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Lifted 07/06/2013 @ 13892 miles, 18823 current

LIFT: Rubicon Express 2.5 kit w/ Monotube shocks, AEV Geometry Brackets, Teraflex Exhaust Spacer, JKS Quick Disconnects
SHOCKS: Tuned Bilstein 5100's (Rubicon Express Monotubes)
SYE/CVD: Stock
TIRES/WHEELS: 285/70/17 Pmetric Toyo AT2 @48lbs, 65k warranty mated to 17 Fuel Offroad Mavericks machined/black

Likes: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/rubicon-express-2-5-monosteins-review-254067.html
Stability, no nose dive, less body lean, no wander, absorbs tons of road abnormalities, and fun to drive.

Dis-Likes: first initial miles were rough as hell, but when everything settled...see *Likes above

Would You Recommend: Yes, priced right w/ monotube shocks and lifetime transferrable warranty.

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LIFT: Teraflex 1.5" Performance Leveling Kit, Teraflex Quick Disconnects
SHOCKS: Bilstein 5100's 24-146708 front, 24-146715 rear

TIRES/WHEELS: 285/70/17 Cooper STT, ProComp 7069 17X9, 4.75" backspacing

Likes: Mild lift, doesn't mess with geometry too bad, no drive line issues, performs well as a daily driver, gets it done off road

Dis-Likes: None really. Sometimes I think it'd be fun to have 4" of lift and 37's but my Jeep is very practical and performs well in all conditions.

Would You Recommend: Absolutely. Stock like ride if not better and takes me where I need to go in the dirt.



 

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LIFT: Rough Country 1.75" Coil Lift Kit (Part # RC-651H)
SHOCKS: N2.0 Series Shocks (Included with kit)
TIRES/WHEELS: 285/70/17 Duratracs on Cragar Series 399 (4.5" BS)

Likes: Just enough room to accommodate 33s and rides nicely for a daily driver.

Dis-Likes: None, so far.

Would You Recommend: If you want 33s and think that 2.5" of lift sits a 2-door too high, I would definitely recommend it.
 

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I just completed a coil spring and shock swap from a four-door JK Rubicon. I had 14/56s and the Rubicon had 18/60s. I really wanted 19/60s but I got a great deal. $200 for the springs and shocks. I followed the teraflex manual for a 1.5 coil spring installation. http://www.teraflex.biz/downloads/dl/file/id/107/jk_1_5_performance_leveling_kit.pdf
It's worked great. Only thing I didn't do was loosen the trackbar. Everything seemed to ride great afterwards...don't know if it's completely necessary too loosen the trackbar and the arms. It took a couple of hours to install but we were getting pretty tore up and having a good time while working. The measurements were taken at the bottom portion of the outside of fender flare at the highest point a.k.a. At the center of the fender over the axle. Original measurements were 35 3/4 all around even with a barricade bumper (no winch yet) and after the height was 37 1/4 all around for a net gain of 1.5 inches! It looks fantastic! The red shocks really look great too!

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LIFT:

JKS JSPEC Kontrol 3.5" lift kit for JKU - JKS Manufacturing JSPEC™ Kontrol 3.5" Suspension System for 07-16 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec

SHOCKS:

Fox 2.0 Performance Series - Fox Racing 2.0 Performance Series - Quadratec

SYE/CVD:

Factory driveshafts in place. The included JKS control arm brackets work great. I did also add JKS exhaust spacers and JKS rear adjustable sway bar links.

TIRES/WHEELS:

315/70R17 Mickey Thompson MTZ's - 5226 - Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Radial Traditional Light Truck Tire - Quadratec

17x9" Quadratec Rubicon Xtreme's - Quadratec Exclusive 92615 2325 - Quadratec Rubicon Xtreme™ Alloy Wheel 07-16 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK in 17x9" Size with 5x5" Bolt Pattern & 4.75" Backspacing - Quadratec

Likes:

-Ride quality is better than with my stock steelies and 31" Bridgestone Dueler
-Literally drove it 5 hours, 100 miles in the Blizzard of 2016 (2-3 feet of snow) with 0 issues!
-Product quality is top notch as is the finish
-Packaging is the best I've seen and will help to prevent shipping damage to the products
-Includes all "required" parts, though I do recommend the JKS exhaust spacers and rear extended sway bar links

Dis-Likes:

-None thus far!

Would You Recommend:

100%. This is really a top notch, high quality kit that provides a great on-road ride and still allows good flex off-road with the included front sway bar disconnects and (sold separately) rear extended sway bar links.

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And here's a great video with more info:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHQRDP4nOVA
 

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LIFT:

TeraFlex JK 2 Door or 4 Door, 2.5 inch Lift
RANCHO CONTROL ARM CORRECTION BRACKETS - RS6250B
JKS Jeep JK JSPEC Steering Stabilizer - JSPEC1000
terAflex JK Steering Stabilizer Relocation Bracket Kit

SHOCKS:

Rancho JK RS9000XL Series Shocks, 4" Lift

SYE/CVD:

n/a

TIRES/WHEELS:

Mickey Thompson Baja STZ All-Terrain Radial Tire - LT275/70R18 125S
Stock sahara 18"
Teraflex 1055000 Wheel AdapterS - 1.25” spacers

Likes:

- MUCH more stable ride.
- VERY little body roll.

Dis-Likes:

- wish I had made these changes 130,000 miles ago.

Would You Recommend:

ABSOLUTELY! Install everything I installed and you will own a MUCH better vehicle.

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I stumbled across this thread the other day while google searching something completely different. It has a ton of great information for people like me who are researching suspension mods. I would love to see it get revived using the same format since there are a lot of newer or updated lift kits in the last few years.
 

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LIFT: AEV 3.5" Dualsport SC Kit (2 Door)

SHOCKS: Bilstein 5100

SYE/CVD: Stock Driveshafts, Geo Correction brackets front, Alpine CAs rear

TIRES/WHEELS: BFG KO2 35x12.5 R17 on AEV Saltas



Likes: Fantastic on road ride. Zero body roll or brake dive. Very compliant over bumps. Perfect match for flipped Yet XD DL. No Driveline vibes (yet, knock on wood), squeeks or rattles



Dis-Likes: Might be slightly tall for a 2 Door. Could have been less expensive if customizable (dump flipped DL I didn't need, etc.)



Would You Recommend: Yes. Doable self install (I did!) and a very complete kit. May delete front TB bracket for new SS bracket and dump the swaybar brackets, but OTB there really isn't anything abosultely needed to make it roadworthy or wheel it (except exhaust mod, your preference).



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AEV 3.5" Dualsport RS Kit (4 Door)

LIFT: AEV 3.5" Dualsport RS Kit (4 Door)

SHOCKS: AEV-tuned Bilstein 5160 Remote Reservoir Shocks

SYE/CVD: Stock Driveshafts, JKS 6200 Geo Correction brackets front

TIRES/WHEELS: BFG KO2 35x12.5 R17 on Rubicon Stock Wheels + 1.5" Spydertrax spacers

Likes: The ride is amazing. I pinky steer this thing at 65mph+. Handles great, no body roll, no brake diving, etc.

Dis-Likes: Did not like the two piece geometry correction brackets, used JKS ones instead. Dramatically improved handling. Without the correction brackets you'll highway walk above 45mph.

Would You Recommend: Absolutely, however I realize there's a sticker shock with this kit. It's their best kit, the shocks aren't cheap. You get what you paid for with this kit. I have no complaints whatsoever.

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I agree great thread - needs more input !
 

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JKS 3.5" J-Kontrol

LIFT: JKS 3.5" J-Kontrol Kit (2 Door), JKS adjustable rear upper control arms

SHOCKS: Fox Adventure Series 2.0

SYE/CVD: Stock Driveshafts (for now)

TIRES/WHEELS: 35x12.50R17 Firestone Destination MT2s, Tactik D-windows from Quadratec

Likes: The ride is much improved over stock. Firm yet gentle. It's exactly what I wanted. Feels very well planted on the road.

Dis-Likes: Minor complaint almost didn't include it here, but I didn't like drilling holes to reuse rear sway bar links. I did it, but I think I might replace with longer/adjustable links in the future.

Would You Recommend: Yes. No doubt. I heard a lot of people on here say 3.5" would be too much lift, but I think it looks just right. Also, I've never had aggressive mud terrains that were as well balanced as the destination mt2s. No vibrations out of them. I think the heaviest wheel weight was still under an ounce (which is impressive for such a large tire on a steel wheel) and they're super quiet on the road. Very little of that obnoxious road noise commonly heard with mud-terrains. The overall price associated with the project was higher than some of the cheaper alternatives, but I'm glad I spent the extra money on this kit. It is well designed and comes with easy-to-follow, colored instructions. I installed it by myself in my driveway in about 9 hours of working time with basic hand tools.
 
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Lift: RK 3.5" X-factor
Shocks: falcon 3.3
SYE/CVD: KOR driveshafts, front and rear
Tires/wheels: firestone destination mt2 37s, black rock type 997 steel wheels

Likes: kit includes most parts that other kits require to buy. Joints and control arms are very solid pieces, lifetime warranty. Crazy amount of flex.

Dislikes: getting the jam nuts tight, and joints centered. I did this lift with a friend in my garage. Installation was labor intensive. 2 full days to do it. Also, after its on, it's not done. We triple checked each arm measurement 3x per RKs recommendation before installing. The following weekends, used a forklift to check interference during articulation and pinion/caster angles of axles. After 2 lifting sessions and removing, adjust arms, the lift is dialed in.

Recommend: abso****inglutely. I have crawled over some nasty stuff since installing lift. I point and it just goes over it. However, if you can afford it, pay a jeep shop to install it. I will never do that again.

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2013 JKU Sport

LIFT: Rancho 4" Progressive Spring Kit

SHOCKS: Rancho 9000XL

SYE/CVD: Stock driveline, Had to have exhaust modified to clear stock front driveshaft. Used Rancho kit for this, but had exhaust shop install this part. Also added the Rancho Geo Correction brackets.

TIRES/WHEELS: Factory rims, 315/70 R17 BFG KO's, Spidertrax 1.5" wheel spacers

Likes: Quality parts, Included adjustable front track bar and all new hardware, Cost, Detailed instructions, Ease of Install

Dis-Likes: Didn't seem to be well stocked so parts came from all over. Might be normal for lift kits, but could cause delays if you don't plan well in advance. Wish the geo brackets were included.

I would highly recommend this kit as well as Northridge 4x4 as the supplier and the Rancho rep on WF, was very helpful and responsive as well. Land vehicle Vehicle Car Jeep Tire Tree Woody plant Plant Land vehicle Vehicle Car Off-roading Automotive tire

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Thread revival!

LIFT: AEV 3.5"
SHOCKS:AEV/Bilstein included
SYE/CVD: Previously installed Borla Climber exhaust system, in the next few weeks I'll install the Teraflex high angle Rzeppa
TIRES/WHEELS:AEV Pintlers, BFG 35" KM3's

Likes: Only have had the lift finished for less than a week, so my opinion is limited so far. Ride and handling are better than OE Rubicon. Very minimal body roll in corners. No unusual behavior or squeaks/rattles. Unfortunately will not be able to hit the rocks until spring. All components appear to be high quality. It's a pretty complete package, components engineered to work together.

Dis-Likes: I did the install myself and ran into a few minor hiccups, but overall everything went well. From a design perspective, I'm not crazy about the brackets for the front sway bar end links, I would rather just have longer links. I also don't like brake line brackets, and would switch to longer brake lines if I ever get new calipers. The thing I don't like about brackets is more places for water/salt to get into and rust. Instructions could have been clearer in some areas. Some bags had a sticker that listed the hardware inside, some just had random washers. Instructions completely fail to mention a hole that needs to be drilled in a factory axle bracket. Instructions were also very lacking for front shock installation, I found this guide at Extreme Terrain to be very helpful
How to install Bilstein 5100 Series Front Shock for 3.5-5 in. Lift on your Wrangler | ExtremeTerrain

Would You Recommend: Yes, from a dynamics perspective everything has been positive so far. When I looked for a lift there were two main things I was looking for. Living in Wisconsin, corrosion resistance is very important. Past experience has shown that zinc plating might be ok for protection in other climates, but it will look bad after a salty winter. I also have experience showing that the powder coating that Rubicon Express uses is not the best. I think the coatings AEV uses will hold up, but I know that the Bilstein shocks will need to be coated in Fluid Film. I wish the Bilsteins used an aluminum housing. Additionally many lifts seem to be very similar and copy cats of one another. The heart of a lift is the springs/shocks. Having those matched to one another is very important, all other components can easily be swapped for company B if you don't like company A. I knew I did not want a lift that did not include shocks. Some kits have options for shocks from different manufacturers, this makes me leery as I believe the lift manufacturer should work closely with one shock manufacture to determine the best valving with their springs. I knew I wanted a high steer kit and trackbar relocation brackets, which were included with this kit as well as the ProCal which I knew I wanted. Are control arm brackets worth the reduction in clearance? Hard to say, but if mine get badly beaten up, I can always swap to adjustable control arms.

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