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Old 08-09-2018
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Default Need help deciding on a lift kit

It's time to get a lift. 3.8 2007 2dr JK.

My main concern is to keep it legal (VIC). I'm considering:

AEV 2.5" Kit with Control Arm Drop Brackets
Everyone recommends it, and the price is okey, but it's not totally legal. It's a bit of a grey area, everyone seem to say that after all the bar work and winch it will be around 2" legal lift. But incase of at fault accident the insurance may ask for a list of all modifications that were done to the car and I'll be forced to lie or give a proper list. As soon as they'll see the 2.5" lift title on the invoice they will probably deny the clam.

DBOR JK 3" Overlander Kit plus engineering certificate
With the better Fox 2.0 Adventure Series Smooth Body IFP Shocks.

I really like this one, can run 37" in the future and it's a nice height and fully legal. However, I'm not sure it will be as nice on the road as the AEV kit. Anyone run Synergy Springs and can let me know how are they?

AEV 3.5" Kit plus engineering certificate
Same as the DBOR only more proven to ride nicely on the road. The only problem is that with 3.5" lift I might get drive shaft issues in the future.

I'd love to hear some of your personal experiences with any of those!

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I have no experience with the other 2 kits, but the AEV 2.5 is a great kit. Best bang for buck around that height. Onroad it is comfortable and compliant, offroad it flexes well. Have everything you need in the kit for it, and your vehicle, to operate correctly. However you may want to buy front swaybar disconnects to further improve offroad ability, but not necessary, but this is the same for most kits. Comes with instructions and you can fit everything yourself as the instructions are good.

The front control arm drop brackets are not a necessity at this lift height. Up to you though, most people have differing opinions on this matter. The castor should still be within spec and drive fine unless your stock control arms are worn causing bad wheel alignment. The downside is that the drop brackets hang lower therefore possibly causing you probs offroad when they scrape on things, all depends how hardcore you are and what type of wheeling you like to do.

You can run a 37" tyre on as little as 2" of lift. You just need ideally a set of flat flares (or cut the edge off the stock flares), rims with the right offset, and some bump stopping. Here in Perth there are 2 guys that I know of wheeling with 40" tyres on 3" lift.
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I have the AEV 3.5RS engineered through JeepKonnection, upgraded the driveshaft while I was at it. Very happy with it. Ride is great on and off road. I will likely be going the G2 route in the near route to engineer 35s so this was future-proofing.
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I'd love to go with AEV 2.5" however, I'm very concerned with insurance claims. They will want invoices of modifications and it's going to say 2.5" which will give them grounds to decline if they want.

Sure I can go with an off road insurance as they are more flexible. But they are more expansive too. By keeping it ADR I can use any insurer and list the modifications with them.
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Well, it's 2.5" over stock, but that's with stock equipment. Once you add front bar, winch etc, it comes back down again.
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I'll be interested in some of the replies to the initial post. I plan to upgrade my suspension soon, predominantly deciding between the Fox 2" lift and the Old Man Emu 2" lift.
I have the OME 2" kit and I find it to be a 'little' oversprung for road travel, and a 'little' undersprung for off road travel. The balance comes with a small load on board (<100kg), even though I bought the springs with minimal loading.

I should have spent the extra on getting the BP51 shocks they make but decided at the time the extra 2k was better in my pocket (a mistake I think, ride comfort would be much better)

TJM is developing a suspension system for the Jeep with Fox and I believe PACE shocks. I got to test these shocks on some other vehicles (Ranger, Hilux and BT50) and they were GREAT - couldn't bottom them out and they rode much faster over rough terrain than I was prepared to push them in a borrowed vehicle. I think they are onto something but will have to wait and see when suspension is due for renewal/replacement to spend the coin switching over.
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You don't want the 2.5" because it's illegal without an engineers cert, then go on to mention lifts up to 3.5"?

If you don't want to pay for an engineer maybe look at Murchison Products 2" flexy lift.

Unless you really weight your Jeep down or go a cheap lift that eventually sags, a 2" lift will get you to all of the places that a 3" lift will get you as it's tyre size that lifts the diffs higher to give you clearance.
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Murchisons suspension kits are way overpriced. Look whats in the kit, then buy the bits from SBR off-road.
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