Now for starters I have not flexed my JK out since installing these, so I'm unsure if there are any underlying issues because I was under their "minimum" specifications for them. Hopefully there will be no issue, but we'll see then.
Anyway, my rock crawling/off-roading has been extremely limited than what I used to do in Nevada here in Texas. What used to be almost every weekend, now MIGHT be once a month (ugh). So my need to upgrade like I planned and also need for ground clearance is not as high as it used to be.
I picked up these brackets used for $60 and figured I would give them a shot (if there is an issue with my flex, I'd imagine I can get the $60 back pretty easily). I am installing them to complement my 2.5" coil SPACER lift that I've had for awhile. I wouldn't mind a little better drive/ride quality. I did not want to invest in arms because, well, right now I do not feel they are necessary for me.
Install was fairly straight forward, there are a couple flip flops and crawling under there a time or two to see how the brackets install. There is, as always, a concern for taking out the passenger side upper control arm bolt (frame). I dropped the cat on that side and worked it out, +15mins or so of jacking with that. Took me about an hour to get both brackets in total with air tools.
First drive was promising. I noticed much less "pull up" when I am rowing my gears now. To the point I have to retrain my clutch foot in town. (auto guys wont notice this as much). There is less front dive when braking, a lot less wander on HARD braking. This gave me some of my caster back which improved my tracking down the road. I have no pulls or what I would consider "adverse" side effects running down the road. (again, haven't flexed it)
Only unchartered territory for my rig is how well the front end will work together when I go flex it out (need to watch my lines esp). Other than that the install was easy, improvement is noticeable, and for now the only side effect is ground clearance. Which you can see.
Stock vs AEV Bracket - Notice the angles in which the arms are working, also the ground clearance.