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Unread 04-02-2013, 02:27 AM   #16
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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.
You guys arenít the only ones but rather the few who dare to speak out in fear of ridicule; glad you did.


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Unread 04-02-2013, 05:14 PM   #17
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Unread 04-02-2013, 09:44 PM   #18
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No ridicule from me but there seems to be some butthurtedness lol going on in this thread. I've learned from experience with cheap kits (ProComp and Skyjacker on previous JKs) and have had to chase problems due to the way these cheap kits address the issues lifts create. Also, ive had a friend chase Death Wobble in a RC lifted 4dr.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, it's a bad idea to use a front track bar bracket. The frame side front track bar mount and the stock track bar are well known weak points in JKs. Why would u use a bracket which causes additional leverage to be placed on the already weak mount which will also have to handle the additional weight of larger tires?? Bad design as they only addressed recentering the axle with the bracket and not the strength of the weak track bar and mount. I wouldn't buy a kit that addressed the track bar issue in that manor. Death Wobble is crazy unsafe and once you experience it, you'll know what I mean. There was a thread about this exact issue recently where the guy was chasing DW bad and the result was the weak front track bar bracket.

Also, 3.5 inches is a ton of lift which will pull the rear axle forward if you don't use longer rear LCAs. That's why in the pic, you can see that the rear tire sits forward of center in the wheel well. The higher you lift, the more issues you need to address to do it properly which cheap kits usually don't. How different companies manufacture and design their products to address the issues is what's important as well as the quality of those parts. Other issues a 3.5" kit create that need to be addressed just to name name a few is exhaust making contact, driveshaft angles, brake lines, rear track bar strength, centering both front and rear axles, etc. There are different ways to address each issue and I look for a company that addresses the concerns the best.

IMO, I like buying from companies that make products only for Jeeps and not other makes and models. This way, all the R&D of the products is Jeep specific and not just thrown together to be sold for a profit as that's what I feel companies like ProComp, RC, and SkyJacker do.

Lastly, I'm certainly not trying to ridicule, just express my opinion that came from experience in hopes others may learn first the easy way.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #19
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No ridicule from me but there seems to be some butthurtedness lol going on in this thread. I've learned from experience with cheap kits (ProComp and Skyjacker on previous JKs) and have had to chase problems due to the way these cheap kits address the issues lifts create. Also, ive had a friend chase Death Wobble in a RC lifted 4dr.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, it's a bad idea to use a front track bar bracket. The frame side front track bar mount and the stock track bar are well known weak points in JKs. Why would u use a bracket which causes additional leverage to be placed on the already weak mount which will also have to handle the additional weight of larger tires?? Bad design as they only addressed recentering the axle with the bracket and not the strength of the weak track bar and mount. I wouldn't buy a kit that addressed the track bar issue in that manor. Death Wobble is crazy unsafe and once you experience it, you'll know what I mean. There was a thread about this exact issue recently where the guy was chasing DW bad and the result was the weak front track bar bracket.

Also, 3.5 inches is a ton of lift which will pull the rear axle forward if you don't use longer rear LCAs. That's why in the pic, you can see that the rear tire sits forward of center in the wheel well. The higher you lift, the more issues you need to address to do it properly which cheap kits usually don't. How different companies manufacture and design their products to address the issues is what's important as well as the quality of those parts. Other issues a 3.5" kit create that need to be addressed just to name name a few is exhaust making contact, driveshaft angles, brake lines, rear track bar strength, centering both front and rear axles, etc. There are different ways to address each issue and I look for a company that addresses the concerns the best.

IMO, I like buying from companies that make products only for Jeeps and not other makes and models. This way, all the R&D of the products is Jeep specific and not just thrown together to be sold for a profit as that's what I feel companies like ProComp, RC, and SkyJacker do.

Lastly, I'm certainly not trying to ridicule, just express my opinion that came from experience in hopes others may learn first the easy way.
I agree with most of this. Granted the AEV 2.5" lift is pretty basic, but that's kind of a good thing. It's upgradable. The springs and shocks are amazing. AEV is a jeep specific company that tunes their springs and shocks in a way that nobody else does.
I have the 3.5" AEV lift which is compete, but sometimes I wish I would have gone with the 2.5" kit, and upgraded control arms (romken?) and track bars (synergy) rather than all of the brackets with the 3.5" lift.
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