteners from time to time.

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