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Rough Country 4.5" XJ

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Product Information

MSRP: $755.00
Average Price: $592.52
Manufacturer: Rough Country
Yes: 42 / No: 4

4.5" lift for XJ


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slimslatty's Reviews

04-08-2016, 12:21 PM
Price: $875.00
Pros: looks cool
Cons: wear out quickly
Recommended? No

Comments: i have had this on my xj for 3 years and about 8000 miles. I had my quick disconnects snap. the bushings in the control arms went bad. The track bar tie rod end went bad. When these things start wearing out it gets dangerous to drive. DEATH WOBBLE . Dealing with customer service is a nightmare. They wont return calls or emails. They sent me the wrong bushings and making me send them back. To repair the control arms is $60 each. That's $240 for all 4. They are the only people that sell the bushings, so you are screwed. Be safe and wise, buy a higher quality kit.

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georgewastaken's Reviews

12-14-2015, 11:29 AM
Price: $829.95
Pros: Easy to install, very comprehensive for the price, achieved exact advertised lift height.
Cons: Quick disco swaybar links stink.
Recommended? No

Comments: It took about 2 FULL days for my unexperienced self to install it. Most of the time was spent persuading rusty bolts and fasteners. As to be expected with any mod. The short arms cause for a bumpy ride, that was expected. I would have opted for the long arm kit however I wasn't ready to commit to chopping off stock LCA brackets as this is my very first lift so I played it safe. I foresee control arm drop brackets in the near future.

As mentioned, sway bar links out of the box stink. Pins are impossible to remove when installed; need to loosen nut on lower bracket for there to be enough play to slide pin out. I'll shave down the rubber bushing on the lower link to see if that solves the issue. Not a deal breaker by any means.

Overall, totally recommend this for a friend

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XjWarRig2000's Reviews
10-24-2015, 03:44 PM
Price: $800.00
Pros: Complete lift with rear leaf springs
Cons: Still field testing.
Recommended? No

Comments: Still in the process of trying to find a good enough spot to test this lift.

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4x4_DesertRat's Reviews

09-22-2015, 06:23 PM
Price: $459.95
Pros: Cheap
Cons: N/A
Recommended? Yes

Comments: ...

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godzilla252's Reviews
01-23-2015, 07:43 PM
Price: $450.00
Pros: easy to follow instructions
Cons: some nuts and bolts hard to get off on this 98 cherokee
Recommended? Yes

Comments: easy to install and good off road and on road
also came with shocks and the spacer for the trans bolts
instruction were easy to follow

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BB6_Cherokee's Reviews
12-19-2014, 04:05 PM
Price: $750.00
Pros: simple installation, pretty decent ride for the amount of lift provided
Cons: i dont know why everyone complains about rough country suspencion so much, i've not had any problems
Recommended? Yes

Comments: easy to install, took a weekend from start to finish due to the amount of rust/corrosion/broken parts already on the jeep, came with springs, spacers, brackets, shocks, and all needed grade 8 hardware to install the kit, had to buy brake lines separate but that's a given, all and all, a very good kit


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Spokes's Reviews
11-12-2013, 03:19 PM
Price: $900.00
Pros: decent flex/ride
Cons: parts wear fast and dont last
Recommended? No

Comments: if you wanna seriously wheelin dont buy it. just splashing mud puddles your fine.

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javagnano's Reviews
08-19-2013, 04:34 PM
Price: $1.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: DOES THE JOB

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cjpoulos's Reviews
08-10-2013, 11:53 PM
Price: $850.00
Pros: nice look
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: fair price

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jalfaro03's Reviews

04-14-2013, 12:41 AM
Price: $1,000.00
Pros: Easy install, and really good for the price.
Cons: Stiff ride so far.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I think the control arm drop kit is a must have. Like I noted a bit stiff but no different than my previous 2". Good for the price. Still need to trim the front fenders.


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Nebraska4X4's Reviews
04-07-2013, 08:47 PM
Price: $1.00
Pros: it works
Cons: none yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: it lifted the jeep i can't say much about it the lift was on when i bought it i am looking into finishing my jeep off with a 8" lift some day

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Ekul310's Reviews
08-16-2012, 11:09 PM
Price: $800.00
Pros: Nice lift, sturdy, great flex
Cons: Rough ride
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This lift is a great way to clear tires and obtain discos and is an excellent first lift install that can hold up to future upgrades.

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DaveS01's Reviews
07-25-2012, 01:43 PM
Price: $250.00
Pros: I got it used, cheap. It works
Cons: Awful ride, short leafs.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Leafs lead to a vertical shackle, shocks are pretty much the same as other white body shocks, coils are ok. Only bought RC cause I found the entire kit for 250 bucks. Recommend for anyone looking to just get extra height, and who doesnt care about ride .

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MxM's Reviews
07-09-2012, 01:46 AM
Price: $800.00
Pros: Adjustable control arms and sway bar disconnects.
Cons: a little stiff but not bad
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This kit is great!! I was skeptical at first, but I am glad i went with this kit. The X-Series is great. The instructions were very well put together and the install went smooth. On the street this kit is a little stiff at first. However, after a few off road trips the suspension settled and it ended up a decent ride. Off road this kit handles everything extremely well! The flex from the kit is great and the components all function great. The only complaint is that the disconnect sway bar bolt comes loose occasionally...but nothing a little loctite wont fix. Great kit for the money the extra 400 for the X-series was definantly worth it.

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lifesaflaw123's Reviews
03-22-2012, 09:21 AM
Price: $829.00
Pros: Bang for the buck
Cons: Pretty stiff
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Over all a good lift for the money. I'll edit this when I've had it on for a while.

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TimmyTattooXJ's Reviews
02-13-2011, 05:20 PM
Price: $250.00
Pros: Great Flex and easy install
Cons: Not high enough
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great overall lift. Have yet to have a problem with the lift.


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katuah's Reviews
12-27-2010, 01:28 PM
Price: $700.00
Pros: Full leaf kit at an affordable price, great customer service
Cons: Stiff! Could use better shocks.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This is a great bolt-on kit at a very affordable price for full leafs. It's not going to be as cush as one of the more expensive kits, but it's a great place to start.

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mmachac's Reviews
11-16-2010, 01:03 PM
Price: $460.00
Pros: good lift with everything thats needed
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: it took me about 8 hours to lift it my self. the front also has a 1.75" coil spacer to level out the front. right now the front and rear are sitting 6" taller then stock. have no problems with really good flex. no front sway bar.


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MoeGravey's Reviews
10-05-2010, 07:22 AM
Price: $550.00
Pros: Great lift, Bolts in. (1st timers, make sure you have free time)
Cons: First couple months will be a stiff ride,
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I purchased the 4.5" RC kit with Full Rear leaf springs, 2.2 Hydro shocks and Steering stabilizer (recommended). The kit is very easy to put in once you know what you are doing. As a forewarning, PB Blast EVERYTHING!! for weeks before hand. It will save you the time and frustration. The instructions in the box were kind of vague, but crawling JP makes up for it. Be sure to have 1 spare set of arms. (i found having 2 spares was a waste of time, and led to drunkiness)

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Wup This's Reviews

08-10-2010, 09:56 PM
Price: $800.00
Pros: I opted for the X series lift with full rear springs. Includes ALL the parts you need. disco's included. Great price. BEEFY LCA and UCA's. EXCELENT customer support.
Cons: The grease fittings on the front are absolute junk...go to the store and buy new ones. 3 dollars well spent and I have extras now. The shocks that come with the lift are REAL stiff. The rear shackles are put at an angle that makes them contact the mount which will limit travel. No new bump stops with kit...not a big deal because everyone's needs in this area will vary a bit. Could've used some new hardware for CA's and trackbar.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I opted for the X series lift with full rear springs. The kit was very nice and came with all the parts necessary to complete the lift....even stainless brake lines. The lift was a beast to install because of the age of the XJ and the crummy stock fasteners. The ride is OK but I recomend upgrading to the 2.2 or another brand of shocks. Fit was very good and overall quality of the lift is way better than I expected. Be patient with your brake lines as this was one of the harder parts of the lift to get done because of the XJ rusted OEM lines. Overall a GREAT lift at a GREAT price. I have had it on for several months and I am very please. I put 32's as recommended with 3.75 offset. I had to trim a little and ditch the front inner plastic wheelwells. I would also HIGHLY recommend a SYE as I still have vibes. I also ditched the rear sway bar and haven't looked back!

Boomerang shackles, better shocks, and an SYE and this may just be the perfect short arm!!!

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