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Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks (07-18 Wrangler JK 2 Door)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Accommodates Up to 33 inch Tires
    • Improves Ground Clearance
    • Levels the Front and the Rear of the Vehicle
    • 100% Bolt-On Installation
    • Fits 2007-2018 Wrangler JK 2 Door Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review of the Rough Country two-and-a-half-inch Lift Kit with Shocks fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. There are two different versions of this lift kit, one is for the two-door and one for the four-door, and they come with slightly different springs, so make sure you get the right one for your Jeep. This lift kit is for those of you who want to be able to run a 35-inch tire on your Jeep without the fear of rubbing, whether you're on-road or off-road. You can certainly run a smaller 33 and possibly even squeeze a 37 under the Jeep, but you're going to have some rubbing issues. As you can see, this lift kit has the minimum number of components that you would need to get the Jeep lifted and get some bigger tires on it. This doesn't include any sort of caster correction or pinion correction. It doesn't have track bars or even track bar brackets. It certainly doesn't have control arms. This is just springs, shocks and brake line brackets, which again, is really the minimum that you need to get your Jeep lifted and back on the road. This is a really good starter kit and it'll save you money. And once you have it installed on a Jeep, you can start adding parts and doing some additional modifications to make the Jeep work exactly how you want it to. Because this lift is minimal in the number of parts it includes, it's also really fairly priced. So, let's talk about the components that are included in this lift kit. To start, you'll have new front and rear springs. In some Rough Country Lift kits, the full amount of lift that you get comes from the spring and also a spacer. With this two-and-a-half-inch lift kit, the full amount of the lift comes from these springs right here. So, the springs are going to be both taller but also a little bit stiffer than your factory springs. The stiffness is important because, if you have front and rear bumpers, you have armor, you have a wind sure [SP] large spare tire, your factory springs can sag under that additional weight, and these are going to hold up a lot better. Any time you're raising the right head of your vehicle, you should also add some longer shocks. That way, you get maximum off-road performance from allowing the shock and the suspension to fully droop and fully compress. The shocks that are included in this lift kit are Rough Country's Performance 2.2 shocks. This is a hydraulic shock that has an external jounce bumper, which will keep you from to run bumps soft as long as your tires don't contact the body. It has a large body for the shock, a larger piston and they're designed to hold up and take some off-road abuse. Now, like I said, this is a hydraulic shock. There are hydraulic and nitrogen shocks and there are a couple of big difference between the two of them. In any shock, there is fluid inside of it, and as you work the shock, you can get foaming and cavitation of that fluid, which will cause the shock to fade. The nitrogen charge inside of a nitrogen shock is there to keep that foaming from happening and keep the shock from fading. The down side to a nitrogen shock is that it rides a little bit stiffer than a hydraulic shock. That's why I prefer these hydraulic shocks over nitrogen on a Jeep. It gives a little bit more of a comfortable ride. However, if you are somebody who's doing high-speed desert racing going over a lot of washboards, maybe you want to look into a nitrogen shock so you have some control over your shock fade. Another component that's included in this lift kit is these brackets right over here, which are designed to lower your brake line bracket mounting points on the frame. And this is an inexpensive way to allow your suspension to fully droop at your new ride height without pulling your brake lines tight. Now in the back of the Jeep, this style bracket is perfectly fine. It gets the job done, there's nothing wrong with it, even much more expensive lift kits on the market include a bracket that's really similar. However, upfront, I don't really like these brackets. These cause you to have to straighten out some of the bends in the factory hard lines, which is something I'd rather not do. You can always pick up a longer set of brake lines for the front of the Jeep, although the installation is a little bit more difficult because you end up having to bleed the brake system. I personally would much prefer having those than bending the factory brake lines. So, like I said, for this lift kit, that's it, that's everything that's included. And if you install these parts on your Jeep, it'll lift it two and a half inches, and you can fit up to a 35-inch tire. However, there are a lot of other components that are included in other lifts, even lifts of this size, that can be added down the line to improve your ride, your handling, or the off-road performance of the Jeep. Anytime you lift a vehicle, you're going to move the axles off center a little bit if you don't add track bars or track bar brackets. So, that's something you can always add. Another thing that you could add would be sway bar disconnects to give yourself the maximum articulation off-road. And like I said before, these shocks include an external jounce bumper, but it's always a good idea to flex out suspension right after you do a lift like this, check your clearances and add bump stop extension where necessary. The installation of most lift kits is pretty similar. And the first step in getting this kit installed on your Jeep is to jack it up and support it by the frame. Then you can remove the tires and start disconnecting or loosening everything that keeps the axles from completely drooping. That's going to be your brake line brackets, your sway bars, track bars, and of course, your shocks. With a lift kit of this height, you probably won't have to disconnect the front drive shaft, however it is a possibility. Once you have all of those components loosened or removed, you can then lower the front axle all the way down until it maxes itself out. From there, the factory springs should just fall right out and you can go ahead and reinstall the new ones without the need for spring compressor. I always try to avoid using a spring compressor whenever possible and if you fully droop the axle, you shouldn't have to with a spring of this height. From there, you can then install your new shocks, your new drop brake line brackets, reattach your track bars and your sway bar and links, then it's just a matter of putting the tires back on it and you're finished. A couple of tips for installation. The nut that always bites me the most when I'm doing an installation on a JK is the front upper shock nut. It can be really tight to get in there with any type of tool, very difficult to get in there with heat or cut-off wheel if you a lot of rust, so I definitely recommend spraying that nut well before you get started with the installation with a good penetrating oil to give you the best chance of loosening it up. Because this kit does include new shocks, worst case scenario is you'll have to put a ton of leverage on it and break that nut off. Another tip for finishing up the installation is a good way to get your track bars lined up in the factory track bar mounts. After you install this lift, it can be a little bit difficult. My recommendation is to put the tires on the Jeep, get the Jeep sitting under its own weight, and then if you have somebody sit in the vehicle and turn the steering wheel, it'll move the track bar in the track bar bracket making it really easy to get that hole lined up. In the back, you obviously don't have a steering wheel to turn to help you line that up, but having a Jeep on the wheels under its own weight does make it a lot easier to push the Jeep using that leverage to help you get that bolt lined up. If you follow those installation tips and spray everything with a good penetrating oil well before you get started, the whole installation shouldn't take you more than three hours. You won't need any specialty tools to get this job done, just a torque set and some sockets. However, if you have access to air tools and to a lift, it'll speed things along. Also, having an extra set around is helpful but not necessary. Like I said before, the manufacturer suggests that you run a 35-inch tire with this lift kit, and I agree. We try to set 33s on here and obviously, we had no clearance issues, but you can pretty much run a 33 without a lift on your Jeep. So, in my opinion, the lift is a little bit too tall for a set of 33s. Thirty-fives with the proper back spacing don't have any issues with clearance when you flex the suspension or when you to turn lock to lock. You can squeeze a set of 37s on this Jeep if you plan on staying on the road and you don't need a lot of up travel, but it would also add some bump stop to make sure you keep the tires out of the fenders. I think this kit is priced really fairly for what you get. We've said it before, this is the minimum number of components you need to lift your Jeep and get it back on the road again, so you wouldn't expect it to carry the price tag of a lift kit that has a lot more components or even a lift kit that has one of those bigger brand names. However, if you're looking for something that's a budget lift kit, that's a basic lift kit that's going to get you started and get you rolling on bigger tires that you could add to and customize down the line, I see nothing wrong with starting out with a lift like this one. So, if you're looking to put a set of 35-inch tires under your Jeep and you want the basic lift kit that's going to give you room to grow and will keep you on a nice low budget at least to start out, this is a good starter lift kit, between the springs, the shocks and the brake line brackets, you have everything you need and it won't break the bank. So, that's my review of the Rough Country two-and-a-half-inch lift kit with shocks fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

    Kit Includes. The Rough Country 2.5-inch Suspension Lift Kit has front and rear lifted coil springs and high Premium N3 Series Shocks.

    Functionality. This Jeep Wrangler JK Suspension Lift Kit increases the ground clearance and gives a rugged look to your vehicle. It helps accommodate up to 33-inch tires. This jeep suspension lift kit levels the front and the rear of your vehicle for a balanced ride.

    Fitment. This Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit is specifically designed to fit on the 2007-2018 Wrangler JK 2-Door Models.

    Technical Note. 2012 and newer JK Models will require the use of a Rough Country Exhaust Spacer Kit, part# 1030 to provide enough clearance for the front driveshaft.

    Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods.

    Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

    What's in the Box
    • (2) Front Coil Springs
    • (2) Rear Coil Springs
    • (4) Premium N3 Series Shocks
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Lift Kit Specifications
    Year/Model: 2007-2018 JK Manufacturer: Rough Country
    Lift Type: Coil Spring Lift Height: 2.5"
    Shocks Included: Yes Max Tire Size: 35
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    In the customer photos, the jeeps appear to sit considerably higher in the front. With this lift will I still need an additional spacer or something to level the jeep?

    JosephP

    • The Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit is designed to accommodate the heavier weight of aftermarket bumpers and winches, so with the stock bumper, this will typically sit higher in the front. If you intend on installing a new aftermarket steel bumper, this will bring the jeep back to level, as they are significantly heavier than the OEM lightweight bumper. If you have no intentions of installing an aftermarket bumper, a spacer may be used in the rear to level the ride.

      Rob D

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    do i need exhaust spacers with this kit? with a stock bumper , how much higher will the front be?

    mister

    • For 2012 & newer wranglers an exhaust spacer or new front driveshaft is suggested with the any lift at or over 2.5" like the Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks.

      XTStaffHelenW

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    I have 2.5 coil spacer lift on my JKU, could I use them in addition to this lift? Any help would greatly appreciated.

    NateE

    I have some 33s on my jeep would they look too small or is that fine?

    JavierD

    • The lift kit accommodates up to 33 inch tires so they should look just fine with this kit.

      XTJaimeR

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    This is probably a stupid question but ive never owned a lifted vehicle before. What else will i need to get, in addition to this kit, to lift my jeep?

    BenderTheRobot

    • For 2012 & newer wranglers an exhaust spacer or new front driveshaft is suggested with the any lift at or over 2.5" like the Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks. Additionally, while not required, extended or adjustable sway bar links would help to reduce stress on the sway bar links and bushings, extending their lifespan.

      XTStaffHelenW

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    What bump stop extensions would you recommend for this 2.5" lift kit?

    JuvenalE

    • Bump stop extension size would vary based on the size tire you would be running with the Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks. Please contact us directly and we'd be happy to help you figure it out!

      XTHelenW

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    Overall Rating 4.6

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Appearance 4.767442 4.8
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.860465 4.9
    • Onroad Ride Quality 4.488372 4.5
    • Offroad Capability 4.511628 4.5



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 09, 2018

      A little lift.

      Bought for rough country reputation. Not disappointed good quality material and easy to install if you have tools. Took about 3 hours to do with assist of a friend. Ride improves and so does the look of the Jeep. Not harsh or bouncy no road walk even before alignment. Would recommend if you are not going any more than simple trails.

      Soonerbassn

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 23, 2018

      Great value

      I have been running this lift kit for 6 months. It isn’t to stiff on road and gives you better Offroad clearance. I have lots of Offroad bumpers so the stock suspension was sagging and I don’t have any issue now with sagging. It is bare bones. This is the minimum required to lift a Jeep. It’s not that high up of a lift kit but it took me 4 hours to install by myself and is a good deal.

      Jackk

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 30, 2018

      Good bang for your buck

      Good kit, very basic. Not a bad install either, heavy springs prevent sagging when you add a winch too, buy it

      AnthonyB

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 04, 2018

      Good for a budget

      Very good product, is very high quality. Great for anyone wanting to give their jeep a more aggressive appearance on a budget.

      NoahL

      Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 19, 2018

      Good for the money

      I already had adjustable track bars and control arms but wanted to take some lift out had a 4in lift and it did the job really like the looks now. And still room for my 35s with no issues. Side note mine came with 3n shocks not the 2.2 if it matters to you.

      CaseyS

      Year: 2008Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 17, 2018

      Good purchase

      Sets up 3 inches but I had to add steering brackets for more stability on the road.

      LauraB

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      February 16, 2018

      Looks Great!

      The lift looks great and rides much better than stock (2010 jk w 50k miles). Only two issues; 1) the instructions are vague in some areas. But if you have a general clue you can figure it out. 2) one of the four shocks had mangled threads when I went to put it in. Maybe it was me, I doubt it, but in any event that was what took so long, discovering the defect, buying the right thread die, and correcting the threads. Other than that, it was a piece of cake! Love it!

      JBC

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 27, 2018

      Looks great, but...

      The lift itself was a breeze to install, although... The site, when you order the lift ,claims that an exhaust spacer is necessary on jeeps newer than 2012, actually it's not. The installation video states that with this lift you cannot run 35 inch tires. When I called the company about the spacers, which they said we're necessary, they informed me that the spacers were necessary because when I put on 35 inch tires, the tires would hit the drive shaft and rub on the exhaust. In order to run 35 inch tires there is a lot more needed then just this lift kit so to all that are going to buy it, if you're only using this lift kit you don't need the exhaust spacer. I run 31" tires on 18" rims and there is absolutely no issue. Save yourself the $30 and the hassle of returning it although the company did allow me to return it and paid the shipping and handling.

      JosephE

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 13, 2018

      Quality

      Had to bend the top of rear shocks 90° inside rubber. But very well made

      JoeK

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 13, 2017

      Lift kit

      So far I am very impressed with this lift. The installation and instructions were pretty easy. The shocks and springs went into place without and adjustments or extra work. I did the back first and ran out of time but noticed a huge difference in both height, stability and ride.

      MikeS

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 16, 2017

      Loved It!

      Install was pretty simple, only took me a few hours, but I have experience. Absolutely love the product. You really get what you pay for.

      kkrenae

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 06, 2017

      Nice lift kit

      Loving the new lift kit,the ride is okay,not the best but way better than stock. The reason for 3 stars bc rough country didn't include all the parts. So I had to wait 4 days to get the parts that they forgot to put in the box

      Rgk

      Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 05, 2017

      Great Lift for the Money

      Great lift with great appearance . Feels solid on road however, off road the brake line relocation brackets should be swapped with longer brake lines to allow full articulation without risk of breaking the brake lines. Make sure you spray the bolts with penetrating oil multiple times before you get started.

      BaileyC

      Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      August 26, 2017

      Nice kit

      Enhances the look, and great ride quality for the money.

      Ed

      Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      July 25, 2017

      Lookin' good

      This was the first time I had ever installed a lift kit, so with the help of the instructions and install video, I was able to pull this off. I had most of the tools that I needed. I would recommend buying am impact wrench to shorten the time that it takes to complete and to save your muscles. Other than that it was super easy. My Jeep looks so good with the lift on it and it rides smooth!

      UriahJ

      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      June 28, 2017

      Good Quality and easy to install.

      Very easy to install for anyone with a minimum of mechanical experience, no spacial tool needed, just follow the instructions that come with it.

      AntonioS

      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 28, 2017

      Worth it

      I had 2 inch coil spring spacers before the install. Removed the spacers and still got an additional 2 inches more clearance between tire and fender. The longest part of the install was trying to rig up a way for my jack to be long enough to lift jeep up. No need for spring compressors if you slowly lower the side you are working on with a jack lift.

      ChathamC

      Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 16, 2017

      Awesome product

      Very impressed, installed easy. Unless your going rock crawling or over extending the suspension I myself chose not to install the exhaust adapter as I had approx 2.5 " clearance front the drive shat boot. My JK is mostly used former the beach and trail.I also like how it stiffened up the ride

      RandyC

      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 28, 2017

      Better on-road handling

      Not hard to install, but a spring compressor helps. It does improve the on road handling. It also induce an irritating squeak that I have not managed to track down.

      RobertE

      Year: 2011Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      March 25, 2017

      Well worth it!

      Just put this lift on my 09 JK....great lift for the price and looks great when it is on. I will warn you that if you are putting this on yourself it might be a little challenging. That's not saying that it's impossible because I by no means am a mechanic in any way and I did everything myself in my garage. The hardest part is just getting the old stuff of the jeep. The hardest things is the top bolts on the front shocks and the bottom bolt on a rear shocks. If you have access to a numatic impact then it will help you out tremendously. All in all it took me around 10 hours spread out over 3 days to get this done. I would highly recommend this product.

      TylerW

      Year: 2009Submodel: Wrangler

      Helpful (2)

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