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Unread 07-15-2012, 05:13 PM   #16
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I'm running the 2.5" RK Stock Mod with Bilstein 5100s and love it.....great onroad and offroad, and its expandable as your budget allows. I'm running 33"s, but RK says its perfectly fine for 35"s.

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Unread 07-15-2012, 06:22 PM   #17
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I run the same lift, RK 2.5 stock mod with 33's. Love it and the bilstein shocks are awesome! I will slowly upgrade the lift in steps as the budget allows me to.
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Unread 07-15-2012, 11:54 PM   #18
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What about a rough country 3.5? Several people I've talked to around here are pretty happy with them.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 01:21 AM   #19
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Ok guys after reading endless forum threads about lift kits.... I decided to go with the ROCK KRAWLER MAX TRAVEL 2.5 Lift Kit with 4 Lower Control arms, 4x5100 Bilstein Shocks. Sittin on 18" XDS, with 35x12.5x18 of rubber :0) Please let me know what you think of the setup as well as any comments from those who rock this lift already thanks again for all your help!!
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Unread 07-16-2012, 06:39 AM   #20
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That's what I went with. Love the lift and the quality of the parts. The only drawback was the wait time for it to show up.
I like how expandable it is and that the parts look and feel like they'll survive a nuclear holocaust.
The pic is with 35's on, so you can see the 2.5" is plenty of lift. (I got 3.5" in the front and 2" in the back)
Geometry was perfect, I took it in for an alignment immediately after installation and no correction was necessary. The only thing I had to do was give the drag link (2 x 15mm bolts) about 1 full turn to recenter the steering wheel.. Took all of 2 minutes.

The other things I did were to replace the front driveline, I felt it was the better of the options available, I shouldn't have to do anything to my exhaust now. This was not immediately necessary unless you're going to do some pretty serious wheeling.. in that case, you might contact the exhaust crossover. The new driveline gives me plenty of clearance. (Teraflex $450.00)
I tried like he!! to find Bilsteins but could not get them in stock anywhere, so I broke down and grabbed a set of Fox shocks. A little more money that I wanted to spend on them, but they are AWESOME. They look great and the ride is 100% improved over stock.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 11:26 AM   #21
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OP has a 2012, you're quoting pre-2012 3.8L gearsets which do not apply!!!
Just FYI, I'm pretty sure the 6spd is the same in all jks. However, you can forget to add the increased output of the pentastar into the equation. Although some say the pentastar doesn't seem all that much more powerful in day to day....really an opinion based argument here IMO.
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Just FYI, I'm pretty sure the 6spd is the same in all jks. However, you can forget to add the increased output of the pentastar into the equation. Although some say the pentastar doesn't seem all that much more powerful in day to day....really an opinion based argument here IMO.
Reference the gear charts readily available here and on other forums, recommending gears isnt a $20 ooops, I'll just swap those out mistake.

The 5.13 are barely drivable, and 5.38 are outside the blue shaded area, making them a poor recommendation, especially for someone planning on 90% street/highway driving..
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Unread 07-16-2012, 04:13 PM   #23
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So the question is should i re-gear or should i just wait....? I have a 2012 gonna be running 18x35's and have a sahara with 3.73 Gear Ratio ???
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Unread 07-16-2012, 04:14 PM   #24
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That's what I went with. Love the lift and the quality of the parts. The only drawback was the wait time for it to show up.
I like how expandable it is and that the parts look and feel like they'll survive a nuclear holocaust.
The pic is with 35's on, so you can see the 2.5" is plenty of lift. (I got 3.5" in the front and 2" in the back)
Geometry was perfect, I took it in for an alignment immediately after installation and no correction was necessary. The only thing I had to do was give the drag link (2 x 15mm bolts) about 1 full turn to recenter the steering wheel.. Took all of 2 minutes.

The other things I did were to replace the front driveline, I felt it was the better of the options available, I shouldn't have to do anything to my exhaust now. This was not immediately necessary unless you're going to do some pretty serious wheeling.. in that case, you might contact the exhaust crossover. The new driveline gives me plenty of clearance. (Teraflex $450.00)
I tried like he!! to find Bilsteins but could not get them in stock anywhere, so I broke down and grabbed a set of Fox shocks. A little more money that I wanted to spend on them, but they are AWESOME. They look great and the ride is 100% improved over stock.
Great looking Rig!!

What bumpstops did you go with??
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Unread 07-16-2012, 05:06 PM   #25
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Ok guys after reading endless forum threads about lift kits.... I decided to go with the ROCK KRAWLER MAX TRAVEL 2.5 Lift Kit with 4 Lower Control arms, 4x5100 Bilstein Shocks. Sittin on 18" XDS, with 35x12.5x18 of rubber :0) Please let me know what you think of the setup as well as any comments from those who rock this lift already thanks again for all your help!!

I think you made the right choice. There are so many life kits and setups, and I too have read countless posts about what is better, on and on, made me sick. I called Northridge 4x4 and they got me exactly what I needed for what I was wanting to do with my JKU. Once installed, lets see the before and after pics!
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Filthy4x4, just another point here, but you can save at least $300 to $400 by going to 17's instead and even more with 16's. I know that 17's to 18's can be personal preference, but sometimes the wallet is the deciding factor. Personally, I feel that 18's are better suited to 37" tires. Either way, it is your personal preference/decision/hard-earned coin, that's just my last $0.02. Cheers.
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Great looking Rig!!

What bumpstops did you go with??
I just went with teraflex's bump stops since its a local shop for me. I actually still have not put my fronts on! Need to get that done..I bought them after I got my shocks...it was kind of a mess.
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I run the same lift, RK 2.5 stock mod with 33's. Love it and the bilstein shocks are awesome! I will slowly upgrade the lift in steps as the budget allows me to.
where would you go next with the lift? (as far as upgrades that is)
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Unread 07-16-2012, 11:23 PM   #29
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Filthy4x4, just another point here, but you can save at least $300 to $400 by going to 17's instead and even more with 16's. I know that 17's to 18's can be personal preference, but sometimes the wallet is the deciding factor. Personally, I feel that 18's are better suited to 37" tires. Either way, it is your personal preference/decision/hard-earned coin, that's just my last $0.02. Cheers.

Thanks, But the only reason that I'm going for the 18's is cause there are not a lot of wheel options with the 17x9 5x5 and the 4.5" backspacing that is what the biggest problem was... So I found a pair of XD Monsters with 4.5" and they only come in an 18" diameter
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Just FYI, I'm pretty sure the 6spd is the same in all jks. However, you can forget to add the increased output of the pentastar into the equation. Although some say the pentastar doesn't seem all that much more powerful in day to day....really an opinion based argument here IMO.
Just FYI, the 2012+ has a different engine and transmission and does require different gears than a comparible 2007-2011 3.8L model. Previously DAK09 was quoting "performance" gearsets for a 2007-2011 JK with 35" tires. Consult the 2012+ (3.6L) charts for your regear, it is confusing at first, but best not to get mixed up between the 3.6L and 3.8L when choosing to regear your JK.
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