Jeep Wrangler JK Teraflex Falcon 3.3 Adjustable Piggyback Shocks for 0-2 in. Lift Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler JK Teraflex Falcon 3.3 Adjustable Piggyback Shocks for 0-2 in. Lift Review & Install


Hey, what’s up, guys? Ryan here from ExtremeTerrain. And today, I’m here with the Teraflex Falcon
Series 3.3 Adjustable Piggyback Shocks Front and Rear for a 0 to 2-Inch Lift, fitting your
2007 to 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK. Now if you’re looking for the most bad ass
shock to add to your JK that we currently offer on the website then look no further. Now these are a great shock and they’re really
great for anybody. I mean they are fully adjustable, they’re
great for if you’re highway driving, doing high-speed off-roading or if you’re just rock
crawling. You can firm up that ride for any high-speed
off-roading really feeling the road or if you just want a stiff it up, get rid of that
anti-roll and that body roll when you’re out there on the highway. Now these are a reservoir design but they’re
very unique. Teraflex has actually integrated the reservoir
into the shock body for very efficient and fast fluid transfer. Now along with being fully adjustable, these
are made of aircraft grade aluminum 6061 which is gonna add to that heat dispersion and provide
plenty of corrosion protection for your investment. As I said, it’s gonna come with all four shocks,
front and rear, and they’re designed for a direct bolt-on. Teraflex’s unique design and engineering has
actually allowed them to create the largest shock body that will fit in the factory location
that doesn’t need any modification required to install them on your Wrangler. Overall these things are designed to take
an incredible beating, last a long time, outperform any other shock. They’re fully adjustable and they’re gonna
cater to any type of driving, any type of Jeep owner that is looking to add these onto
their Wrangler. Not only these gonna be a great performing
shock but they’re gonna look incredibly bad ass on your Wrangler. Now these are a little more pricey than your
typical run of the mill shock and even some of those other reservoirs shocks out there. These are coming in right around $1,550 for
a full set which I really don’t think is bad. I mean you’re getting an incredibly well made
designed and engineered shock that’s gonna last a long time, perform incredibly well
and it’s all by one of the best names in the business. Now as far as installation goes, I’m gonna
give this a pretty easy one out of three ranches on the difficulty meter. And honestly, this is something that you can
do in your driveway just laying under the Jeep. There is some slight modification opening
up a hole and enlarging that but that’s all pretty straightforward. I show you exactly how to do that in the video,
and expect this to take about two hours. So with that being said, let’s hop in our
install. Tools we used for this install: three-eighths
drive impact, 16-millimeter socket, 19-millimeter socket, 18-millimeter socket, wrenches, 19,
18, 17, 16, a three-eighths drive socket extension, a drill with a three-quarter inch drill bit
or a step bit and a torque wrench. All right, guys, so the first thing we have
to do, we have to support our axle. Now since we are doing this on a lift, we’re
actually gonna use pole jacks but if you’re doing it on the ground, you can just jack
up one side at a time, you can put a floor jack under there or you can use a jack stand
if you want to. So I’m gonna support the axle on both sides. Like I said, we have this up on a lift and
then after that, we’re just gonna start taking the shocks out. Now to take out the bottom of the shock, you’re
gonna need an 18-millimeter wrench and an 18-millimeter socket. So next we’re gonna take out of the top of
the shock, now these are pretty tricky. Over here on the passenger side, you’re gonna
have this battery tray in the way, it’s not really a structural part so what I do is I
just take a pair of pliers, you can break a little bit of that section off there and
that way you can get a wrench on top of it. Now this one has a nice little collar with
a nut built in here, right here, so I’m just gonna use a 17-millimeter wrench to hold that
still. And then for the top, I’m gonna use a 16-millimeter
wrench. Now if you don’t have this collar here, what
you can do is just take a pair of vise grips and just clamp onto that and that’s gonna
hold it still. A lot of times these are very rusted up, so
what you’re gonna find is they’re either gonna fight you the whole entire time or they’re
gonna snap off. So it would be a good idea to spray this little
threaded shaft up here with some rust-busting lubricant way ahead of schedule that way you’ll
get it to break free. All right, so after that, you’re gonna have
to pull it out of the bottom of the seat that way you can get your wrench off because it’s
a terrible design flaw. You take the nut all the way off. Once you get the nut all the way off, you
want to get the nut, this washer, and that bushing out from up top. All right, guys, so now we’re gonna install
our brand new Falcon shocks. Now we’re working on the passenger side and
this one is actually gonna be stamped R so you got the R stamped at the top and if you
spin this cool thing around it actually says JK front on the right and what size lift it’s
for. So what we need to do, first thing you need
to do is take off this nut. Use a 19-millimeter wrench, get that nut off. We’re actually gonna get this washer and this
upper bushing off as well. So you want to slide both of those off. We gonna leave that bottom rubber bushing
there. And this has this little alignment pin on
the back side, so this is gonna go up and in. And then we want to get that pin up in there
as well. Once you get that in and started, gonna put
a bushing on the top, so you’re gonna have this little raised edge, you want that to
face down. I’m just gonna drop this right in just like
that. So we want to get that bushing on there. Next is gonna be the cup washer. You’re gonna face that down. All right, guys, so once you give that whole
top assembled, we’re gonna take that 19-millimeter wrench and we’re just gonna tighten that up. There is a few things that you want to pay
attention to. You want to keep in mind that you want these
bushings to sit in the middle of that hole opening and you want to make sure that that
little alignment peg on the backside and this right here, it actually has a knob that goes
in a little indent. You want to make sure that that’s flush and
fully seated. So once you have those two things squared
away, we’re just gonna keep tightening that up until it fully compresses those bushings. Next, we’re gonna go to the bottom of the
shock and we’re gonna get that installed. Now we’re gonna be reusing that factory bolt. So you might want to lower your axle down
a little bit, get that to line up. I’m actually gonna use a screwdriver underneath
of it just to pry it up a little bit in the air. Get that bolt to go all the way through, put
that factory nut back on and then we can tighten it up. So we’re gonna tighten it up with an 18-millimeter
wrench, 18-millimeter socket. Now you want to torque it to factory specs
which is gonna be 56-foot-pounds. All right, guys, so we got this shock fully
installed, there is one thing that you really need to pay attention to and that I would
like to talk about, and it’s gonna be this brake line and this ABS line right here. Now these shocks are longer than the factory
shocks and it’s gonna allow your axle to drop down even further. These brake lines are set up for that factory
shock and that way you won’t reach a limit or rip it. Since this is longer, the axle is gonna drop
further. You’re gonna need to lengthen these brake
lines. There’s two options that you can go with,
you can go the cheaper route which is just gonna be a brake line relocation bracket,
that’s gonna drop this mounting point somewhere to down here. That’s gonna give you that added length or
if you really want to step it up, you can get some stainless steel extended brake lines
for upfront and of course that’s gonna take care of that situation, that way you don’t
stretch any of this stuff, rip anything. What I did was I just straightened out this
brake line a little bit and that just gave me just enough so that we could get going. So we’re finished up here on the front, of
course, we got this side and you want to do the same thing on the other side. But we’re gonna go move to the back so we
can get the rear one installed. All right, guys, we’re here at the back of
the Jeep and just like the front, first thing we’re gonna do, we’re gonna support the axle. Now to get this bottom bolt out, you’re gonna
need two 18 millimeters. I’m gonna use a wrench and a socket, get that
nut off. So next we’re gonna go to the top of the shock. Now what I like to do, you’re gonna need a
16-millimeter socket. I just use a really long extension and most
likely it’s gonna be a little tough to crack free, but they should crack free for you. Once you get both of those out, then we’ll
just pull the whole entire shock out. Now to get these rear shocks installed, we
are gonna have a relocation pin that’s gonna come with our kit. Now the shocks on the back, they’re gonna
get mounted upside down, they have a reservoir on the bottom. And Teraflex, what they actually do is they
relocate this to the side, so they shift that shock over just a little bit and that’s gonna
keep that reservoir behind this lower control arm mount, keep it away from any rocks you
may go over, it’s just gonna keep it from getting damaged when you’re out there on the
trail. So one thing that we need to do, you’re gonna
have this thing, we need to open up this outer hole. So basically you’re gonna have this spacer
in here, this sleeve that’s gonna go in there and this actually has a collar on it so we
just need to open up that outside hole with a five-eighths. So I’m gonna go grab a drill and a drill bit
and then we’ll get this drilled out, we’ll get this installed. All right, guys, so I’m gonna be using a step
bit just to open up to five-eighths. If you do have a five-eighths drill bit, you
can just use that as well. Of course, while you’re doing this, you want
to wear safety gloves and safety glasses. Should be good enough, so we’ll see if this
thing fits through there. So you want to take the nut off, you’re gonna
have this long stud, this collar is gonna come pre-installed so you know it’s the right
size or you know it’s the right side. We’re just gonna slide that in there and we
want to just make sure that this fits through there. So I got to open up that a little bit more. All right, that’ll work. After that what you want to do, since we,
of course, exposed some bare metal, you just want to paint that with a little black spray
paint, whatever color you have and then we’ll just go ahead and install that. We’re gonna slide that spacer in there, that’s
gonna keep that mount from crushing. We’ll slide that all the way in, flat washer
that we took off and that nut that we took off as well. Once you get that in, we’ll just use a 19-millimeter
and we’ll see if we can tighten this up. All right, so after we got that in, now we
can get our shock installed. So when installing this, remember they are
side-specific. For the passenger side, we want the right
side, it’s gonna be marked R and you want the bar pin at the top, that’s gonna be this
funky little bar pin. Now what I like to do since one of these mounts
is slotted towards the outside and this is a pretty tricky one to get in, I like to get
that one started. So you get that one started, put that up there,
just hook it onto it then we’ll get the other side it. We’re gonna leave that loose for right now
and then we’re gonna try and get the bottom in. All right, so now we’re gonna get the bottom
on, so you want to take that nut off, that washer off. We want to soften these up so click them onto
one. Click that all the way down to one, that way
we can push this thing up here. Then we want to slide it on there and just
wiggle it on. All right, so once you get that in, just put
that washer back on, that nut. Same thing, we’re gonna use that 19-millimeter
socket to tighten it up. After that, you want to torque both of those
nuts down to 56-foot-pounds. After that, we’re gonna go back up to the
top, same thing, 16-millimeter on that long extension. Once you get both of those bolts in, you want
to tighten those to 37-foot-pounds. So after you get this side installed, you
can use that same exact procedure to get the other side installed. All right, guys, what I want to do is just
take a moment to talk a little bit about these shocks. Now we have them next to the factory shocks
and of course, the differences are quite drastic. These obviously are much larger and these
are amazing shocks over your factory ones. The factory ones are a hydraulic shock and
hydraulic shocks are filled with oil, they have hydraulic oil in them, they give you
a very nice ride. So they’re great for if you do a ton of driving,
highway driving and they’re even good for light off-road but the problem with them is
the small shock body and of course that oil inside of it when they’re worked a lot, if
you’re doing those really tough off-roading trails, that shock can really heat up, that’s
gonna reduce the shock performance. It’s gonna result in fade and also that oil
inside of there is gonna create cavitation which is a little tiny air bubbles and that’s
just gonna add to the whole decrease in performance of those. Now the Falcon ones obviously are a lot larger,
they have a lot larger shock body and these are an oil-filled design as well, but of course,
these are a high-performance shock. Like I said, Teraflex has done a ton of cool
things with these shocks and they’re really amazing shocks. They mount in the factory locations which
is something that I really like and they don’t really take much modification to get installed. There is one little hole that we need to open
up on the backside, besides that, these are a direct bolt-on. So let’s talk about the front one first. Now the front one, the one problem with oversized
shock bodies like this is just gonna be fitment, modifying the frame, the shock mount, etc.
to fit this thing in here. But Teraflex thought of all that stuff and
they actually, one of the cool things they did was they offset this upper shock bolt
right here. So they moved that back, that’s gonna allow
that to sit out a little further. You’re not gonna have to clearance anything
or anything to fit in that. The other cool thing that they did, not only
did they label all of them, these are all side-specific, they’re all vehicle-specific
and they’re fine-tuned for your vehicle. They actually label these and that way you
know exactly where they go. Now on the back you’re gonna have this little
alignment bracket right here that fits in a factory hole in that shock mount for the
front, and that’s actually gonna keep that from rotating back and forth and for any of
these sections of the shock to rub against anything, cause any wearing of parts or anything
like that. So that’s something really cool that they
did. Now one of the cool things about these shocks
is they’re gonna have a built-in reservoir. Now there are other shocks on the market,
high-performance shocks that have an external reservoir, some of them are mounted on the
side of the shock body, some of them you mount in another location and most of those are
gonna utilize a braided line. Now there’s a lot of issues with those between
breakages and of course leaking. And not only that, but it really reduces the
amount of oil that it can pass between the reservoir and the actual internal shock. Now not only is this mounted right there for
fast oil transfer but inside of here, there’s a huge hole that’s gonna allow as much oil
as necessary to pass in between and transfer. And that’s gonna just add to that whole performance
of this shock and make it outperform any other reservoir shock out there on the market. Not only are these things hardened, they’re
chrome plated that’s gonna protect that internal seal but of course their huge diameter, three-quarters
of an inch that’s gonna keep it from buckling under the most extreme pressure and anything
that you really throw at these things. They have heavy-duty bushings at the bottom. They have an aluminum end up here, aluminum
end at the top, and of course, these things are just gonna be incredibly strong all around. Now these things are fully adjustable, not
only gonna give you a firm, medium and soft setting, that way you can firm it up on the
highway, soften it when you’re going off-roading but they have a personal touch as well. So you’re gonna have another additional dial
here and that’s gonna go from one to eight and you can really fine-tune all of those
preset settings that you have and that’s just something that you’re really not gonna be
featured on any other shock and it’s not gonna be as easy to adjust as it is on these Falcon
3.3’s. So that’s pretty much gonna wrap it up for
the front one, so let’s talk about the rear one. Now what they did on the rear, they did a
little bit different, so they actually mounted the reservoir and the shock body down and
that’s once again to keep that shaft safe. So it’s gonna keep it up away from the shocks,
it’s not really gonna run into anything that you may come across on the trail and just
mess that thing up. So it has the same style bar pin up top, it’s
gonna fit in that factory location. Another cool thing that they did, they actually
take the bottom and since we have that reservoir there, they actually shift it behind. You get a relocating pin that’s gonna shift
it behind and it’s actually gonna move it right behind the lower control arm and that
way it’s just gonna keep it out of the way of those rocks. Now like I said, these things are tough as
nails. This whole canister down here, you’re thinking,
well, it’s gonna be in the way, what if I hit it on a rock? These are designed to be hit on rocks. This thing is not only thick but it’s incredibly
hard and it’s actually designed to just take all that abuse. You’re allowed to ram it into stuff and it’s
just gonna keep that whole thing working in sealed up properly. Once again, the rear is adjustable. You’re gonna have the same adjustability with
the front. You can hop out of your vehicle, you can run
around, you can adjust them all in under 30 seconds and they’re just really easy. These are just gonna click back and forth,
go through all three settings, you can fine-tune it with that personal touch. I like that these are mounted upside down
on the rear. One of the issues with this huge reservoir
and the shocks like this in the rear, of course, is it sitting up there bolted up against the
body. You have issues with the track bar, the sway
bar bumping up against these, rubbing them, and that can just cause a lot of damage. So, I mean obviously, they did their homework,
they mounted it on the bottom, they shifted it over so it is protected when you’re out
there but they made it tough enough that if you do bang it against something, it’s just
gonna hold up. Now to add onto that aluminum design, you
can see there the factory shocks, they are made of steel. So over time, of course, you’re gonna throw
a stone chips at, you’re gonna throw stones at it, it’s gonna chip, you’re gonna splash
mud, water, snow, all kinds of stuff on that and you can see that these are already rusting. So that aluminum design, not only that is
gonna be a huge heat dispersing factor in that but of course, that’s gonna add to the
corrosion resistance and just the longevity of these shocks. All right, guys. So now that we have all of these shocks installed,
what you want to do is just, if you have your Jeep up in the ground, you want to put it
down, you want to take it for a ride, I would start on a little softer setting and then
you can fine-tune it from that. So one is gonna be the softest, three is gonna
be the firmest and that two in the middle, that’s really gonna give you that adjustability. That’s where that secondary personalized knob
is gonna allow you to go from one to eight and really fine-tune it. So like I said, just drive it around, get
a nice feel for it, adjust it as you need it, and then find that really great ride comfort. However, that is gonna wrap it up for my review
and install. For more videos and products like this, keep
it right here at extremeterrain.com.

About the Author: Michael Flood

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