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Unread 10-10-2013, 11:17 AM   #16
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Why don't you like the AEV 3.5"? Right now I'm between the AEV 2.5", AEV 3.5", and RK 2.5" Max Flex (which I hear is more like a 3.5"+).
Because once you get that height, I don’t like my Jeep being held together by brackets. Also if ever you wanted to grow from that lift you end up throwing most of the components away, so you spend money twice.

I would want adjustable control arms instead of AEV’s drop brackets
I would want an adjustable front trackbar instead of AEV’s “bent OE” one
I would want sway bar quick disconnects
I would want extended brake lines instead of or in addition to drop brackets

The good about the kit is it is priced WITH shocks, a high steer kit and a Procal.

-Dan

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Unread 10-10-2013, 12:59 PM   #17
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Because once you get that height, I don’t like my Jeep being held together by brackets. Also if ever you wanted to grow from that lift you end up throwing most of the components away, so you spend money twice.

I would want adjustable control arms instead of AEV’s drop brackets
I would want an adjustable front trackbar instead of AEV’s “bent OE” one
I would want sway bar quick disconnects
I would want extended brake lines instead of or in addition to drop brackets

The good about the kit is it is priced WITH shocks, a high steer kit and a Procal.

-Dan
Thanks for your input. Now I'm between the AEV 2.5 and RK 2.5 Max Flex, the RK is about $500 more after the add-ins are tallied up. I'm leaning more towards the AEV to keep the height a little lower.
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Unread 10-10-2013, 01:07 PM   #18
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AEV will ride best. I have the 2.5" with bilsteins and it rides awesome even with no weight added like a winch and bumper
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Unread 10-10-2013, 01:44 PM   #19
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Thanks for your input. Now I'm between the AEV 2.5 and RK 2.5 Max Flex, the RK is about $500 more after the add-ins are tallied up. I'm leaning more towards the AEV to keep the height a little lower.
The Rock Krawler kit also comes with lower control arms. Got to decide if that is worth the money to you or not. If I was shopping for a kit again, I would get the RK 2.5" Max too.

As far as AEV riding better...That is opinion based. The RK kit will ride just as good. I had my pieced together kit riding well too.

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Unread 10-10-2013, 05:15 PM   #20
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I was going to put 35's on my 2dr till everyone started telling me it might rub without at least 2" of lift. I've been trying to trade my 35's off for 32/33's but so far no takers. I just don't want to get into a lift yet.
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Unread 10-10-2013, 06:00 PM   #21
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I was going to put 35's on my 2dr till everyone started telling me it might rub without at least 2" of lift. I've been trying to trade my 35's off for 32/33's but so far no takers. I just don't want to get into a lift yet.
How about a leveling kit? You can fit 35's but you will have to trim fenders or buy flats. Also trim pinch seam and rock tails if it is a Rubicon.

You can get into this http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep-sus...kit-634-7.html

or this http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep-sus...-kit-651c.html

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Unread 10-10-2013, 06:49 PM   #22
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I already put JKU Rubi 18/59 springs on it. I'm not sure I want to add more lift, trim fenders, bumper and all that. It's just a base Sport that won't see much off road so I don't think the effort to fit 35's is worth it when a 32/33 will be plenty without having to lift it.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 04:40 AM   #23
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I put an AEV 2.5" with drop brackets on a club member's 2010 JKUR. I was impressed with the end result. She's running 33s right now but a regear and 35s may come later. As soon as it was on there she came over to Moab with us and ran Behind The Rocks with no issues at all. What I like about it is the retention of stock drivelines, no steering or front & rear pinion angle correction needed and good flex characteristics. Great value, too, considering the overall performance vs some of the el cheapo kits out there.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 05:47 AM   #24
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AEV 3.5" here and added extended brake lines. 2 years and 14k miles later ZERO issues.

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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:40 AM   #25
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I put an AEV 2.5" with drop brackets on a club member's 2010 JKUR. I was impressed with the end result. She's running 33s right now but a regear and 35s may come later. As soon as it was on there she came over to Moab with us and ran Behind The Rocks with no issues at all. What I like about it is the retention of stock drivelines, no steering or front & rear pinion angle correction needed and good flex characteristics. Great value, too, considering the overall performance vs some of the el cheapo kits out there.
Well typically you don't have a lot of issues with a 2.5" kit. The 2.5" AEV kit is a good kit.

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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:43 AM   #26
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AEV 3.5" here and added extended brake lines. 2 years and 14k miles later ZERO issues.

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No one is saying it is plagued with issues. I just desire more out of a lift at that height. For the price of the AEV 3.5 and 4.5” lifts you can get other brands that come with lower control arms, adjustable trackbar, sway bar disconnects etc…

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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:57 AM   #27
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No one is saying it is plagued with issues. I just desire more out of a lift at that height. For the price of the AEV 3.5 and 4.5” lifts you can get other brands that come with lower control arms, adjustable trackbar, sway bar disconnects etc…

-Dan
Never said anybody said that. Just posting my experience with 3.5" of AEV brackets.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:42 AM   #28
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There was a huge difference in ride quality when I added the Geo brackets to my 3.5" lift. Handling was never an issue before or after. The geo brackets change the angle of the control arms, adjustable control arms do nothing to address that angle. The only thing that can match that angle is a long arm kit where the control arm brackets are moved to a new location.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 09:01 AM   #29
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Correct, the drop brackets like AEV uses approximate the same control arm angles you'd get with a long arm. TnT Customs makes some that are more robust than AEVs, and just like the AEV brackets can be retrofited to any short arm suspension.

Whether using front end drop brackets or a full blown long arm conversion, the improvement in stability, ride quality & handling needs to be experienced. Slight loss in ground clearance but a relatively minor issue real world.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #30
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I guess I'll find out soon, when my metalcloak arms show up for my aev 3.5" lift. The advantage of having near level lower control arms is obvious, but I'm going to see how much the ride changes without the brackets.
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