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I haven’t seen a thread yet showing this, but there is a new contender for a 2” lift. I’m curious how this one will perform in terms of longevity. The pricing does seem to be competitive as well. The installation video is below. There is a link to the product in the video description.
 

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Interesting. Teraflex has been in the lift world for a long time. I wouldn't think twice about one of their products.
 

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I like the rear shock brackets a lot!!! I wonder if they would sell those separately??? The rear spacers appear to be composite though, but I could be wrong. I'll have to research this a little bit more...😎
I contacted them today and here is the response I received from tech support


1: The rear spacers are made from a composite glass filled nylon material.
2: We found that on the newer Trailhawks that the newer model years actually limited the down travel on the A arms with them making contact the bottom of the engine cradle/subframe, making it nearly impossible to get the front strut spacers into place. Our kit does in fact fit the new Trailhawks, but the installation is tricky and the performance with the limited front down travel issue, so it wasn't ideal enough to recommend it.
3: We found the rear wheel centering wasn't enough to interfere with proper suspension geometry in our testing, so we left it as is to retain as many OEM parts as possible.

Though I currently run Dobinson plus lift on my 2017, this seems like a decent set up and the price is so attractive vs the alternatives.

Now we just need a Guinea Pig to do an install
 

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I contacted them today and here is the response I received from tech support


1: The rear spacers are made from a composite glass filled nylon material.
2: We found that on the newer Trailhawks that the newer model years actually limited the down travel on the A arms with them making contact the bottom of the engine cradle/subframe, making it nearly impossible to get the front strut spacers into place. Our kit does in fact fit the new Trailhawks, but the installation is tricky and the performance with the limited front down travel issue, so it wasn't ideal enough to recommend it.
3: We found the rear wheel centering wasn't enough to interfere with proper suspension geometry in our testing, so we left it as is to retain as many OEM parts as possible.

Though I currently run Dobinson plus lift on my 2017, this seems like a decent set up and the price is so attractive vs the alternatives.

Now we just need a Guinea Pig to do an install
I can agree with the limited down travel on newer models (though I didn't realize it was an actual thing). Mine had a similar type design (one big spacer vs two) and it took me probably half an hour to figure out how to get the first one low enough. It ended up if I stomped on it and kept pressure on it, it could just barely slip it in. Even the bottom spacer in the back is almost the exact same design as mine.
 
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I'm digging the shock mount extension bracket. I'm really surprised nobody figured out that we really need that. With a 2" spacer in the rear, the shocks are topped out just jacking the back of the car up, and I'm going to say now after thinking about it more, I'm willing to bet it's limiting full extension of the rear suspension. Those brackets put the shocks right back in spec for proper compression and extension. If they don't sell those separately, I'm having some made, soon...😎
 

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I'm digging the shock mount extension bracket. I'm really surprised nobody figured out that we really need that. With a 2" spacer in the rear, the shocks are topped out just jacking the back of the car up, and I'm going to say now after thinking about it more, I'm willing to bet it's limiting full extension of the rear suspension. Those brackets put the shocks right back in spec for proper compression and extension. If they don't sell those separately, I'm having some made, soon...😎
If I remember right, its not the shock that limits the travel, but rather the rear stabilizer bar. Its been awhile since I added my lift, but if I remember correctly, that was removed in order to take out the spring, while the shock was in place the entire time.
 

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If I remember right, its not the shock that limits the travel, but rather the rear stabilizer bar. Its been awhile since I added my lift, but if I remember correctly, that was removed in order to take out the spring, while the shock was in place the entire time.
Yes, you have to remove that to install the spacer, but the shocks themselves are still extended almost 2" farther than stock ride height. Think about it...😎
 

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We found that on the newer Trailhawks that the newer model years actually limited the down travel on the A arms with them making contact the bottom of the engine cradle/subframe, making it nearly impossible to get the front strut spacers into place. Our kit does in fact fit the new Trailhawks, but the installation is tricky and the performance with the limited front down travel issue, so it wasn't ideal enough to recommend it.
it's not trailhawks its ADII vehicles......funny how HS and MFC have ZERO issues with the 2019+ 2" lift kits.

Another company that doesn't know jack **** about the platform trying to make a quick buck.
 

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Yes, you have to remove that to install the spacer, but the shocks themselves are still extended almost 2" farther than stock ride height. Think about it...😎
It doesn't really matter much if they ride farther out, the problem with shocks is when they don't extend (or compress) as much as the suspension will allow. That's not the case with the KL.
 
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It doesn't really matter much if they ride farther out, the problem with shocks is when they don't extend (or compress) as much as the suspension will allow. That's not the case with the KL.
I think it's pretty close to full extension when a rear wheel is off the ground. I'm going to look into it a little more...😎
 

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I think it's pretty close to full extension when a rear wheel is off the ground. I'm going to look into it a little more...😎
Actually, I take back what I said, I'm not sure. In my head I was thinking the shock was connected to the lower control arm, but that's not the case. That's what I get for thinking like a solid axle. I guess the easiest way would be to put on jack stands and remove the shock, if it drops farther, than that's the answer.
 

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I like the rear shock brackets a lot!!! I wonder if they would sell those separately??? The rear spacers appear to be composite though, but I could be wrong. I'll have to research this a little bit more...😎
Me too! That’s what caught my eyes, as well as the front spacer. I much prefer the 2” being one spacer rather than stacking two.
 

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I contacted them today and here is the response I received from tech support


1: The rear spacers are made from a composite glass filled nylon material.
2: We found that on the newer Trailhawks that the newer model years actually limited the down travel on the A arms with them making contact the bottom of the engine cradle/subframe, making it nearly impossible to get the front strut spacers into place. Our kit does in fact fit the new Trailhawks, but the installation is tricky and the performance with the limited front down travel issue, so it wasn't ideal enough to recommend it.
3: We found the rear wheel centering wasn't enough to interfere with proper suspension geometry in our testing, so we left it as is to retain as many OEM parts as possible.

Though I currently run Dobinson plus lift on my 2017, this seems like a decent set up and the price is so attractive vs the alternatives.

Now we just need a Guinea Pig to do an install
I would like to do it, but to be on the safe side I’ll wait until my warranty expires.
 

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Ya, but I don't like the composite rears. I'll keep my aluminum ones...😎
I don’t really have an issue with the composite rears, but I would like to ask them if it went through any form of durability testing. Considering I won’t be doing anything crazy.

Ford and GM have used composite material suspension components for quite some time now. I’m not sure about any other automakers, I don’t really keep tabs on them.
 

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2: We found that on the newer Trailhawks that the newer model years actually limited the down travel on the A arms with them making contact the bottom of the engine cradle/subframe, making it nearly impossible to get the front strut spacers into place. Our kit does in fact fit the new Trailhawks, but the installation is tricky and the performance with the limited front down travel issue, so it wasn't ideal enough to recommend it.
3: We found the rear wheel centering wasn't enough to interfere with proper suspension geometry in our testing, so we left it as is to retain as many OEM parts as possible.
What specificaly are the 'new' Trailhawks? What is the model year cutoff to be considered 'new'?
 
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