Originally Posted by DatacomGuy
Stupid question.. But is taller not better? I see a lot of recommendations for 2.5 everywhere..but I'd think everyone would want the most clearance they could get..?
Everyone has different opinions.
Generally, most people only run as much lift as they need to clear the tires they want to drive. Lifts raise your center of gravity and make you more tippy. They also make it harder to get in and out of the Jeep.
Now, many people like the look of a taller Jeep. They may not mind having to climb in and out, they may not mind it being a little tippy on the street, and they may like something about how it handles on their local trails. And they're not really "wrong".
Ultimately it's your Jeep and you should get what you want. If you want taller, get taller. But you don't "need" taller than a 2.5 for a 35" tire and you don't "need" much more than a leveling kit for a 33" tire. That being said, if you're going to go with one of the two kits you listed above, I'd recommend the RE over the Rusty's. It's a better quality kit. RE also makes a good 2.5" kit that will run 35's all day. I do believe they make a leveling kit as well.
I think, though, you may find that the price of a 2.5" lift kit over a 3.5" lift kit is a compelling reason to stick with the 2.5". It gives you what you need for a lot less money and that makes a big difference to a lot of people.