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Old 01-09-2014, 02:14 PM   #1
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Why does Rough Country have a bad name?

I'm looking at doing a 2-3 inch suspension lift on the jeep and I see some people love and some people hate rough country. Curious why people dislike it? I just looked up OME lifts for my TJ and the prices are the same as RC it seems, but I've never heard anything bad about OME. In fact, I see a lot of people recommending them.

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Old 01-09-2014, 03:23 PM   #2
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There are a lot of people more qualified than me to answer this question, but I think it's as simple as RC used to be a lower quality lift for a lower price. I've heard they make better stuff now, but their new stuff hasn't had enough time to stand the test of time, so to speak.
I've never heard anything bad about OME either. I'm currently saving for an OME lift on my newest YJ and I have a feeling that it will be worth every penny.

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Old 01-09-2014, 03:41 PM   #3
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It is definitely an intro kit but its price reflects that. You can't buy an intro kit and expect it to be amazing. They had some problems with the progressive coils sagging on JKs but RC bagged that design in 2010 and brought back constant rate coils and so far have been good. Another complaint is that their shocks are stiff. Some like it, some don't. A shock change could fix that stiffness. Another thing is that they don't give "extra lift". If you have heavy bumpers winch and rear tire you probably won't get 2.5" out of their 2.5 kit. That bothers some people but over a stock jeep you'll easily get the advertised amount. For the money there really aren't tons of options. Personally I was on a budget while buying a lift kit and I just bought their lift off of a member of a local club. His jeep came with the lift and it was too small for 35's so he took it off and sold it to me on the cheap. I haven't installed it but I rode in his jeep before he sold it and it was fine
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I know this is jeep forum. but my previous truck (2005 ram 1500) I used rc for a lift. Could never get the alignment right and was going through 2 full set of tires a year. Yes you read that right. Spent an entire day a 4wd shop who comes highly recommended after spending more in upgrades an alignments I went to bds. The same shop set the alignment and still have the same set of tires going on 2 years. I personally will never buy from them again.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:10 AM   #5
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I ran with a RC lift for 5 years on my 97 TJand just had to replace the nomal wear and tear things like shocks and bushings. I actually have no complaints, it was a good entry level kit and a good bang for the buck.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:30 AM   #6
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RC doesn't put out high quality stuff, that's the bottom line. Their control arm joints are sub-par but thankfully they do use true Clevite bushings in applications where joints aren't used. That's more than RE, Rustys and many other lower shelf suppliers can say.

Their shocks and springs are decent but not great. RC coils + shocks are not going to give the same durability or on and offroad results as Currie coils and Fox shocks.

I wouldn't bother with RC when it comes to other components--steering linkage, armor, etc. There are much better options out there from more specialized/higher quality manufacturers.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:35 PM   #7
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Just avoid the companies that sell themselves over the top. They spend their money on marketing, not R&D or quality components. Ever see companies such as Currie, Savvy, Metalcloak, Genright, Poison Spyder, or OME ambitiously promoting their products? No.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:56 PM   #8
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You cannot expect to get into top quality with a minimum wage price point. In the early days of lifts [the 1970s], RC was engineered and made their leaf springs in the US. Since then, they were bought out and then outsourced to China, with minimum product costing as their primary emphasis.

Perhaps they are getting better or are better now, but quality always costs money. Since the suspension is a critical safety component of a Jeep, I won't skimp for image over safety. The below says it all:


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Old 01-12-2014, 05:20 AM   #9
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Lets not put lipstick on pig, RC has always been one of the low price leaders. You flip a page on a mag or click on a web page and you see their add. You think "Wow, I can get a whole lift kit for half of the price RK, TF or AEV and it comes with all these parts". They produce economical products that attract many of with limited budgets and/or knowledge. Their products are not junk that is going to fall apart the first time you hit the trail or it get wet but their reliability is poor. Making suspension components that are reliable and maintain their performance over time is not cheap. If you rarely drive trails the parts may be fine for the duration.

There is a whole spectrum of quality in suspension systems just like there is in every other product. The problem is your Jeep's suspension is not the place to cut corners on budget and go cheap. The forum(s) and trails have a higher percentage of RC owners than other products of owners who complain about ride quality, spring sag, worn bushings, etc, etc, etc. of RC products. BTW, they are not alone in the budget category.

I've put plenty of cheap stuff on my Jeeps over the years(seat covers, tools, console, sound systems, grab handles, off road lights, compressor and soft top amongst others and I'm sure some ad will grab my attention so I will add more ) just not my on my drivetrain, suspension or tires.
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i run rc and can tell you it,s a huge difference over stock and after you pull or disco the track bars and sway bar plenty more articulation, i wheeld with a group of new jk,s and a jku aev, i wnt everywhere they would go in my little 2.5 5 speed on her 33s,,,,but one of the springs bent,i called rc they had me a new spring at my door the day after,then the other day had another one bend, same thing the next day after i called them another 4in lift spring at my door..see where im getting at, easy on the wallet but looks like we pay for it in sweat reinstalling there parts,,
if i have another problem i,ll see if they will ship me there new military wraped ones

i give them thumbs up for there customer service !!!

i also heard that they had used a different company make there leafs that were bad so now they have another company making them,,,,we will see
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i run rc and can tell you it,s a huge difference over stock and after you pull or disco the track bars and sway bar plenty more articulation, i wheeld with a group of new jk,s and a jku aev, i wnt everywhere they would go in my little 2.5 5 speed on her 33s,,,,but one of the springs bent,i called rc they had me a new spring at my door the day after,then the other day had another one bend, same thing the next day after i called them another 4in lift spring at my door..see where im getting at, easy on the wallet but looks like we pay for it in sweat reinstalling there parts,,
if i have another problem i,ll see if they will ship me there new military wraped ones

i give them thumbs up for there customer service !!!

i also heard that they had used a different company make there leafs that were bad so now they have another company making them,,,,we will see
My steering stab developed a very small leak after a short time. They replaced it no questions asked. Same with my TB bushing. Great customer service.
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I am not a fan of RC. I made the mistake of going that route when I was on a limited budget, and now it is going to cost me more in the long term. Their progressive coils sagged 1.5" over the course of a year, so they replaced them (under warranty). But I still had to invest my time to do the labor, then pay $70 for an alignment. Well here we are a year later and I have once again lost a significant portion of my 2.5" of height over stock. They are very poor quality coils and I will be buying OME coils to replace them. I also replaced the RC shocks with OME within a few months installing the RC shocks because it rode like it was on rails. Terrible dampening; too soft when you want them to be stiff, and rock hard when you want them to absorb some bumps. Not to mention the shocks they include with the kit are entirely too long. All of that to say, I cannot recommend them for suspension components (I'm sure menial things such as body lifts or mmls are okay), and that I should have ponied up the extra $300-400 to get some quality components from OME the first time.
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agree, but when its all you can afford it,s better than nothing,, i needed all new leaf springs shocks were shot when i got my old yj compared prices to going with original leafs and shocks,,, it was a no brainer for my budget,,
t it is what it is---i belive in buy once cry once but all i could afford at the time,,

now when i get my new jk rubi it will have the bull on the side,,,lol
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^^^ Well stated. I like steak and eggs for breakfast but sometimes all I can afford is in an old cereal box.

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Old 01-14-2014, 06:59 AM   #15
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This thread has been quite useful. I think I'd rather just wait it out and save up a little more for something a little stronger. My jeep is driven 90% on trails / offroad. Wife drives it to work sometimes, but it mostly sits in the garage and waits for the weekend when we can have fun in it.

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I've put plenty of cheap stuff on my Jeeps over the years(seat covers, tools, console, sound systems, grab handles, off road lights, compressor and soft top amongst others and I'm sure some ad will grab my attention so I will add more ) just not my on my drivetrain, suspension or tires.
Makes sense. I havent cheaped out on anything on my other vehicles, so I dont think I'll start here.

With that being said, the wife doesnt want anything dramatic, anyone able to point me in the direction of a solid 2.5-3 inch lift kit that will stand up to abuse?
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This thread has been quite useful. I think I'd rather just wait it out and save up a little more for something a little stronger. My jeep is driven 90% on trails / offroad. Wife drives it to work sometimes, but it mostly sits in the garage and waits for the weekend when we can have fun in it.

Makes sense. I havent cheaped out on anything on my other vehicles, so I dont think I'll start here.

With that being said, the wife doesnt want anything dramatic, anyone able to point me in the direction of a solid 2.5-3 inch lift kit that will stand up to abuse?
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This thread has been quite useful. I think I'd rather just wait it out and save up a little more for something a little stronger. My jeep is driven 90% on trails / offroad. Wife drives it to work sometimes, but it mostly sits in the garage and waits for the weekend when we can have fun in it.


Makes sense. I havent cheaped out on anything on my other vehicles, so I dont think I'll start here.

With that being said, the wife doesnt want anything dramatic, anyone able to point me in the direction of a solid 2.5-3 inch lift kit that will stand up to abuse?
The best and most popular are: Teraflex, Rock Krawler, AEV, MetalCloak. You might throw Rubicon Express in there.
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The best and most popular are: Teraflex, Rock Krawler, AEV, MetalCloak. You might throw Rubicon Express in there.
Ummmm...you might throw Currie in there :-)

With that being said, metalcloak's 3.5" lift is nice and rides really well. If you want to stay under 3.5" then OME has great reviews.
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they get a bad name because every dealership that installs lifts to sell the vehicle at a higher price and make unsuspecting people buy it will use a RC lift. why? because it is cheap. they can make a lot of money installing a $200 spacer lift and charging $3000 more because it looks better to the average joe.

recently a mopar dealership was advertising a free lift kit with a truck or jeep. too bad its a cheapo rough country. I bet they made a crap load of money from idiots coming in buying $60,000 trucks because it sounds like a sweet deal.
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Ummmm...you might throw Currie in there :-)

With that being said, metalcloak's 3.5" lift is nice and rides really well. If you want to stay under 3.5" then OME has great reviews.
Your right, I usually just think of Currie and Clayton because of the great control arms they offer. There are a lot of quality lift kits, each offering something slightly better than their competitors but they don't spend enough on advertising in the off road publications or web. I guess they don't need to .The low price of budget brands gets the attention of the unsuspecting new Jeep owners.

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