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Old 01-10-2012, 01:45 PM   #1
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AEV 2.5 Lift Kit

Based upon some good lift advice on the forum I contacted AEV. They indicated in an e-mail that they are coming out with the 2.5" suspension lift kit sometime next month. It will be on their web site when it's available.

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I am curious to see how it stacks up against TF's 2.5 lift. I have not bought mine yet, maybe worth waiting to see.

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I am curious to see how it stacks up against TF's 2.5 lift. I have not bought mine yet, maybe worth waiting to see.
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$499 more
But with progressive rate tuned springs and custom valved Bilsteins

Per AEV.

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I'm guessing it may come with Geometry correction brackets for lca's.
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I'm guessing it may come with Geometry correction brackets for lca's.
I think that's extra from reading their forums.
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I'm guessing it may come with Geometry correction brackets for lca's.
Not released and no firm info on that although it has been mentioned that brackets are not necessary at this level (2.5 in F, 2 in rear) lift by AEV Dave.

They have mentioned the brackets might be available as a "hop up" kit for the 2 inch lift kit and would be apparently the same brackets as the 3.5 and 4.5 kit but with holes for the 2.5.

No mention by AEV if R exhaust X over pipe issues for 2012 at full flex, either. It would depend on shock length. Teraflex states their 2.5 inch spring lift, (budget shocks and non progressive springs), requires an exhaust mod on the 2012 because of their shock length and that later kits (when?) would have the shock length adjusted and the exhaust mod would not be required.
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I think that's extra from reading their forums.
I have been in contact with AEV and they claim they will have relo brackets for the front CA's top and bottom for mild lifts out January/February. This is the same kit they offer for their bigger kits and reportedly compensates for any issues associated with stock front CA's on lifted jeeps (wander/shimmy/camber deficiencies). Their relo brackets for the tall lifts are sold at the Q for $99, I am hoping the ones for the 2.5" lifts cost the same. They have some pretty astounding reviews on this kit for their bigger lifts, for under $100 it sounds like a steal. There is still rumor swirling around whether they will be included in their soon to be released uber-kit mentioned by the OP...
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I have been in contact with AEV and they claim they will have relo brackets for the front CA's top and bottom for mild lifts out January/February. This is the same kit they offer for their bigger kits and reportedly compensates for any issues associated with stock front CA's on lifted jeeps (wander/shimmy/camber deficiencies). Their relo brackets for the tall lifts are sold at the Q for $99, I am hoping the ones for the 2.5" lifts cost the same. They have some pretty astounding reviews on this kit for their bigger lifts, for under $100 it sounds like a steal. There is still rumor swirling around whether they will be included in their soon to be released uber-kit mentioned by the OP...

Like Karl G stated I doubt they will be. AEV Dave has mentioned that they will be a hop up part with holes for the 2.5" kit. I'm assuming the same part, but with another mounting location.
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But with progressive rate tuned springs and custom valved Bilsteins

Per AEV.

That is still a steep increase. So this kit will run about $1000. Need to think about that. A set of 4 Bilstiens runs about $320 the TF lift is $480. $200 +/- more for the AEV. They will need to come with some nice extras.
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$499 more
EXACTLY. AEV equals over pricing. Fleecing of the wheeling community.

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But with progressive rate tuned springs and custom valved Bilsteins

Per AEV.

Bilstein's are already a great shock. I doubt AEV does anything with them. Of course I don't know that for a fact, but I'd be perfectly happy with regular Bilstein's rather than over pay for "AEV tuned" ones.

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That is still a steep increase. So this kit will run about $1000. Need to think about that. A set of 4 Bilstiens runs about $320 the TF lift is $480. $200 +/- more for the AEV. They will need to come with some nice extras.
And ORW routinely offers the TF2.5 kit with Bilsteins for 740 shipped.
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And ORW routinely offers the TF2.5 kit with Bilsteins for 740 shipped.
Ok, dumb question... Who is ORW? Have to excuse me, only been a Jeeper for two months and two weeks.
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I'm thinking the AEV kit will be about $900 and then if you get the CA bracket another $100 so for $1K you'd have a complete kit.
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I'm thinking the AEV kit will be about $900 and then if you get the CA bracket another $100 so for $1K you'd have a complete kit.
You don't typically need lower control arms or control arm brackets with only 2.5" of lift. This Teraflex is complete for $712.99. And that's from Q-Tec, can probably be had cheaper from a different vendor.

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I am haveing a hard time waiting for this kit. One thing aev does is they make there lift kits handle usally better than stock on road. Most companys throw cheap shocks on there lift kits and just some spring to get it lifted. They will handle good offroad, but handle like crap on road. One thing i don't like with some brands is there lift kit are not complete. U go home and put it on your jeep and then go drive it just to find out u need another part to make it handle good. With Aev there kits are complete One thing i keep seeing on here are people that buy a 2.5 inch kit and are getting like 4 inches of height instead, that just don't make sense, just not one brand i keep seeing either. If i wanted more i would buy a bigger lift. AEV hands down. U pay for what u get.
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Ok, dumb question... Who is ORW? Have to excuse me, only been a Jeeper for two months and two weeks.
Never mind.... I Googled ORW and found it. Off road Warehouse
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:51 PM   #18
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I am getting tired of waiting for this new lift, my TF leveling kit aint going to cut it. Any word yet on this 2.5 inch kit, i called but they did not know anything.
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Look at the difference between the 2 - warranty....
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EXACTLY. AEV equals over pricing. Fleecing of the wheeling community.



Bilstein's are already a great shock. I doubt AEV does anything with them. Of course I don't know that for a fact, but I'd be perfectly happy with regular Bilstein's rather than over pay for "AEV tuned" ones.

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Actually, AEV does tune them ...

Why would you want a generic tune on a shock as opposed to going with a shock tuned to a particular spring rate (and particularly in AEV's case, a spring that is tuned to the use of the vehicle)? Just saying' - The difference is quite noticeable ... for the better.

Ever ride a motorcycle or mountain bike hard off-road with suspension that doesn't have adjustments for compression and rebound damping to allow you to 'tune' the shocks? The bike(s) are sooo much better handling when the dampening is dialed in (read: 'tuned') to the spring rate and rider - it's like night and day. An AEV jeep is the same way. That said, I'm not saying there's not other good lifts out there, either. I've heard plenty of good reports about RK and Full-Traction, to name a couple.

On another note, after a 17-yr love affair with all things Land Rover Defender, I'm fairly new to the JK (but, not Jeep) game. But, it strikes me as a bit odd that I have yet to hear anyone running an AEV lift complain about it's performance; in fact, quite the opposite. And, the complaints I hear about price seem to only be coming from those who haven't or don't want to shell out the money for the kits.
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Oh, boy..This forum is bad news….I was “not going to lift it”, but threads like this are a bad influence. I might have to look at this AEV kit when it is released.
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Oh, boy..This forum is bad news….I was “not going to lift it”, but threads like this are a bad influence. I might have to look at this AEV kit when it is released.
Most of us started where you did. It's natural, don't fight it...
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Oh, boy..This forum is bad news….I was “not going to lift it”, but threads like this are a bad influence. I might have to look at this AEV kit when it is released.
That's how I started too until I followed some of the crazies I met here on a trail. I ordered my lift this afternoon!

Checkout the Rock Krawler 2.5" Max Travel: Rock Krawler Catalog

I like this kit, has everything I want included.

I also ordered Bilstein 5100's and a JE Reel drive shaft. I can't wait!
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Does the kit come with control arms that hold water?
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I believe they are solid on the RK, if that is what you're asking about.
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Pricing is on the AEV forums. $899 plus another $99 for the CA bracket.
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Pricing is on the AEV forums. $899 plus another $99 for the CA bracket.
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Link?
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http://forum.aev-conversions.com/sho...?t=3597&page=5
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Dave mentioned a new rear trac bar but said nothing about the front. I can't believe for 899 your going to get springs, bilsteens, and two new trac bars.

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