First off, pardon me if this has been covered. I did some quick looking around, but I honestly started getting a headache from staring at the monitor too long.
Background: I had a TJ with a mild lift. Loved it
...and now I'm back in the saddle with a 2013 JKU Sport.
Back when I was frequenting the TJ forum, the OME lift kits were widely regarded as some of the best money could buy for lifting the TJ without getting crazy, which was always appealing since my Jeep was my DD. My current JKU is also my DD, so I don't want to get crazy, but I don't want to screw it up as a DD by being stupid and trying to save a buck either.
I see that the OME kits are available for the JK/JKU as well and they seem to be pretty similar to the kits that were offered for the old TJ. Looks basic, yields more significantly more lift than the advertised 2", and (hopefully) has been reported to have the same sort of ride quality and articulation as the previous kits, which wasn't so bad.
But it's a much more basic kit than some others out there. Would running one of these lifts cause me more problems and require more parts than OME would have us believe? I mean, Adj. track bars, disconnects, LCA's, etc. are included in some of the more complete kits, and I like that. They cost more, but if it is necessary to add these parts to an OME kit, then the cost quickly evens out.
I don't wheel too heavily. Don't have a ton of rocks around here, and I'd like to pay this thing off before I start all of that. But a little lift to play on some trails, play in the sand, and satisfy my desire to have my Jeep look more like what I'm accustomed to my Jeeps looking like is moving me to do something about it now. I'm not a fan of doing things twice, but I'm not against doing it the right way in stages.
I'm thinking of cutting the flares or replacing them with something that will provide more clearance, going with 35's, and enjoying my Jeep for a while. I'm drawn to the OME kit because I've read years of great reviews on their products, but I don't want to focus too much on it if there are (much) better options out there.
Thanks for your thoughts...
...and man, it's good to be back.