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Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Suspension Lift YJ

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Product Information

MSRP: $899.98
Average Price: $750.69
Manufacturer: Rubicon Express
Yes: 18 / No: 0

Rubicon's entry level 2.5-inch suspension for the '87-'95 Wrangler maintains the stock leaf spring concept. The complete kit includes new shocks and springs, plus all other necessary components. The 2.5-inch kit clears 31 x 10.50" tires.


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Chumley1080's Reviews
08-13-2015, 02:32 AM
Price: $649.99
Pros: Specifically made for Jeeps
Cons: May need rear shock mount bracket to prevent contact with axle.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Happy with the kit except you may need rear shock mount brackets to prevent contact against axle, don't install upside down as a fix. Brackets NOT included in kit. Contact Rubicon Express, they may ship you out brackets for free. One selling point is R.E. only supplies lifts for Jeeps, whether true or not I never looked into. Definitely bouncy after binstall but settled down after 500 miles or so.


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atldude's Reviews
09-12-2013, 08:59 PM
Price: $800.00
Pros: Had most parts u'd need
Cons: Still had to get steel lines for the front and shock relocation brackets. Also missing bushings for shackles @ frame
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Drives great, has most things you need but be prepared to buy lines for the front and shoch relocation brackets for rear. The spring eye didn't fit the axle so had to drill back and front. Should have come with bushings for shackles @ frame but did not

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rlloyd's Reviews
08-08-2013, 05:21 PM
Price: $880.00
Pros: great kit, no regrets, more lift than expected
Cons: none
Recommended? Yes

Comments: difficult to install, never had done anything close to this before, install 100% by myself, only had to do some drilling for the rear centering pins, and had to order rear shock relocation brackets for the axle. Was in a accident 2 months after, and had to replace one front leaf spring and u bolts, had a friend help, and it took less than 2 hours.


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hiperon's Reviews
06-22-2013, 09:30 AM
Price: $779.99
Pros: Good combination of quality and price
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: It's a perfect change of old suspension for this price! I really like this kit. Simple install. Only have troubles with rear sway bar removal. And it's good to have new bolts to mount springs to frame (kit doesn't have it).

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BPEN65's Reviews
07-21-2010, 06:20 PM
Price: $700.00
Cons: NONE
Recommended? Yes


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04-07-2010, 01:47 PM
Price: $779.00
Pros: Only been on for a few days, but love it. Actually gained @ 4.5 inches (5/8 booms as well) all around because old stock parts were toast.
Cons: Instructions sucked big time......
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I am a complete novice at working on cars, and only know what I know from scouring JF. The instructions that came with the kit were awful, seriously lacking in details. Honestly it seemed more like an attempt at limiting liability than a true installation instruction.

As for the lift itself, I love the look, love the feel, love the height. Makes me feel like I actually drive a jeep now.

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87yjlaxin's Reviews
11-09-2009, 11:26 AM
Price: $780.00
Pros: great price for a moderate lift.
Cons: has only one braided steel brake line for the rear. the kit has extensions for the front. i suggest getting some braided steel brake lines for the front to reduce the # of leak points in the lines. you will have to cut your tub if you have a BA-10/5 trans. the shifter has a huge knob in the middle of the shaft that rubs and doesnt allow the gears to seat well.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I really like this kit. It comes with everything needed for the lift including the trans lowering kit. like i said above, the only thing i didnt like about it was the brake line extensions for the front, and the fact that for my specific application i needed to cut my tub a little bit so i could shift into reverse and it stay in gear. i have gone wheeling only a few times since i have put it on and it made a big difference with articulation. i did not buy a quick disconnect for the fron sway bar but given my experience with mechanics and my own cars its nothing i cant handle with a socket wrench. Overall its a good deal on a quality lift. my buddy had the same kit on his 91 yj and he recommended it to me, which it has not disappointed me at all. also i found that quadratec had the best pricing on it, that may have had something to do with me living in PA at the time but it was not as expensive as it could have been. after taxes it came out to about $925 bucks.

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NMYJ's Reviews
06-04-2009, 09:40 PM
Price: $750.00
Pros: Got a real nice lift. I was contemplating adding 1 1/4 shackles, no need! The sway bar disconnects are a blast!
Cons: none yet!!
Recommended? Yes

Comments: A great purchase, i looked at several options from Black Diamond to rough country, but the Rubicon Express had everything. Good price, easy install.

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Sungard's Reviews
05-22-2009, 06:46 AM
Price: $800.00
Pros: gives nice lift
Cons: little clunk sound from leaf packs
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Great Lift Kit!!! Excellent all around...Just the one I was looking for, perfect for my uses and easy on the body when driving. A great ride experience with no vibes, little clunky sound but can be ignored over ride quality.

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D-Rob's Reviews

03-22-2009, 11:05 AM
Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Suspension Lift YJ
Price: $799.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Very happy with it. More than enough clearance for 32's...was worried if they'd fit. I know it'll sink a little but you could put 33's on there with this lift...however I do have extra clearance with the Xenon flat fenders.


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ritjobbie's Reviews

12-18-2008, 10:49 PM
Price: $604.00
Pros: Complete kit.
Cons: Maybe too complete if you continue the never ending upgrade path.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: The most complete kit I could find. I wish it came with stainless front brake lines; the hard line extensions work, though. Shocks are a little rough for on-road driving. Other than that, everything is awesome.

Springs have not sagged whatsoever and are still come in at just under 3" lift. Shocks still ride nicely, but I was using shock boots for a while and now the rods are getting a little rusty (shock boots are BAD--they only HOLD MOISTURE IN!). I ended up buying nice stainless lines for the front and I just took out my TC drop when installing a SYE/CV. I drove around for a few weeks w/out the TC drop and the vibes were very minimal and actually not that bad at all.

The sway bar discos are kinda' crappy if you live in the rust/snow belt. The pins get stuck and they are a little hard to get back on. A ton of anti-seize or grease fixed this pretty quickly.

The front track arm relocation bracket sucks. My steering stabilizer ended up making contact with it at certain flex points with the wheel at near full lock. I don't know what I was thinking running a front track bar anyways. Don't even bother with this part. Just trash both track arms.

When I did my SYE/CV, I had to swap out the 2.5 axle shims for something a little steeper. The Aluminum shims were a little krusty, but they held up pretty well, even in salt-crazy upstate NY winters.

I would probably buy the 4" kit today if I had to do it again, but only because I know that I want to end up on 35s with taller gears in the next few years.


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jeepnfun's Reviews

10-19-2008, 10:06 PM
Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Suspension Lift YJ
Price: $899.98
Recommended? Yes

Comments: simple to install, comfortable ride, did not increase ride stiffness to much. was happy with this upgrade.

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Bigb75's Reviews

09-28-2008, 08:19 AM
Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Suspension Lift YJ
Price: $750.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: greatr quality product, 2 years later still no problems, good ride, been off-road and had no issues.

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plumber1's Reviews

09-21-2008, 04:44 PM
Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Suspension Lift YJ
Price: $799.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have te extreme duty that they no longer list. It works great and did no change the ride. Would buy again AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

91yjblk's Reviews

07-01-2008, 10:49 AM
Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Suspension Lift YJ
Price: $779.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: love it, smooth ride and no sag after about 6 months and 10,000 miles. Would definitly put RE on next jeep i get

xXArcticWolfXx's Reviews

05-15-2008, 10:11 PM
Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Suspension Lift YJ
Price: $461.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This lift kit is amazing. It gives more height than I was expecting(in a good way) and looks great. It actually gives aout 3.25" of lift which I'm not complaining about! Everything in the kit was easy to install and it defenitely beefs up the suspension and makes my Jeep look better!

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supersixfour's Reviews

05-14-2008, 02:40 PM
Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Suspension Lift YJ
Recommended? Yes

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BennyYJ's Reviews

05-08-2008, 09:47 PM
Rubicon Express 2.5" Standard Suspension Lift YJ
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Decent lift. Springs have held up strong. They have rusted a little bit, but that is partly my fault for not washing mud off of them immediately after offroading. I have no trouble clearing 31 10.50's even under extreme flexing conditions.

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