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Old 03-07-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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AEV lift without geometry correction bracket question

so i plan on getting the AEV 2.5 lift and i'm reading this thread http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/lif...ps-221119.html and i stumble across where it says this
Pro: AEV offers progressive springs for all 4 corners. The kit also comes with properly matched Bilstein shocks and offers a huge improvement in handling.
Con: The kit doesn’t offer control arms to correct axle position and caster angle, they offer geometry correction brackets (+$100) to re-use your stock lower control arms and correct the axle positioning and caster, but this reduces critical ground clearance by positioning the control arms 3” lower. It also does not offer new swaybar links, rather just brackets to use your stock links with.

my question is. how can i fix/ what can i buy to keep from sacrificing 3 inches of ground clearance up front. given that the stock ground clearance is only 10.1 inches those 3 inches more or less negate the clearance you would get from the lift. am i wrong in this line of thinking. any input would be appreciated.

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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get new control arms, and adjustable sway bar

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Old 03-07-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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so i plan on getting the AEV 2.5 lift and i'm reading this thread http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/lif...ps-221119.html and i stumble across where it says this
Pro: AEV offers progressive springs for all 4 corners. The kit also comes with properly matched Bilstein shocks and offers a huge improvement in handling.
Con: The kit doesn’t offer control arms to correct axle position and caster angle, they offer geometry correction brackets (+$100) to re-use your stock lower control arms and correct the axle positioning and caster, but this reduces critical ground clearance by positioning the control arms 3” lower. It also does not offer new swaybar links, rather just brackets to use your stock links with.

my question is. how can i fix/ what can i buy to keep from sacrificing 3 inches of ground clearance up front. given that the stock ground clearance is only 10.1 inches those 3 inches more or less negate the clearance you would get from the lift. am i wrong in this line of thinking. any input would be appreciated.
Why don't you cross that bridge first, and then see if it needs addressing?


My advice to you is install them, and then check to see what your issues might be. The ground clearance is a non-issue in my opinion. It's a well engineered solution for lifting Jeeps that are still nice to drive on the highway.

My guess is that after you install, you'll be satisfied that nothing additional is required.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:15 PM   #4
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What blkfenders said...if you wind up needing caster adjustment (and not everyone does with a 2.5" lift), then buy some adjustable front lower control arms. Likewise with the axle centering, which can be fixed with an adj track bar.

As for sway bar links, these bad boys rock. Just pull the pins, put the links and pins in your glovebox, zip tie your sway bar and go: JKS Manufacturing: Swaybar Components
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10.1 inches of clearance is to the pumpkins, you have a lot more to the frame where the CA's are mounted. The only way to change that 10.1 number is bigger tires.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:21 PM   #6
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I have the brackets, and they are tucked away fairly well... that said, you drop 5000lbs of Jeep on them directly, and you might bend them. They have made a revision since mine to beef them up more... If you manage to land on them, you are just as likely to land on the control arm itself... so, look under there and imagine the scenario for that to happen... you are going to wreck something...

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