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Unread 09-25-2008, 11:35 AM   #1
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rough country lift kits, good or bad??

Hey I am in the market for a 4" lift kit and want to know if rough country is a good kit or not? Also I am concidering a shackle lift about 1.5 inch, will that screw up my ride? I do both on and off road so I need to maintain some stability. Oh one more thing will I need to relocate my break lines and switch to cv joints?

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Unread 09-25-2008, 12:12 PM   #2
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ooohhhhh rough country

I say stay away from rough country expecially if the jeep is a DD, they're kits are extremly stiff. I have kow to stay away from them for as long as I can remember. All my friends that get rough country end up removing them cause they go to crap.
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Unread 09-25-2008, 06:32 PM   #3
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I have a Rough Country 2.5" kit on my CJ-5. It's OK, but if I were to do it again I would look into a kit with softer springs for more flex and a better ride.
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Unread 09-25-2008, 08:52 PM   #4
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I have not driven mine yet so I can't speak for the ride but everyone else seems to say they are stiffer than most. I will say I am disappointed with my 2-1/2" not appearing to be very close to 2-1/2". It seems like most people I've heard from who got the 4" kit say it was a full 4" though.
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Unread 09-25-2008, 09:11 PM   #5
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Here is a real world comparison.

I have two XJ's. One has a Rough Country 4.5 with leaf packs. The other has a Rubicon Express 3.5 with leaf packs.

The Rubicon express has held up without a single problem. It's on a daily driver turning 60+ miles per day. I'm running 31x10.50 Treadwright retreads with an MT pattern. Very happy with the ride and the quality.

The Rough Country kit has had several problems. This is a daily driver (wife) getting 20+ miles per day. The rear springs are on their third set of bushings. The front shock upper bushings disentagrated within two weeks. I had one front coil spring replaced from extreme sagging, and one leaf spring replaced because of a cracked lower leaf. I ran 32x11.50 Maxxis Bighorns. The whole setup was rough riding, coupled with the Bighorns made for a long drive. So, to make it usable, I replaced the Bighorns with 33x10.50 BFG AT's and put them on 8" aluminum wheels instead of 10" steel, and replaced the shocks with a better grade. It's much better now.

I am not saying I wouldn't ever buy an RC lift again, but I do know what to expect. I don't think you will find better customer service than RC. I usually deal with Jason, and he's always done right by me even after the warranty was gone.

So, do you want to save a few bucks and deal with a few problems and rougher ride, or spend %50 more and get lucky like I did?

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Unread 09-28-2008, 08:22 PM   #6
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So far so good with the 2.5" lift on my CJ-8. I used Curry 1" greasable shackles and the lift is just about right with 32" Goodrich A/T's. I've got about 6k on the clock since the install, mainly daily driving. No problems yet but it is stiffer than stock. New Trail Max seats mitigated that perception and I'm happy, given they last as long as I expect them to, at least 75-100,000 miles.
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Unread 09-28-2008, 10:43 PM   #7
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i had rough country 4 inch lift with 1.5 shackles on my cj 7. It rode ok. it rode alot better when i put the rough country reverse shackle kit on it.
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Unread 09-29-2008, 05:17 AM   #8
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so far im very happy with my 4 inch kit and boomerang shackles.its only been on for about 2 months . definitally have at least 4 inches if not more. it also flexs pretty good. it stuffs my 33,s . it rides about the same as it did with the stock springs. i think with diferent shocks, it would ride even better than stock!!
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Unread 09-29-2008, 07:46 AM   #9
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I'll never buy another one!
Still have the last one, installed for about a month or six weeks, on the junk rack out back...
I'm going to sell it if I can ever find someone that wants something that stiff!
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