How long do you intend to keep this Jeep? From personal experience with both companies, Id invest in Rubicon Express if you care anything about longevity. I havent had a lot of negative experiences with RC, but I feel Ive been luckier than most. Im still running RC fixed LCA's and front shocks (n2.0), with many miles and trail time on both, and no issues. But on my previous XJ I bought their doubleshear trackbar, and I was very disappointed. Had play in it from the get go and I honestly feel the OEM unit was beefier (based on weight/measurements). I feel RC makes good entry level components that get the job done long enough for you to learn where there is room for improvement.
The RE 3.5" kit is a solid setup, but theres nothing "wrong" with the RC 3" persay. Wouldnt call it ideal but depending on your needs that may not matter enough to justify the price. No web wheeling info here, Ive put lots of trail time in with both products, and all this is just my honest opinion.
Another question that may help, are you after offroad performance or mainly just that aggressive "look" that a lifted XJ has? That will make a difference.
- '99 XJ -
Lifted, Locked, Stiffened
July 2013 COTM