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Old 11-20-2015, 10:06 PM
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Questions before pulling the lift trigger

Ordering the 2.5" AEV Dualsport system with geo brackets for a 2008 JKU tomorrow, but I wanted to run a few questions by y'all before I did. This is my daily driver, and I get a chance to go offroad a few times a year. Currently I'm running 285/75/16 (33in) tires on stock rims which rub at full lock, but losing 1/6th of a turn on my steering wheel to avoid this has been a non-issue.

Is there anything besides the lift kit that I should be buying? I've seen mentions of new steering stabilizers and track bars during my research, but nothing that made them seem particularly important.

The install didn't look to crazy based on the instructions, but the most I've done on my Jeep is changed the bumper. Is a lift install easy to mess up? I'd prefer not to pay $870 for the install.

Any other things I should be considering?


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Old 11-20-2015, 10:14 PM   #2
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With the AEV 2.5" lift you should be good to go. You shouldn't need any additional parts for exhaust or front driveshaft issues.
As for installations its your call. I opted to have a shop do the bulk of my installs being the facts I didn't have the time, tools, experience or space for the work and didn't mind paying a shop to do it.
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Old 11-21-2015, 12:53 AM   #3
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For the install just take your time don't rush and make sure you have a friend to help. Other than that its not hard to do. Make sure your jack stands are tall enough and you have some big breaker bars.
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:18 AM   #4
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Grab some 6 tonne jack stand for under the frame, the height and stability will be helpful. Being an 08, you may have some rusty bolts... get a can of PB blaster and soak every bolt that will need to be removed. Breaker bar or an impact wrench will help for sure, and a set of ratcheting wrenches (specifically a 16mm IIRC) for the front shock top mount will be a real time saver. Get a white paint pen and mark every bolt that you torque on the suspension, make sure to do the final torque after jouncing the Jeep on level ground... check torque visually at your paint marks at 100km, and at every oil change.
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Old 11-21-2015, 07:46 AM   #5
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Nothing else is "needed". But a front adjustable track bar is nice to center the front axle. You can put on the Superlift bar for $108 and it is a steal for the $$.

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Some Jeeps with the AEV kits leave a little factory rake and many people add a 3/4 front spacer to level them out. It's a non issue, and some installs don't have the rake at all. Chalk it up to personal preference after the install.

Also, the AEV kit doesn't correct the rear sway bar. I normally recommend a set of RC-1134 rear sway bar links and then move the stock links to the front and don't use the goofy front brackets in the AEV kit. This is only $25 and really cleans up the install, but I wouldn't do it with the stock wheels as the rear links like a little extra clearance over the stock wheel back spacing.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:13 AM
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Thanks again for the information. Off to go place my order! Luckily there's a 4wheelparts store down here that has track bars and such in stock, so I'll have a week or so to decide on the axle shift.

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