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Old 02-25-2012, 05:34 PM   #151
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Random thought, why not buy longer braid steel lines and use a connector that will bolt one end to a piece of the frame of you're super worried about it?

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Random thought, why not buy longer braid steel lines and use a connector that will bolt one end to a piece of the frame of you're super worried about it?
Can definitely do that, but you are looking at quite a bit more money when compared to a simple fabbed bracket.

FWIW, it has been reported by Teraflex that they still run stock lines on Papa Smurf!

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Old 02-25-2012, 05:41 PM   #153
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Can definitely do that, but you are looking at quite a bit more money when compared to a simple fabbed bracket.

FWIW, it has been reported by Teraflex that they still run stock lines on Papa Smurf!
Ah maybe I was thinking of something more simple ha ha

That's a good looking rig!
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You know what, I do believe that this is a real nice kit and I still haven't decided to go for it but right now I can't wrap my head around the whole zip tie the brake lines to the shocks. That is not what I had in mind and those plastic zip ties can not last long. I think I'll wait until they decide to come out with some type of bracket that will last and have a professional look to the install or go with another kit. I hope that decision wasn't just to keep the kit under a certain amount of dollars. Unless they get rid of those zip ties it's a no go for me.
To be honest, you really didn't even need the zip tie. The zip tie was just to keep the brake line tight to the shocks, so it wouldn't latch on to anything, but even without it, it wouldn't have moved around much. Those zip ties in the picture wasn't even from AEV.. they were from my friend's shop's which is stronger, but the one that comes with AEV is more than adequate. But if you want, you could just make/buy a bracket to hook them up like the post above.
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Great, now I've got another lift to consider. I've been reading every lift related thread over the past couple days so that when my tax refund hits, I know what I want to order. I was going to go with the TF 2.5 coil lift and the Bilsteins, but the AEV might be the way to go.

I've got a 2010 JKU manual with 3.73's. I saw that some of you are in the VA/MD area. I'd love to help out with your install to gain the experience since I've never done one.
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Great, now I've got another lift to consider. I've been reading every lift related thread over the past couple days so that when my tax refund hits, I know what I want to order. I was going to go with the TF 2.5 coil lift and the Bilsteins, but the AEV might be the way to go.

I've got a 2010 JKU manual with 3.73's. I saw that some of you are in the VA/MD area. I'd love to help out with your install to gain the experience since I've never done one.
The guys at AEV do a lot of awesome stuff, but the guys are TeraFlex ROCK it too. Touch call. The biggest difference are the custom tuned shocks. You could always hit up the TeraFlex guys and see if they have something similar for you too. They like to use Fox for their shocks.
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The guys at AEV do a lot of awesome stuff, but the guys are TeraFlex ROCK it too. Touch call. The biggest difference are the custom tuned shocks. You could always hit up the TeraFlex guys and see if they have something similar for you too. They like to use Fox for their shocks.
Also triple rate tuned springs on the AEV, the custom valved Bilsteins and the correct shock travel to not need exhaust mod.
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Zip ties????

Why go 99% of the way on a great set up and ruin it with zip ties to the shocks?

Afterthought anyone???
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I havent decided on a lift yet, but my thoughts on the zip ties are they are there just to keep the brake lines from getting rubbed or pinched. The fact that AEV includes them is great - I don't see many other lifts that are so complete. I did something similar on my XJ but had to think of it myself.
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I havent decided on a lift yet, but my thoughts on the zip ties are they are there just to keep the brake lines from getting rubbed or pinched. The fact that AEV includes them is great - I don't see many other lifts that are so complete. I did something similar on my XJ but had to think of it myself.
My TF kit came with a bag of zip ties also.
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Also triple rate tuned springs on the AEV, the custom valved Bilsteins and the correct shock travel to not need exhaust mod.
thats what sold me..
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Never AEV 2.5 Lift Finished

Just finished the AEV 2.5 lift kit on my 2012 JKU. Now time to go shopping for new wheels/tires and bumpers.
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Looks great.
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Just finished the AEV 2.5 lift kit on my 2012 JKU. Now time to go shopping for new wheels/tires and bumpers.
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Looks great - very interested to hear your impressions of your post-lift ride and handling.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:24 PM   #165
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Same here...
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Talking AEV 2.5 Lift

Spent most of the day driving around town and the ride is excellent. I can't tell the difference from stock. Tomorrow I'll take it on the highway and see how it feels. I forgot to mention that I aso installed the AEV geometry drop brackets and that made a world of difference when braking. Zero nose diving during hard breaking. I'm very impressed with the whole set-up and of course the Bilstein's are an extra plus. The installation was problem free and smooth. AEV definitely got it right!
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I'm only going to do the geometry drop brackets if i "need" them.
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Just finished the AEV 2.5 lift kit on my 2012 JKU. Now time to go shopping for new wheels/tires and bumpers.
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Chunks Looks great!! I have a question for those that have installed this lift what kind of height gain are you getting? Chunks yours looks like more than 2 1/2"

Also you say "I can't tell the difference from stock" curious if anybody thinks the ride and/or handling are actually better than stock?

The reason for the questions is I currently have the AEV 2" spacer lift and I would like to improve the handling over stock but do not want 3-3 1/2" lift. This kit according to AEV should deliver that but looking for some real world reviews. Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Chunks could you do me a favor and measure from the ground to the bottom of the front fender and either post here or PM me? Thanks in advance
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Good question basecamper. I'l take a measurement tomorrow and get back to you. When I first looked at it, I thought it was a tad higher than expected (3" +/-). I also figure that with a new bumper (F/R), I might lose a 1/2". I'm sure the boys at AEV thought this through. Regardless, at least I can still get into the garage .
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Chunks Looks great!! I have a question for those that have installed this lift what kind of height gain are you getting? Chunks yours looks like more than 2 1/2"

Also you say "I can't tell the difference from stock" curious if anybody thinks the ride and/or handling are actually better than stock?

The reason for the questions is I currently have the AEV 2" spacer lift and I would like to improve the handling over stock but do not want 3-3 1/2" lift. This kit according to AEV should deliver that but looking for some real world reviews. Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Chunks could you do me a favor and measure from the ground to the bottom of the front fender and either post here or PM me? Thanks in advance
It will pretty much be the same height as the spacers you have..
As for ride/handle, I personally think it rides the same and the shocks are definitely better than the OE.
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From the instructions, you have the line on the wrong side of the shock.
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any info on how much the shipping weight was (trying to figure out how much i would be charged to have it shipped oversees) ?
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From the instructions, you have the line on the wrong side of the shock.
Either side, doesn't matter..as long as it secure to the shocks
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It will pretty much be the same height as the spacers you have..
As for ride/handle, I personally think it rides the same and the shocks are definitely better than the OE.
FWIW based on some numbers provided by Chunks (thanks) the 2 1/2" actually provides about 3" in front with the stock bumper. Mine is AEV spacer lift added 2" in the front with a stock bumper so about an inch more. I will be adding my AEV front bumper as soon as me Cibie headlights show up and suspect it will drop it about a 1/2" which will give me 1 1/2" with the spacer or the stated 2 1/2" if I go with this lift. Thanks all for the info and any additional ride and handling opinions would be appreciated
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basecamper, sounds like a great combo and that is what I'll be having as regards lift and front bumper. Good luck
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I installed the AEV 2.5 kit and geometry correction brackets last weekend. My Jeep had the 14/56 springs from the factory, which I understand are relatively soft.

I didn’t care for the zip ties for securing he brake lines to the shocks, but they work, I’ll probably fab something up later.

The rear track bar bracket used a ~1 inch long bolt for attaching the bracket to the outside of the factory flange, however instead I pressed out one of the factory tack bar bushings and used the factory bolt to hold on the bracket at the factory attach point so it uses both sides of the factory bracket. What AEV came up with was fine; however I needed an excuse to use my shop press. I also used a spring compressor so I wouldn’t have to unhook the front driveshaft.

Anyway, it has a stiffer ride than my spongy 14/56 springs, and actually dives much less in the front when breaking hard than stock. It handles well and actually feels better around corners, but I detect a bit more bump steer. It really soaks up bumps, dips and what not, so I can’t wait to take it off road.

The install was relativity normal for such a wrenching endeavor, with many details needing attention. The most annoying part was installing the front springs, for I had to trim the plastic on the passenger side and I needed to compress those top front shock boots with a pair of channel locks to the get the nut started. On the passenger side there was no way to use an Allen wrench to stop the shock shaft from spinning when tightening the nut, so I had to just grab the shaft with a pair of vice grips towards the top.

It is a generous 2.5 lift, however Miss Cleo says there is a bumper and winch in my future, so I’ll be closer to 2.5 someday.
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FWIW based on some numbers provided by Chunks (thanks) the 2 1/2" actually provides about 3" in front with the stock bumper. Mine is AEV spacer lift added 2" in the front with a stock bumper so about an inch more. I will be adding my AEV front bumper as soon as me Cibie headlights show up and suspect it will drop it about a 1/2" which will give me 1 1/2" with the spacer or the stated 2 1/2" if I go with this lift. Thanks all for the info and any additional ride and handling opinions would be appreciated
Base, you shouldn't get near the same amount of sag with the new AEV springs as you would with the stockers. Once the bumper is added, if you infact get .5" sag on the stockers, I would expect much less with the AEV springs. However, I'm betting you will actually get closer to .75" of sag on the stockers.
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I will be going with this lift with the front end geometry kit and 35's when my JKU comes in, in a few weeks. I plan on running the AEV 17" wheels as well, I can't wait!! Anyone else going with a bigger tire with this lift, if so any pictures???
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I will be going with this lift with the front end geometry kit and 35's when my JKU comes in, in a few weeks. I plan on running the AEV 17" wheels as well, I can't wait!! Anyone else going with a bigger tire with this lift, if so any pictures???
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