Finally decided to make a few modifications to my 2014 JKU Dragon edition. It's my daily driver, but I plan to take it on a few trails this year. I wanted to do a few simple things that gave it more functionality and a more aggressive look.
Here are the modifications I've done to it so far:
- JW Speaker headlights and fog lights
- 2" Rancho lift with the RS9000 shocks and adjustable front lower control arms
- 17" Black Rhino Madness rims
- 295/70/17 Firestone MT2 tires (33.3" in height)
- Procal FlashPaq F5
- Carbon Fiber grill
- Steel front bumper
- Steel back bumper with LED lights and a tire carrier
- Side steps
- Possibly re-gear to 4.10
Some progress pics for those that may be interested what the lift looks like before and after.
After 2" lift (Stock 18" rims and tires):
Current (Lift, rims, tires, grill):
Info on the lift: It took 2 people a total of 8 hours and it was easier than we thought it would be. We found the front shock towers to be the most difficult piece. Installing the front end suspension took 5 hours, while the back end took 3 hours. Two people are definitely recommended especially when lining up bolt holes. The only other recommendation is to make sure you have a 16mm wrench to get the front shocks out. We had plenty of sockets, but not a single 16mm wrench between us. Besides the normal hand tools, we only used a single floor jack and 4 jack stands.
Lift actual height changes: Front wheel wells raised up about 2.35" while the rear went up 1.80".
Alignment: For the front lower control arms, I believe we set them to 23" (or 58cm). I had an alignment done and it came back with the camber at 4.7*.
My thoughts on the new changes, I like it! I set the front shocks to 4 and the rear to 5. It rides like a Jeep should ride. My jeep is auto with 3.21 gears and doesn't seem to have any issues with the new tire setup. The upgraded suspension and aggressive tires caused me to go from 18mpg down to 17mpg.
Hope this helps a few people looking for more information on the 2" lift and what it will do for their jeep.