Lift: AEV 3.5" SC
Shocks: Bilstein 5100
Tires/Wheels: GY DuraTrac 325/60/20 & XD Rockstar 20X10 4.56BS
Likes: Most everything, rides nice, & turns well.....
Dislikes: I have some minor issues. There seems to be a little dead spot/slop in the center of the steering. I recently had an alignment, which seemed to help. The front is a bit higher than I'd like, according to AEV this is to accommodate for the weight of a winch (I don't have yet).
Lift: Teraflex 2.5" coil kit + 3/4" Daystar coil spacers
Tires/Wheels: 315/70R17 MTZ's, AEV Pintler Argents 17"
Likes: Nice lift, get compliments daily...The spacers added a little more clearance for the MTZ's andhelp the full size spare weight.
Dislikes: Nothing so far, next upgrade will definitely be steering kit
LIKES: Rides great, no steering issues what so ever.
DISLIKES: Does not fit in my garage!!!
'10 JKU Sport EVO 4" ENFORCER / KING 2.5 OEM Performance / BFG 37" KM2s on XD Addicts / LoD Signature Series Shorty /
EXP ONE Trail Series w/ Smooth Motion Tire Carrier / EVO Rock Sliders / EVO .44 MAGs / WARN PowerPlant HP / AEV ProCal / KENWOOD eXcelon
Lift-AEV 2.5" Dual Sport with Bilstein 5100 shocks and geometry correction brackets
Wheels-17" AEV Argent Pintlers
Tires-35" BFG All Terrain T/A KO'S
Vehicle-2012 JKU Sport S 3.73 gears and automatic tranny
Likes-Greatly improved handleing and smooth ride. Less body roll and nose diving under hard braking.
Dislikes-None, great lift for daily driver and moderate wheeling.
2011 jk sport
Lift : 2 1/2 Teraflex shocks & springs.
Teraflex Quick disco
Tires/Wheels : mb 72's, 33" x 12.50 x 15 duratracs (combo)
Likes : Everything and more that I could ask for. Great handling on and off road and flexing.
Dislikes : Nothing yet !
We're not stuck Chad and Justin gotta winch
LIFT: AEV 3.5" Dualsport SC Kit SHOCKS: Bilstein 5100 SYE/CVD: None (running AFE Y Pipe) TIRES/WHEELS: Goodyear Duratrac 315/70R17 Likes: Rides great on the pavement and on the trail. Its my daily driver, and the ride is great. People complement the Jeep all the time on how well-mannored it is on the road. Great flex on the trail. AEV forum is great for install help and general maintenance support. Dis-Likes: None Would You Recommend: Definitely! Don't be led astray by folks talking badly about AEV and fleecing Jeepers. AEV doesn't sponsor any events or forums, and thus don't get much love. Do the math, they aren't much more expensive than anything else.
AEV 2.5 Sport
Bilstein shocks (with kit)
AEV Control Arm Drop (front)
17" Rubicon wheels, 1.5 Spidertrax spacers, 315/70/70 Duratracs
This kit is well packaged and documented, with every individual package having a pick-list and each box being well packed for shipping. I installed the AEV bumper at the same time, which made working up front a bit easier with the front open.
Installation is easy, but with some things to watch for. The front shock top nuts were so badly rusted on mine, that both sides eventually twisted off trying to get them out. Reinstallation of the Bilsteins is somewhat easier, but use a 5mm hex nut on top for tightening. I can be done without removing any shrouds - it is just tight.
The control arm drop kit is mildly annoying to install, but worth it. The passenger side upper bolt is impossible to get out (on some models) without moving the exhaust. The instructions aren't clear and make it sound like you can pry the pipe out of the way. If you can't (like on mine) you have to either remove the exhaust from the manifold, or just cut the bolt. Before cutting it, beware that it is an obscure metric bolt that your small-town bolt shop isn't going to have, and it is about $15 from Jeep. I can be reinstalled from the outside if you cut it and get a new one.
The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, but would be nice if they included the torque specs in each step... they are all in the instructions in various places. Oddly, the instructions for the rear are complete in that manner, but the front is a bit sparse.
The main difference with this kit is they use a triple-rate spring. I found this to give excellent handling on washboard, tracking straight and no stepping out. The trade-off is it is a bit wollowy/squishy, with the control arm kit making handling handle nice and flat with no nose-dive. I can't say I notice a significant difference in shock response on bigger hits, but as I said, on washboard it is like a different truck.
This is a great kit that will get you into 35 or 37's if you want. To me gives it a balanced look with 35's.
I had some questions while installing, and AEV tech support called back within minutes.
One annoying thing - the control arm drop kit bolts are SAE size, while everything else it metric. It was a pain to dig for a 7/8 socket when I had 18,19 and 21mm for everything else. (you'll also need a 15 and 10 for some smaller stuff). 99% of this can be done with a single metric socket and a crescent wrench on the other end. Various extensions needed to get a torque wrench in there for reassembly...
Likes: Added about 3 inches of total clearance under the frame (springs were 2.5 inches longer than stock, but stiffer). Ride off-road is very well controlled - quick transitions and weight transfer do not upset the suspension. On-road cornering is flatter and body roll is mitigated effectively. Over all, the shocks seems nice...about an inch or so more travel than stock in addition to excellent damping.
Dis-Likes: I add this mostly for completeness - if you loved the factory ride, the OME is definitely firmer (due to the springs higher rate). It would be nice if JKS made a chart for track bar lengths...not that their technique of measure and adjust is bad, it would just be nice to have a starting point without guessing.
Would You Recommend: Certainly...good products all. Though a friends pointed out that OME can be a bit of a piecemeal affair, so do yourself a favorite and order from Northridge or DPG Offroad - they cut a nice deal on the add ins that really help round this out.
I put on my lift a couple of months ago and wanted to take it on the trail a few times before I rated it here.
Rock Krawler 2.5" Stock Mod
Blistein 5100 and 5101 shocks
SYE /CVD is Stock
Goodyear 315/75R16 Duratrac tires on 16-inch ProComp 7069 wheels
I like the setup very much. This is Rock Krawler's basic kit and is very upgradeable. I can upgrade to mid-arm or long-arm by swapping out parts. The front shocks are progressive. My Jeep floats on the road and trail compared to the spacer lift installed by the previous owner. The best thing is that I got it for under $900 from River City Offroad.
I'd recommend Rock Krawler to anyone.
LIFT:Rancho 2" Sport Lift. Includes new 2"+ front coil springs and .75" rear spacers. I had 59 series rear springs stock. Also includes front bump stops and rear brake line relocation brackets. Install took about 4.5 hours working alone. A professional shop should be able to do it in about 2 hours.
SHOCKS:Rancho 9000xl, part of the kit
SYE/CVD: Stock driveshafts
TIRES/WHEELS: BFG K0 All Terrains with studs 285/65/18 on 2008 Sahara 18 inch rims. These are my winter tires.
Likes:Rides very well. I have the shocks set at 2 in the front and 3 for the rears. Vehicle is sitting level. Entry height is about as high as I want to go.
Dis-Likes: None at this time.
Would You Recommend: Absolutely. The price for the kit is about what you would pay for the shocks alone.
2013 JKU Sahara, Commando Green - 2.5" Franken Lift - Rancho 9000xl shocks - 275/70r18 Cooper ST Maxx in summer - 265/70r18 Bizzaks in winter
Lift-AEV 2.5" Dual Sport with Bilstein 5100 shocks and geometry correction brackets Wheels-17" AEV Argent Pintlers Tires-35" BFG All Terrain T/A KO'S Vehicle-2013 JKU Sport S 3.73 gears and 6 speed manual
Likes-These kits are MADE for the JK/JKU. No "universal parts" included.
Dislikes-Only one, my wife is having difficulty getting in now. Some kind of steps are in the very near future. Other than that a great lift for daily driver and moderate wheeling.
2.5" Pro Comp coil lift with Bilstein 5100 shocks. Running Cooper Discoverer AT3 285/70-17 tires on Artillery ATX Teflon 17X9 wheels. Absolutely no complaints with anything and the ride is very, very nice!
My Rock Lobster JKU is a (good) time machine!
Dropped mine off today at Autowerks in the Chicago area. Ron is going to install the AEV 2.5xt and Duratracs. I won't sleep until I go back Wednesday, but everyone said Ron will take good care of it. Will edit after I get a look at it.
Ron and the team at Autowerks did a great job! They are a top-rate professional team and they love Jeeps. Here are my thoughts after driving it home, as well as before and after pics:
Likes: Looks great with 35s. Great ground clearance. Steers great (with the geometry correction kit installed) and feels stable and balanced at low and high speeds on the pavement. Also really like the AEV tire carrier; works superbly.
Dislikes: The tires need to be aired-down a bit; as others have noted, the Duratracs ride rough on the street when they are at the upper end of the recommended pressure. During my ride home it felt as rough as, if not rougher than, the stock Rubi/Max Tow setup. It is unclear whether this is due to the duratracs, AEV lift kit, or the combination of the two. I will bring the psi down a bit this weekend and I anticipate a more compliant ride on the pavement.
I just completed a coil spring and shock swap from a four-door JK Rubicon. I had 14/56s and the Rubicon had 18/60s. I really wanted 19/60s but I got a great deal. $200 for the springs and shocks. I followed the teraflex manual for a 1.5 coil spring installation. http://www.teraflex.biz/downloads/dl...veling_kit.pdf
It's worked great. Only thing I didn't do was loosen the trackbar. Everything seemed to ride great afterwards...don't know if it's completely necessary too loosen the trackbar and the arms. It took a couple of hours to install but we were getting pretty tore up and having a good time while working. The measurements were taken at the bottom portion of the outside of fender flare at the highest point a.k.a. At the center of the fender over the axle. Original measurements were 35 3/4 all around even with a barricade bumper (no winch yet) and after the height was 37 1/4 all around for a net gain of 1.5 inches! It looks fantastic! The red shocks really look great too!