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Old 08-26-2014, 10:07 AM   #1
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rough country questions

I wanted to get this lift for my 2004 X 5 speed manual. I have the rc 2" budget boost and I've had no problems with it I just want something more long-term. My jeep is my daily driver, 35 miles a day, with a few trails here and there. I also want to do Easter jeep safari next year.

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I want some opinions from people who have first hand experience with rc. It seems like when I do a search for rough country it's people saying " I've never owned one but I've heard from this person it's not good". I'd like some hands on info please.

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I had a RC lift on my Ford Bronco and never had any trouble...I'm actually thinking of going that route for my new JK. I do hear a lot of folks complaining that the ride is a bit stiffer ( cant be more stiffer than the factory 19/60 I have on my JKURX) and that they tend to sag after time. I never experienced that with my Ford.

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How long did you have it on your Bronco?
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:18 PM   #4
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I have that lift on my 2005 lj and I like it. No problems at all. Ride is a little stiff, could probably be improved with better shocks.
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I got a pair of JK shocks I got from my brother-in-law for free that I'll be putting on. Hopefully that with help but these spring can't be much worse than my stock springs
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I have had the RC 2.5 on my TJ for about 6 years. You'll feel every bump on rough pavement. I'm 50 now so maybe it rides better than I think it does but its the only time I wish I had better springs and shocks, but highway and freeway driving is pretty good. Drove off road with 31's and with stock control arms and I had sick articulation. Air down to about 15 psi and washboard dirt roads are okay enough.

It is by no means a lift for the rougher, big rock crawlin' trails. When I installed the lift I also installed steering gearbox, oil pan, and gas tank armor. I'm glad I did. It follows guys with 33's just about anywhere.

After axle upgrades and 35's this lift is no longer adequate. The shocks are tired and the front end sags, but I got 6 great years out of it.
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The only problem with only listening to those with it installed is they don't have quality components to compare it to. There IS a reason its one of the cheapest brands out there and there are similarly priced brands that are recommended more so
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Yeah, because most ppl only ride in one jeep all their lives
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I've had this same kit on my 98 for about 2 years.
It is hella stiff. Picture your teeth rattling going over speed bumps.
(Disclaimer: Since my DD is a Lexus, my perspective may be a little off.)
If I had to do it over again and if my TJ were my DD, I'd go with something a little squishier on the road.
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How long did you have it on your Bronco?

Sorry for the delay....I had it on my Bronco for 3 years...actually sold it with it on it. I wasn't gentle with it at all...even managed to destroy the rear axle housing without damaging the rear spring. I did replace the rear axle with a slightly larger DANA 60 and it did raise the rear up a bit ( spring mounts sat up a bit higher than on the Ford 9"). I did manage to bury the front wheels a few times ( Had 39.5" tires on it) and no damage from multiple high tension winching.

That said, I will say I think the RC shocks are terrible...I had dual shocks in the front and all 4 of them were blowing fluid after 1 fairly light wheeling trip. I went with Rancho shocks and never saw another drop of fluid.
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That said, I will say I think the RC shocks are terrible...I had dual shocks in the front and all 4 of them were blowing fluid after 1 fairly light wheeling trip. I went with Rancho shocks and never saw another drop of fluid.
I have been completely satisfied with my bilstein shocks, but sure am curious to try out some rancho shocks someday as they get such great reviews.
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I have been completely satisfied with my bilstein shocks, but sure am curious to try out some rancho shocks someday as they get such great reviews.

I have a plan for my new JK, and I am planning to use the Rancho shocks again. I've been very happy with them. My favorites are Old Man Emu..I had them on my Mitsubishi Pajero in Australia, but the cost on them here in the states makes me wince...
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I do not have a Rough Country lift but hands down after reading many posts it is not a recommended lift because it does ride very "rough". I am a very frequent forum reader here and jeepforum. They used to have a bad rep with their shocks and shock length when they first came out but that has been corrected.
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I have this lift on mine too. And yes, it does ride "rough". But you're not riding in a Cadillac either. I went it because of the price point. I'm planning on upgrading this spring. the point I want to convey though is, not everyone has $1500 to put a lift on their rig. This lift will give you the look you want and if you don't take it out and beat the hell out of it, you'll be fine. This Zone lift Zone Offroad 3" Suspension System 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ J2/J3 is only $150 more and you get more goodies. For $80 more, you get this one Zone Offroad 4-1/4" Combo System 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ J25/J26. If you go with the RC, get longer sway end links, or disconnects. Definitely get an adjustable track bar. Either you way you look at it, you'll shell out a little more than $300. (Don't forget an alignment either.)
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This!!!

RC is crapola. I have the 3.25 lift and its garbage. Shocks suck balls until i changed them out for Rancho RS 7000's and the front springs are sagging like an old ladys boobs.
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Ok I might have stirred the turd on this subject. It seems the general consensus is a big fat no and I think I've been persuaded to get something else. But hey that's why we have these forms. Good research is king.
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Look into Zone lifts. Also, what size of tire are you planning to run?
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Look into Zone lifts. Also, what size of tire are you planning to run?
I have 31x10.5 r15 right now. I'll go bigger later on, like 35", but that's pretty far down the road when it's less of a DD.
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I run 33s with this set up and i love it! gave me round 2.75 in of lift. When its all said and done this is an economically sound way to get the lifted look.
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I run 33s with this set up and i love it! gave me round 2.75 in of lift. When its all said and done this is an economically sound way to get the lifted look.
33's with 2.75" isnt near enough. Soon that lift will be more like 2".
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RC sucks

Shocks leak all the time
Springs sag and have terrible coil rates for climbing and offcamber situations
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I have a plan for my new JK, and I am planning to use the Rancho shocks again. I've been very happy with them. My favorites are Old Man Emu..I had them on my Mitsubishi Pajero in Australia, but the cost on them here in the states makes me wince...
OME are actually among the 'cheapest' of shocks available here. One of the best too

To the OP you could always do a "custom" lift. But otherwise Zone is one of the best bang for the buck lift kits you can get
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I have a plan for my new JK, and I am planning to use the Rancho shocks again. I've been very happy with them. My favorites are Old Man Emu..I had them on my Mitsubishi Pajero in Australia, but the cost on them here in the states makes me wince...
A Rancho rs9000xl will cost you just as much as ome will. They are the only Rancho shock I would buy. The 5000 is the second worst shock I have ever had. The es3000 pro comp is the worst and you couldn't give those to me again.

To be fair to Rancho the new mono tube shock may be ok. I can't really say because I don't have first hand experience with that particular shock.
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I had a RC lift on my Ford Bronco and never had any trouble...I'm actually thinking of going that route for my new JK. I do hear a lot of folks complaining that the ride is a bit stiffer ( cant be more stiffer than the factory 19/60 I have on my JKURX) and that they tend to sag after time. I never experienced that with my Ford.
I had great success with skyjacker on my old broncos. This doesn't mean I would want to buy their tj lift.
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I have 31x10.5 r15 right now. I'll go bigger later on, like 35", but that's pretty far down the road when it's less of a DD.
2.5" isn't going to cut it for 35" tires without high clearance fenders. It isn't really acceptable for 33" tires either. 4" total lift is optimal for 33" tires and 3" would be the minimum I would go. I understand this is your goal down the road, but be aware it takes more than just a lift to run a 35" tire safely.


If you don't plan on adding weight the rc 2.5" springs will be fine for you now. You can buy just springs and go with some skycrapper hydro's instead of the rc shocks. If you plan on a winch, or hard top and heavy bumpers, or heavy armor I would look at zone offroad.
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OME are actually among the 'cheapest' of shocks available here. One of the best too

To the OP you could always do a "custom" lift. But otherwise Zone is one of the best bang for the buck lift kits you can get
Ome are a middle of the road cost wise and rate about where most mid grade shocks do in the $75.-$125. range.

Cheap would be the white body shocks that come with most kits and are about $35. each new.
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Ome are a middle of the road cost wise and rate about where most mid grade shocks do in the $75.-$125. range.
I mean as in the cheapest of quality shocks. Not the best but damn good
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So I was just looking at zone off-roads 3" kit for around $450 with shocks. What makes zone so good for the money. It's still on the cheaper side of lifts.
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The spring rates are higher 158# front, 200# rear, so they support additional weight better. The shocks are a much smoother shock that doesn't make you feel like you are riding in a lumber wagon.

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