I know this has been debated in various threads but I would like to get some input from actual people whom have these kits. I have been driving Jeeps my entire life. I was "out of the game" for a while without a Jeep but I recently purchased a 2004 Jeep Rubicon to begin my build project again. I plan on running 35" tires and do mostly rock crawling in Northern KY. I am stuck on making the right move (the first time) for my suspension purchase. This vehicle will not be my daily driver but I would like to have good road mannerisms if I am spending @ $3k for a new suspension. I am stuck between...
Option 1) 4.5" RE LA Tri-Link: RE7514 seems like a great kit and is pretty much "all inclusive" beside shocks which I plan to run Bilstein shocks as well. My concerns are will this be enough life for 35" tires? website says 33".
Option 2) 5.5" RE LA Tri-Link: RE7515 also seems like a great kit and plenty of room for tires and flex. Also read by several people... too much height for a Jeep. Loses traction on steep climbs and doesn't fee "stable" on rocks...truth?
Option 3) 4" or 5.5" Clayton LA Kit: 3205020. Seems like an excellent kit from what I have read. Bomb proof with lifetime warranty. Down side is a LOT of cutting and manufacturing (welding). Also need to include ($) belly skid, required 1" BL for Rubicon model, and of course shocks.
I would obviously love to have Clayton kit. However I am afraid I am getting out of my league with welding and fabrication. Where as RE kits aren't "as much". I would like to hear some experienced opinions and PLEASE post some pics similar to my desired set up. As always all, much appreciated in your help.