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Unread 05-22-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Rubicon Express or Rough Country lift

Anyone have any experience with either Rough Country or Rubicon Express lift kits? I'm looking to run 35's on a 3.5" lift. I know that AEV, Rock Crawler and TerraFlex are better but, they're more than I need. At most, I will do some driving in the sand at the beach and some light off roading at the ranch. I won't be doing any real technical climbing or anything. Priced out, I can add a lot more to my Jeep buying one of these kits. By the way, it's a 2013 JKU. Thanks!

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Unread 05-22-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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at 3.5 just needs alot more things. Your ypipe will hit the drive shaft. How the lift and the pinion angles work out etc. a lift at 3.5 not right will end up in DW.

the drop pit arm is not recomended. puts way to much leverage on the box better to move the trackbar axle mount up then flip the drag link.

you spent alot on the Jeep now a 500$3.5 lift? you will be paying more sooner than later, ride quality....

Aev is not in the same club as RK/TF. Aev has great springs and is ok for many but pushed it has weak links in the chain that show up.
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Unread 05-22-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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I was also adding the dual stabilizer bars, geometry correctors, billstein 5100 shocks, etc...
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Unread 05-23-2013, 05:22 AM   #4
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Why are they more than what you need? Because they're better quality?
And dear god don't do dual steering stabilizers.

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Ty, I'm basing that off my own opinion and the opinion I've received from many others. Again, I'm looking for opinions from people with actual experience with those kits, not someone to tell me the others are better. I get that. And why wouldn't I get the dual stabilizer arm? If you have a reason, I'm all ears.
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Because its completely unnecessary. If your steering is tight and right, one is fine.

And I'm not trying to tell you what to buy, I'm just wondering why you think better lifts aren't for you? They aren't just better offroad. Lifts like metalcloak will give you better shocks, coils, and control arms. All of which provide a smoother ride.

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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:20 AM   #7
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Ty, I'm basing that off my own opinion and the opinion I've received from many others. Again, I'm looking for opinions from people with actual experience with those kits, not someone to tell me the others are better. I get that. And why wouldn't I get the dual stabilizer arm? If you have a reason, I'm all ears.
Between the two kits you listed, I would have to recommend the Rubicon Express Kit. If you're planning on running the Bilstien shocks, then why buy the RC kit that comes with shocks? the RE lift has an actual adjustable track bar over the relocation bracket, this makes aligning the Jeep much easier.

Don't get me wrong, Rough Country is a good kit for the price, but the Rubicon Express is a better kit and in the same price bracket. If you do decide on the RE lift you'll need to get front lower Control Arms (preferably adjustable) and a set of Exhaust Spacers since you're going above a 2" lift on a 2013.

As for the dual stabilizer kit, there is no need for it. If you're getting bump steer or DW, there's a reason and the stabilizers will only cover up the problem. A good quality single stabilizer will do the job just fine. I'm running 35's on my JK with the stock stabilizer and I have had zero issues with it.

I hope this helps!

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