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Unread 03-31-2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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AEV or Rancho Lift??? Trying to decide

Heard the AEV 2.5" is the best value for what you get but I really like the fact the Rancho 3" is painted entirely red to match the color scheme on my JK Unlimited which will also have Dick Cepek 18s w 35s. Let me know what y'all think.

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Unread 03-31-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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Lol. So you want to choose your suspension based on the color it is painted?!
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Unread 03-31-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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I’m not bashing Rancho at all but I do know that AEV is a good and well respected suspension package for the JKs. I would never base anything or part for my Jeep based on what color it is.

If you get something other than red then just paint it prior to installing it if you must. Also, too much of the same color can have a negative effect on how your Jeep will look too.
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Unread 03-31-2013, 11:47 PM   #4
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the AEV is a solid kit.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 05:16 AM   #5
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Personally, I would stay away from any kit that uses a front track bar drop bracket which I believe the Rancho kit uses. Check out the "definitive lift kit" thread for some reviews on different kits. There are a ton of different options depending on the type of wheeling you want to do with your Jeep. The AEV kit is known to be one of the best for on road handling characteristics. If it was me, I'd run the Rock Krawler 2.5 Flex kit.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 05:37 AM   #6
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I have the 3.5" AEV Dual Sport and am happy with it.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 09:58 AM   #9
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I preach the same companies as piles of junk, go through my posts. It wasnt until recently that teraflex earned their keep and put rubicon express down with the sodomites

I'm not a fan of AEV either, but their little 2.5" starter kit is a good place to jump from

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TeraFlex is proven to me on multiple JKs and will always get my vote.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 02:07 PM   #11
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Heard the AEV 2.5" is the best value for what you get but I really like the fact the Rancho 3" is painted entirely red to match the color scheme on my JK Unlimited which will also have Dick Cepek 18s w 35s. Let me know what y'all think.

Look to our Rancho 3" TRAIL system.
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front/rear upper control arms as well.
Available in red or black

Made in the USA.
And a rebate as well...

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My bds kit for my TJ was awesome though? Given I only had the springs and shocks with stock control arms and stuff (2" lift that netted ~2.5").

I agree I wouldnt recommend their control arms, but their springs and shocks are damn nice and have a life time "no bs" warranty
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Available in red or black...
I typed this (see next paragraph below) up and was about to submit it but for some reason went back and reread your post one more time. Then I discovered that you had already answered my question.

“Seeing you in this thread just brought back a memory of sorts. Didn’t you (Rancho) start offering a couple of you larger suspension kits in black too as an option a couple of years or so?”
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hi, i no i will get flamed but i installed a rough country series 2 3.5" lift today on my jku. i was going for a close to factory ride as possible. i didnt buy any extras just the kit$475 shipped of a vendor here. the lift comes wiith a 60 satifaction warranty and lifetime on everything except bushings. ok i started about 10 this morning and finished about five with help the last hour. there brackets are way more heavy duty than factory and it is as big as i will ever go so the heavy-duty fixed control arms were fine for me. still have stock tires on untill tomorrow. the ride is great so far the n2.0 suck up pot holes my family and my self were amazed at the ride. the shocks have about 12" travel wich is a plus. took it by my buddies we installed a 3.5 aev on his in january he was impressed with the ride and the handling said it was every bit as good as his maybe a tad more nose dive on hard stops. just my 2 cents.

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hi, i no i will get flamed but i installed a rough country series 2 3.5" lift today on my jku. i was going for a close to factory ride as possible. i didnt buy any extras just the kit$475 shipped of a vendor here. the lift comes wiith a 60 satifaction warranty and lifetime on everything except bushings. ok i started about 10 this morning and finished about five with help the last hour. there brackets are way more heavy duty than factory and it is as big as i will ever go so the heavy-duty fixed control arms were fine for me. still have stock tires on untill tomorrow. the ride is great so far the n2.0 suck up pot holes my family and my self were amazed at the ride. the shocks have about 12" travel wich is a plus. took it by my buddies we installed a 3.5 aev on his in january he was impressed with the ride and the handling said it was every bit as good as his maybe a tad more nose dive on hard stops. just my 2 cents.

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Wait, wait let me get this straight you bought a rough country lift kit and your satisfied so far. How can this be possible? Guess you and I must be the only two that got good lift kits from them.
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