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Old 06-05-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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can't decided

I have a 2014 wrangler unlimited. I'm looking into a 2.5" lift. I can't decided if I should get the RK or AEV. Any feed back would be great

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what RK kit are you comparing to?

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Old 06-05-2014, 11:26 AM   #3
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I was looking at the RK max travel.
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Nice choice on the max travel.
The AEV 2.5 kit is ok and decent for the price.
I mean that's a tough one not being biased.
I prefer RK, triple rate coils ride nice. You will need shocks and bump stops.
Its your choice IMO
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Thank you for your input. I appreciate it.
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:25 PM   #6
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Im going with Bilstein 5100 and OME Springs with JKS TB and Links.
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I like the RK too. I can give you a price on a whole kit with shocks and bumpstops. PM me if interested.

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Old 06-07-2014, 03:24 AM   #8
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The RK will provide more articulation and good ride but the AEV dynamics and ride quality and handling are arguably the best.
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:37 AM   #9
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The RK will provide more articulation and good ride but the AEV dynamics and ride quality and handling are arguably the best.
You'll be surprised at how well the new triple rate coils ride. Especially installed under a 4 door.
If one were to install drop brackets over front lowers. The ride would be just as good or better IMO.
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I just put in an RK 3.5 X Factor. Rides nice on my unlimited. Really think through the shocks. I got the Blisten 5100 and they are stiff. You feel every bump. Probably will replace them with the Ranchos.

Also, I did the lift myself and then and had it aligned. After I put on a bumper/tire carrier adding about 300 lbs. This leveled it perfectly with my front end which had an after market bumper and winch. The only problem is that adding the bumper changes the how it sits so now I have to fiddle with the arms in the rear. If your adding bumpers get it aligned after the bumper is on.
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Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate all the feedback everybody is giving me
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I just put in an RK 3.5 X Factor. Rides nice on my unlimited. Really think through the shocks. I got the Blisten 5100 and they are stiff. You feel every bump. Probably will replace them with the Ranchos.

Also, I did the lift myself and then and had it aligned. After I put on a bumper/tire carrier adding about 300 lbs. This leveled it perfectly with my front end which had an after market bumper and winch. The only problem is that adding the bumper changes the how it sits so now I have to fiddle with the arms in the rear. If your adding bumpers get it aligned after the bumper is on.
True that Bilsteins ride stiffer than OEM, however I like the ride they give. It tightens everything up. Everyone's tastes are different. The Rancho's are definitely a nice upgrade. The adjustability is tops.

danrb, I can get you set of Rancho's if you are interested. You could probably sell the Bilstein's if they are still new(er).

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Old 06-07-2014, 11:22 AM   #13
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Oldman Emu makes an awesome lift kit as well. They run 2.5" or 4". Call Dirk at DPG Offroad, hes a real cool guy and can answer all your questions.
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X2 on the old man emu. I just switched my teraflex 2.5 coils for heavy ome coils and it made a world of difference. I've also got rancho 9000 adjustable shocks set (and stuck on) the softest setting
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You'll be surprised at how well the new triple rate coils ride. Especially installed under a 4 door.
If one were to install drop brackets over front lowers. The ride would be just as good or better IMO.
I am sure the triple rate coils have a great ride but tuning max flex and for overall Jeep dynamics are two different design points. The difference in performance may be relatively minor but if flex and articulation is your goal then go with the RK but if you want the best road manners go with AEV. If RK was most concerned with ride quality they would provide their own brackets but the brackets do reduce ground clearance slightly which is a slight compromise of off road performance. Both choices are great!
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Thanks spinlock
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RK is concerned with ride quality and will put their kit up against AEV. I have brackets, and I know how well they work. But this is really my point. It just drives me nuts when people say "best handling" "best ride" when talking about AEV. I can put together a kit that WILL handle just a good or better for the same or less. Ok ... The truth. Support forum venders/manufactures. S****w AEV
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I have a 2014 wrangler unlimited. I'm looking into a 2.5" lift. I can't decided if I should get the RK or AEV. Any feed back would be great
Sorry but we just saw this here! We are trying to be more active on Wrangler Forum these days. Kjeeper10 has touched on a few good points to how our kits perform on road and off, thank you! If you or anyone for that matter have any specific questions as to why we design our kits the way we do please don't hesitate to ask us!

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RK is concerned with ride quality and will put their kit up against AEV. I have brackets, and I know how well they work. But this is really my point. It just drives me nuts when people say "best handling" "best ride" when talking about AEV. I can put together a kit that WILL handle just a good or better for the same or less. Ok ... The truth. Support forum venders/manufactures. S****w AEV
Why does it drive you nuts when people say "best handling" and "best ride"? I just installed the AEV 4.5 on our 2014 Rubicon with 37" Nitto trails and this thing kicks ass. And yes it handles F'n awesome too! Hahaha. We love our setup
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Why does it drive you nuts when people say "best handling" and "best ride"? I just installed the AEV 4.5 on our 2014 Rubicon with 37" Nitto trails and this thing kicks ass. And yes it handles F'n awesome too! Hahaha. We love our setup
Not speaking for Ken, but I think he's simply saying don't fall for marketing and do your own research. You have a nice rig!
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Not speaking for Ken, but I think he's simply saying don't fall for marketing and do your own research. You have a nice rig!
That's how I chose my lift. I researched this for about two years before I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I ended up going with the AEV kit. For my needs it works absolutely perfect. It's funny how just three letters, AEV, can stir up so much controversy. It basically boils down to all those that use this kit love it
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Nobody has asked some important questions. OP, how do you use your Jeep? What kind of off roading do you do?
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I do moderate off roading. I might do some heavier stuff ( like full articulation ) maybe once or twice a year. Its mostly a DD.
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Do you ever tow anything? I am not a rock crawler or hill climber. We have a rock and a hill in FL but they are too far for me to drive so I can't give any feed back on that. I am 99% on road (which is most Jeepers and most won't admit it). I tow a boat and a pop up camper so road manners and towing are big concerns for me. Other than that my off road is mostly overland type stuff and trail rides with a little mud. I was able to drive three different lifted Jeeps while still deciding what to do with mine. All had moderate 2.5 to 3.5 inches of lift on 35" e rated tires.
1.) Franken lift with EVO plush coils, Ranch 9000 shocks, front geometry correction brackets and more. Plushest ride on the road and the dirt but towing my boat even with the shocks turned up was not ideal and it was a little soft in the turns.
2.) RK 2.5" with Bilstien 5100 shocks pretty good all around but a little stiff for my use but the the best articulation. Seemed more for the hard core guy than myself. (Opinion clarified in a bit)
3.) AEV 2.5 with geometry correction brackets. The best on handling on road, not too firm or soft, well mannered in every place I took it. Hands down the best towing of the three. AEV gets a lot of hostility, but to those that use their Jeep in a way that AEV tuning fits, they love it.
In fairness to RK, the Jeep I drove had the older coils. I have heard that the newer RK coils, geometry correction brackets and the right choice of shocks can make it rival the on road handling of AEV and still keep the benefits of the areas in which RK bests AEV. I have not driven one so I can't comment on it personally.
After the research I have done it looks more and more like I will be doing a Franken lift of my own design. Gun to my head had to chose a bolt on kit today, it would be the AEV kit. While we all have opinions based on how we use our Jeep, only you can decide based on your use. One guy may love his set up and swear it belongs on every Jeep while vehemently flaming the mention of any other brand or type. In the end, he doesn't have to be happy with it, you do. Your best bet is not to be in a hurry. Hang out with some Jeepers that are like yourself. Wheel the Jeep stock. They will surprise you and you will begin to see what you are looking for. If possible find guys you know with lifts and see if they will take you for a ride or let you drive it around the block. A few won't mind. I have been lucky enough to drive few and they let me tow my boat (mostly for their curiosity too). Keep in mind some Jeepers will hand you their wife before their keys.
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Thanks a lot for your info and personal experience with those lifts. I live in NM, and we have some huge mountains. I don't go off the beaten path all that much. I also don't tow anything. So I think ill just look up some local jeepers and talk to them about their lifts. Thanks again smitty4x4
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No problem. And I'm not kidding about wheeling the sticker. They are great right out of the box. So many people are afraid to wheel until the lift it but in NM there is great wheeling for stock Jeeps. All the local guys I have ever met are great when stock Jeeps want to wheel with them. In my area I been organizing trail rides and always inviting people that have never wheeled at all. Many stock Jeepers ride with us one time and get hooked when they realize what a Jeep will really do. Have fun and Jeep on!
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No problem. And I'm not kidding about wheeling the sticker. They are great right out of the box. So many people are afraid to wheel until the lift it but in NM there is great wheeling for stock Jeeps. All the local guys I have ever met are great when stock Jeeps want to wheel with them. In my area I been organizing trail rides and always inviting people that have never wheeled at all. Many stock Jeepers ride with us one time and get hooked when they realize what a Jeep will really do. Have fun and Jeep on!
Great posts Smitty! About 1/3 of the Jeeps on our local rides are bone stock. It always amazes me what a stock Jeep can do.
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That's how I chose my lift. I researched this for about two years before I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I ended up going with the AEV kit. For my needs it works absolutely perfect. It's funny how just three letters, AEV, can stir up so much controversy. It basically boils down to all those that use this kit love it
To clarify, I wasn't bashing AEV. I have driven a 2.5" on a JK and it was smoother than my stock Rubi by far. Like you said, for the right customer they are great lifts.
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Troyoffroad you own a great looking AEV build! Enjoy!

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