I just got off the phone with Jason at Rough Country, and just ordered a http://roughcountry.com/jeep_tj_2.html
2.5" Progressive lift for my 2002 Jeep Wrangler Sport. This kit retails for $299 Plus shipping. Old Man Emu 2" kit sells at Quadratec for $787
When this lift gets in I will be doing a full write up, and include pics. Please check back. This will be my second lift from Rough Country, and my 3rd lift kit install.
This lift consists of Front and rear progressive coil springs, transfer case spacers to maintain factory driveshaft angles, and front and rear Performance 2.2 shocks.
I am currently running 31x10.50 street tires on my factory ride TJ with 2" body lift. This is the way I bought it. My objective after installing this kit is to retain my 2" body lift and be able rock 33x12.50s with out rubbing, and to offer the jeep community an alternative to thinking they have to have a 4" long arm lift kit with a SYE and D44 front and rear to be able to rock 33x12.50s. I am like many Americans, I make middle income, and still owe on this jeep. I have to decide if I want to buy upgrades this weekend, or buy gas for next weekend.
The kit has been installed. I started installing this kit this morning around 10am and have to say that it went VERY smooth. The directions are easy to follow, and are very informative, it is also very concise; there isn’t a lot of filler that makes it several pages long. Note: the passenger side pig tail seat is kind of hard to find, it is toward the front of the spring perch. I was done with the install in about 3.5 hours. I have to say that this kit is top notch, just like the rest of kits that Rough Country sells.
After installing this kit, I installed my 33x12.50s and went for a ride. I had several things to take care of after the install, so I hit the town. I tried to hit every bump, pothole, and rail road tracks that I could, and I have to say, I am VERY pleased with the performance. I noticed right away that there was a HUGE difference even over factory ride. It rides better then a 6 year old factory suspension. I can say honestly, it rides better then Rough Country's 4" TJ lift. I plan on taking a TJ with a OME 2" lift for a ride this weekend, and I will make a note comparing them when I do, but it better be a Cadillac ride to impress me.
Driving off road:
I took the TJ across a field, and got a few articulation pics listed below. I was very quiet, comfortable, and easy to handle. I found a small ditch and dropped a tire off to show the flex you can get. Please note, my sway bars are attached, so it wasn’t extreme. I have more tests to complete, time was limited today.
I give this lift 5 Stars, and would recommend this kit to anyone looking to buy a 2.5” lift, I will be willing to take the Pepsi challenge to anyone’s Old Man Emu lift as well.
In conclusion, if you want to run 33s with out rubbing, I recommend the Progressive 2.5” Rough Country lift and a 2” body lift. I did not have to install the transfer lowering kit as my jeep already has a Motor mount lift kit on it as well, and I had NO vibrations at city or highway speeds. I give this lift 5 Stars, and would recommend this kit to anyone looking to buy a 2.5” lift, I will be willing to take the Pepsi challenge to anyone’s Old Man Emu lift as well.
Please feel free to post up on this thread, ask questions or PM me. I will answer any questions about this lift.
Steering stabilizer installed