Hey everyone. I have decided to get myself a 2" leveling kit for my stock 09 JK. I have 0 mechanical knowledge but am pretty savvy so Im gonna try to install it on my own. Any suggestions on brand or any help with installation?
upon further reading I like the 2.5" rough country lift. It comes with 2.5" coil springs and 2.2 series shocks. Im thinking of running a 285/75/16 on stock steelies. I have read that I may need spacers in the back but is there anything else that I need to know?
RUN, not walk- RUN away from RC. I had this kit- their product for the JK is JUNK! Returned two under warranty- each new set of springs sagged in UNDER A WEEK! On an otherwise stock (weight wise) JK- no excuse for that.
Go Teraflex- more $, but GOOD quality products, and they back their stuff with a lifetime warranty that's worth the paper it's written on, unlike RC.
As far as the wider tires go, you will need wheel spacers to run MOST 285 width tires without rubbing at full lock. You COULD get away with not running them, but not off-road.
Another option is OME (Old Man Emu)- their 2" coil spring lift will tuck 33's with room for flex. Add on a set of Teraflex quick disconnects in the front, and you're golden Mark W.
I used a Teraflex Leveling kit...2 inch in the front, and 1 inch in the rear....mine looks, good, but paid to have it installed. The directions didn't mention that some brake lines, and some other stuff had to be removed for the rear axle to drop enough to install the parts....only cost $150 to install it. Leveled out JK's look pretty good!!!
The RC spacer kit is popular and works better than their spring kits; don't use it if you're adding bumpers/winch, etc.
OME is nice but pricey; you'll net much more than 2" with it also and will have to address other concerns as a result.
I know plenty of happy RC users as well as teraflex.
Noobie: A year from now you're going to have a kick ass Jeep, you'll have been to Moab and done the Rubicon trail, and you'll be all seasoned and well-done. And you're going to regret your choice of screen name. Or it could become delightfully ironic. What the heck do I know?
As for not installing the spacers yourself, it's EASY!
You don't have to REMOVE brake lines- you undo a 10mm bolt holding the brake lines (hard lines) in place, just so you don't over-stress the lines, then let it hang- takes three seconds and 5 brain cells to master
I've done it a couple times now replacing shocks and coils- takes MAYBE 3 hours for just coils and shocks, with hand tools only and using two jacks and two pairs of jackstands. If you're anywhere near any experienced members, I'm SURE beer will buy most any of us for a weekend. Or a plate of fried pickles and some wings at a local Hooters Mark W.
Closest Hooters is about an hour drive, LOL!!!! I always have beer, hahahaha!!! Plus crap weather and not having a garage to do it myself also played a part in having my local alignment shop install it. I'll try and get some pics today and post them up.
I took these with my iPhone...and it was pretty crappy out, so hopefully you can tell a little difference. The pic under the carport was taken when I first got the Jeep back in November. The others are from today.
Man I really have to get take that chrome off of my Jeep!!!! I can't stand it!!
If there is a difference in the ride and drive, then it must be pretty miniscule, because I think it rides and drives the same as before I put it on. I called Teraflex and ordered my kit. Got a small discount for being a member of another forum, LOL!!! 2 inch in the front and 1 inch in the rear.