A very good customer of ours ordered our front RECON conversion and opted for an expensive Fox shock and Teraflex spring combo for the rear of his 2-door JK. Why? He was unsure if coilovers were safe to be mounted in the Jeep JK shock OEM location like in our RECON conversion.
We discussed how coilovers inherently prevent damage to their tower due to the strength and durability of the spring. We discussed that we've never had a single coilover come back with damage to the tower from the hundreds of systems we've sold throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Greece. We showed him the coilovers on the back of the Jeeps at our facility - how the powdercoat shows minor wear from rock contact - and yet no damage to the tower itself. We showed him how the lower coilover mount has a skid plate integrated to protect the bolt and lower control arm joint.
Still, the customer opted for an alternative setup. No fear, we knew he was an experienced driver and would have a great weekend with his buddies in any event.
Monday morning this week he comes back by the shop to drop off his Jeep. He didn't say anything, just pointed to his Jeep's rear suspension. Sure enough - the damage had been done. While descending an obstacle a rock caught the bottom of his Fox shock's reservoir, shifted it counter clockwise, and pushed it up into the upper shock mount of the Jeep's frame. The steel braided line was destroyed and the Jeep lost all up travel in that corner.
Needless to say - our rear RECON coilover conversion was ordered and King 2.0 12" coilovers are being built as I type.