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Old 05-07-2013, 11:31 PM   #1
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EVO 1.5" Leveling Kit

I had been looking to level my 2012 JKR before installing my JCR Dagger Mid-Width and winch. I looked around at leveling kits and decided I didn't want to go with a complete spacer kit as my front springs already feel a little soft. It came down to the TeraFlex 1.5" Performance Leveling Kit and the EVO 1.5" Leveling Kit. The TF kit replaces all 4 springs. The EVO kit replaces the front springs and uses 3/4" spacers in the rear. I ended up going with the EVO solution as I found a great deal on it which I couldn't pass up.

A note about the EVO kit. It's part number EVO-1095, which isn't on their web site and isn't on their dealer price list. If you're interested in this kit, get your dealer of choice to call EVO.

The kit is simple to install and the supplied instructions were adequate. Only suggestions would be to look-up your torque values for shocks and swaybar links before you start.

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Here's the kit as it was packaged

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To deal with break line length when dropping the axle, I was able to remove the break line retaining bracket which is mounted to the axle instead of loosening the top retaining bracket where the junction is with the hard line.

The silver bracket can be seen here (passenger side) installed with my ratchet on the single bolt holding the bracket in place.

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When you have the bracket free and the shock/swaybar disconnected. If you drop the axle a little and the move the break line to the other side of the shock, it makes working with the spring much easier and there's now plenty of length.

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Here's an after picture. I hadn't really driven it, so the springs haven't settled yet.

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I took some measurements pre and post. Right after setting it back on the ground, I had gained 3" in front and 1.25" in the rear. I'll take some additional measurements in a couple of days, but it's bound to settle a bit in the front. Not to mention the 3/4" spacers in the rear shouldn't lift it more than 3/4"...

Total time was about 2.5 hours using hand tools. I was hampered in part by an ailing right arm, so many things took longer as I figured out ways to work one-armed.

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Old 05-07-2013, 11:34 PM   #2
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A couple more pictures...

Front before and after

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Rear before and after

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Stocks spring on the left, EVO on the right

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Old 05-08-2013, 12:17 AM   #3
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Interesting. Offroadevolution?
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:14 AM   #4
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:29 AM   #5
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Do you have any updates on this level kit? Did it settle any? How are the road manners? Looks like you kept your rubi shocks? Did you have to use adapters for them? How bout sway end links?

Any info would be great...Thanks
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:50 AM   #6
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Here's the update:

Drives and rides great. I have no regrets in going with the EVO Leveling Kit. If I had it to do over, I would buy it again.

Did it settle? Maybe just a little, but not much. I replaced the stock front bumper with a JCR Dagger mid-width. It sits nice and level.

How are the road manners? Great! It corners and rides much better now.

Stock Rubi shocks? Yes. That was a big selling point for me on going with this kit and even called EVO to ask about this. I've had no problems.

Sway bar ends? I didn't change them, they're the stock Rubi links.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:09 AM   #7
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Another thought on this... I had originally looked at doing a Rock Krawler 2.5" lift but didn't want it to look funny with the stock Rubi tires as I wasn't planning to replace the stock tires. I looked around and compared all of the leveling kits and ended up going with the EVO Leveling Kit and decided I'd revisit the lift when the stock tires need to be replaced.

There's been a lot of discussion over buying kits that have reusable parts and so on. For me, the cost of the EVO kit was just right and I don't really feel that I've wasted money. Sure, when I lift it I'll replace the front springs again, but I'm fine with that given the quality of the ride now.

BTW, Northridge4x4 made me a deal on the EVO Kit which made it that much easier to say yes.

As it stands now, I'll probably go with the EVO lift when it's time to replace tires. I'm really happy with the ride from their springs.
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Here's the update:

Drives and rides great. I have no regrets in going with the EVO Leveling Kit. If I had it to do over, I would buy it again.

Did it settle? Maybe just a little, but not much. I replaced the stock front bumper with a JCR Dagger mid-width. It sits nice and level.

How are the road manners? Great! It corners and rides much better now.

Stock Rubi shocks? Yes. That was a big selling point for me on going with this kit and even called EVO to ask about this. I've had no problems.

Sway bar ends? I didn't change them, they're the stock Rubi links.

Thanks for the feedback....I think this just sealed my decision. Leveled and still use my shocks, whats not to like about that????

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Another thought on this... I had originally looked at doing a Rock Krawler 2.5" lift but didn't want it to look funny with the stock Rubi tires as I wasn't planning to replace the stock tires. I looked around and compared all of the leveling kits and ended up going with the EVO Leveling Kit and decided I'd revisit the lift when the stock tires need to be replaced.

There's been a lot of discussion over buying kits that have reusable parts and so on. For me, the cost of the EVO kit was just right and I don't really feel that I've wasted money. Sure, when I lift it I'll replace the front springs again, but I'm fine with that given the quality of the ride now.

BTW, Northridge4x4 made me a deal on the EVO Kit which made it that much easier to say yes.

As it stands now, I'll probably go with the EVO lift when it's time to replace tires. I'm really happy with the ride from their springs.
Ironically, the 2.5" RK is the same kit I have been looking at as well too, so I'm really interested in your opinions and why you chose the way you did.

I answered your pm as well....please send pics if you can??

Thanks again!!
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do you have any idea how long the eve coils are? free length that is...
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:47 PM   #11
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I'm not sure about free length. They've maintained the 1.5" or so rather well under load.

Although all that that might change when I add the Zeon10s next week and a JCR read bumper with tire carrier.

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