Installation Time: Afternoon
April 20, 2017
Great product for the price
First off, I said 'afternoon' for the install because thats how long putting the lift on and installing the new shocks took. Extreme Terrain and Rough Country are not responsible for Chrystler's poor design of the rear upper shock mount and bolts that sheer more often than not. I had 3 of the 4 rear upper shock mounting bolts sheer and it took me over 10 hours to get them out. I now have a 2" x 2" hole in each rear corner of the bed of the jeep too. Without installing new shocks, its only a 4 to 5 hour job total.
It would have been under 4 hours but for the front extended bumpstops having slightly too much space between the top of the bumpstop and the first ridge down from the top (the ridge that catches on the indentations in the 'cup'). I actually had to saw off about 1/8 of an inch on one of the bumpstops to get it to fully seat in the cup. This is after wasting 40 mins trying with everything (including bottle jack) to get it to seat). This is the reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5.
The ride is great. Checked alignment after installing and everything is kosher. Toe isnt affected by spacer lift. Camber should never go out with a SFA. Camber went from factory 6 degrees to about 7.5. Anything more could produce wobble, but under 7.5 degrees should be ok. Factory spec is 6 to 7 degrees, so its very close to being in-spec. I doubt any wobble will appear, but I havent had chance to exceed 40 mph since installing the lift.
There definately is a stiffer ride, but at the same time, less jarring when driving on poor roads with potholes. Basically, it feels more like a new TJ and less like one thats 14 years old. Overall, I would say the ride improved. Not spectacularly, but noticible.
Instructions could be a bit better explaining that you use the longer (rubber/poly) bumpstops in the front and the extension goes in the rear and you use factory rubber stops.
Still, 4 out of 5 stars. Great product at great price.