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You know what they say - if it seems too good to be true it probably is?

What do you guys think of Rough Country and their 2.5" coil lift? $329 seems incredibly inexpensive (cheap?) It looks like the ONLY things in this kit are the coils and shocks. Would I need any sort of relocation brackets (track bar, brake lines, etc) or need to make additional modifications (steering stabilizer?)?

Thanks guys. I wasn't planning on getting a lift for awhile, but at $329 if this works I may pull the trigger and be done.

 

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Yes, I'm running that.

You will need longer swaybar links for the front. If you don't have electronic disconnects up front, then just buy some longer disconnects. My preference is JKS disco's. If you have e-disco on the front, then just buy longer rear links, and then move the rears to the front.

You should also relocate the rear brakeline. Cheap and easy- go to a hardware store and pick up a package of "fence menders" (2 for $3). Like this

 

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Thanks for the info. Looks like for $379 the RC kits come with all of that plus another .75" spacer all the way around. So that's what I'm looking at now.
 

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Yeah I am runing that kit too, but I went with the 3 1/4" kit. It comes with the trackbar relocation and the swaybar extentions. The only problem I am having now is my rear flexes so much that my springs can fall out. N2rock are you having that problem???
 

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Maybe I used the wrong shock mounts for the back. I had shock extensions on it before the new shocks so I probably got mixed up when I thought I was putting the stock ones back on.
 

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N2rock, I saw in another thread where you were thinking of cashing in all the RC stuff for something better. Is that due to the poor quality of RC or do you just have dreams of going bigger at this point?

Also, how is the ride with this kit? Am I going to be missing the plush stock feel of my Rubicon?
 

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I had always planned on going taller eventually. But there is so much more involved when going higher. So it was technically and monetarily more than I wanted to bite off to begin with. So I started small and inexpensive, with the thought to buy all the other necessary components (IE: trackbars, control arms, etc) over time. So instead of having to shell out a ton of money at once, I would build over time.

One of my rear coils did ultimately sag. I didn't notice it, Redneckhouston noticed it when he was driving behind me one day in December. A couple weeks ago I finally got around to calling RC about it. My kit was 1.5 years old by that point, and I figured they would just tell me "tough chit". But nope- when I called, they jumped right on it and Fedex'd me 2 new rear coils.
 

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That's good to hear about the good customer service. If I go with the 3.25" am I going to get in to more of those issues like drive shaft angle, adjustable track bars, brake lines, etc? I honestly don't ever see myself going over 35" tires so if this kit can accomplish that without too much other drama I'm going to be all over it.

I see where Black Diamond offers swivel links for extra caster with their 3" kit along with an adjustable front track bar. It has me wondering about going to 3.25" without those items...
 

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Got it on my Unlimited with NO additions what so ever. I even ran it with 35x12.50s on the stock wheels with no spacers. Everyone will tell you it can't be done. I did it, but I wouldn't take it offroad like that.

You can get that kit for $300 if you shop a little. I bought mine from a local shop for $300, no tax and no shipping.

I enjoy the ride, don't have any complaints, and don't notice any sag. I put 285s back on it for flex, room, 3.73s + auto, and because I disliked wheel spacers.

I'll try to remember to post pictures for you.

Also put the 3.75" on a guy's 2 door up here and I don't think he needed anything else but he never talked to me again after I spent an afternoon wrenching on his junk. LOL
 

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I think the reality of why you need so much more with the other kits. Is because with the RC, you actually end up with slightly less than advertised height (especially with 4dr). And the other kits you end up with more than advertised height. So with the other kits since you're getting higher numbers, you end up having to change out more parts to get the suspension dialed in correctly.
 

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So Marcus it looks like you are running the 2.5" kit? If I go with the 3.25" kit and some tube fenders do you think I'll be alright wheeling with 35s? I already have some 16X8 Mohave wheels with 4.5 back space and the Bushwacker flat fenders are on a UPS truck. I also have 4.10 gearing which, while still not ideal, should help me out over the 3.73s. What do you think? Would you have gone with the 35s in that situation?

I also have aftermarket front and rear bumpers coming (and a sawzall I'm not afraid to use). :D
 

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I think the reality of why you need so much more with the other kits. Is because with the RC, you actually end up with slightly less than advertised height (especially with 4dr). And the other kits you end up with more than advertised height. So with the other kits since you're getting higher numbers, you end up having to change out more parts to get the suspension dialed in correctly.
That's a good thought and totally fine with me. I'm looking to do "just enough" without getting too crazy. I've wheeled some insane trails in a locked (and WELL armored) KJ on 31's and now with the JK I'm starting out with 32's and talking about 35's - I know it will get me wherever I want to go. Wheeling with this JK is going to be so easy it will be like cheating after driving that KJ for 7 years. :smokin:
 

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So Marcus it looks like you are running the 2.5" kit? If I go with the 3.25" kit and some tube fenders do you think I'll be alright wheeling with 35s?
You'll be more than alright! That will look and wheel awesome!

I'm running 2.5" lift with 2" body lift, and 35's. Maybe someday I'll ditch the body lift and get tube fenders instead.
 

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So Marcus it looks like you are running the 2.5" kit? If I go with the 3.25" kit and some tube fenders do you think I'll be alright wheeling with 35s? I already have some 16X8 Mohave wheels with 4.5 back space and the Bushwacker flat fenders are on a UPS truck. I also have 4.10 gearing which, while still not ideal, should help me out over the 3.73s. What do you think? Would you have gone with the 35s in that situation?

I also have aftermarket front and rear bumpers coming (and a sawzall I'm not afraid to use). :D
You'll be just fine my friend. I think I have a stuffed flex picture with the 35s and the spacers, there wasn't much rubbing.

If I had the money to re-gear at the time I'd still be on 35s. :)

My problem is the wife daily drives that one and I didn't want her having to remember to push the OD button and I wasn't comfortable with her driving on wheel spacers. They give me the willys. LOL
 

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PURE BLOODY GARBAGE.
Had this kit on my fiancee's 2-door. Bone stock otherwise, OEM bumpers, 6-speed softtop- you don't get any lighter.
The first set of springs started sagging in the rear in about a month. No biggie, they say, and ship me out another set. They sagged inside of a WEEK. Garbage. You get the exact amount of crap you pay for.
Kept the shocks on for a bit (this is now month #2), and at the end of the month, one was leaking, and another was making a popping sound. Sent the whole thing back and went with a set of 4-door OEM coils and shocks. Much better ride, handling, and zero issues- save up and get GOOD stuff, not this garbage- Mark W.
 

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Duke, how much sagging are we talking here? Pretty much all lifts go through some sort of "settling" but I take it this was more than normal?
 

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I mean sag- 1-2" in the rear. Yes, there is always some settling, but this goes way beyond settling. To clarify, this is without doing anything more than just driving down the road to and from work- no off-roading, no mud running or rock climbing- just a daily commute- Mark W.
 

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Thanks. I think for $300 I'm still going to chance it. If I have to swap out the back with some Teraflex 2.5" springs I'm looking at an additional $233. Still a pretty inexpensive lift after all is said and done.
 

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I honestly don't understand all this sagging talk. I really dont.

35s:


35s - swaybars were connected, this was on the side of the road



33s flex w/bars disco'd



Here it is 2 weeks ago...no sag. :)
 
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