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New to the page. I had the AEV 2.5" DualSport lift installed. It rides great but there is still a rake with the truck, probably as it should as it's a lift and not a leveling kit. But am I wrong? Should it be level and the rake be no more? Picture included. I'd like someone's opinion who is knows this stuff. Just want to make sure I didn't get hosed. Or is the rake not that bad and I should just be happy?

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-20-2017, 09:01 PM
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Their lifts are designed around the expectation that you'll have a full size spare, front and rear bumpers, winch, ect. It'll settle in slightly after a few miles, but if you don't like the rake adding a spacer is not a bad thing.


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Hello,

New to the page. I had the AEV 2.5" DualSport lift installed. It rides great but there is still a rake with the truck, probably as it should as it's a lift and not a leveling kit. But am I wrong? Should it be level and the rake be no more? Picture included. I'd like someone's opinion who is knows this stuff. Just want to make sure I didn't get hosed. Or is the rake not that bad and I should just be happy?

Thanks!
Leave it. You'll grow fond of that miniscule rake when you load her up with passengers and gear.

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-21-2017, 03:54 AM
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I am in the minority as I like a bit of rake. like was said if you put gear in the back you will level off. It is easier to see in front of you when offroad if you have rake vs rear end dragging.
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Hey Folks, thank you for the replies. Yea, I will see what happens after a bit. I really like the leveled look, but I guess we'll see what happens. However if I do decide to level it whats the best approach now that I have already installed a lift. I don't want to create all sorts of noises or knocks in the suspension.
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i've got that same lift and have just lived with the slight rake. i did purchase a used set of 3.5 AEV springs for the front, but never installed them. you could also add a puck spacer if it really bothers you.

as others have said, you will learn to appreciate it when the jeep is fully loaded, since every ounce of gear is going to be at the back of the jeep and cause it to level out.

another thing to consider is hood flutter. the less of a rake you have, the more flutter you may get. there are ways to combat this - metal hood latches, etc.
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RealKnickFan and BoopieJones-

I just bought a 2017 and am contemplating the 2.5" AEV lift. You said it rides well. Did it at all affect the factory feel? How much wander does it give you between the lines, slow and at highway speed?. Also, what tire size are you running? I am debating between the lift or just a leveling kit because I doubt I would ever run anything larger than a 33".

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I think it looks better with slight rake and I would take a bit of rake over reverse rake any day. Like the others are saying, it helps once your loaded up with people or gear (does rake help handing too?). I'm also running the AEV 2.5 Kit with a 115 pound front bumper and have a slight bit of rake. I've only had this lift for about a month, but it seems to settle a bit and looks and handles great. I'm wondering if I'm going to get too much rake once I get a winch installed? If that does happen I'll just add a 1/2 spacer, but I still want to maintain the rake. I'm new to Jeeps and I've only owned my Jeep for about a year and Jeeps the more I learn and look at Jeeps the more my taste change. I'm so glad I'm taking my modifications slow because if I modded after the first month of ownership, I would have regretted so many things.
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I am in the minority as I like a bit of rake. like was said if you put gear in the back you will level off. It is easier to see in front of you when offroad if you have rake vs rear end dragging.


I like a little bit of rake as well

I like the look of it, plus when loading a bunch of gear in the back or a trailer itís less likely to look like the jeep is squatting


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Agree with what everyone else says also about the tiny bit {not really even noticeable had to really look} haha With a tire or a little load all will be well. Looks great man!!

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RealKnickFan and BoopieJones-

I just bought a 2017 and am contemplating the 2.5" AEV lift. You said it rides well. Did it at all affect the factory feel? How much wander does it give you between the lines, slow and at highway speed?. Also, what tire size are you running? I am debating between the lift or just a leveling kit because I doubt I would ever run anything larger than a 33".

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I started with 35s and am now on 37s. The only thing i would recommend is getting adjustable front lower control arms instead of the drop brackets that come with the kit. Especially with the 33s you're contemplating, you will be scraping the drop brackets on everything when you go wheeling.

The AEV kit handles great on and off road. I honestly feel it is smoother than stock. Absolutely no wandering, etc.
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BoopieJones-
Thank you for the input. Sounds like AEV might be for me.
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I like the leveled look as well, but I will say the jeep looks good with the rake. If you're dying to get it level, haul around a bag of rocks in your trunk. (Not approved for MPG)

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