Originally Posted by Painkiller_5.56
What is the most stable lift kit (2.5-3.5" lift) for a JK Unlimited 4 door, daily driver that sees freeway speeds, stop and go and occasional trail riding (no rock crawling). with 35" tires
admittedly this is going to be somewhat of a poser jeep, as I have beat up and destroyed trucks in the past and I think I have all of that out of my system.
I'm just wanting a good looking jeep Unlimited, that will be fun off road and safe on road.
Thanks for the advice.
An Unlimited with AEV's 3.5" suspension and 35" BF Goodrich KM2 M/T's on it beat a stock Rubicon through Chrysler's proving ground slolom course, and also on the skid pad. There is video on YouTube. Best handling suspension available. Great ride too.
AEV's suspension with mono tube Bilstien 5100's is $1624 from AEV. It is complete, no additional parts required, though if your Jeep isn't a Rubicon you may wish to purchase anti sway bar quick disconnects. You Jeep will ride better off road on crappy gravel and two tracks with the front sway bar disconnected. An extra $500 gets you Bilstien remote reservoir shocks, which you may find an attractive option if you run washboard at fast speeds. Same ride, but more resistant to the heat build up and fade/foaming.
With an AEV suspension you won't need to replace your front drive shaft, which you will have to do with any other option not using AEV's front control arm brackets, which cure lifted caster angle issues and reverse pinion angle change compared to oem or adjustable arm caster fixes.
Again, if you like blasting through the territory you may find Tera Flex pneumatic Speed Bumps a nice addition.
Getting air WILL bend your axle tubes.
If your Jeep is a 2012 you will need to purchase an AFE Y pipe to ensure clearence between the front drive shaft and the exhaust on suspension droop. If a pre-2012 auto, you will probably need AEV to rebuild your front drive shaft to a thinner profile to clear the auto trans pan, but is cheaper than a new shaft.
Model year, auto vs. manual and current axle ratios will determine if you need to re-gear for 35's.