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Old 12-29-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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Any good lift kits that won't compromise ride?

I recently bought a 2014 Unlimited Rubicon, and it's my first jeep. Does anyone know of a 1-3 inch lift that won't compromise the ride and handling that much, and any of the Rubicon's off road technology (disconnecting sway bars)? I was thinking something with spacers instead of doing new springs. Ideas??

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Old 12-29-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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Spacers will degrade your ride quality and steering... Key is to get a complete lift don't go any bigger than your saying and you should be ok. You get what you pay for.... Look to Rock crawler, Teraflex or AEV. Tera has softer springs which would be more like stock and RK and AEV are a little more firm. I give the example of the old caddy although not as drastic the stock suspension and tera ride more that way if that makes sense. Hard to really explain unless you drive them all. RK has a new 1.5 lift out which may be a good option for you.

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Old 12-29-2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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AEV, period. Can't speak to other lifts, but the AEV 3.5" that I have is amazing on and off road.
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:21 PM   #4
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I have an AEV 2" on my 14 jkur and had a 1.5" performance coil kit on my 13 JKU. Both ride great. the AEV does give a bit more lift tho. I live next to AEV (the companies actual r and d shop not an installer). They said the 2" kit would not change ride or handling at all and recommended it over the 2.5" dual sport kit unless I was going with AEV bumpers front and rear and 35" tires.
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Thought about the a AEV 2.5" lift, after much thought I then bumped up to the 3.5" sooooooo glad I did. No regrets and would add the AEV 3.5" again in a minute. Love how it rides and handles. You might want to consider the 3.5" and have no regrets later. FWIW...

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Old 12-29-2013, 05:36 PM   #6
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Check out Zone Offroad 2 inch spacer lift. The great thing about a spacer lift is that it maintains the factor ride characteristics. However, spacer lifts are not recommended if you will be doing some serious trail riding.

Zone Offroad 2" Coil Spacer Kit07-14 Jeep Wrangler JK J2203
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:38 PM   #7
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I have an AEV 2" on my 14 jkur and had a 1.5" performance coil kit on my 13 JKU. Both ride great. the AEV does give a bit more lift tho. I live next to AEV (the companies actual r and d shop not an installer). They said the 2" kit would not change ride or handling at all and recommended it over the 2.5" dual sport kit unless I was going with AEV bumpers front and rear and 35" tires.
That looks great. What's the tire/size? Love that they're on stock wheels.
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:52 PM   #8
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AEV 2.5" works and rides well
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:00 PM   #9
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That looks great. What's the tire/size? Love that they're on stock wheels.
Toyo Open country at2 extreme 285/75-17 listed as 33.9" measure a true 33" on the jeep at 30-32psi
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:03 PM   #10
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I'm n the same boat. I'm looking to lift my 2014 JKURX. I have it narrowed down to Metal Cloak and RK 3.5". You get what you pay for.
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I went with the Mopar Stage III kit (3" lift) and could not be happier with the ride quality and the off road capabilities.



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I went with the Mopar Stage III kit (3" lift) and could not be happier with the ride quality and the off road capabilities.



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very nice look.
Thanks, it has been a great Jeep so far and a lot of fun in the first year. This is my first jeep and will certainly be mine for a long time, I am hooked
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:20 PM   #14
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I went with the Mopar Stage III kit (3" lift) and could not be happier with the ride quality and the off road capabilities.
Me too, I love it
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:28 PM   #15
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I like this look a lot as well..

Please share tire and rim package as well please!
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Check out Zone Offroad 2 inch spacer lift. The great thing about a spacer lift is that it maintains the factor ride characteristics. However, spacer lifts are not recommended if you will be doing some serious trail riding.

Zone Offroad 2" Coil Spacer Kit07-14 Jeep Wrangler JK J2203
STAY AWAY FROM THE ZONE COIL SPACER KIT!!!!!

I had that and the zone shocks they recommended for it...rode like crap, steering was flighty....DON'T WASTE THE MONEY
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I like this look a lot as well.. Please share tire and rim package as well please!
Tires: 315/70r17 pro comp xtreme mt2
Wheels: pro comp 7036 flat black 17" wheel
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #20
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STAY AWAY FROM THE ZONE COIL SPACER KIT!!!!!

I had that and the zone shocks they recommended for it...rode like crap, steering was flighty....DON'T WASTE THE MONEY
No issues here, however I'm running stock shocks. Thanks for the info though, I will stay away from their shocks.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:58 PM   #21
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Love my AEV 2.5".
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AEV 2.5" with the geometry correction brackets. Despite what many here parrot from others, very few here have ever bent them or hung up their rig on them. I have never had an issue. It is a great kit. It is fairly complete. I *might* add a TeraFlex monster track bar. And then again, I might not. I do not have any reason to get LCAs for the front as the brackets do the same thing and more. Rides and flexes wonderfully. Very happy!
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Thank you all for the responses! I didn't expect to get so many, so I can't address all of them, but the AEV 3.5 seems like a good choice, and I'll def stay away from spacers. I do want to look into that Mopar 3" kit as well. 03SVT's jeep looks sick with it, and I'm a fan of staying with Mopar for aftermarket parts especially because it's so new and under warranty for the next 3 years.
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So how much does the Mopar kit cost and what all do they do with it? Any driveline goodies like an SYE/double Cardan setup on a TJ? I imagine it must be *very* complete if it is Mopar...
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I'm not sure they have a mopar lift kit for a tj but I may be wring
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So how much does the Mopar kit cost and what all do they do with it? Any driveline goodies like an SYE/double Cardan setup on a TJ? I imagine it must be *very* complete if it is Mopar...
It is pretty complete, I added an adjustable front track bar but that was pretty much it. It is on the high side of lifts as far as price but comes with 6 control arms, fox shocks with reservoirs, speed bumps (teraflex), as well as the exhaust spacer needed on the newer 3.6. People say you can get more for less money and I agree you can get a 3" lift for less from teraflex, but remember that this also comes with the better shocks and the speed bumps which are pricey by themselves.
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On my 5th Jeep, 3rd Wrangler, 2nd JK and 5th Old Man Emu suspension lift.

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They said the 2" kit would not change ride or handling at all and recommended it over the 2.5" dual sport kit unless I was going with AEV bumpers front and rear and 35" tires.
I totally agree. I have the 2.5 and 35's on my JKUR and the ride is awesome. I'm going with P rated 285's on my 14 when it gets here and I wouldn't run the 2.5 with those and stock bumpers. I'll be putting on the AEV 2.0 spacer lift and 10A shocks with those.
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It is pretty complete, I added an adjustable front track bar but that was pretty much it. It is on the high side of lifts as far as price but comes with 6 control arms, fox shocks with reservoirs, speed bumps (teraflex), as well as the exhaust spacer needed on the newer 3.6. People say you can get more for less money and I agree you can get a 3" lift for less from teraflex, but remember that this also comes with the better shocks and the speed bumps which are pricey by themselves.
How do you think the Mopar stage III would look with the stock tires and rims? I Can't afford to go bigger on the tires at the moment. I don't want to go with a big lift and have it look funny you know.

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