I was wondering if I was the only one who made the relation between the silver ring trophy wheels and the billet silver jeep. Looks like you did too!
I wonder how the silver center with black ring would look? I like how the silver separates the black of the wheel and black of the tire...probably better than a black ring with silver center section.
Thanks for sharing
Thanks Shawn! I looked long and hard for the right wheels. I had them pictured in my head and the Trophy's were it!
I actually was really considering the anthracite (silver) center and black ring. I was worried about how they would match though and am glad I didn't now. There is another build thread where a guy did that set up u can find. Or if u PM me I have pics from it.
The anthracite color is just a little darker and duller than the billet. Since both change barred on lighting it's barely noticeable on just the ring.
Something I realized that other new buyers should also note is that a new car comes with no wax on the paint. I bought some nice Meguiar's Gold products with the advice from the guys at www.detailing.com who showed me how to do an awesome detailing. I clay bar'd the top, hood and fenders due to tree sap and other fallout. Then gave it a nice coat of wax. This really made the paint look nice and flake pop! Makes it easy easier to clean now, especially after dust coating from the trails. I highly recommend this if you bought new!
OK, I guess it's time to write a more thorough review on the AEV lift. I really wanted to get some time with it and it's still only about 600 miles on the lift and 1 short fairly tame off-road trail.
I'm glad I waited, because there definitely was a break in period for the suspension and computer to get used to the new set up.
Handling: I agree with all the statements out there that this is better than stock. I noted before the the nose dive during stopping is much improved. It really has no dive even when you get on the brakes hard! Cornering is also much more stable than stock. You have hardly any roll during fast corners. It takes a little getting used to because you are higher and instinct tells you to take it easy. So you just need to build some confidence. Steering is very responsive with the high steer, almost too responsive. There is also no bump steer, darting, or pull. One complaint is that you feel a lot more of the bumps and road in the steering wheel. It doesn't affect performance, but is a little tiring /annoying. Trade off is that this is a good off-road feature because it helps you feel the trail better.
Ride Comfort: I would not say this is better than stock. Honestly after the break in it's hard to remember stock ride. My initial reaction was that it was way stiffer and bumpier. It definitely has broken in and is significantly better and softer. It's still a stiff off-road vehicle and is not a plush ride, but it's tolerable. I would guess it's similar to stock. It could get better as the shocks and springs break in more and if I add steel bumpers.
Look: The look is bad ass. I love the height and am very happy I went with the 3.5" over 2.5". I was worried the 2.5 wouldn't be enough and the 3.5 would be too much. I don't feel it's too much and it looks way meaner than my buddies JKU with a 2.5" TF lift. The OME yellow high steer shock looks Awesome!! I'm not a fan of how the Bilsteins are mounted. I feel they are upside down. The pretty shock body with the stickers is down and hidden by the tire in front and up in back. So you just see the ugly shaft covers. Not sure why they mount up like this, but I'm sure there is a reason.
Entry: It is slightly high to get in. Fine for me, but I'm 6' 3". My wife enters fine and she is 6" shorter. The Grabars are an absolute life saver (or seat leather saver). I can't even imagine getting in with out them and just the Jeep handles.
Noise: There is for sure increased road wind noise due to the height and more under body drag. Tires are not loud at all!!
Gas mileage: It went roughly from avg of 18mpg down to 15mpg. Don't read too far into these numbers as I didn't do a good test as baseline or anything, but It did drop more than I wanted to see.
Power: It was a little weak at first and the shift points seemed off. I don't know if I got used to it or if the computer leveled it off a little better after gaining more data. It seems much better now. Little less power than stock which is expected from the tire size increase. The shifting is much smoother and on point though. The overdrive out shift point is still a little late in my opinion. I would like acceleration power sooner, but this is just for me on OC freeway's. So it may not be an issue for most people.
Off-road: I only took it on a short 4 mile trail in and out. It was very rough, hard packed, did have water, rocks, off climbing, flexing. It was a good test trail, but not too extreme. I did not disconnect my sway bar links. The suspension was very rough and stiff, but this is expected and again will break in the more I max those springs out. Also I did not air down. The Duratracs were extremely impressive. They only cut loose just barely once. Had it in 2x the whole time. Flex and clearance was great. I went over obstacles I was worried I would come close to rubbing underneath and it was never a problem and ate them up with no problem. I'm excited to step it up!!
Summary: The lift and tires meet or exceed my expectations. I am very glad I did my research ahead of time, because it paid off and the reasons I chose this lift are the reasons I'm happy with it. I still have yet to do further Off-road testing and pushing the limits, so I could have a different perspective there.
Feel free to ask me specific questions if I didn't touch on something you are wondering about.
Took me close to 8hrs by myself. Instructions could use improvement, but didn't really cause any problems. Most of the time was spent on drilling holes in the frame. I started small and stepped it up twice. Could have had better bits for that hard steel. Also took my time lining up and marking holes so I didn't have any mismatches. Look great though!
Thanks Jay, you pick up your PSC brawlers yet? Rebel had some in stock.
Not yet... It may be awhile. Just painted the outside of my house. $$$ At least I have Rubicon rock rails.
My friend with the White XJ Cherokee put a lot of money into it. Tires, wheels, bumpers front and rear, Warn winch and rock sliders. On the 4th of July we are going to put a lift on it too. He will also have to trim his fenders and add Bush Wackers on. He's done all the work on it himself. We are hoping to go wheeling on Sunday July 6th. But only if we get the lift and fenders done.
__________________ Jay D Gertie 2012 JKU 3:73 LSD Black Forest Green