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Old 04-09-2013, 12:35 PM   #31
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Will the 3" kit require drive shaft replacement?
On the 2012- the exhaust will need to be addressed.
Be it a new drive shaft $$$$$
Spacers $
or our exhaust crossover pipe $

P/N RS72003 from Rancho or P/N 88347 from our exhaust side DynoMax Performance Exhaust.

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On the 2012- the exhaust will need to be addressed.
Be it a new drive shaft $$$$$
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or our exhaust crossover pipe $

P/N RS72003 from Rancho or P/N 88347 from our exhaust side DynoMax Performance Exhaust.
So as long as I get the exhaust spacer I will be good?

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So as long as I get the exhaust spacer I will be good?

You SHOULD be good. If you start really pushing your JK over twisty stuff, the stock one will start to fail. How long? Any one's guess. Some people get 40,000+ out of theirs others a season or so.
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You SHOULD be good. If you start really pushing your JK over twisty stuff, the stock one will start to fail. How long? Any one's guess. Some people get 40,000+ out of theirs others a season or so.
I will be doing mostly fire trails and forest service drives, not too much twisting as of now. Maybe once she is paid off I will try more difficult trails. And I will need to be able to get through some deep snow. Looks like this kit is first on my list.
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I just put this lift on my 2012 JKU this past weekend and couldn't be happier. I got mine off Amazon for $513 plus four 9000xl shocks, and the exhaust kit for around $960 out the door with free shipping (prime member). Shipping said 2-4 weeks for the sport kit and it came in right around 2 weeks. As for the install....
So here it goes: first of all I'm mechanically inclined and know my way around a vehicle. That said, it still took upwards of 8 hours. The exhaust kit for the 2012 took prob an hour and a half. You have to remove the whole head pipe and cut a section out to fit the new piece in. Easier said than done. Lesson #1, just drop the whole exhaust from the hangers. You'll have a bitch of a time pulling the back end system far back enough to separate the front from the rear. I also had access to a cutoff saw. A hacksaw might take you a while. I also removed the front of the driveshaft to drop the front axle enough to remove the leveling spacers. That's also easy enough. Everyone talks about the top of the passenger front shock mount and I can attest, it's a pain but you can get a wrench on there and turn the shock piston.
Next piece advice, just buy longer rear sway bar links. Theyre cheap. I had a teraflex leveling kit so reused my rear links rather than drilling holes higher in the mounts. Next valuable tip: buy a new titanium drill bit for the rear track bar bracket, think its 5/8ths. You'll need it. That steel on the axle is thick and hard. Don't worry about the fact that you're drilling into your jeep, this thing is a serious bracket. Same goes with the front bump stop holes. Unnoticeable, and drills easy. Self tapping screws go right in, no tapping required. I was on the fence for weeks between the teraflex kit, this, and the RK stock mod. I'm very pleased with this. Rides awesome, very solid quality parts, and great price, considering the rebate. Only other thing I ran into is the instructions tell you to measure the track bar to like 33.1 inches. That was wayyyy off for me. I actually had to adjust mine all the way in and my front axle is still off by about 1/4" by my calcs. I do still need to get it onto an alignment machine but for now its close enough. I also paired it with 35" mickey Thompson MTZs with XD Addicts 17x9. I absolutely love this setup and couldn't be happier. Oh ya, the only thing I'm Not totally pleased with is the front brake lines. You zip tie them to the shock and remove the stock brackets. I'm not a fan but it seems most kits do this too. Any questions let me know.
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Looks great. Thanks for the install notes.

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jmachnik, hows your tire carrier holding up?
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Actually pretty good. I bought an mbrp extension bracket, put that big ass tire up there and it stook out so far I decided to try without it. The 35x12.5x17 MTZ fits so nice on the stock carrier I just left it. No extension needed. The MTZ along with the backspacing of the Addict allows the tire to "sit" right in the bumper cutout which adds extra support. I think I'm ok for a while.
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@jmachnik... i guess you can address it once you get the $300 rebate.
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Great write up/hints!!!
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Did you happen to take any measurements before/after? Interested to know if it gave you the 3" of lift or if it gave more since a lot of coils are designed with the thought the users will put on aftermarket bumpers etc?
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I've got one in the mail right now I'll post some pics in the next week or two after it its on with measurements.
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Did you happen to take any measurements before/after? Interested to know if it gave you the 3" of lift or if it gave more since a lot of coils are designed with the thought the users will put on aftermarket bumpers etc?
I actually didn't but wish I did. I'd say it gave more like 4 inches when all is said and done. I'm still running stock bumpers, so imagine after some new bumpers and a winch i'd be back around 3". I was really surprised, actually a bit nervous after seeing it back on the ground when all was said and done. This thing looked huge compared to how it sat previously. Also consider that I was coming from a 2" leveling kit, so measurements wouldn't be valid compared to stock. Btw, I have a teraflex leveling kit up for grabs now
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I actually didn't but wish I did. I'd say it gave more like 4 inches when all is said and done. I'm still running stock bumpers, so imagine after some new bumpers and a winch i'd be back around 3". I was really surprised, actually a bit nervous after seeing it back on the ground when all was said and done. This thing looked huge compared to how it sat previously. Also consider that I was coming from a 2" leveling kit, so measurements wouldn't be valid compared to stock. Btw, I have a teraflex leveling kit up for grabs now
Ok cool. Thanks for the input and write up, much appreciated.

Another question, what settings do you have your front/rear shocks set at?
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Did you happen to take any measurements before/after? Interested to know if it gave you the 3" of lift or if it gave more since a lot of coils are designed with the thought the users will put on aftermarket bumpers etc?
Oh, one thing I can give you, the roof height is just over 76", so you can compare to your height. I was worried it wouldn't fit in my garage, but i've got a few inches to spare.
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I've got one in the mail right now I'll post some pics in the next week or two after it its on with measurements.
Sweet.. Thanks!! I will be getting mine next month as I get an extra check in May
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Oh, one thing I can give you, the roof height is just over 76", so you can compare to your height. I was worried it wouldn't fit in my garage, but i've got a few inches to spare.
Ok Thanks! That does help. I will take some measurements off mine this weekend and measure my garage door to make sure mine will fit also.
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I'm still testing different settings on the shocks. I started with 0 in front, 2 in back. Then 2 in front, 4 in back. Now I think I'm running 3 and 3. I think this is something that may take a while to fully settle on. Also still adjusting air pressure in the MTZs, so there's a lot of variation.
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I'm still testing different settings on the shocks. I started with 0 in front, 2 in back. Then 2 in front, 4 in back. Now I think I'm running 3 and 3. I think this is something that may take a while to fully settle on. Also still adjusting air pressure in the MTZs, so there's a lot of variation.
been doing the same.. im set at 3/3 and 28 psi on my Toyo MT's 35's.. seems to like it there..
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Just wanted to update... This weekend i added the AEV Geometry correction brackets (control arm lowering brackets). I wasnt sure what to expect or how much they could improve the Rancho lift, but i have to say, they're worth every penny of their $99. I installed them on saturday and have been riding around all weekend. They really smooth out the ride over bumps, potholes, etc and can honestly say they make the steering feel better. Yes, they hang down a little, but I'm sure they'll be fine. They installed real easy by myself in the driveway. No jack needed. Push/roll the tire to line each control arm back into place. Jeep feels tight, straight, and dialed-in now. Still extremely happy with the Sport lift and 9000xl's. I think I'm settled on #3 front and rear, at least in the road.
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So are the two different numbered 9000 shocks for front and rear?
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Just wanted to update... This weekend i added the AEV Geometry correction brackets (control arm lowering brackets). I wasnt sure what to expect or how much they could improve the Rancho lift, but i have to say, they're worth every penny of their $99. I installed them on saturday and have been riding around all weekend. They really smooth out the ride over bumps, potholes, etc and can honestly say they make the steering feel better. Yes, they hang down a little, but I'm sure they'll be fine. They installed real easy by myself in the driveway. No jack needed. Push/roll the tire to line each control arm back into place. Jeep feels tight, straight, and dialed-in now. Still extremely happy with the Sport lift and 9000xl's. I think I'm settled on #3 front and rear, at least in the road.
Do you do any wheeling? I have looked at those AEV brackets but am concerned as they stick down too far IMO... If you go wheeling with them let me know if you get hung up on rocks or not. They seem to mount extremely low to me.
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So are the two different numbered 9000 shocks for front and rear?
Yes they are different. The first page of this thread gives you the number for the shocks:
Rancho RS999329 RS9000XL Series Shock
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Do you do any wheeling? I have looked at those AEV brackets but am concerned as they stick down too far IMO... If you go wheeling with them let me know if you get hung up on rocks or not. They seem to mount extremely low to me.
On our OLD 4" SPORT system we used these and moved away from them on our NEW SPORT systems.
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Im starting to realize an issue with the new track bar. Its just too long. For one, the heim end is screwed in as far as it can go. That's not really the problem though. The problem is the nut rubs on the frame where the heim end connects. No matter how you tighten it (which is difficult because its jammed up against the frame) it'll always keep loosening up. This is because as the axle moves up and down, it forces the nut to move in the direction of loosening it. I brought it in to the top body/alignment shop in the area this morning to just get everything exact and they also mentioned there was a serious problem with the track bar. I emailed Rancho support yesterday and am still waiting for a reply. I'll try calling tomorrow. I really love the lift so I'm hoping they can address this. Maybe mine has a track bar from the 4" kit by accident. Its extremely dangerous having that nut loosen up, so If all else i'll just buy a Teraflex track bar. But there goes the value of the Sport kit. More to follow...
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Keep me posted. Get some pictures too, worth a lot of words. Call Tech as you mentioned.


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Im starting to realize an issue with the new track bar. Its just too long. For one, the heim end is screwed in as far as it can go. That's not really the problem though. The problem is the nut rubs on the frame where the heim end connects. No matter how you tighten it (which is difficult because its jammed up against the frame) it'll always keep loosening up. This is because as the axle moves up and down, it forces the nut to move in the direction of loosening it. I brought it in to the top body/alignment shop in the area this morning to just get everything exact and they also mentioned there was a serious problem with the track bar. I emailed Rancho support yesterday and am still waiting for a reply. I'll try calling tomorrow. I really love the lift so I'm hoping they can address this. Maybe mine has a track bar from the 4" kit by accident. Its extremely dangerous having that nut loosen up, so If all else i'll just buy a Teraflex track bar. But there goes the value of the Sport kit. More to follow...
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Im starting to realize an issue with the new track bar. Its just too long. For one, the heim end is screwed in as far as it can go. That's not really the problem though. The problem is the nut rubs on the frame where the heim end connects. No matter how you tighten it (which is difficult because its jammed up against the frame) it'll always keep loosening up. This is because as the axle moves up and down, it forces the nut to move in the direction of loosening it. I brought it in to the top body/alignment shop in the area this morning to just get everything exact and they also mentioned there was a serious problem with the track bar. I emailed Rancho support yesterday and am still waiting for a reply. I'll try calling tomorrow. I really love the lift so I'm hoping they can address this. Maybe mine has a track bar from the 4" kit by accident. Its extremely dangerous having that nut loosen up, so If all else i'll just buy a Teraflex track bar. But there goes the value of the Sport kit. More to follow...
Damn, that sucks! I sure hope you get it figured out soon. Hearing about stuff like this makes me weary of pulling the trigger on this kit...
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Keep me posted. Get some pictures too, worth a lot of words. Call Tech as you mentioned.
Heres some pics. I also spoke with tech support today and sent in a bunch of pics to them also. Hoping i just received a tweaked bar or something. Will keep you updated. As an alternative i thought about notching out the frame bracket but shouldn't need to do that.
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Heres some pics. I also spoke with tech support today and sent in a bunch of pics to them also. Hoping i just received a tweaked bar or something. Will keep you updated. As an alternative i thought about notching out the frame bracket but shouldn't need to do that.
Ok, now I see what you are referring to. That does suck and that definitely does not look right. Hopefully they will respond to and fix your issue ASAP as this is the kit that is #1 on my list.
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I might be reading the rebate wrong.....it says in my eyes
suspension kit with RS5000 shocks=30$ rebate
suspension kit with RS9000 shocks=100$ rebate
suspension kit and(meaning spate) 4 shocks totaling 500$-1499$=300$ rebate
suspension kit and 4 shocks totaling over 1500$=400$ rebate.
sounds like you need to buy the kit then the shocks to get the better rebate out of them???

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