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Old 05-01-2015, 01:45 PM
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3.5" Lift Installation Prices - ALL OVER THE PLACE

So i got the Rough Country 609S kit and i need it installed.
Im handy enough but i dont want to mess with the suspension.

I have called half a dozen places and they range from $1200 to $500
SO MUCH Disparity.
They are all respected Truck lift shops.
ALos the waiting lists are two months at some.

Anyone know what these typically cost AND know of any respectable places in Southern Ontario Canada or Port Huron Michigan ??

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Save your money. If you can turn a wrench you can do that lift. Just make sure to torque everything back down and get an alignment done afterwards. Check out YouTube for lift install videos to build your confidence on just how easy they are.

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^^^^^^ what he said. I regret paying to have mine done. I ended up going back over and redoing a lot of what they didn't do correctly. You will be surprised how easy it is.

But so you know I did a 3.5 metalcloak with all 8 arms and they charged $900
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Thanks !
Yeah i dont get why everyone is so different ?
I may attemot this on my own. I have a jack and some decent jack stands. I have a compressor and air tools ... I guess i just need a torque wrench and some patience ?
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i'm looking to buy the RC 609S, did you put 35" tires on as well? any rub? did you have to buy the exhaust extension as they recommend? Thanks!
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i'm looking to buy the RC 609S, did you put 35" tires on as well? any rub? did you have to buy the exhaust extension as they recommend? Thanks!

I bought the 315/70/17 tires .... They arent on yet but no rub is expected.
It apparently would have had some, with flex if i had gone with the 2.5.
I got these tires ...
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As you can see the cost or effort to install a lift kit is significant. In your case, as much as 2x the cost of the lift kit. Considering selling your lift kit and purchasing at least a mid range kit. RC kits are very poor quality and in the long you're going to spend 2x on the what you saved on the kit in replacement parts and repairs. A 3.5" lift is not huge but it is very significant and well above the 2.5" nominal threshold to reduce other modifications which means other mods will be required. If you don't the work yourself, you will be spending another $1200 on repairs and replacing parts in addition to a lot of frustration.
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As you can see the cost or effort to install a lift kit is significant. In your case, as much as 2x the cost of the lift kit. Considering selling your lift kit and purchasing at least a mid range kit. RC kits are very poor quality and in the long you're going to spend 2x on the what you saved on the kit in replacement parts and repairs. A 3.5" lift is not huge but it is very significant and well above the 2.5" nominal threshold to reduce other modifications which means other mods will be required. If you don't the work yourself, you will be spending another $1200 on repairs and replacing parts in addition to a lot of frustration.
X2, Rough Country kit are complete crap.
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You should expect to pay about $100 per hr at a shop to install a lift. If you are doing a lift without control arms, probably 6-8 hours of labor.
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I paid 700 for install on RK 3.5 x-factor.
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I paid 700 for install on RK 3.5 x-factor.
That's a bargain considering all the adjustments.
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I am doing my own AEV 3.5 lift..
and the worst part is the instructions.. they are really very vague and lacking in detail..

I do have a lot of years or wrenching either professionally or on my own stuff. I also have a full set of tools that venture into the shop level tools..

But if you have some good basic tools.. metric mostly all of them.
You will need 21 mm sockets, 19mm sockets.. 15mm sockets 10mm sockets some times you will need two of the same size sockets or a wrench and a socket to accomplish the task, A full set of metric wrenches.
an impact wrench, angle drill, torque wrench (a must have) some black paint, you will need at least two floor jacks.
Trying the front with only one can be a little interesting. Jack stands that can handle the weight and have the height to get the jeep well above the height that you need to replace the springs..

that is pretty much a list of the big stuff.
You can do this all yourself and a buddy if you got one willing to help..
and give yourself more time that you think..
I you think you can do it in 10 hours.. think more like 20..
there is most certainly a learning curve with this, and the instructions are never as good as they should be..

good luck and have some fun..

oh yeah no matter what the kit says you will have to have an alignment done..
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As you can see the cost or effort to install a lift kit is significant. In your case, as much as 2x the cost of the lift kit. Considering selling your lift kit and purchasing at least a mid range kit. RC kits are very poor quality and in the long you're going to spend 2x on the what you saved on the kit in replacement parts and repairs. A 3.5" lift is not huge but it is very significant and well above the 2.5" nominal threshold to reduce other modifications which means other mods will be required. If you don't the work yourself, you will be spending another $1200 on repairs and replacing parts in addition to a lot of frustration.
Here we go again with the same yahoos saying RC is crap.... Man it's like you're playing Whackamole any time something about RC comes up....
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Even though I have tools, and experience, I only have 1 free day out of the week and I spend that with my family. I paid a the dealerships performance shop to do it for 600. That's a RK 2.5 max travel with alignment.
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Here we go again with the same yahoos saying RC is crap.... Man it's like you're playing Whackamole any time something about RC comes up....
Well, I used to sell RC until I got fed up with constantly replacing failed parts and hearing complaints about poor handling and a bad ride.

RC has a bad reputation for a good reason.
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Well, I used to sell RC until I got fed up with constantly replacing failed parts and hearing complaints about poor handling and a bad ride.

RC has a bad reputation for a good reason.
I'm running their 3.5" on both my wife's JKU and my JK. Mine hits more trails than road and her's more road than trails. RC has been good both on and off road. No issues here.
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Do it yourself. You will learn alot about your Jeep and at the end of the day you will be proud that you did it yourself.

I've ran the RC kit for over 3 months now. Havent had any problems what so ever. Now if something fails like a shock or a coil starts to droop, I'll replace them with better. But for the cost, its a 50/50 shoot.
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I'm running their 3.5" on both my wife's JKU and my JK. Mine hits more trails than road and her's more road than trails. RC has been good both on and off road. No issues here.
whats your experience with other lifts? I had their 2.5'' and a guy I work with has their 4'' I can tell you my 3.5 RK compared to either setup isn't even the same ball game hell its not even the same sport. I just pulled my 2.5'' out 30k maybe 18miles of that offroad all 4 shocks blown springs rusting and sagging (I live in texas no salt) spring were very stiff to begin with, dual steering stabilizer blown. When I first got it I thought it was great, then I did some research and found out what quality actually looked like and how it drove. Im not saying RC is complete sh** it does whats needed but everyone else IMO and research does it better, so yes when a newbie pops up we try to save him from common mistakes (in our opinion)
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whats your experience with other lifts? I had their 2.5'' and a guy I work with has their 4'' I can tell you my 3.5 RK compared to either setup isn't even the same ball game hell its not even the same sport. I just pulled my 2.5'' out 30k maybe 18miles of that offroad all 4 shocks blown springs rusting and sagging (I live in texas no salt) spring were very stiff to begin with, dual steering stabilizer blown. When I first got it I thought it was great, then I did some research and found out what quality actually looked like and how it drove. Im not saying RC is complete sh** it does whats needed but everyone else IMO and research does it better, so yes when a newbie pops up we try to save him from common mistakes (in our opinion)
I guess take your pick. I've had experience with most lift brands out there. Living in Utah I get a little bit of exposure to that stuff out here. My lift choice totally depends on application... For my FJ40 I currently run Old Man Emu but I just threw a 350 in there and I'm getting ready to do LOA so I'll probably run Alcon springs and cut and turn my axles....
I have some experience with Teraflex. Great company and good products. I actually got to know Curt Hildebrand who is the head of R&d when I lived in Casper, Wy.

I have plenty of associations in the 4x4 world.... Some of them who do nothing but custom setups. Create their own 3-4 link setups... I don't consider myself an expert by any means but after seeing how many others and myself included run RC with no complaints I can comfortably say its a good product. My first experience with RC was with my J10 Golden Eagle.... A little stuff when I first installed it but after a while it performed great. When my wife purchased her JKU I decided why not give them a chance again. 50,000 + miles later and no issues I decided to get another one of their lifts when I bought my JK.

Plenty of people here in Utah running RC without any issues and across multiple platforms....
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I was shocked by prices too, $500 to $1400 in my case... I did it by myself, in my driveway with just a workshop jack and it took 4.5 hours... Word to the wise, wire brush all the exposed threads before disassembly, makes removal easier... Also a ratchet strap helps to pull the front across to install the track bar...
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I guess take your pick. I've had experience with most lift brands out there. Living in Utah I get a little bit of exposure to that stuff out here. My lift choice totally depends on application... For my FJ40 I currently run Old Man Emu but I just threw a 350 in there and I'm getting ready to do LOA so I'll probably run Alcon springs and cut and turn my axles....
I have some experience with Teraflex. Great company and good products. I actually got to know Curt Hildebrand who is the head of R&d when I lived in Casper, Wy.

I have plenty of associations in the 4x4 world.... Some of them who do nothing but custom setups. Create their own 3-4 link setups... I don't consider myself an expert by any means but after seeing how many others and myself included run RC with no complaints I can comfortably say its a good product. My first experience with RC was with my J10 Golden Eagle.... A little stuff when I first installed it but after a while it performed great. When my wife purchased her JKU I decided why not give them a chance again. 50,000 + miles later and no issues I decided to get another one of their lifts when I bought my JK.

Plenty of people here in Utah running RC without any issues and across multiple platforms....
well I cant say your inexperienced lol, Maybe I got a bad batch, Your wife reckons it drives good on the road? Mine was extremely stiff, my kids loved it but my kidneys didn't. I dropped a little extra coin and I wont buy RC again unless im just blocking up a truck. Glad it works for ya'll though.
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To the OP. I'd say do it yourself... It's not complicated, just take your time and if you run into questions you can hit me up. My wife wanted to help with installing her lift so I let her read the instructions, do the planning and tell me what to do. I was just her muscle to turn the wrenches. Get some PB blast and spray down all the nuts that will need to be loosened a few hours prior or the night before.
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Well, I used to sell RC until I got fed up with constantly replacing failed parts and hearing complaints about poor handling and a bad ride.

RC has a bad reputation for a good reason.
Well thanks for all the advice ... good and bad
im gonna take my chances.
The reviews on Amazon and other sites seem really good.
Maybe they have improved ?
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To the OP. I'd say do it yourself... It's not complicated, just take your time and if you run into questions you can hit me up. My wife wanted to help with installing her lift so I let her read the instructions, do the planning and tell me what to do. I was just her muscle to turn the wrenches. Get some PB blast and spray down all the nuts that will need to be loosened a few hours prior or the night before.

Thanks Ben, I appreciate it !
I will !

Gonna pick up a new air gun this weekend, a torgue wrench and a couple of better stands ... Anything else i need ?
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The easiest thing to do is to find out who the local sheep groups are in your area. Hit up a couple meets and socialize a little with everyone. Most groups are willing to set up a little talk and tune to help you out and lend an extra few sets of hands. That's what I did and I met some great guys and a great local scene I didn't even know existed. Learned a lot as well.
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The easiest thing to do is to find out who the local sheep groups are in your area. Hit up a couple meets and socialize a little with everyone. Most groups are willing to set up a little talk and tune to help you out and lend an extra few sets of hands. That's what I did and I met some great guys and a great local scene I didn't even know existed. Learned a lot as well.
This right here^^^ there are countless resources in the jeep community. Remember to do your final torquing of the control arm bolts with the jeep on the ground.
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The easiest thing to do is to find out who the local sheep groups are in your area. Hit up a couple meets and socialize a little with everyone. Most groups are willing to set up a little talk and tune to help you out and lend an extra few sets of hands. That's what I did and I met some great guys and a great local scene I didn't even know existed. Learned a lot as well.
I meant for that to say Jeep not sheep. This phone as foiled me yet again.
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Maybe they have improved ?
Not likely. I just removed some RC parts two weeks ago.

Good luck, whichever way you end up going with your build.

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