Just wanted to share a very successful upgrade process on my favorite 09 Rubicon Unlimited...
At 18,000 miles, Clara was in need of a serious suspension upgrade again. Her (won't mention brand) 2.5" lift was sagging, rubbing, and just generally worn out and I was never happy with it in the first place.
Talked to Kent, Chris and Mike at AEV Conversions about their hi-steer kit, and they ended up selling me on their lift, also. My biggest complaint about Clara was that she is very heavy--4-door, hard top, reinforced axles and I usually haul lots of equipment around too. I run lots of long highway miles AND lots of off-pavement miles. American EXPEDITION Vehicle Conversions' claim to fame is building trail-ready cross-continent vehicles, so this problem of mine is right up their alley.
I ordered the 3.5" Premium kit. I was very impressed with the engineering--all the holes lined up perfectly and directions were very clear. The only snag we ran into was that I have C-gussets on my front axle, and the front brackets for the sway bars/track bar/drag link are designed to slide into the gap between the spring cup and the factory C's, so we had to cut and weld. All good.
As expected, the factory front driveshaft had to go. I was already experiencing some minor rubbing on both the skid plate and the tranny pan, so the extra lift made it and absolute necessity. Dave and Thean at Poly Performance hooked me up with a Coast 1350 driveshaft. No more rubbing anywhere and it can handle 40's if I ever want 'em!
I already had the 315/70/17 Goodyear MT/R's with Kevlar, and just recently installed the Yukon 5.38 gears, so now it's just for the externals--get the winch and gear bumpers moved over! (I will not use the word "done" with regard to any Jeep...) By the way, I had serious debate between 5.13's and 5.38's and am SO happy with the 5.38's--the Jeep shifts and drives better than stock!
Great ride, the most wonderful handling I have ever had on any lifted Jeep, and the most amazing is what I call the "no" factor: no popping, creaking, or rubbing sounds AT ALL from the undercarriage--only the giggles of glee from the driver!