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Old 03-21-2016, 12:54 PM
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Hi guys, new to the site and Jeeps. Have a 2014 JKRU I'm looking to start working on and don't have a lot of knowledge in this area, and the more I read the more dif ideas I get.
It's a daily driver that will be on the beach and maybe light trails, no rock crawling of swamping it. I'm a short guy and not getting any younger so I'm looking to slightly lift it and put some nice wheels/rubber on it. So, nothing too radical.
I was thinking a AEV 2" spacer lift vs the 2.5" dual lift, going to an 18" wheel with 33's. I know I need to account for backs pacing etc. I hear a lot of positives about the 2.5" lift but thinking it might be uneccessary for my intended use.
If anyone has a better set up or idea, I'm all ears and thank you in advance

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As for wheels, would I better off keeping 17's vs the 18's or is it just a matter of preference.

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33's will fit at stock height. I think it's safe to say the most popular lift height is 2.5" such as the TF 2.5". I would personally suggest looking at the TF Budget Boost or the TF coil lift for your needs. wheels for your needs would be preference, 17" tires would be lower cost and provide more sidewall. Backspacing would be 4.5. Good luck
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17's are cheaper, if your going to buy new rims I would say 17's. (tires are also cheaper)
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I'm like the others here, I'd go with the 17's since your tire choice will be better and less expensive. Another plus is that you will have more sidewall so you're less likely to damage the rims on a curb or something. You would be fine with a leveling kit. The AEV kit is nice and so is the Leveling kit from Teraflex.

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Hi guys, new to the site and Jeeps. Have a 2014 JKRU I'm looking to start working on and don't have a lot of knowledge in this area, and the more I read the more dif ideas I get.
It's a daily driver that will be on the beach and maybe light trails, no rock crawling of swamping it. I'm a short guy and not getting any younger so I'm looking to slightly lift it and put some nice wheels/rubber on it. So, nothing too radical.
I was thinking a AEV 2" spacer lift vs the 2.5" dual lift, going to an 18" wheel with 33's. I know I need to account for backs pacing etc. I hear a lot of positives about the 2.5" lift but thinking it might be uneccessary for my intended use.
If anyone has a better set up or idea, I'm all ears and thank you in advance

Even though the suspension kit may technically be more than what you think your need, I think for the price difference and what your getting you will be more satisfied in the long run with a suspension kit over spacer lift. The AEV 2.5" is such a high quality kit with top notch components, its going to increase your performance and handling where the spacer kit will be...fine. And I mean any spacer kit - not that there is anything wrong with them whatsoever, but you get what you pay for you know?

The thing with these Jeeps too is its hard to just get your toes wet, i've learned the hard way to just get what you want the first time and everyone is happier at the end of the day
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Eh. For the price difference from an AEV 2.5" kit, I would go with AEV for sure. The aforementioned kit just has a basic linear rate spring where AEV springs are triple rate super high quality, only one castor correction option for the drop brackets where AEV has 3 options (which is necessary for vehicles with varying weights and setups), basic shocks compared to custom valved shocks by AEV....in comparison, everything about the AEV kit is simply better.
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Eh. For the price difference from an AEV 2.5" kit, I would go with AEV for sure. The aforementioned kit just has a basic linear rate spring where AEV springs are triple rate super high quality, only one castor correction option for the drop brackets where AEV has 3 options (which is necessary for vehicles with varying weights and setups), basic shocks compared to custom valved shocks by AEV....in comparison, everything about the AEV kit is simply better.
In fairness, there are several quality lift manufacturers currently out there. AEV is definitely one of them. MC, RK, TF, JKS...
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Eh. For the price difference from an AEV 2.5" kit, I would go with AEV for sure. The aforementioned kit just has a basic linear rate spring where AEV springs are triple rate super high quality, only one castor correction option for the drop brackets where AEV has 3 options (which is necessary for vehicles with varying weights and setups), basic shocks compared to custom valved shocks by AEV....in comparison, everything about the AEV kit is simply better.
The single hole ranges +5° caster at 2.5 to 4° caster @ 3.5" which is perfect imo. Adding more holes would do no good.
AEV targets stock 4° at 2.5-3.5 and 4.5

As far as the coils i agree if your rig is heavier.
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In fairness, there are several quality lift manufacturers currently out there. AEV is definitely one of them. MC, RK, TF, JKS...
Totally! The OP just mentioned he was looking at AEV, so i'm just citing a comparison between these two products.


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The single hole ranges +5° caster at 2.5 to 4° caster @ 3.5" which is perfect imo. Adding more holes would do no good.
AEV targets stock 4° at 2.5-3.5 and 4.5

As far as the coils i agree if your rig is heavier.
I see what your saying, but its just not quite completely accurate if you want the caster correction to be "ideal". AEV has the multiple holes for 2.5", 3.5" and 4.5" lift height which all do require variations in castor correction and pinion angle...and more to my actual point, you can't have one option and determine its going to fit all applications...I.e a super light rig with a 2.5" lift might net more like 3" of lift whereas a really heavy jeep may ultimately sit more like 2". The multiple holes provide variations for specific setups, not just a generic placement. These are the guys that make Jeeps drift around race tracks (on youtube if you haven't seen the video), so when it comes to specific settings like castor I have to tend to agree with their design characteristics

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