Sorry for the long post, but I feel a little lost.
I thought I had done my research and decided on my set up, then a conversation with AEV at the 11th hour has me almost starting over again. I had originally settled on the 2.5" aev, but AEV is telling me this kit is really designed to handle a stockish JKU running 35" tires and if I add front and rear bumpers the lift will drop and I will probably see some rubbing. This talk happened after a lot of research, including other talks with AEV and after I gave a deposit to the shop doing the work.
The shop is more then willing to hold off until I make up my mind, but now I feel like I am starting all over.
The shop I am dealing with mods a ton of jeeps and has a good reputation.
- 2014 JKU sport with 3:73 gearing
- Ace sliders
- Rubicon rail take offs
- 95% on road though not a daily driver.
- Will also be driven by my non-wheeling wife who only cares about on road performance
- Will hit Rausch Creek a couple of times a year, running mostly greens and blues
- Want to avoid replacing the front driveshaft until I decide to wheel harder/more often
- Don't want to rub.
- 315/70R17 Duratrac
- 17" Rugged Ridge Wheels
- Teraflex spare carrier
- Front bumper, probably Metalcloak 1401 or barricade front
- Rear bumper, probably Metalcloak full or Ace pro series
- 4 People and camping gear
AEV is telling me that their springs can not handle the weight on the 2.5" lift and recommends their 3.5"
Former AEV employee/shop employee felt the 2.5" will be fine with no rubbing
Shop guy who is doing the install is pushing the RK X Factor and is not familiar with Metalcloak and is hesitant to do a lift he is not familiar with, not because of install issues but does not know their reliability, customer service, and parts availability.
Me: No frickin' idea, except to say that I really liked what I have seen with Metalcloak but in the end cares more about the goals listed above.
Lift kits I am looking at (grouped by my perceived price):
- Lowest Cost:
- 2.5" AEV with brackets
Middle of the road:
- RK 3.5 Flex with fox shocks and steering kit
- MC Dual rate with ARB
- 3.5" AEV
- RK X Factor with fox shocks and steering kit
- MC Duraflex with undetermined shocks
- MC Game Changer ARB edition
I just bought the jeep and the different options range in price by almost $2K. I would prefer to spend less, but don't want to kick myself down the road if possible. I am not trying to start a brand war here, just looking for suggestions based on everyone's experience.
Please help, I am losing my mind at this point.....