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Old 08-22-2015, 11:06 PM
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2.5" lift kit

I'm getting a 2dr Rubicon but need to decide on a lift. This is my first Jeep, it will be a DD with 30% off roading. I wanna run 35" with a 2.5" suspension lift. I've done a lot of research and it sounds like there are 3 main brands that people go with: TF, AEV and RK
I know everybody has their own opinion about lifts but any help as to which one is the better kit would be much appreciated. I don't wanna go cheap, I wanna do it right the first time. I looked at the kits and so far I like the RK the most but since I don't know that much about these things.... what are the pros and cons of these 3 kits and which would you recommend?

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Good choices. I dont care for the TF shocks and Will recommend rancho 9000's or 5000x in their place.
Matter of fact, it's such a popular combo...
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Good choices. I dont care for the TF shocks and Will recommend rancho 9000's or 5000x in their place.
Matter of fact, it's such a popular combo...
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/mo...1136938-7.html
That looks like a nice combo. Which shocks are better, the 9000's or the ones that come in the RK kit? (not sure what they are)
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Honestly for what you're looking to do, I think Ken's set up is the best. That's what i'm running on my DD and it's great. I'm only running 33's right now, but next set I'll move up to 35's. In about four year...dang this excellent treadwear.
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The RK kit comes with extra goodies that I don't see in the other kits like front track bar, adjustable lower control arms etc. Are those necessary on a 2.5" lift?

What would the end result be? actually 2.5" or will it be more like 3-3.5"? I'm just worried about the DS since I can't make that upgrade just yet.
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Have you looked at the Mopar 2" lift kit? It's manufactured by Teraflex, has Fox Shocks and a DS for about $1400
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No I haven't heard much about Mopar and Fox Shocks. Great, now I have another brand to compare with
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The RK kit comes with extra goodies that I don't see in the other kits like front track bar, adjustable lower control arms etc. Are those necessary on a 2.5" lift? What would the end result be? actually 2.5" or will it be more like 3-3.5"? I'm just worried about the DS since I can't make that upgrade just yet.
You have those options are with the combo lift The drop brackets replace the control arms. Rear control arms are not really needed at that height.

You'll end up around 2.5–3" with RK's
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No I haven't heard much about Mopar and Fox Shocks. Great, now I have another brand to compare with
Mopar 2" with Fox Shocks is what I am running and stock 32's. Contemplating 35's though. Click image for larger version

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That looks like a nice combo. Which shocks are better, the 9000's or the ones that come in the RK kit? (not sure what they are)
I have no experience with them, but the RK's shocks should perform a lot better. I believe the RK shocks are tuned specific to your vehicle and can be rebuilt.
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The RK 2.5" lift will give you 3.5" on a 2-door Jeep. Their 1.5" lift will give you the 2.5" you're looking for on a 2-door.

I run the 2.5" RK Stock Mod (with a few other add-ons) on my JKU w/35s. I got a little over 3" lift in the front (no winch yet) and right around 2.25" in the rear.
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The RK 2.5" lift will give you 3.5" on a 2-door Jeep. Their 1.5" lift will give you the 2.5" you're looking for on a 2-door. I run the 2.5" RK Stock Mod (with a few other add-ons) on my JKU w/35s. I got a little over 3" lift in the front (no winch yet) and right around 2.25" in the rear.
This was the case last year. If you go to RK's site, the kits are labeled 2 and 4 door.
The 2 door 2.5's are are the same as the 4 door 1.5's.
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This was the case last year. If you go to RK's site, the kits are labeled 2 and 4 door.
The 2 door 2.5's are are the same as the 4 door 1.5's.
Ah... Gotcha. Carry on then!
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You have those options are with the combo lift The drop brackets replace the control arms. Rear control arms are not really needed at that height.

You'll end up around 2.5–3" with RK's
So from what I understand is that I don't really need the adjustable control arms, just go with drop brackets? Sorry, I'm new at all this, please bear with me. Would I lose more clearance with the DB than with control arms? It's just that since I'm not going with a big lift, I would hate to sacrifice any clearance. Plus I'm planing on going to a bigger lift sometime down the road once I save up some more $$$. So keeping the future upgrade in mind, (I should have mentioned that in the beginning) which lift would you recommend? Are they all easily upgradable or can I get a 2.5" kit now that will come with parts that I won't have to buy later for the upgrade?
BTW thank you for all your advice, I've learned a lot just from reading all your forums and responses to questions .
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So from what I understand is that I don't really need the adjustable control arms, just go with drop brackets? Sorry, I'm new at all this, please bear with me. Would I lose more clearance with the DB than with control arms? It's just that since I'm not going with a big lift, I would hate to sacrifice any clearance. Plus I'm planing on going to a bigger lift sometime down the road once I save up some more $$$. So keeping the future upgrade in mind, (I should have mentioned that in the beginning) which lift would you recommend? Are they all easily upgradable or can I get a 2.5" kit now that will come with parts that I won't have to buy later for the upgrade? BTW thank you for all your advice, I've learned a lot just from reading all your forums and responses to questions .
Yes, that's one disadvantage to the drop brackets is ground clearance. The Point of using them or front lower arms is caster correction.

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