LIFT: As the title states, I finally was able to get the Teraflex 2.5" coil spring lift for my 2011 Rubicon out of my home office and installed on my Rubi. In addition to the base lift kit, I had JKS adjustable track bars front and rear installed.
SHOCKS: Teraflex VS9550
TIRES/WHEELS: Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs 33x12.5R15 mounted on MB72 wheels.
Likes: Really liked the Teraflex quality. The ride is actually smoother than stock, drove the Rubi home on the interstate and was able to vary my speed greatly, absolutely no shake, shimmy or any other "strange behavior" resulting from the lift. The lift actually gave me between 2.5 and 3" of lift. I figure as the components settle in, I'll achieve a final lift closer to 2.5".
Dis-Likes: Absolutely no dislikes so far, based on the hour drive home last night, don't figure anything will pop up in the short term.
Would You Recommend: If you are looking for an excellent quality lift, pretty reasonably priced, this is definitely the lift for you. Personally, I think it's a perfect "entry level" lift for most Jeepers. The 2.5" lift gives you enough room to run 35's easily. I'm thoroughly satisfied with it so far.
Likes: The kit not only makes the JK look like I should from the factory, matched with the Bilstein Shocks, it also rides like a dream. Overall, I am very satisfied.
Dis-Likes: The install instruction left a few key parts out. For example, in order to put the front coils in, you MUST disconnect the brake line bracket on the axle end, at least in the 2011. Instructions made no mention of this step. Other than that, no complaints.
Would You Recommend: Absolutely
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Do not perform any mod for looks alone, mod for function. I promise you if you plan your mods to improve function, you will have a Jeep that "looks" the way you want.
I have a 4.5 inch rubicon express HD long arm kit. My jeep is a daily drivelr and I make pretty long trips in it at least once a month and I have been very inpressed with the fit and finish of this lift. I have only had for about three and half months know and I've done some light off roading and some mudding as well. I am happy with the articulation it has. It is a very comfortable drive on and offroad
LIKES- I like the fact it was a complete kit and that i did'nt need any other parts for it to be right. the greasable joints are nice and everything is very beefy. I also liked that if I break or bend any part of the suspension I am able to buy just that part from the manufacturer. I find the ride to be very close to stock It has a little more roll to it when turning overall I am very happy with this lift. I would and have recomendend this lift to others.
DISLIKES- The only thing I could say is that I wish it would have came with a relocation bracket and steering dampener. but I dont know of any lift kits that do. So no big deal.
LIFT: RC Series II, part #634 2.5" BB SHOCKS: Rubicon take offs with under 3k miles SYE/CVD: Stock TIRES/WHEELS: Sadly, stock for now
Likes: The kit was very diy friendly. I spent a good amount of time reading and rereading the directions prior, and knew what to do and how before picking up a wrench. I had done enough homework beforehand to know that this was the right kit for the right price for my needs. I like that the spacers are metal and not plastic, I like that it came with brake extensions (I only used the rears), and I like that it came with rear tracbar relo brackets. Quality of parts and hardware seemed top notch, I can't imagine any part of this lift will fail in the life of this vehicle.
Instal took a bit longer than average (close to 8 hours, all said and done) due to the fact that I replaced all of the LCA and trackbar hardware with the poly performance bolts and left everything untightened until the Jeep had the tires back on it and was on the floor and we shook the hell out of it to settle the suspension at the new height. Torquing everything to spec when the Jeep is on the floor and the tires are in the way is a PIA, but certainly well worth the time. Also of note, the front tracbar was not aligned with the lower hole while on the jackstands. When you put the tires back on and put it on the floor, turn the steering wheel and the axle will shift, putting it back in line with the mounting point. I couldn't imagine how to pull the axle over when off the floor. When mounted and tight, I could not notice any offset in the tires, most say 1/4" is the most you will see with this height. I drove it on all sorts of terrain at all sorts of speeds and completed a 50 mile re-torquing and could not find a single bolt had loosened. I will give it 500 miles and check again. Last tip: be sure to adjust your steering wheel alignment prior to driving this at all. This is very simple with another person as the draglink is very accessible. Failure to do this will make lights go on on your console that you don't want to see.
Dis-Likes: I would have liked this to come with lower rear bumpstop extensions, I had to buy a set of TF ones for $40. Only real complaint was one of my bolts for the rear shock extension bracket was not the right bolt at all. The nut did not fit it and it was clearly 1-2 sizes too thick to fit into the hole and crush sleeve. Fortunately, I had plenty of leftover stock hardware that I had put aside from the LCA's and trackbars, and was able to find a suitable replacement. Coils were challenging to get back in, especially the front driver side for some reason, so plan on having a pry bar or spring compressor and a bit of patience. Be mindful on all 4 corners not to overextend and damage your brakelines and speed sensors when pushing down on the axle to jam the coils in. The speed sensors in the rear can get more slack by pulling the plastic pushpin out of the frame. We also unhooked the ebrake cable in the rear from the wire hanger to get a bit more slack on the axle to manhandle the coils onto the perches.
Would You Recommend: Yes, very much so. Being a spacer lift, I got the true 2.5" in the front and 2" in the rear. This is a very good look for a JK. Looking at it, it is clearly larger and more aggressive in stance than stock, but not a monster truck, either. A happy medium. Regardless, I still have a tad bit of rake. My handling and tracking still feel bone stock. I don't know how much the Rubi take off shocks help this, but really no body lean to speak of and still tracks straight as an arrow with no flightiness on the highway. I paid under $200 for the lift, $65 for the bolt kit, $40 for the rear bumpstops and $80 for the Rubi shocks and feel I got my money's worth and then some. Looks great and still is perfectly and unquestionably DD friendly. Stock tires look just "ok" with this much lift, not puny, but could use some more beef in those wheel wells. Thanks to KJeeper10 for his help, I will get you back in a few weeks . I badgered a whole bunch of people for information before settling on this lift and would be happy to pay it forward. PM me if you have any questions, I would be happy to help.
TIRES/WHEELS: MB72 17x8.5" and Cooper Discoverer STT 35x12.50R17
Likes: The lift is very well made, rides like stock, maybe a little stiffer. I called the Rock Krawler tech support line with a question and they where able to answer it immediately. Has a ton of flex/ travel for a short arm lift. On my 2 door the actual lift came out large... 5.7" front, and 4.6" rear.
Dis-Likes: Had to buy bump stops b/c they are not included with the lift. Rock Krawler's Rear bump stops don't work with out modification. Having the rear axle moved back an inch makes the upper bump stop only half contact the lower bump stop contact patch on the axle.
Would You Recommend: Yes.
Below is the rear bump stop issue with track bar bracket.
Fix for rear bump stop.
2011 JK Rubicon 2 door, 3.5" X-Factor mid arm, 1.25" Daystar body lift, 40x13.50R17 Nitto Mud Grapplers.
LIFT: Mopar 2" (springs, shocks, front adj trackbar, etc.) Measured 2" more tire to fender in rear, and 3" more in front.
SHOCKS: Mopar Performance (Bilstein).
DRIVE SHAFTS: Stock.
TIRES/WHEELS: GY Duratrac 285/70/17 on Mopar (AEV) Savegre 17x8.5".
Likes: Firmer than stock JKR, but not uncomfortably stiff. Dealer-installed, so I don't know what issues they had. I know it took them a LOT longer than they had estimated. I think this may have been the first lift that they installed.
Dis-Likes: None so far. I'll repost if any pop up.
Lift: rough country 2.5" 2.2 performance shock and coil kit
Shocks: 2.2 performance
Tires:stock (for now)
Likes: everything to like. The kit gives you the actual 2.5" inches of lift after its off the jackstands. I did it last nite in 3 hours with cigarette breaks. No need for a trackbar bracket. Didn't need to adjust the drag link either. I might have a freak case but im not complaining. And I feel the ride is better than stock. All in all for 340 delivered I think it's a great kit!!!!!!
Likes: Everything about it!!!
Quality of the product/materials (solid chromoly track bars front & rear, vulcanized joints on both ends of the control arms,...), precision engineering (control arm joints are welded at an angle so they align perfectly inside the mounts), ride comfort, control...Take a look at their website, and you'll see what I mean. The guys at MetalCloak do a much better job explaining their product than me. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention their Customer Service is unreal!!!
Dislikes: hmmm. Their running out of stuff that I can buy for my JK
Would you recommend: Are you serious? You bet your ass I'd recommend MetalCloak!
...the joints are nowhere near binding in the mounts. With the exception of Rock Krawler, since their joints are completely different, I'd be curious to see what some of the other joints look like at this much articulation.
Lift: Stock springs on our 2012 Arctic were 14/57. We moved up to 19/60. Gained 2" of lift in the front (the 14-19 switchup), and .75" lift in the rear (the 57-60 switchup).
Shocks: No change. Already had Bilsteins as stock.
Drivetrain Changes: None.
Tires/Wheels: No change.
Likes/Dislikes: We wanted some additional height, and got it. Our target was 1.5" add'l in the front, and .75" in the rear. The rear came out perfect, but the front gained 2". Instead of 19s, in the front, I think 18s would have been perfect. Now we've got some extra height in the front to deal with - either change out fronts only to the 18s, or put a winch on.
Recommended? You bet! One of the few budget lifts out there that adds articulation, especially if you'd also like a bit firmer ride.
TIRES/WHEELS: 315/75R16 Goodyear DuraTracs on 16x8 ATX 188 Teflon rims
Likes: The overall integration of it; everything fits well together, which is obvious in the stability at speed and through corners. Very sturdy ca's, tb's, etc. The Bilsteins ride great...not harsh, but beefy.
Dis-Likes: When peeps don't use any punctuation in a foot-long post.
Would You Recommend: Yup
"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."
American Expedition Vehicle 2.5" JK Dualsport XT Suspension
LIFT: AEV JK Dualsport XT Suspension 2.5"
• Bilstein Shocks
• Bump-stop spacers
• Rear track bar
• Rear track bar tower
• Brake line drop bracket set
• Front stabilizer end link relocation brackets
TIRES/WHEELS: Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs 33x12.5R15 on MB72 wheels.
Likes: I chose the AEV kit based on its reputation and quality; and it sure has not disappointed at all. The ride is smooth, not like a minivan smooth, but smooth. The handling has definitely improved over the stock. Drove it on the highway up to about 80mph and had no shakes or wobbles, for now.
Also got a constant stare and thumbs up from some dude in a Porsche Cayenne. LOL.
Likes: Love the look of the lift, wheels and tires. Shocks are a big improvement over stock on the highway, haven't been off-road yet. Lift went on easily and instructions were great. It does help to have a few extra pairs of hands (and sources for those odd sized tools... "Does anyone have a 16mm 1/2 drive socket? No, no, no, yes.").
Would You Recommend: Yes, being the first time I've done something like this, it was great having well pictured and explained instructions. After all the online research, there were no surprises. The rubber bushings included with the Bilsteins's would absolutely NOT fit, however, the original bushings were in good shape still and I was able to reuse them with the Bilsteins's.
Lift: Teraflex 2.5" coil with Teraflex 9550 shocks and front adj. track bar.
Tires: 33" Goodyear Duratracs 285/70/R17 on stock Moab wheels with 1.25" American alloy hub centric spacers.
Likes: Lift came out nice and level with close to 3" actual lift. The ride is much nicer than stock and almost no lean on bends. Duratracs are fantastic!
Dislikes: None yet!
Recommend: No doubt! Great lift and tires for the money!
2012 2DR Wrangler Sport, Silver/w dual top. 2.5" Teraflex coil and shock lift with 33" Goodyear Duratracs. Cat back stainless exhaust with resonator removed and Rugged Ridge split dual TP system/K&N Filter and back seat removed. 4.10 gears with Auburn HP LSD. Rampage stainless steel mesh grill insert. Third Wrangler I've owned and fifth Jeep total.
Life is Good!
2011 Jeep JK Unlimited Rubicon
BDS Long-Arm Suspension System
17x9 ATX Crawl wheels
35x12.5x17 BFG KM2 tires
This is the complete BDS Long-Arm suspension system. I liked this system due to its bolt on installation. I am not afraid of welding I just prefer to bolt things on to these new style hydroformed frames rather than welding when possible. I also liked the fact that this system came with the extended s/s braided and coated brake lines rather than just relocation brackets.
The kit was well engineered and put together. The spherical joints are high quality as well as all of the fasteners in the kit. The welds on the arms and brackets are of high quality and the powder coating is good.
I have been very pleased with the lift now after three months and about 4 thousand miles on the lift and tires/wheels. The ride is absolutely fantastic and it is extremely stable at 70 MPH going down the interstate.
The system rides great off-road and flexes out well although I think the shocks seem to be the limiting factor. I beleive a little more flex is in this system with some different shocks.
One point of concern was the driver's side front suspension mount/bracket. It was much too close for my liking to the left catalytic converter. I ground the corner of the bracket off which gave me about 1/2" of clearance.
I also like the fact that all of the spherical ends are greasable.
I would definately recommend the BDS long-arm system to anyone who wants more than just looks out of their Jeep. This is not a budget or entry level kit. It is at the high side as far as price but the ride and handling are fantastic and well worth the money in my opinion.
On a side note, this system will more than likely require driveline replacement so make sure to calculate that into the equation.
Attached are a few pictures of the system going on as well as completed.
2011 JKU Rubicon
BDS Long-Arm System/ 17x9 ATX Crawl wheels/35" BFG KM2's/ Plus much, much more.
I know this kit has been reviewed MANY times, but I wanted to review it after I put it to use for a while. LIFT:
Teraflex 2.5" coil lift. SHOCKS:
TF 9550 Shocks OTHER MODS TO COMPLETE:
Synergy suspension adjustable front lower control arms, 9/16 grade 8 shouldered bolt set for TB's and LCA's, Synergy balljoints and TF quick disconnects TIRES/WHEELS:
Falken Rocky Mountain ATS 285/75/16 (32.8"x11") for now... Likes:
Clearance to fit 37's with flat fenders and bumpstop extensions mounted.
Stiffer spring rate than stock springs giving better feel when hitting potholes or washboard dirt roads at speed. Smooth, no squeeks, body roll seems same as stock, and steering after LCA's is better than stock.(caster set at 6 deg) Great flex after removing bumpstop extensions. Dis-Likes:
I wish that the kit came with bumpstops that replace stock bumpstops instead of extensions. It would be ideal if they came as a cut to fit based on tire size to achieve maximum flex.
Would You Recommend:
Definitely! Very solid and reliable kit for the price. I know there are more complete kits out there, but for the $$$ you won't find anything better!
love the way it looks and it drove really good. I had a slight wobble between 42mph and 49mph. Any where outside of that range the vehicle drove awesome, easily drive down interstate at 80 with one hand on the wheel. For more 4x4 capability for my trip to Moab I upgraded to JKS LCA's front and rear. I also took the opportunity to upgrade the Mopar front track bar to the JKS one. Once the JKS gear was installed my slight wobble was completely gone. It drives better than a new rubicon with no lift.
2012 JKU Rubi
LIFT: Rough Country 3.5"
WHEELS: black rock vipers. 17" x 8.5"
TIRES: Goodyear MTRs. 33" 12.5"s
I live in the country and have had a lot of heavy snow and no complaints whatsoever. Even in cornering on the hills given the width of the footprint I've really not experienced any stability problems. Snow from dry to slush has been easily navigatable except on the two times I intentionally tried to get stuck. Once in a 3 foot ditch with snow that came up to the door handle but I hit the lockers and in 4lo crawled out. The other was coming uphill in 18" of wet snow and I had to winch myself up through some spots. The tires are quiet, surprisingly so. Even with the topoff I can use the hands free bluetooth at hwy speeds and hear and be heard.
LIFT: AEV JK DUALSPORT XT SUSPENSION 2.5" with Geometry Correction Front CA Brackets
SHOCKS: Bilstein 5100 AEV Spec
TIRES/WHEELS: GY Duratrak 265/70/R17 on AEV Savegre 17X8.5"
Likes: IMO, AEV has absolutely nailed it with the triple rate spring and shock valving on this lift.
Compared to stock, the ride is more comfortable when transitioning through potholes, over railroad tracks or washboard with a series of bumps in quick succession It is a "softer" ride than stock in comfort.
Compared to stock, cornering is markedly improved with less body roll overall and a firmer planted feel in the corners. Bumps mid corner no longer cause the upset to the suspension that used to throw the vehicle off line/arc. Nose dive under braking is reduced compared to stock and this is even with the addition of the heavier front bumper and winch.
Articulation is @ 30 inches. Fits up to a 35" tire
No DS issues or exhaust mod.
Dis-Likes: None for my uses. 90% DD 10% Trail
Would You Recommend: Hell Yes
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On the subject of lift kits I just added the AEV 2.5" to my 2008 unlimited. AEV is worth the money!! They are more expensive but worth the quality. Rides great with the bilstein shocks, springs are great. Great fit with no issues. Installed myself!!!! Added new 16x8 pro comp wheels ( look great ) along with bf km2's. 255 85 16 ( about 33.4" ) Need to add pics I know, will do soon enough! AEV also has a module to adjust jeep computer to correct tire size. Done in one minute! This lift kit is no advertised on qaudratec but it dose exist and is $899. With a new rear track bar and tower. Shocks, springs, brake line drop brackets and front sway bar brackets. Just throwing all this out there real quick any questions? I'll try and keep an eye out!! Lets get muddy!!!!!
2110 JK Sport with 4:88 gears and Front Eaton E-locker
LIFT: BDS front 3" coils, Factory stiff 60 rear coils with 1" Teraflex Spacer
SHOCKS: BDS Fox 2.0 Racing Shocks, and front Cam bolts.
TIRES/WHEELS: Duratrac 33X12.5X15 on MB Chaos 5 - 15X8 3.75bs
Likes: I like this set-up but wish I had done a straight 3" lift to begin with. The 3" BDS front rides good and the Fox shocks are great
Dis-Likes: I did this the hard way and will explain below
I would recommend the BDS 3" lift with BDS Fox 2.0 Racing Shocks
I posted this in another thread but though it would work here.
I added the leveling kit (Teraflex 2" front/1" rear) and wasn't impressed with the feel. Now saying that, I had upgraded from softer stock coil springs 15/54 to stiffer 19/60 and added the leveling kit a year later on top of the stiffer springs. The rear rode fine but the Front was real bouncy over gravel roads and large bumps.
Saying that, it would have been alright even with the rougher feel but I started noticing a small popping noise when I made hard turns from my front coil area. Wasn't sure if that was making the noise or not but it didn't start until I added the Teraflex leveling kit.
I asked the Off Road shop how much a set of 3" coils would be by their self since I had already upgraded to Fox shocks and other suspension components like Cam bolts for the 19/60/leveling kit combo and they quoted $110 for the new front 3" coils so I had them replace the front. The popping noise stopped and the ride is better.
Never tried the leveling kit on the softer coils so can't really comment on that but I can say from my experience, that I am not really impressed with the leveling kits feel. Since I tow a little, I am alright with the rear stiffer 60 coils and the spacer there but the front just feels smoother with full coils doing the work. Not to mention, you get better articulation on the trail with longer coils then with spacers.
Just my opinion but i recommend a BB over leveling kit. I know the leveling kit is dirt cheap and that is it's attraction but it cost me in the end to replace them
__________________ 2010 Dark Charcoal Pearl Jeep Wrangler Sport S Automatic
4.88 Yukon w/Trac-Lok rear and Eaton ELocker Front - Synergy Gussets - B&M 70264 Trans Cooler
BDS 3" lift - BDS Fox 2.0 Racing Shocks
XHD front Bumper - Trektop NX - Goodyear MT/R w/Kevlar 35X12.5X15 on MB Chaos 5 Wheels - Thrush Turbo Muffler