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Old 05-27-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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3.5" RE Lift vs 3.25" Rustys Lift

Still in research mode. Looking for opinions on these two or comparables.. Trying to find the tallest, most reliable lift I can without driveline modifications.

Not sure yet if I'm going to run 33s or 35s. 90% road.

Look forward to the feedback!

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Old 05-27-2013, 09:55 PM   #2
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If you're only running 33" or 35" tires you don't need anything more than a 2.5" lift.

But of the two brands, I'd take RE. They're probably more expensive but entirely worth it over Rusty's.

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Old 05-27-2013, 09:57 PM   #3
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For 33" tires on a JK you don't need a lift. But if you want 35" tires 2.5" lift will work well. I recommend Rock Krawler, AEV, or Teraflex over the 2 brands you selected. Good luck

This is mine with 35" and a 2.5" lift
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:23 AM   #4
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3.25 rustys lift on stock tires. should have gone with 2.5
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:49 AM   #5
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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..?
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:58 AM   #6
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2.5" lifts are popular because that is all you need to run 35" tires. You could actually run 35's with a performance leveling kit and flat fenders but you may have a little rubbing issues. The best option is to figure out what the maximum tire size you want to run and build your lift around that. Keep in mind taller is not always better. You want to lift but also keep your center of gravity as low as possible. If you.decide on the 35's don't forget the pinch seam on the rear.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:20 AM   #7
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3.25" Rustys here with no complaints!
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:42 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:36 AM   #9
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RE 3.5 inch lift with flat fenders
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Do your research first!!!
I put an AEV leveling kit on at first for about a year just to remove the front rake and to fit my 33's nicely.
Was no change in ride and perfect for 33's ( even 35's possibly )

*I just replaced it with a 2" Synergy suspension lift ( actually netted me 3" all the way around and pretty much level ) Now with the new lift,bilstein shocks actually rides nicer than stock.
and have plenty of room for 35's when my 33's wear out

take a look at RK,AEV,TF,Synergy too.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:23 PM   #11
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Thanks guys! Awesome feedback.

Derf - priceless reply, thanks so much.

I really need to see some in person.. even ride in a few already lifted so i can get a feel for what to do.

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