I haven't been on the site for a while - work has been crazy; however, this site was instrumental in helping me with the modifications thus far - thanks. For those of you still deciding on a lift...here's my choice...
'08 4 Dr Unlimited - 45K miles
Automatic, 3.73 Factory Gears
Factory Rear Locker, Factory Front Sway Bar Disconnect
285-75 R17 BFG KM2's on Factory Rims
Volant Cold Air Intake
SuperChips Flash Paq
Old Man Emu (OME) 2" Suspension Lift (light/medium)
Custom Front Stock Bumper Winch Mount
Likes: Love it. This is my 3rd vehicle with OME lift. Previous were '75 Land Cruiser and '98 LandRover Discovery - loved it on them as well as the Jeep. Ride is much smoother. Actually got right at 3" lift.
Installation: Performed myself in garage, basic tools, one jack and two jack stands. Took about 5-6 hours. The rear was a bit tricky by myself - coils jumped out a couple times, but overall, pretty straight forward and no problems. Had a bit of rubbing from front wheels on brake line brackets - simply rebent pushing them back towards the frame. Otherwise, no issues.
Dislikes: Really none - other than mileage. Prior to lift, was getting 22-23 mpg on highway driving. Now getting 18-19mpg...still not bad though. Truck is daily driver putting about 25K miles on per year. CAI didn't help at all for the mileage; however, gave a bit of "seat of the pants" power feel.
Superchips Flashpaq: Picked this up a couple days before adding lift and tires. Installed the 87 octane performance program - felt GREAT for the day or so. Put the lift on and tires on and the extra performance seemed to get the Jeep back to "factory" performance before lift and tires. Have since reprogrammed the 93 Octane program and this is where I have had it set for the past month or so (achieving the mileage noted above). Still experimenting with the different programs; however, haven't tried the "economy" program. As far as "loss of power" due to increase tire size without gear change...this is probably the limit in my experience. Travelling hilly highways, the cruise control struggles to keep speed and regularly drops down a gear when climbing hills...about the same, maybe a bit worse than the factory set up with factory tires. One a positive note, the Flashpaq seems to kick it in the but in passing gear...relatively speaking, it feels like a rocket when passing from 65mph to 80mph...real strong and continues to climb..the lost horse power kicking in I guess. Also used this to recalibrate the speedo and shift points due to tire size...this was worth the money.
Off Road Prowess: Don't know yet, hope to try out this weekend.
Sorry about the "crappy" pictures with the hardtop...realized I had some time to get this posted this evening and shot the quick pictures. IMO, these pictures don't do the stance/look justice.