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Old 07-15-2015, 11:05 PM
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2.5" Rough Country lift, how is it?

Hi everybody.

I've had my Jeep for almost 2 years now and I've been doing all my research on here for quite a while. Last year I was very close to lifting my YJ but the shop I brought it to found a decent amount of frame damage. I had plates welded over the frame damage and I'm almost positive its safe. Underneath my YJ is pretty rusty because of salty New York so I refuse to install a lift myself. My stock springs are in rough shape and the rear ones are just about bending the opposite way.

I know there is plenty of lift reviews on here but I keep seeing mixed reviews about the 2.5" Rough Country lift. The shop I brought my YJ to last year still has a 2.5" RC lift in stock, and I really want to finally pull the trigger on the installation BUT I need to hear your opinions on that specific lift:

How do you like it? How long have you had it? How does it ride? Did you need a TC drop? Is it okay to lift on a repaired frame? Is it okay to install the lift on my stock shackles? Would you recommend it?

The guy literally has a 2.5" RC lift at the shop waiting to get installed, should I do it?

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I'm not sure about the 2.5" but I've been very pleased with the 4.5" x series I run on my current YJ. It rides and performs very well and is holding up to some pretty good beatings. IMO for the price id do it if you plan on changing it up with in a few years. If you want something long term go OME.

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I can't speak to an RC lift, mines a different make, but as far as the TC drop, I did the "washer method" and dropped mine around 5/8" to reduce the vibration from the driveline. I'm giving it (the lift) a few months to settle out and see if I need a bit more drop.
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Go for it! I have a 2.5 RC lift and love it. Been almost a year now, still riding great.
It rides better than the worn-out springs did. I actually got about 4" lift from it and it is not sagging any yet. Installation was easy (mentally - a no brainer) but still took some work and about 4 hours to do it.
Stock shackles will work just fine with it. I have 1" lift shackles and did get some vibrations at around 30-40 mph, so I added a TC drop.
Yes, I would you recommend it.
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I for it installed at a shop and I love it! It rides about the same as stock to be quite honest. I never noticed a difference in ride at all, if anything I found it softer. I have it installed on stock shackles with no problem, and it requires a small transfer case drop due to driveline vibrations. But that's just me, it's about the pinion angle. I recommend it as its budget yet sturdy. No problems other than the driveline, but again, it's different for every jeep.
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I pulled the trigger... Here's the results. For the first time ever, I now have to actually climb into my YJ lol
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I pulled the trigger... Here's the results. For the first time ever, I now have to actually climb into my YJ lol
Yeah lol get used to it, I almost got a sidestep for a short girlfriend but decided against it.
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I pulled the trigger... Here's the results. For the first time ever, I now have to actually climb into my YJ lol
Looks nice. What size tires are you running on that?
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Looks great!
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Looks nice. What size tires are you running on that?
They're 31x10.5"...I also have 1.25" spacers so they stick out a bit. I could definitely fit 32-33" if I can find some for a good price
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Looks great! pretty sure this lift is what im doing to mine. What width are those wheels? Curious if i can fit the 10.5s on the 7 inch wide stock wheels.
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Looks great! pretty sure this lift is what im doing to mine. What width are those wheels? Curious if i can fit the 10.5s on the 7 inch wide stock wheels.
they're on my stock rims, I'm pretty sure they're 15x8 but I'm not 100% sure on that
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Looks good. I think those "5 stars" are 7" wide. Keep them and the 31s. Lose the spacers, though.
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Yeah lol get used to it, I almost got a sidestep for a short girlfriend but decided against it.
Hahaha. The step or the short GF?
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Just did the 4" RC lift on mine this past weekend. Took 12 hours to do that, the shackles, and quick disconnects. Running on 30's. Suspension is stiff, but it beats bottoming out since my original shocks were toasted and the springs were flat. Def. make sure you soak everything in PB blaster a week and then the night before. We didn't have to cut any hardware or brake any other than the Pittman arm.
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Just did the 4" RC lift on mine this past weekend. Took 12 hours to do that, the shackles, and quick disconnects. Running on 30's. Suspension is stiff, but it beats bottoming out since my original shocks were toasted and the springs were flat. Def. make sure you soak everything in PB blaster a week and then the night before. We didn't have to cut any hardware or brake any other than the Pittman arm.
No hardware harmed in the lifting of your YJ? Love the trailer, and I have firewood envy. I also am buying PB by the gallon...
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just completed m RC 2.5 lift. unfortunately, its still in the garage because im waiting for extended lines. they will bolt up but if the suspension fully extends the arent long enough.. currently on 30 inch mud terrains. when the tires are shot, i will be buying 33s and adding 2 inch shackles .
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I pulled the trigger... Here's the results. For the first time ever, I now have to actually climb into my YJ lol
Looks Great!! Did you reuse your Track bars?? I just did this same lift on my sons 95' last night and we left the track bars off. It rides way better than the stock leaves. RC has stepped up their game.
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Go for it! I have a 2.5 RC lift and love it. Been almost a year now, still riding great.
It rides better than the worn-out springs did. I actually got about 4" lift from it and it is not sagging any yet. Installation was easy (mentally - a no brainer) but still took some work and about 4 hours to do it.
Stock shackles will work just fine with it. I have 1" lift shackles and did get some vibrations at around 30-40 mph, so I added a TC drop.
Yes, I would you recommend it.
I did the same lift this past weekend! I was surprised how well it drove. I too got about 4" of lift from it.
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What kind of flares are those? They look good.
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Looks Great!! Did you reuse your Track bars?? I just did this same lift on my sons 95' last night and we left the track bars off. It rides way better than the stock leaves. RC has stepped up their game.
I never touched my trackbars, but I definitely want to remove them. My rear trackbar bracket has been broken for 2 years now (so technically I don't have a functioning rear trackbar). My ride quality improved greatly since the lift, my stock springs/shocks were shot!
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What kind of flares are those? They look good.
They're my stock flares. I trimmed them along the lined groove that extends the flare downwards. Took me 30 mins, I'm glad I did it!
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No hardware harmed in the lifting of your YJ? Love the trailer, and I have firewood envy. I also am buying PB by the gallon...
Surprisingly we only had to grind off 2 bolts and the pittman arm. Thing would not budge no matter how much PB or heating up.
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just completed m RC 2.5 lift. unfortunately, its still in the garage because im waiting for extended lines. they will bolt up but if the suspension fully extends the arent long enough.. currently on 30 inch mud terrains. when the tires are shot, i will be buying 33s and adding 2 inch shackles .
Do 1 inch body lift and 1 inch shackle lift think you will like that better

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