Thanks for responding. Interesting that you went with custom size in the rear. After talking to someone who has set up a lot of jeeps, I was almost going to go in a direction like you did - metalcloak springs for the free length plus another 1" spacer. But I am having a hard time with all that lift. And I don't need to be a droop king either.
Trying to fit the resi version of the 6" lift / 12" travel Kings will be easier and could have perhaps cost you less total for four new resi shocks (plus you could sell the 2.0's.).
If I do end up on 12" shocks, I think I will bite the bullet and get resi shocks for the better travel / compressed length (shorter). Will probably also get adjustables so I don't have to bother with custom valving.
What I am noodling over now is actually just changing out the King 2.0 3"-5" shocks to the King 2.5 resi shocks in the same size (3"-5"). Interestingly, it won't make much difference in the front in terms of travel or compressed length (which makes me wonder if I have the numbers correct). On the rear, going resi would net another 1" of travel in a shock that is shorter when compressed. Going with the 10" travel shocks means I can leave the synergy upper shock mount brackets off.
Here are the numbers....
FWIW, The Yellow OME LT shocks and the MetalCloak LT red shocks seem to have identical specs in terms of compressed and extended lengths. Those are at ~11.6 travel front and rear for either brand. Fox 2.5 resi shocks are I think in that same range of net travel.
Brand Size F/R Extended Compressed Travel
King 3"-5" Front 27.328 17.008 10.320
King 3"-5" Rear 27.097 17.472 9.625
King 6" Front 32.042 19.765 12.277
King 6" Rear 31.302 19.554 11.748
King Resi 3"-5" Front 27.270 16.893 10.377
King Resi 3"-5" Rear 28.140 17.263 10.877
King Resi 6" Front 31.043 18.650 12.393
King Resi 6" Rear 32.280 19.563 12.717
Nope. No aggressive timelines here. Everything I do takes forever anyway because I have to time slice it with family and work. I also work inside of a small closed garage. Gotta be discrete in these parts.
Definitely not setting the lift height based on looks. More like what I can still fit into the garage. I'm on 3" coils now with 3" bump stops front and rear. The front king bump stops are setup to bottom out same as stock so they do sit above the (3") strike pads a fair amount at ride height. I don't think I am hitting them much. The strikers and the white ball still look clean / unmarred.
I have two sets of coils now. eVo plush ride 3" and 4". They are linear. As mentioned above, I am thinking to go for the resi versions of the kings for the travel and shorter compressed length and then having the axle side shock brackets moved as needed. If the 4" evo coils are too loose at full droop, I'll go with the metalcloak 3.5" coils which have a 2" longer free length than the 4" evos.
Probably I am going to skip the evo tuned kings this time around. Another buddy who has built a lot of jeeps was suggesting that evo probably has the shocks tuned more for the southern califiornia trails closer to them in socal so the shocks might be firmer. For rock crawling and daily driving, softer might be more desirable (I like it, anyway). Probably I will go for teh resi shocks with tuning knobs versus custom tuned (non adjustable) unless there is a reason not to.
So, um, yeah.... I agree. Moving the shock mounts is the best approach here though I will probably add resi shocks to that.