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Talking AEV suspension testing.....PIC!

Went out to do some testing of the AEV 4.5" suspension.


Here is a teaser pic! That is all you get for now (I have 500 more pics)


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Yup, we took it to a road course this morning and put it through it's paces. (note: need a steering cooler, better pump, etc).



I liked the RK stuff. Hurt a bit to take it off. But that is the only way to fully test something else.

I have only had the AEV 4.5" for less than 24 hours. So no way I can give an opinion just yet. It needs to see some serious use first. The track was just the first step.

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Looking good Cole. You might have to send me some photos

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It is hard to get a good evaluation of that suspension. Every one on Jk-Forums is so anti against it and not a lot of people here have it on. The biggest concern seems to be that it won't do well in the rocks. Please keep us up to date with your thoughts on it.
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It is hard to get a good evaluation of that suspension. Every one on Jk-Forums is so anti against it and not a lot of people here have it on. The biggest concern seems to be that it won't do well in the rocks. Please keep us up to date with your thoughts on it.

The funny thing is that 95% of the driving that 99% of us do is on the road. Yet we build our Jeeps for the 5% use(then ***** that it is no fun to drive).

I think this will do fine in the rocks. I am hoping to get to Moab this weekend for some testing and more pics.

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I am very interested in seeing some action shots. Much like you I am building my jeep for the street but I want a vehicle that is going to perform well in my 2 weekend a month wheeling trips.
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I'll be interested in hearing how you like it after some time. I went with the Currie kit, but have the AEV rear trackbar tower and front High Steer. I'm already thinking about switching out to the AEV springs and shocks. I would pretty much have the AEV premium kit with Currie arms at that point.
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I'm really curious to see how the long term turns out too.

It felt a bit strange to take off my RK arms and put stock ones back on.

Eventually after much testing I will experiment with different combos and see what happens.

Another fun one from this morning.


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I'm really curious to see how the long term turns out too.

It felt a bit strange to take off my RK arms and put stock ones back on.

Eventually after much testing I will experiment with different combos and see what happens.

Another fun one from this morning.

So you went back to the stock arms and the cams? I'll be VERY interested in hearing if they loosen up and move like a lot of people say they do. I don't think I'll be putting my stock arms back on.

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The only way to due a true review was to install the kit the way AEV intends. So I put the stock arms back on.

The cam bolts are the same that are used on TJs and Dodge trucks. I got 160K on my TJ with no real issues with them. I had them comming lose for awhile, then fixed some alignment issues and the cam bolts stayed tight too.

My RK arms need a little love. We discovered one was totally seized from exposure to Mag-Chloride here. I need to see if I can free it back up.

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I'm kinda saddened that they didn't relocate the lower rear shocks like Nth had originally started out doing.
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Youtube video of the trip to Eagle Rock by airric0. Ran it all unlocked. My Jeep starts at 2:24


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Lots of pictures by the guys on the trip in this thread.

https://jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9907

One by Alec W.


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Went out to do some testing of the AEV 4.5" suspension.


Here is a teaser pic! That is all you get for now (I have 500 more pics)


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I am very interested in hearing about the test. The "other" site doesn't have any good information, only crap opinions.......
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I will put together some of my notes in a few days.

It is impressive. But I also feel I need some real time in it to give a proper review.

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One of the guys on Colorado4x4.org posted this. Here is the quote. Thought it was interesting.


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I had the privilege of driving behind a JK outfitted with the Nth Degree 3.5" kit on Golden Spike. From what I seen the AEV kit flexed like the Rubicon Express, TeraFlex, hybrid and Rancho kits that were also represented. It did everything that the other kits did and didn't stand out by lifting tires when tires should not be lifted.

I do not have any testimonials of how it drives on pavement other then the marketing speak by AEV but from what I've read and how I've seen it perform off road I am going to upgrade from my Rancho to this kit (Nth Degree 3.5" Premium) later this month.

Since everyone that posted on this thread is interested in real world performance while off road I decided to throw some comparison pics together. The following photos show side by side comparisons of the 3.5" Nth Degree kit compared to other brands in the industry.








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A shot of how hard we were on the tires.


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Tease....

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