Experts - recommend a 2.5 lift kit - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 08-26-2012, 08:19 PM   #1
Newb
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 14
Experts - recommend a 2.5 lift kit

Would like to get some recommendations. I am looking for a 2.5 lift kit, and have been looking at the pro comp, Tera flex (mono or twin kits) rubicon express, and AEV systems (all coil/shock set ups). I think they are all within 350 of each other so warrant comparison. I would obviously like to spend the least for what fits my needs but would be willing to buy the most expensive if the benefits are worth it.

I will be using my jeep as full time daily driver. Even when I do get a second vehicle, jeep will still be daily driver. I primarily want the kit to clear 35 inch tires, and if I do go off road it's in state parks and hunting leases ( realistically something a stock jeep can handle). I like the way it drives stock, so would like it to not vary to far from that. Any recommendations?

Thanks guys.

ctempuser is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
pkmcd99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 2,117
The top dog at 2.5" is arguably the teryflex. Buy it. Im sure you will be happy.

pkmcd99 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
Newb
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 14
That's what my research has seemed to indicate, but there are a few that say the AEV is the best all around so was interested in responses.
ctempuser is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 08:29 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Lithium Lotus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 737
Rock Krawler. They use progressive rate front springs while others use linear rate. Progressive springs stay soft during normal driving and then firm up when making a turn or hitting a bump. Linear rate springs are the same all the time. Rock Krawler is also American made, have great tech support and customer service. I have yet to hear anything negative about RK on any Jeep forum.

I don't know what state you are in, but RK is located in New York and their parts are designed with harsh winter weather in mind.
Lithium Lotus is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 08:31 PM   #5
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
kurtz265's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Ridgefield, CT
Posts: 670
I was under the impression that the Rock Krawler kits were at the top of the list...Im also shopping for a 2.5 kit right now and will be keeping an eye on this thread
kurtz265 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 08:36 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
pkmcd99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 2,117
Argueably the best. Teryflex is a great all around kit for your daily driver. Kits like rough country, procomp, skyjacker seem to be ideal mall crawler set ups. Rock crawler is dedicated to offroad and also tend to be more money. Everything is opinion based. But i believe teryflex is your best all around performance road and offroad kit. Affordable, easy install. Complete for 2.5" kit
pkmcd99 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 08:39 PM   #7
Newb
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 14
ctempuser is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 10:01 PM   #8
offroadvegan

WF Supporting Member
 
scottmphoto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Rhododendron, OR
Posts: 830
I have the Teraflex 2.5" and really like it.
__________________
Check out my blog - Offroadvegan!

2013 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited Billet "Frank the Tank"

“The Jeep is America’s only real sports car.” - E. Ferrari
scottmphoto is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 10:53 PM   #9
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
KarlG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 626
Images: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctempuser
Would like to get some recommendations. I am looking for a 2.5 lift kit, and have been looking at the pro comp, Tera flex (mono or twin kits) rubicon express, and AEV systems (all coil/shock set ups). I think they are all within 350 of each other so warrant comparison. I would obviously like to spend the least for what fits my needs but would be willing to buy the most expensive if the benefits are worth it.

I will be using my jeep as full time daily driver. Even when I do get a second vehicle, jeep will still be daily driver. I primarily want the kit to clear 35 inch tires, and if I do go off road it's in state parks and hunting leases ( realistically something a stock jeep can handle). I like the way it drives stock, so would like it to not vary to far from that. Any recommendations?

Thanks guys.
Do you want a ride that is better than stock on road as a daily driver?

AEV-has proprietary tuned Bilsteins and triple rate progressive springs and be sure to add the geometry correction brackets.

Do you want to not have to modify your exhaust to avoid having your drive shaft hit the crossover pipe?

AEV. The others require exhaust mod.

35 inches?

Should work with most 2.5 inch but you may require some trim of the rock rails ( if installed) and pinch welds if you plan on flexing them fully. Probably fine if you don't flex them all the way.

Before making up your mind, carefully read reviews of lifts and pay attention to people reporting problems and asking how to address problems with brand X lifts. Also note if you see lots of negative opinions about Brand AEV lifts being expressed by someone who hasn't owned, or wheeled the lift. Same holds true for any negatives expressed about other brands by non owner, operators.

Good luck,
__________________
1f u c4n r34d th1s u r3411y n33d t0 g37 141d 4nd 570p r34d1ng 51g5 0n f0rum5
KarlG is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 10:57 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
kramer2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 2,964
That's a good jumping off point right there. Go with that kit and you can upgrade lots of different ways in the future. As far as shocks, look into the Bilstein 5100 shocks as an upgrade over stockers at a good price. Your best bet is to read up on the incredible amount of reviews for each system and decide what your budget is.
kramer2k is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-26-2012, 11:37 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
RubiJK12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 226
Before you use this RK system, be very sure of how much lift you want. This 2.5 will give your Jeep around 4 inches of lift. If you want 2.5" lift, do not use this system.

I have the exact lift and have 4" in the front and 3 1/2 in the rear. You have to use the exhaust spacers. And the Bilsteins shocks recommended for this kit are for 2-3" lift. On mine, everytime you go over a bump, the boots on the front pop off. And, the angle of the front drive shaft is too steep and now getting a noise in the front. Probably driveshaft.

So far, I've been in contact with Northridge and Bilstein. Bilstein says that I probably should have gotten shocks for the 4" lift. However, I didn't know it would be 4" at the time or would not have ordered this system. Norhtridge has not been any help at this time and I am still waiting for some response. So far, nada!!!

I only wanted 2 or 2.5 inches of lift, not 4. So, be very careful before using the 2.5 system if you don't want 4" of lift. I'm probably going back to the coil spacers where there are no problems and give the 2" lift I wanted.

I will be selling my 2.5 coils to someone who wants 4" of lift, and who expects to install exhaust spacers, longer shocks than recommended, and new drive shaft.

This is a picture of my "2.5 RK" lift. Over 8 inches between the tire and fender.

Good luck with yours and be cautious.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	198-9817_IMG.jpg
Views:	299
Size:	189.6 KB
ID:	154408  
__________________
"Take nothing but memories,
leave nothing but 'light tread marks'."

12 Rubi
RubiJK12 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 07:46 AM   #12
Jeeper
 
rtguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 838
aev 2.5" is a great kit...i run it on my two door with 35's. i have NONE of the handling issues many report with other kits like flighty steering, wandering at highway speeds, driveshaft issues...etc. I got more than the 2.5" but it is due to running stock bumpers and no winch. aev kits are designed with their front and rear bumpers and tire carrier installed. this extra weight will put you at the 2.5". if u are gonna add bumpers and winch, it will be perfect. i added jks disco's and a jks adjustable trackbar as well.
__________________
2012 JK Black Forest Green
rtguy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 08:29 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
TX Sasquatch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 507
I've been debating between the Rock Krawler Max Travel 2.5" lift and the Teraflex 2.5" Coil Lift kit.

The Rock Krawler comes with more components like the adjustable LCAs, adjustable front track bar, front sway bar quick discos, and rear track bar relocation bracket.

To the best of my knowledge, the teraflex kit doesn't come with those components, and once you add those components to the teraflex kit the price comes very close to matching that of the RK kit.

The one thing steering me away from the RK kit are reports of getting more lift than advertised, as RubiJK12 said. Personally, I want to avoid driveshaft modifications that would be required with a taller lift.
__________________
'13 Commando Green JK Sport
TX Sasquatch is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 09:26 AM   #14
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,447
Quote:
Originally Posted by TX Sasquatch
I've been debating between the Rock Krawler Max Travel 2.5" lift and the Teraflex 2.5" Coil Lift kit.

The Rock Krawler comes with more components like the adjustable LCAs, adjustable front track bar, front sway bar quick discos, and rear track bar relocation bracket.

To the best of my knowledge, the teraflex kit doesn't come with those components, and once you add those components to the teraflex kit the price comes very close to matching that of the RK kit.

The one thing steering me away from the RK kit are reports of getting more lift than advertised, as RubiJK12 said. Personally, I want to avoid driveshaft modifications that would be required with a taller lift.
Yep....
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 09:28 AM   #15
Jeeper
 
clvnmcd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 307
Images: 5
I have the 2.5 Teraflex Coil Lift. I drive the lift daily and have wheeled it at full flex, other than the kit, the only modifications I have done are the exhaust spacers, and an Evap Canister relocation kit. With these couple of modifications I can fully flex and haven't rubbed or hit anything. The onroad performance is very nice as well.
__________________
------------------------------
2012 JKU Rubicon / 2.5" Teraflex Spring Lift / 315/70/17 Duratracs on 17x9 ATX Artillery / Rockhard Front Bumper / Warn M8000 Winch / Expedition One Rear Bumper / Rockhard Evap Relocation / AFE Cat Back Exhaust
clvnmcd is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:08 AM   #16
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Sueby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: CT
Posts: 1,650
Quote:
Originally Posted by TX Sasquatch View Post
I've been debating between the Rock Krawler Max Travel 2.5" lift and the Teraflex 2.5" Coil Lift kit.

The Rock Krawler comes with more components like the adjustable LCAs, adjustable front track bar, front sway bar quick discos, and rear track bar relocation bracket.

To the best of my knowledge, the teraflex kit doesn't come with those components, and once you add those components to the teraflex kit the price comes very close to matching that of the RK kit.

The one thing steering me away from the RK kit are reports of getting more lift than advertised, as RubiJK12 said. Personally, I want to avoid driveshaft modifications that would be required with a taller lift.
Exactly where I'm at with the RK kit - I had my mind made up but then started seeing this stuff about getting more lift and now I'm all confused as to what to do!
Sueby is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:16 AM   #17
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,447
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sueby

Exactly where I'm at with the RK kit - I had my mind made up but then started seeing this stuff about getting more lift and now I'm all confused as to what to do!
Bumpers/winch will take care of that
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:17 AM   #18
Jeeper
 
rhen74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Olive Branch
Posts: 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctempuser View Post
I like the way it drives stock, so would like it to not vary to far from that. Any recommendations?
I've got the AEV 2.5 dualsport. I didn't lose any of the stock feel, but I did notice a slight upgrade in handling performance. I have the geometry correction brackets that I think makes a difference.

I haven't tried the other lifts, so they may be just as nice.
rhen74 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:17 AM   #19
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Sueby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: CT
Posts: 1,650
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
Bumpers/winch will take care of that
you're getting me bumpers and a winch?? Aw Ken, you rock. And I thought the steering stabilizer was enough...
Sueby is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:25 AM   #20
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,447
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sueby

you're getting me bumpers and a winch?? Aw Ken, you rock. And I thought the steering stabilizer was enough...
Promise......... If I win the lottery lol

But yes.... The RK coils are not 2/4 door specific.
I got almost 1.5" more height over the TF's.
The stock mod kit includes a front TB but 2 doors might need LCA's as well to keep caster in check.
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:26 AM   #21
Jeeper
 
frieed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Utah
Posts: 110
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by KarlG View Post

Do you want to not have to modify your exhaust to avoid having your drive shaft hit the crossover pipe?

AEV. The others require exhaust mod.
I have the teraflex 2.5" coil lift on my 2012 JKU Rubicon and it does not need the exhaust spacer mod.
frieed is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:29 AM   #22
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Sueby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: CT
Posts: 1,650
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
Promise......... If I win the lottery lol

But yes.... The RK coils are not 2/4 door specific.
I got almost 1.5" more height over the TF's.
The stock mod kit includes a front TB but 2 doors might need LCA's as well to keep caster in check.


I tried 2.5 of lift with no LCA's - won't do that again! I'm looking at the Max Travel kit - that has em.
Sueby is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:45 AM   #23
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,447
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sueby



I tried 2.5 of lift with no LCA's - won't do that again! I'm looking at the Max Travel kit - that has em.
I would do stock mod + front LCA's and rear UCA's to begin with
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:46 AM   #24
Jeeper
 
res1971's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Pueblo West, Colorado
Posts: 57
Is adding a AEV ProCal Module recommended with the AEV 2.5" DualSport XT Suspension System with Bilstein Shocks?
res1971 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:47 AM   #25
Jeeper
 
TomStev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Weatherford, Texas
Posts: 5,248
Quote:
Originally Posted by TX Sasquatch
I've been debating between the Rock Krawler Max Travel 2.5" lift and the Teraflex 2.5" Coil Lift kit.

The Rock Krawler comes with more components like the adjustable LCAs, adjustable front track bar, front sway bar quick discos, and rear track bar relocation bracket.

To the best of my knowledge, the teraflex kit doesn't come with those components, and once you add those components to the teraflex kit the price comes very close to matching that of the RK kit.

The one thing steering me away from the RK kit are reports of getting more lift than advertised, as RubiJK12 said. Personally, I want to avoid driveshaft modifications that would be required with a taller lift.
Like the combo your looking at. I'll have to look in to that.
__________________
Axios... Then again, I wouldn't feel the way I do if I were.
TomStev is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:53 AM   #26
Jeeper
 
rhen74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Olive Branch
Posts: 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by res1971 View Post
Is adding a AEV ProCal Module recommended with the AEV 2.5" DualSport XT Suspension System with Bilstein Shocks?
Procal is useful with ANY brand lift if you are planning on getting bigger tires and want to re calibrate your speedometer.
rhen74 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:55 AM   #27
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,447
Quote:
Originally Posted by rhen74

procal is useful with any brand lift if you are planning on getting bigger tires and want to re calibrate your speedometer.
x2
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 10:58 AM   #28
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Sueby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: CT
Posts: 1,650
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
I would do stock mod + front LCA's and rear UCA's to begin with
There is no 'to begin with' it's allllll getting done in one shot. Begging boys for favors is getting old, one LARGE favor is easier than 5 small ones. Rear UCA's huh??

Maybe I'll start looking into the Clayton 3.5...
Sueby is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 11:27 AM   #29
MallCrawler

WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 31,447
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sueby

There is no 'to begin with' it's allllll getting done in one shot. Begging boys for favors is getting old, one LARGE favor is easier than 5 small ones. Rear UCA's huh??

Maybe I'll start looking into the Clayton 3.5...
Pinion angle.

No way I could do rear lowers right now. Uppers and lowers = wheelbase/pinion

And....... favors? I love working on jeeps
__________________
2007 Rubicon/Rock Krawler 2.5 coils/Rancho 7000 shocks/Teraflex monster TB/Synergy highsteer,tie rod, ball joints/Hankook MT 315-75-16 on Level 8 ZX's/MC front SB links/Rancho geo brackets & shocks/Fox ATS stabilizer/Adams front DS=Frankinlift from hell.

Lifting your JK? Read this!!



Click HERE to become a WranglerForum Supporting Member!
kjeeper10 is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-27-2012, 11:43 AM   #30
Supporting Member

WF Supporting Member
 
Sueby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: CT
Posts: 1,650
Sorry OP if I've sorta hijacked your thread...

Quote:
Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
Pinion angle.

No way I could do rear lowers right now. Uppers and lowers = wheelbase/pinion

And....... favors? I love working on jeeps
So then why the heck does the Max Travel lift come with front and rear lowers and not front lowers and rear uppers? The clayton 3.5 comes with all 8 - I'm waiting for Bob to let me know how many inches he really got out of his Clayton 3.5.

I really don't want anything over 2.5 anyway, maybe this is all a mute point to begin with. I dont' want to deal with DS issues...

Sueby is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:01 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC