I know how tiresome these threads get, but I figured I'd ask anyhow. I'm finally ready to do some upgrades to the '13 Rubi and after looking around I still have a few unanswered questions that I was hoping your anecdotal input may help with.
I'm set on a 2-2.5 inch lift. I only ever plan on running 35's and will probably end up dropping down to 33's after the new wears off... or I get tired of the gas pump draining my wallet.
I've narrowed it down to the MOPAR 2" kit, the AEV 2.5" and the Terraflex 2.5" kit (w/all 4 shocks). Has anyone run any of these/have any input on why I should get one over the other?
The only reason I'm considering the MOPAR kit is, I have a bit of a special circumstance where I can get it for about $1400 installed. The other two, while in the box cheaper, would require installation or finding someone to install it. I am very limited in the time and space available to me to do the lift, though I'm sure I could handle it if I *cringe* followed the directions.
Also! I swear by BFG AT's so I'll likely run those but I did just see the Dick Cepek Crushers and must say, that is one awesome looking tire. Is anyone running them/have any input there? If they ride well, I may pick up a set.
My opinion go with the AEV... Best in all around use...Overall quality Great road handling etc. do your homework and see what best suits your needs.
Check out their website. Remember sometimes cheap is expensive.
Good luck whichever you choose.
Thanks for the input, I've been looking at AEV ever since I saw one at a dealership with the full AEV treatment. My only reservation is AEV kits usually sit higher in the front to accommodate a winch (which is a ways off for me). I guess they all have their downsides though.
TF without their shocks. Run Billistein 5100s shocks. AEV is good for on road and great for bending their brackets off road.
Which brackets? I just installed the AEV lift and really, really like the results.
Are you referring to the rear track bar tower or the sway bar link brackets? The brackets on the front don't seem to fit particularly well and with only one bolt they seem prone to rotation on the axle. I'm planning on removing those eventually and putting on longer sway bar links, will probably do it sooner rather than later if they are a popular point of failure.
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He is referring to the control arm brackets. AEV uses these on their lifts to correct geometry and Pluke generally shows up in every lift thread to let folks no there is no free lunch =).
When it comes to the OP, I'd say TF just because I like their educational videos =). Seriously, though, they have a good reputation and you ought not have too much trouble finding somewhere for the install or doing it yourself.
I did the terraflex and am very happy with it. I kept it cheap and did the shock extensions. The Rubicon shocks work for me.
I went with AEV because I am mainly making this an Overland type vehicle and long trips with great on road performance is more important to me than flexing over rocks. Rocks break things IMO so I stay away from them for the most part. I bought my kit the day I bought my JKU and the more I have researched it the more I'm satisfied with the AEV. I know there are better kits for rocks but not sure if there are better kits for road handling.
You sound exactly like I did when I was going through the same process. I got the AEV 2.5" DualSport and the BFG AT's. At first I thought it a bit pricey, but really by the time you get to an apples-to-apples comparison the difference is not much at all.
There are 2 main reason I chose AEV.
a.) The parts are made for a JK/JKU specifically. There are no "universal" parts included in the kit. That means easier installation, and parts desgined to work together.
b.) "designed to work together" There is so much information on the web regarding this specific setup that I really felt comfortable that I was ordering the "right" setup for me.
I'm still kinda' get used to the 315's,... like you, I don't wonder already if I might just get 285's next time. Looks cool, climbing up for some people (under 6') is a bitch.
I have the AEV 2.5" Dual Sport lift with their Pintler wheels in Argent color with BFG All Terrain T/A KO's 315 70 17 and rear tire carrier and love everything. It's my daily driver and is perfect for my travels. I dont do any heavy wheeling or rock crawling so this is the best handling kit out there for my needs.