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Old 12-26-2015, 05:49 PM
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AEV 2.5 or 3.5?

I have a 13 JKU used as a highway DD. I bought it last year (1st Jeep) and haven't done any serious off-roading yet. Hopefully that will change this Spring!

I'm trying to decide between the lifts and welcome the input. I have the stock 17", 32" tires and don't think I'll go beyond 35" tires. I understand that I would need the 4.5" lift to go to 37" tires.

Are there any advantages (besides the obvious additional inch) to the 3.5 SC lift like ability to grow to the 4.5 lift?

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I went AEV 3.5 and 37's and it is just a bit on the tall side..

I am thinking I am going to drop to a 2.5 and aftermarket fender flares..

so if going a 35 a 2.5 should work great. but a 3.5 would be even better if you don't have the issue of short girlfriend... axle ground clearance is by far more important than body.
a set of good rock rails and good aggressive tires.. think skid plates as well..
should be plenty of tire room..

not as difficult to go back than to increase lift

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Old 12-27-2015, 01:05 PM
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Thanks for the input!
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If 35 is max size tire stick with a 2.5 inch lift. I did the AEV 2.5 lift and it was pretty close to 3.25 with stock bumpers. Add on 35's and getting in and out of the Jeep is a bit different which I could see being an issue for the shorter, older or heavier folks.
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The AEV 2.5 XT is designed for 35" tires. Some even get 37"s under that. The only difference between the various kits (besides height) is cost and parts included. 2.5 works for a DD. That's what I'm having installed soon.
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I couldn't decide between 2.5 and 3.5, but eventually I decided on the 3.5 kit because I didn't want to upgrade later if I went with larger tires. I put on 315/70/17 Duratracs which run small, and quite honestly I would have been very happy with the 2.5 kit in hindsight. While the 3.5 I have rides nice and looks cool, it makes the tires look small IMO, and my wife does not like taking the Jeep because it's hard for her to get in and out of. I thought I would move up to 37s which is why I went 3.5, but considering I have a Rubicon with 4.10 gears it works perfectly with the small 35s. The cost to graduate to 37s would be extensive in the way I'd want to do it to maintain durability - Prorock 44 up front, bigger brakes, deeper gears, better steering and joints all around, etc. etc. The whole reason I bought a JKUR was to have something capable out of the box with minimal mods, so going above 35s doesn't provide the cost/benefit I'm after. So that was a long way of saying if you're sticking with 35s or smaller, I'd suggest the 2.5 .

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After the lift, before bumpers/winch:



As it sits now:



The extra inch of body clearance does help in situations like this however!

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Be advised that 2.5" and 35" tires can fit under 7' garages. A 3.5 may not. Just giving you some thoughts.
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lifts like tires when in doubt go with the bigger one of your choices .
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After the lift, before bumpers/winch:





That is the perfect stance.
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Be advised that 2.5" and 35" tires can fit under 7' garages. A 3.5 may not. Just giving you some thoughts.
Mine as it sits in the above pics is 6'7" tall, so it easily fits under 7' garages. Keep in mind though depending on where you live, it still may not fit into many parking garages. I actually can't fit into many garages downtown that are 6'6" and lower, so that is definitely a concern.
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Mine as it sits in the above pics is 6'7" tall, so it easily fits under 7' garages. Keep in mind though depending on where you live, it still may not fit into many parking garages. I actually can't fit into many garages downtown that are 6'6" and lower, so that is definitely a concern.
just air down

if you are running a stock bumper hitch what is the measurement from bottom of hitch to ground when parked on level surface? thanks
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Mine as it sits in the above pics is 6'7" tall, so it easily fits under 7' garages. Keep in mind though depending on where you live, it still may not fit into many parking garages. I actually can't fit into many garages downtown that are 6'6" and lower, so that is definitely a concern.
I don't trust the garages anyways. I give a little of wiggle room to play with. Mine is under 7' of course w/ 2.5 and 35" tires (hi lift jack/cb antenna included).
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just air down
Hah! So true - I saw a delivery van get stuck trying to go into a garage, and he didn't want to back up and wreck the van even more. He didn't know what to do until we told him to just air down a bit. Definitely did the trick! I already run low psi around 28 in town, so I have about as much squat as I feel comfortable with but in a pinch that would definitely work.

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