Originally Posted by Imped
Well, let's think about this. What are all of the components that make up a full suspension?
Springs--I've only heard good things but haven't used these myself
Shocks--OME shocks are well-known to work well. Not my personal choice but nice nonetheless
Control arms--the ends are what matters and those kick *** and you're hearing that straight from a huge JJ fan.
Track bars--haven't checked out MC's bars yet but after talking with the guys, they know what they're doing
I don't think you can go wrong. I'd still go with some Currie sway bars if you end up going with MC components.
I personally think an "ultimate" BOLT on SETUP would consist on products from Both camps(Currie/Savvy and Metalcloak)with maybe a product or 2 from another company. Here is my take:
A. Shocks.....Metal Cloak 6paks are the first choice IMO. They have an effective compressed length of 14.5" up front and roughly the same 14.5" out back as well. For a long travel shock it has the shortest compressed length. They are rebuildable, can be custom valved, have built in reservoirs. They will fit in the stock locations too(but it would be a bit of a tast to outboard them). They also have by far and away the most travel.
A second choice would probably be King's OEM performance shock. I like these. Compressed length for given travel is better than most.
Fox shocks, like the above 2 are rebuildable, can be custom valved etc.....but the compressed length of them is roughly an inch more vs. the other options above. You will need custom mounts/outboarding to use them effectively/properly.
B. Springs.........personally I think this should be based on needs/vehicle weight etc. I have no idea what the rates of the MC springs are. I know they are long, but I also know that coilbind length on them is longer than most too(which means potential need to bumpstop due to springs bind length). Currie springs, BDS, OME I think should also be considered as well.
With my LJ A 140-160lb spring up front is the optimal range, with a 150-170lb spring out back due to the standing weight and how its used and loaded up.
So you would need to figure out whats optimal for you and your needs.
C. Control arms. Metal cloaks........just for the joints.......the arms themselves are also bullitproof. I personally feel they are hands down better than a JJ CA, in every manner. Nope they are not double adjustable, but IMO its a non-issue.
D. Swaybars.......MC only has swaybar extensions/disconnects......CUrrie has the Antirock..........IMO neither is optimal(unless this is an offroad ONLY vehicle in which Id say go with the Antirock hands down)...........if you want optimal for on and offroad....look at the ORO Swayloc..........think Antirock with an ON ROAD setting.
E. Trackbars: Id take the Currie TJS trackbars. Hands down better than MC's offering. The CUrrie TB's offer the most clearance, and use JJ's. The MC trackbars use a generic bushing....no clue why they don't use their duroflex joints......... I think MetalCloaks trackbars are half @ss designs. They require significant bumpstopping to work(2").
F. Bumpstops........the MC's can be adjusted from 1"-4"............The Currie bumpstops I think are 2" non adjustable. WIth the MC's you can take a couple of the pucks and cut them into .25" and .5" lengths and allow for fine tuning of your bumpstops in quarter, half or 3 quarter inch lengths.
But if you get the entire MC suspension package, the "bumpstopping might not be a big deal. With the length of their coils(and at coil bind)combined with the compressed length of their shocks and their trackbar. 2" of bumpstopping is probably designed in anyway. That would give the MC system roughly 5-5.5" of uptravel and 6.5-7" of legit downtravel.
As a complete system the MC kit has the absolute most travel at 12"............the Currie kits do not even come close. But I'd still bypass MC's trackbars and the front swaybar disconnects. For Currie bars, and an ORO Swayloc or Currie Antirock front bar.
But you can fine tune/ mix and match parts without question.....maybe you need a lower COG setup........or maybe you want a rig with maximum uptravel.......or maybe you need a longer spring, with less uptravel and more downtravel..........etc etc........so mix n match should not be out of the question to at least some degree.