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Old 12-11-2012, 01:19 PM   #1
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Anyone running AEV 4.5" lift?

Eventually my '12 Rubi with 4.10 gears will be my toy and I'll get another vehicle for daily driving duties. I want to know your thoughts on the handling and regearing. I have heard that AEV really spent a lot of time on properly addressing the geometry when lifting a vehicle and some feedback from actual users would be nice. Seeing all these lifted Jeeps makes me feel "short" and I need to fix that. Also how is gas mileage affected? I'm going for 37's as well.

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Old 12-12-2012, 08:53 AM   #2
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We have an aev build shipping to us tomorrow, we can let you know how it is once the jeep gets here. They did recommend us to re gear from 410 to 456 with the 37 inch tires and we did do that. There is some good info on the aev forums also. We have a 13 rubicon.

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Old 12-12-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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We have an aev build shipping to us tomorrow, we can let you know how it is once the jeep gets here. They did recommend us to re gear from 410 to 456 with the 37 inch tires and we did do that. There is some good info on the aev forums also. We have a 13 rubicon.
Cool thanks. I'll look forward to your review.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:09 PM   #4
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We got the Jeep early this morning. 4.5 inch lift is the way to go. I drove it 75 on the interstate and it was stable and true. This build is phenomenal . Only issue is we asked and were billed for RS shocks and we got the standard ones. We are waiting to hear from aev through the dealer we got the Jeep from. I'm sure it will get worked out. 456 gears were the perfect choice.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:22 PM   #5
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We got the Jeep early this morning. 4.5 inch lift is the way to go. I drove it 75 on the interstate and it was stable and true. This build is phenomenal . Only issue is we asked and were billed for RS shocks and we got the standard ones. We are waiting to hear from aev through the dealer we got the Jeep from. I'm sure it will get worked out. 456 gears were the perfect choice.
Sweet. Does the ride feel better than stock? What tires are you running and lastly how much actual lift did you get?
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Oh and pics or ban lol. Sorry but you know the rules. I just had to say that.
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What a waste. 4.88s or don't regear at all. Especially with 37s.

And if you wheel on rocks, don't buy AEV.

If you're mall crawling, this is a good choice for you.
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What a waste. 4.88s or don't regear at all. Especially with 37s.

And if you wheel on rocks, don't buy AEV.

If you're mall crawling, this is a good choice for you.
Why isn't AEV good on the rocks? What do you recommend? I was dead set on that setup. I know I'll spend more time on than off road for the time being but eventually I'll get into the nitty gritty stuff. Also why 4.88 instead of 4.56? Thanks.
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Why isn't AEV good on the rocks? What do you recommend? I was dead set on that setup. I know I'll spend more time on than off road for the time being but eventually I'll get into the nitty gritty stuff. Also why 4.88 instead of 4.56? Thanks.
the cost to regear your front and rear differentials depending on where you live ranges from 1000-2000 dollars.

if youre absolutely sure that you'll be running 37's, the cost to regear DOES NOT justify going one gear set lower. and for off roading, you really want the absolutely lowest set of gears, while being in a good rpm range on road...

AEV lift kits are compromised of using brackets with Stock OEM parts. These brackets are flimsy and bend when you beat on them. AEV is considered great on road but are really not what you want if youre considering off roading.

I got pictures of their brackets bending on the trail. and we don't wheel that hard.

you could save yourself headaches and have a very similar ride on road and perform better off road by running say Rock Krawler Suspension.
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the cost to regear your front and rear differentials depending on where you live ranges from 1000-2000 dollars.

if youre absolutely sure that you'll be running 37's, the cost to regear DOES NOT justify going one gear set lower. and for off roading, you really want the absolutely lowest set of gears, while being in a good rpm range on road...

AEV lift kits are compromised of using brackets with Stock OEM parts. These brackets are flimsy and bend when you beat on them. AEV is considered great on road but are really not what you want if youre considering off roading.

I got pictures of their brackets bending on the trail. and we don't wheel that hard.

you could save yourself headaches and have a very similar ride on road and perform better off road by running say Rock Krawler Suspension.
Is BDS any good?
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Is BDS any good?
Good warranty. I believe they use cam bolts which is a deal breaker for me and 99% of guys who wheel...
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Good warranty. I believe they use cam bolts which is a deal breaker for me and 99% of guys who wheel...
OK so I should stay away from AEV, BDS is average but Rock Krawler is where I should invest my money right? What about ORE stuff? They seem like hard core stuff?
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ORE Coilovers are pretty hardcore. Their long arms are eh. But RK has everything and it will be your money well spent.
OK cool thanks much man.

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