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Old 11-18-2012, 11:54 PM   #1
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Rock Krawler 2.5 flex lift installed

Just installed the rock krawler 2.5 flex with billstein shocks on my rubicon. Also added the exhaust spacer and proper bump stops. I think I gained 3 in the front and 2.5 in the back. Rides well on the highway and a bit stiffer. Pic for anyone interested in this lift.

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Old 11-19-2012, 05:43 AM   #2
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:57 AM   #4
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Looks great! What size tires are you running?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:59 AM   #5
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Looks great! What size tires are you running?
Those are the stock kms I believe 255 65 17???
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:16 AM   #6
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Looks great. I can't wait to get my 2.5 max travel under the JK!! She will be since nice.....
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:16 AM   #7
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:22 AM   #8
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I just did this same kit this weekend but with the Rancho 9000xl's. It definitely sits higher and it looks like it'll be an easy upgrade to the max travel.
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I just did this same kit this weekend but with the Rancho 9000xl's. It definitely sits higher and it looks like it'll be an easy upgrade to the max travel.
And how do you like the shocks ?
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Just installed the rock krawler 2.5 flex with billstein shocks on my rubicon. Also added the exhaust spacer and proper bump stops. I think I gained 3 in the front and 2.5 in the back. Rides well on the highway and a bit stiffer. Pic for anyone interested in this lift.

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I did the same lift few months ago but did not replace bump stops as dealer previously replaced my wheels for 35s and mentioned that bump stops were replaced by him then. I am not so sure of that now. Do you know what you had and what you replaced with in regards to bump stops?I think I have 2 inches but would have to double check that.
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Looks great, did you do wheel spacers?
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:39 AM   #12
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Very nice. I have the same kit sitting at home waiting to be installed. Did you do it yourself? I've read the instructions several times and feel like I have a handle on it. Were there any unexpected challenges or any pointers that you could share?
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:07 PM   #13
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And how do you like the shocks ?
Awesome. Set them to 3 right off the bat and they were real soft. Bumped them up to 5 and now they ride near to stock.

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Very nice. I have the same kit sitting at home waiting to be installed. Did you do it yourself? I've read the instructions several times and feel like I have a handle on it. Were there any unexpected challenges or any pointers that you could share?
OP might have a different experience but the two hardest things for me were the top bolt on the shock on the front driver's side and torquing the specified bolts to 200 ft/lb without a lift.

My friend's dad is a welder by trade so he was on hand to do the bracket on the rear.

Edit: And I don't know if it mentioned it in the instructions or not, but you'll have to recenter your steering wheel. I did mine without taking it to the dealer or the AEV procal by having someone sit inside with the wheels straight and adjusting the bracket. It wook two times to get it mostly straight. I'm going to order the procal though and do it that way.
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Thanks for the info Six!
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Awesome. Set them to 3 right off the bat and they were real soft. Bumped them up to 5 and now they ride near to stock.

OP might have a different experience but the two hardest things for me were the top bolt on the shock on the front driver's side and torquing the specified bolts to 200 ft/lb without a lift.

My friend's dad is a welder by trade so he was on hand to do the bracket on the rear.

Edit: And I don't know if it mentioned it in the instructions or not, but you'll have to recenter your steering wheel. I did mine without taking it to the dealer or the AEV procal by having someone sit inside with the wheels straight and adjusting the bracket. It wook two times to get it mostly straight. I'm going to order the procal though and do it that way.
The only thing the Procal does is "assist" in centering the steering.
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Sorry for the late response. I had it installed at Dessert Fab in Arizona. Been out here for work for the past 2 months so I decided to treat myself with a lift.

I like the bilstein's... they are definitely "rougher" than stock, but I actually like the feel of it better. I don't know how they will feel on a long highway drive. I'll find out on my way back to San Diego (300+ miles).

I honestly did not think a 2.5 inch lift would make such a big difference but its a whole new world when its lifted.

Happy with the purchase as this is my daily driver and at 80+ mph on the highway, it feels better than stock even though it sits higher.

Now to put on the 35's!
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Looks great! What size tires are you running?
Those are my stock 32" BFG MT
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Looks great, did you do wheel spacers?
No spacers, I figure there are so many changes to come that I will evaluate later on when I finish with a few more mods. Also even after a few days I feel it is leveling out a bit on its own.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:42 AM   #19
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I just did this same kit this weekend but with the Rancho 9000xl's. It definitely sits higher and it looks like it'll be an easy upgrade to the max travel.
I know what you mean... I feel the same way and feel this is a good start.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:26 AM   #20
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I just ordered the 2.5 max travel with bilsteins, rear wedges, exhaust spacers and spring clips. How was the install?
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That will be the look I am going for when I decide to invest in some added height, I am just bouncing back and forth between the 2.5" and the 3.5" lift. Are you going to eventually upgrade to some taller tires or are you going to stick with the stock tires? I would be interested in seeing the same view of someones jeep with the same lift but taller tires just to see how the tires fill the wheel wells.
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Looks great. I just ordered the same kit and its due in maybe the middle of next month.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:19 AM   #23
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That will be the look I am going for when I decide to invest in some added height, I am just bouncing back and forth between the 2.5" and the 3.5" lift. Are you going to eventually upgrade to some taller tires or are you going to stick with the stock tires? I would be interested in seeing the same view of someones jeep with the same lift but taller tires just to see how the tires fill the wheel wells.
Keep in mind that RK lifts are known to give you a much higher lift. So, a 2.5" lift actually gives you a 3-4.5" lift. From there it will settle down after you install bumpers and winches etc. But even then, I haven't seen it go down to 2.5".
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Keep in mind that RK lifts are known to give you a much higher lift. So, a 2.5" lift actually gives you a 3-4.5" lift. From there it will settle down after you install bumpers and winches etc. But even then, I haven't seen it go down to 2.5".
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I just ordered the 2.5 max travel with bilsteins, rear wedges, exhaust spacers and spring clips. How was the install?
Haven't done the install so I can't help you there, sorry, but I was curious, how many of you 2.5" RK lift folks are using their rear coil wedges? I noticed them on their website after I ordered everything so they are not part of my current plan. What is the verdict on these things? FYI I'm doing a 2.5" RK Flex Kit.
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Haven't done the install so I can't help you there, sorry, but I was curious, how many of you 2.5" RK lift folks are using their rear coil wedges? I noticed them on their website after I ordered everything so they are not part of my current plan. What is the verdict on these things? FYI I'm doing a 2.5" RK Flex Kit.
My understanding is that the rear spring correction angle wedges aren't needed on the 2.5" RK lifts. Once you move up to 3.5" and beyond is when they're needed.

I don't have them on my 2.5" RK lift and my rear springs are straight and don't bend much during articulation.
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My understanding is that the rear spring correction angle wedges aren't needed on the 2.5" RK lifts. Once you move up to 3.5" and beyond is when they're needed.

I don't have them on my 2.5" RK lift and my rear springs are straight and don't bend much during articulation.
Depends. Some need them and some don't. If pinion angle is adjusted they help as well.

I have them with my 2.5
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Thanks for the responses. I'll keep an eye on my springs after the install and revisit this idea in the future if I replace drive shafts and rear uca's.

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