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going to keep this build very simple. 2018 Recon is going to stay mostly stock for a while.
Right away I installed 295/70-17 Cooper ST Maxx tires on stock rims with Spidertrax spacers and an aev 2" spacer lift. using this diagram I have 2.5" lift vs your average jku.


Other first week mods include a Rubicon Express gas tank skid as that is the only skid I have really used on my last two rubicons and those did the rubicon trail, dusy ershim and several moab trips. so Pretty comfortable with just the gas tank skid for now. I also added some Teraflex lower sport arms. It drove very good without but being I was at 2.5" lift I figured another ~1.5* of caster would be good. I have used the sport arms before with great results and that is a cheap and easy way to add some caster. Only thing on the not to distant horizon will be a winch and most likely go with the VR10000 again as I bought one when they first came out and never had an issue and it made many hard snow wheeling pulls.
 

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installed my old AEV rear diff skid and Tuffy underseat concealed carry drawer.

 

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today decided to replace the AEV 2" spacers with some Mopar coils that come with the mopar 2" lift 77070088AC. the coils can be ordered alacart for dirt cheap ie $185 from moparonlineparts a vendor on this forum. They pair up perfectly with my Falcon 3.1 shocks. They actually gave me about 1/2" less lift than I was getting with the AEV 2" spacers. That is ok by me.


stock recon coils vs Mopar 2" coils.



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I guess I am going to say the Mopar coils do ride better than stock recon coils with spacers. This is based on my wife saying "alright what is different?" today. I said why and she said it seems smoother or something. she had no idea I changed anything as I swapped the coils while she was at work yesterday.
 

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I guess I am going to say the Mopar coils do ride better than stock recon coils with spacers. This is based on my wife saying "alright what is different?" today. I said why and she said it seems smoother or something. she had no idea I changed anything as I swapped the coils while she was at work yesterday.
Thank you for answering a question I have been having for several months. I am trying to decide on a 2" AEV spacer lift or the Mopar 2" spring lift. The $$ difference is about $1300 but as long as an experienced Jeeper (and his wife) says the Mopar spring lift rides better, it is what I am looking for. Again, Thanks.
 

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Thank you for answering a question I have been having for several months. I am trying to decide on a 2" AEV spacer lift or the Mopar 2" spring lift. The $$ difference is about $1300 but as long as an experienced Jeeper (and his wife) says the Mopar spring lift rides better, it is what I am looking for. Again, Thanks.
crazy thing is my butt dyno is not so sensitive, I felt like they were pretty equal but my wife definitely noticed and she had no idea I changed anything. Not sure what you drive but you might look at just doing the mopar 2" coils and a better set of shocks along with a set of TeraFlex fixed sport lower control arms. it would be much cheaper than the full 2" mopar kit and after fully flexing mine with shocks that are longer than come with the kit there really is no need for the front driveshaft. If you have a 2012 or newer than a $40 set of exhaust spacers is needed but they are easy to install and give plenty of clearance between the stock ds and the crossover.
 

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crazy thing is my butt dyno is not so sensitive, I felt like they were pretty equal but my wife definitely noticed and she had no idea I changed anything. Not sure what you drive but you might look at just doing the mopar 2" coils and a better set of shocks along with a set of TeraFlex fixed sport lower control arms. it would be much cheaper than the full 2" mopar kit and after fully flexing mine with shocks that are longer than come with the kit there really is no need for the front driveshaft. If you have a 2012 or newer than a $40 set of exhaust spacers is needed but they are easy to install and give plenty of clearance between the stock ds and the crossover.
I am still wondering about the benefits of a two stage / progressive spring vs. a regular spring. The only thing I am wanting to accomplish is that I don't want to do the lift twice. I only want the best riding lift on the road and the best flex off-road. The Jeep I am working on now is a 2018 2dr. Rubicon Recon.
 

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installed my new Warn VR10 with Maximus3 winch plate which I ordered there @RubiTrux and got excellent service on. Winch plate was an easy install nothing tricky at all.
 

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Beautiful ride, JAD! Our architect for a house we're building got a Gobi Recon unlimited last year and it is a beautiful Jeep. If they offered Gobi and Anvil at the same time I'd be so torn!

I'm shopping new shocks; been riding Rancho 9000s for 4 years now; they're beat to hell, physically (big dents in the rears, all four adjustment knobs gone, etc.). My local guys are all Fox 2.0; any input on why you chose the Falcons, and especially the remote reservoir? Thanks!
 

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Beautiful ride, JAD! Our architect for a house we're building got a Gobi Recon unlimited last year and it is a beautiful Jeep. If they offered Gobi and Anvil at the same time I'd be so torn!

I'm shopping new shocks; been riding Rancho 9000s for 4 years now; they're beat to hell, physically (big dents in the rears, all four adjustment knobs gone, etc.). My local guys are all Fox 2.0; any input on why you chose the Falcons, and especially the remote reservoir? Thanks!
Thanks, I wanted bright white again but had to settle for Gobi as I got a heck of a deal on it. It has grown on my tho I would still pick bw if given the option. On the falcons I just took a chance and I 100% love them. I would buy them again tomorrow if I came out and found them gone. not sure I needed the reservoir shocks but decided to go for it with them. I do a lot of higher speed forest service roads around here and we have some roads that are literally 100 miles of nothing but rough dirt where you wont see another person so figure they might be worth it.
 
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