For those running that lift. How do you like it? Have you had any issues like torn drive shaft boots, death-wobble, bending the drop brackets on rocks, etc? Are you satisfied with the lift and would you choose that lift again and why?
I just put mine on so no major wear and tear yet. I love it though. I DO NOT do any dedicated rock crawling, more trails, Desert washes, and camping. If there's a bypass between me and where I want to go, I'll take it, lol.
Ride is nice and firm, but comfortable and compliant with the Geo brackets. Brackets are fairly stout and I think heavier duty than some of the stock attach points.
If you like to bash around on rocks RK makes stuff more aimed in that direction though so evaluate your needs.
As Mark D. Said "I'll take 3 days in the wilderness over a few hours in the rocks every time!"
I think the AEV 2.5 is the best lift for my uses...YMMV. I spend 90% of the time on the road, and when off road, I like trails, expedition touring. Rocks look great, but can tear up the best built machinery out there. I prefer to just enjoy the ride and scenery.
The lift with brackets handles better than the stock suspension. I do the 'Moderate" level trails around Moab and never touch the rocks. Stock Rubi wheels and tires. Overall, a great lift. For most people.
I like the lift and IMO it is the best on the market. I like the engineering, maintaining the stock geometry, using many of the stock components are maintained, designed for a loaded JK, creates very good handling and manners including emergency stopping. the Jeep does not at all act like a lifted Jeep ( I have two others to compare it to).
The matching of the shocks and performance to the springs so the work together is well done. The drop brackets are well made and very strudy. all of the components for the lift are made in the USA. the brackets are of little consequence to clearence. Based on the position where they hang down about an inch you should not hit them at all. If you do, it will be likely you would of had an issue without the brackets.
I run 35's with stock fender flares and did not have to trim the pinch seam or the Rubi rail. I have been off road on a gnarly trail section with no rubbing issues.
What would I change? I would add extended sway bar links and delete the sway bar extension brackets.
Overall it is the best all around lift package. I am an Engineer and evaluated this closely, talked to several "design" folks but in the end found this one to be the favorite.
I have had mine on for a few weeks now and it rides great. I thought it was great on the paved roads but you really notice how well it works on bumpy gravel roads and fire trails.. No crawling yet with it, but that's not what I got it for. Its my dd.