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post #1 of 5 Old 09-15-2021, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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Rough Country 2.5" Spacer lift

Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if the Rough Country 2.5" Spacer lift is truly off road worthy - i've gotten a mixed bag of feedback on spacer vs coil lifts - i've been told the coil lifts will extend the cv's more especially on compression since they have more travel - and may cause more wear and tear. Either way thats what i was going to go with - now everyone with a coil lift is telling me its atleast 2 months out before it would arrive - while i can do the spacer lift now for a total of $818 installed (including parts). Any downsides to this lift ? I primarily want more clearance so i can have more piece of mind when i hit the trails. Will this get me to about the same level of what a Trailhawk is at in off road 2 ? I also plan on going atleast up a size in tires (265/65/18 or 275/65/18 (if the later will clear without rubbing)).

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-15-2021, 06:39 AM
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The tire-wheel fitment sticky thread will provide details of what tires and wheels fit. 275/65/18 is on the edge, depending on tire brand you may have to do minor mods like bending over the pinch weld. Using a wheel with ~18mm offset would also help.

There are several threads here where members replaced the spacer kit with OME spring kits as they were dissatisfied with spacers, both in ride and articulation.

You have the same bump stops regardless, so max CV angles will be nearly the same as stock. Wear would be the same as stock on compression, steady state there is more of an angle and the wear will be a bit more regardless of spacer or spring kit.

Worth the wait is subjective. Two months is not bad, if it doesn't lead to four.

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The tire-wheel fitment sticky thread will provide details of what tires and wheels fit. 275/65/18 is on the edge, depending on tire brand you may have to do minor mods like bending over the pinch weld. Using a wheel with ~18mm offset would also help.

There are several threads here where members replaced the spacer kit with OME spring kits as they were dissatisfied with spacers, both in ride and articulation.

You have the same bump stops regardless, so max CV angles will be nearly the same as stock. Wear would be the same as stock on compression, steady state there is more of an angle and the wear will be a bit more regardless of spacer or spring kit.

Worth the wait is subjective. Two months is not bad, if it doesn't lead to four.
I just put my deposit down and will get the spacer kit installed - however a few months down the line i will want to goto coil lift for sure. I just want something that is going to give me a bit more ground clearance for tires - i think i am going to go 265/65/18 to be on the safe side. I'd prefer a 265/70/18 atleast wrangler duratracs - but see 0 reports on that tire size fitting.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-16-2021, 10:14 PM
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The work to install spacers or lift kits is about the same, if you are paying $818 for a spacer install more than $600 of that is labor/shop fees that you are going to have to pay again if you go down the OME or Rough Country path two months later. If time is critical, the business case may stack up but I would wait until you can get the real thing.

As Coldcase says, any increased wear on the CV joints will be the same regardless of how you achieve the lift. The benefit of a quality lift kit is you get longer travel and more progressive damping. Spacers are a very cost-effective way to get a lift to support bigger wheels for styling purposes but for more challenging offroad use, a lift kit is the way to go. OME products seem to get good reviews and many of their dampers are serviceable rather than sealed disposable parts
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-18-2021, 06:40 AM
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I would not waste my money on a spacer kit. I have the ome lift and love it. I run 275/65R18 tires on wheels with 0 offset. Had to do a little trimming but it was worth it. I know spacer kits are cheaper but why do the spacer kit just because its readily available when you are already thinking of doing a spring lift down the road.

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