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12-09-2014 10:08 PM
Pjcarmou I just completed a coil spring and shock swap from a four-door JK Rubicon. I had 14/56s and the Rubicon had 18/60s. I really wanted 19/60s but I got a great deal. $200 for the springs and shocks. I followed the teraflex manual for a 1.5 coil spring installation.
It's worked great. Only thing I didn't do was loosen the trackbar. Everything seemed to ride great afterwards...don't know if it's completely necessary too loosen the trackbar and the arms. It took a couple of hours to install but we were getting pretty tore up and having a good time while working. The measurements were taken at the bottom portion of the outside of fender flare at the highest point a.k.a. At the center of the fender over the axle. Original measurements were 35 3/4 all around even with a barricade bumper (no winch yet) and after the height was 37 1/4 all around for a net gain of 1.5 inches! It looks fantastic! The red shocks really look great too!

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11-11-2014 10:24 PM
goal21 Great thread! Very helpful information.
08-01-2014 07:22 PM
dawhitesJKU bump this thread.
03-18-2014 12:21 PM
Fantast LIFT: Rough Country 1.75" Coil Lift Kit (Part # RC-651H)
SHOCKS: N2.0 Series Shocks (Included with kit)
TIRES/WHEELS: 285/70/17 Duratracs on Cragar Series 399 (4.5" BS)

Likes: Just enough room to accommodate 33s and rides nicely for a daily driver.

Dis-Likes: None, so far.

Would You Recommend: If you want 33s and think that 2.5" of lift sits a 2-door too high, I would definitely recommend it.
03-17-2014 10:55 PM
slimatsea LIFT: Teraflex 1.5" Performance Leveling Kit, Teraflex Quick Disconnects
SHOCKS: Bilstein 5100's 24-146708 front, 24-146715 rear

TIRES/WHEELS: 285/70/17 Cooper STT, ProComp 7069 17X9, 4.75" backspacing

Likes: Mild lift, doesn't mess with geometry too bad, no drive line issues, performs well as a daily driver, gets it done off road

Dis-Likes: None really. Sometimes I think it'd be fun to have 4" of lift and 37's but my Jeep is very practical and performs well in all conditions.

Would You Recommend: Absolutely. Stock like ride if not better and takes me where I need to go in the dirt.

10-25-2013 02:07 PM
dawhitesJKU bumpity bump
Lifted 07/06/2013 @ 13892 miles, 18823 current

LIFT: Rubicon Express 2.5 kit w/ Monotube shocks, AEV Geometry Brackets, Teraflex Exhaust Spacer, JKS Quick Disconnects
SHOCKS: Tuned Bilstein 5100's (Rubicon Express Monotubes)
SYE/CVD: Stock
TIRES/WHEELS: 285/70/17 Pmetric Toyo AT2 @48lbs, 65k warranty mated to 17 Fuel Offroad Mavericks machined/black

Stability, no nose dive, less body lean, no wander, absorbs tons of road abnormalities, and fun to drive.

Dis-Likes: first initial miles were rough as hell, but when everything settled...see *Likes above

Would You Recommend: Yes, priced right w/ monotube shocks and lifetime transferrable warranty.

Picture(s): check out the *Likes link for more pictures

03-21-2013 10:48 PM
speedguy Ron and the team at Autowerks did a great job! They are a top-rate professional team and they love Jeeps. Here are my thoughts after driving it home, as well as before and after pics:

Likes: Looks great with 35s. Great ground clearance. Steers great (with the geometry correction kit installed) and feels stable and balanced at low and high speeds on the pavement. Also really like the AEV tire carrier; works superbly.

Dislikes: The tires need to be aired-down a bit; as others have noted, the Duratracs ride rough on the street when they are at the upper end of the recommended pressure. During my ride home it felt as rough as, if not rougher than, the stock Rubi/Max Tow setup. It is unclear whether this is due to the duratracs, AEV lift kit, or the combination of the two. I will bring the psi down a bit this weekend and I anticipate a more compliant ride on the pavement.

Would You Recommend: Definitely!
03-18-2013 10:15 PM
speedguy Dropped mine off today at Autowerks in the Chicago area. Ron is going to install the AEV 2.5xt and Duratracs. I won't sleep until I go back Wednesday, but everyone said Ron will take good care of it. Will edit after I get a look at it.

LIFT: AEV 2.5xt and Geometry Correction Kit

SHOCKS: bilsteins

Kit Content (lift):
rear track bar
rear track bar tower
brake line drop bracket set
front stabilizer end link relo brackets

I am also doing the Geometry Correction kit even tho it is not needed for this lift.

SYE/CVD: Stock

TIRES/WHEELS: Duratrac 315/70r17 on Pintlers

Likes: TBD

Dis-Likes: TBD

Would You Recommend: TBD

Picture(s): The before pic is attached. I will add an after pic in 2 days...
02-26-2013 09:55 AM
brighton hmmm....don't know what happened to the links above.

02-25-2013 11:24 PM
kickboxer38 2008 Sahara
6.5 inch BDS long arm kit
Rubicon express driveshafts
5:13 gears fully locked
37 inch Hankook MT's
RCV front axelshafts

Pro's-great clearance and flex. Handles the 37's easily. What crawling I've done so far has been pretty mellow need to try this thing out a little more.

Cons? none I can think of.

Recommend? Yupp if you can afford it

PS I'm not done yet!
01-24-2013 08:51 AM

2.5" Pro Comp coil lift with Bilstein 5100 shocks. Running Cooper Discoverer AT3 285/70-17 tires on Artillery ATX Teflon 17X9 wheels. Absolutely no complaints with anything and the ride is very, very nice!
01-24-2013 08:26 AM
brighton Not the greatest pic:
01-23-2013 10:43 PM
brighton LIFT: Rock Krawler 2.5" Max Travel


WHEELS/TIRES: Currently using stock 32" BFG KM tires and wheels. Still deciding, but leaning toward 35" GY MT/R with 17" Black Rock Vipers.

LIKES: On-road manners are great, removed factory rake and front-end sag with bumper and winch.

DISLIKES: Haven't used them much yet, but the quick disconnects that came with the kit don't seem to be as easy to use as say the JKS quick disconnects appear to be.

Mine is the lifted one.
12-31-2012 12:52 PM
Blkfenderslookbetter Lift-AEV 2.5" Dual Sport with Bilstein 5100 shocks and geometry correction brackets
Wheels-17" AEV Argent Pintlers
Tires-35" BFG All Terrain T/A KO'S
Vehicle-2013 JKU Sport S 3.73 gears and 6 speed manual

Likes-These kits are MADE for the JK/JKU. No "universal parts" included.

Dislikes-Only one, my wife is having difficulty getting in now. Some kind of steps are in the very near future. Other than that a great lift for daily driver and moderate wheeling.

Before and after:
12-31-2012 11:45 AM
Rancho 2" Sport Lift

LIFT:Rancho 2" Sport Lift. Includes new 2"+ front coil springs and .75" rear spacers. I had 59 series rear springs stock. Also includes front bump stops and rear brake line relocation brackets. Install took about 4.5 hours working alone. A professional shop should be able to do it in about 2 hours.

SHOCKS:Rancho 9000xl, part of the kit

SYE/CVD: Stock driveshafts

TIRES/WHEELS: BFG K0 All Terrains with studs 285/65/18 on 2008 Sahara 18 inch rims. These are my winter tires.

Likes:Rides very well. I have the shocks set at 2 in the front and 3 for the rears. Vehicle is sitting level. Entry height is about as high as I want to go.

Dis-Likes: None at this time.

Would You Recommend: Absolutely. The price for the kit is about what you would pay for the shocks alone.

12-31-2012 11:22 AM
Rock Krawler 2.5"

I put on my lift a couple of months ago and wanted to take it on the trail a few times before I rated it here.
  • Rock Krawler 2.5" Stock Mod
  • Blistein 5100 and 5101 shocks
  • SYE /CVD is Stock
  • Goodyear 315/75R16 Duratrac tires on 16-inch ProComp 7069 wheels
I like the setup very much. This is Rock Krawler's basic kit and is very upgradeable. I can upgrade to mid-arm or long-arm by swapping out parts. The front shocks are progressive. My Jeep floats on the road and trail compared to the spacer lift installed by the previous owner. The best thing is that I got it for under $900 from River City Offroad.
I'd recommend Rock Krawler to anyone.
11-12-2012 09:12 PM
OME 2" (Northridge 4x4 Package)

LIFT: OME 2" (advertised) from Northridge 4x4
COILS: Front - OME 2619 (4dr MD, extended), Rear - OME 2618 (4dr MD)
SHOCKS: Front - OME 60066, Rear - OME 60067 (2" NitroCharger Sport)
SYE/CVD: Stock
OTHER: JKS Adjustable Trackbar (front and rear), JKS sway bar links (rear)
TIRES/WHEELS: Stock '12 Rubi (255x75R17)

Likes: Added about 3 inches of total clearance under the frame (springs were 2.5 inches longer than stock, but stiffer). Ride off-road is very well controlled - quick transitions and weight transfer do not upset the suspension. On-road cornering is flatter and body roll is mitigated effectively. Over all, the shocks seems nice...about an inch or so more travel than stock in addition to excellent damping.

Dis-Likes: I add this mostly for completeness - if you loved the factory ride, the OME is definitely firmer (due to the springs higher rate). It would be nice if JKS made a chart for track bar lengths...not that their technique of measure and adjust is bad, it would just be nice to have a starting point without guessing.

Would You Recommend: Certainly...good products all. Though a friends pointed out that OME can be a bit of a piecemeal affair, so do yourself a favorite and order from Northridge or DPG Offroad - they cut a nice deal on the add ins that really help round this out.

Picture: (Yeah, it's lame...I know)

11-10-2012 09:16 PM
BeyondYourFrontDoor AEV 2.5 Sport
Bilstein shocks (with kit)
AEV Control Arm Drop (front)
17" Rubicon wheels, 1.5 Spidertrax spacers, 315/70/70 Duratracs

This kit is well packaged and documented, with every individual package having a pick-list and each box being well packed for shipping. I installed the AEV bumper at the same time, which made working up front a bit easier with the front open.

Installation is easy, but with some things to watch for. The front shock top nuts were so badly rusted on mine, that both sides eventually twisted off trying to get them out. Reinstallation of the Bilsteins is somewhat easier, but use a 5mm hex nut on top for tightening. I can be done without removing any shrouds - it is just tight.

The control arm drop kit is mildly annoying to install, but worth it. The passenger side upper bolt is impossible to get out (on some models) without moving the exhaust. The instructions aren't clear and make it sound like you can pry the pipe out of the way. If you can't (like on mine) you have to either remove the exhaust from the manifold, or just cut the bolt. Before cutting it, beware that it is an obscure metric bolt that your small-town bolt shop isn't going to have, and it is about $15 from Jeep. I can be reinstalled from the outside if you cut it and get a new one.

The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, but would be nice if they included the torque specs in each step... they are all in the instructions in various places. Oddly, the instructions for the rear are complete in that manner, but the front is a bit sparse.

The main difference with this kit is they use a triple-rate spring. I found this to give excellent handling on washboard, tracking straight and no stepping out. The trade-off is it is a bit wollowy/squishy, with the control arm kit making handling handle nice and flat with no nose-dive. I can't say I notice a significant difference in shock response on bigger hits, but as I said, on washboard it is like a different truck.

This is a great kit that will get you into 35 or 37's if you want. To me gives it a balanced look with 35's.

I had some questions while installing, and AEV tech support called back within minutes.

One annoying thing - the control arm drop kit bolts are SAE size, while everything else it metric. It was a pain to dig for a 7/8 socket when I had 18,19 and 21mm for everything else. (you'll also need a 15 and 10 for some smaller stuff). 99% of this can be done with a single metric socket and a crescent wrench on the other end. Various extensions needed to get a torque wrench in there for reassembly...
10-10-2012 12:58 AM
cavejeep LIFT: AEV 3.5" Dualsport SC Kit
SHOCKS: Bilstein 5100
SYE/CVD: None (running AFE Y Pipe)
TIRES/WHEELS: Goodyear Duratrac 315/70R17
Likes: Rides great on the pavement and on the trail. Its my daily driver, and the ride is great. People complement the Jeep all the time on how well-mannored it is on the road. Great flex on the trail. AEV forum is great for install help and general maintenance support.
Dis-Likes: None
Would You Recommend: Definitely! Don't be led astray by folks talking badly about AEV and fleecing Jeepers. AEV doesn't sponsor any events or forums, and thus don't get much love. Do the math, they aren't much more expensive than anything else.

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08-25-2012 02:21 AM
mo1416 2011 jk sport
Lift : 2 1/2 Teraflex shocks & springs.
Teraflex Quick disco
Tires/Wheels : mb 72's, 33" x 12.50 x 15 duratracs (combo)
Aev procal
Likes : Everything and more that I could ask for. Great handling on and off road and flexing.
Dislikes : Nothing yet !

08-24-2012 11:44 PM
MichiganJeepster Lift-AEV 2.5" Dual Sport with Bilstein 5100 shocks and geometry correction brackets
Wheels-17" AEV Argent Pintlers
Tires-35" BFG All Terrain T/A KO'S
Vehicle-2012 JKU Sport S 3.73 gears and automatic tranny

Likes-Greatly improved handleing and smooth ride. Less body roll and nose diving under hard braking.

Dislikes-None, great lift for daily driver and moderate wheeling.
08-11-2012 09:50 PM
paychex.308 2010 JKU Sport


SHOCKS: KING 2.5 Performance

DS: Stock

TIRES/WHEELS: 37" BFG KM2s on 17" XD Addicts

ADDITIONAL: EVO Drag Link Flip Kit

LIKES: Rides great, no steering issues what so ever.

DISLIKES: Does not fit in my garage!!!


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08-11-2012 09:01 PM



WHEELS: CORE RACING ATTACK– 17”x9” with 4.5” backspacing


Dislikes: None yet.

Would You Recommend: Yes.


08-10-2012 11:02 PM
JKU Lift Review

Lift: Teraflex 2.5" coil kit + 3/4" Daystar coil spacers
Shocks: Teraflex
Tires/Wheels: 315/70R17 MTZ's, AEV Pintler Argents 17"
Likes: Nice lift, get compliments daily...The spacers added a little more clearance for the MTZ's andhelp the full size spare weight.
Dislikes: Nothing so far, next upgrade will definitely be steering kit
Recommend: Yes
06-27-2012 11:16 PM
Savora Rough Country 2.5 for now It's my first lift so I love it, haven't had any problems, she drives like a champ!

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06-21-2012 02:07 PM
Mopar2Ya Lift: AEV 3.5" SC
Shocks: Bilstein 5100
Tires/Wheels: GY DuraTrac 325/60/20 & XD Rockstar 20X10 4.56BS
Likes: Most everything, rides nice, & turns well.....
Dislikes: I have some minor issues. There seems to be a little dead spot/slop in the center of the steering. I recently had an alignment, which seemed to help. The front is a bit higher than I'd like, according to AEV this is to accommodate for the weight of a winch (I don't have yet).
Recommend: Yes

06-20-2012 01:28 PM
Rb1boxer_3 2012 JKUR

LIFT: Rock Krawler 3.5" Max travel

SHOCKS: Fox 2.0

TIRES/WHEELS: 17x9 black rhino keyhole rims waiting on 37" Toyo open country's

Likes: huge control arms and awesome flex

Dis-Likes: non

Would You recommend:oh yea
06-20-2012 10:50 AM
rics1997 2110 JK Sport with 4:88 gears and Front Eaton E-locker

LIFT: BDS front 3" coils, Factory stiff 60 rear coils with 1" Teraflex Spacer

SHOCKS: BDS Fox 2.0 Racing Shocks, and front Cam bolts.

TIRES/WHEELS: Duratrac 33X12.5X15 on MB Chaos 5 - 15X8 3.75bs

Likes: I like this set-up but wish I had done a straight 3" lift to begin with. The 3" BDS front rides good and the Fox shocks are great

Dis-Likes: I did this the hard way and will explain below

I would recommend the BDS 3" lift with BDS Fox 2.0 Racing Shocks

I posted this in another thread but though it would work here.

I added the leveling kit (Teraflex 2" front/1" rear) and wasn't impressed with the feel. Now saying that, I had upgraded from softer stock coil springs 15/54 to stiffer 19/60 and added the leveling kit a year later on top of the stiffer springs. The rear rode fine but the Front was real bouncy over gravel roads and large bumps.

Saying that, it would have been alright even with the rougher feel but I started noticing a small popping noise when I made hard turns from my front coil area. Wasn't sure if that was making the noise or not but it didn't start until I added the Teraflex leveling kit.

I asked the Off Road shop how much a set of 3" coils would be by their self since I had already upgraded to Fox shocks and other suspension components like Cam bolts for the 19/60/leveling kit combo and they quoted $110 for the new front 3" coils so I had them replace the front. The popping noise stopped and the ride is better.

Never tried the leveling kit on the softer coils so can't really comment on that but I can say from my experience, that I am not really impressed with the leveling kits feel. Since I tow a little, I am alright with the rear stiffer 60 coils and the spacer there but the front just feels smoother with full coils doing the work. Not to mention, you get better articulation on the trail with longer coils then with spacers.

Just my opinion but i recommend a BB over leveling kit. I know the leveling kit is dirt cheap and that is it's attraction but it cost me in the end to replace them

04-16-2012 02:41 PM
adrenalin 2012 JK Rubicon

LIFT: AEV JK DUALSPORT XT SUSPENSION 2.5" with Geometry Correction Front CA Brackets

SHOCKS: Bilstein 5100 AEV Spec

TIRES/WHEELS: BFG All-Terrain 305/65R18 on Rockstars

Likes: Removed TF levelling kit and went with AEV 2.5" instead. Drives like a charm now. Better than stock even with this heavy rim/tire combo.

Dis-Likes: Installing the passenger side shock is a royal pain in the hiney.

Would You Recommend: Highly recommended (get the front geo kit, well worth it!)
04-07-2012 09:15 PM
Boomer7722 On the subject of lift kits I just added the AEV 2.5" to my 2008 unlimited. AEV is worth the money!! They are more expensive but worth the quality. Rides great with the bilstein shocks, springs are great. Great fit with no issues. Installed myself!!!! Added new 16x8 pro comp wheels ( look great ) along with bf km2's. 255 85 16 ( about 33.4" ) Need to add pics I know, will do soon enough! AEV also has a module to adjust jeep computer to correct tire size. Done in one minute! This lift kit is no advertised on qaudratec but it dose exist and is $899. With a new rear track bar and tower. Shocks, springs, brake line drop brackets and front sway bar brackets. Just throwing all this out there real quick any questions? I'll try and keep an eye out!! Lets get muddy!!!!!
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