Originally Posted by jadmt
Aev does not recommend exceeding gvwr, they recommend using the 2.5 if adding up to 250lbs to your stock rig ie bumpers and gear. Funny thing is most of us are over gvwr as soon as put 35’s and bumpers on and add a passenger and jump in the driver seat.
The Gobi rack are over 200 lbs alone!
I tried to keep it as light and as minimalistic as possible, all things considering. The set up is pretty basic; front Hard rock bumper, winch, gobi rack with RTT, rear aev bumper with tire carrier, rc flat metal fenders. What I packed;
- basics tools and recovery gear ( 150 pc mechanic tool set, tree straps, shackles, snatch block, noco boost XL power bank / jump starter)
- High lift jack mounted to the cage in the back
- cage mounted small fire extinguisher, cage mounted medical kit
- Coleman cooking stove with two small camping size propane bottles
- aluminium collapsible camping table
- 50 qt rotomolded bear proof cooler - I used frozen plastic bottles of water so that I am not wasting weight on ice packs
- 5 gal of drinking water, 5 gal of water in the AEV bumper
- 2 camping chairs
- small camping light and some mosquito spray candles, camping cooking utensils and camping cooking set, disable plates and etc.
I could leave the high lift behind but its one of those insurance things. When you need it, you really need it.
I called AEV and talked to two different gentlemen there; the recommendation was to upgrade to their 3.5" Inch lift kit as that has more room. I worked in motorsports for a number of years so I really appreciate all of the development and testing they put into their products to deliver great performance, Including matching spring rates with custom shock valving. As you can imagine, I am really not all that enthused to spend $2k plus on an all new lift kit, that only marginally improves the weight carrying capacity of the rig. I also already have the procal and the geometry brackets and those two come included in the new kit and cannot be separated out.
Right now, I'm leaning towards giving OME spring a try.