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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" 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.

Please note: All Rough Country products are subject to a handling fee

Kit Includes. The Rough Country 2.5-inch Suspension Lift Kit has front and rear lifted coil springs and high performance 2.2 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 Details

What's in the Box
  • Front & Rear Coil Springs
  • 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
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Unlimited - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Rubicon - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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5/5
Looks good, install was easy.

First suspension lift I have installed. Took me 7 hours alone. I needed a second person to install the coils. With the proper tools and common sense its a pretty easy install. I did not measure but it ...

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5/5
Great lift!

First time I ever lifted a jeep and it was simple. It only took me six hours with my knucklehead teenage son. I had 33" tires mounted and the look and ride is awesome. Great lift!

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Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars
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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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If i buy this 2.5 lift kit do I need track bars?

GonzalezG

  • The Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit will not require new track bars.

    Rob D

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If installing this lift kit on your own do you need to have it recalibrated or anything like that or will it be good to go after the install? No error codes or anything right?

Mads

  • When installing the Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit you will need a new alignment due to the change in ride height, and if larger tires are installed the speedometer will need to be re calibrated.

    Rob D

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Is it ok to just have the front installed if pushed for time?

ChathamC

  • Having just the front installed for the Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit will not cause any damage, but will hamper visibility slightly, and can cause unpredictable handling characteristics. It is not recommended to leave one axle at stock ride height.

    Rob D

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Duz this kit contain everything I need or do I have to buy anything else besides The exhaust spacer. My wrangler is stock besides the wheels and tires ?

JarrodA

  • Hello! Besides this kit and the exhaust spacer (for 2012+ JK's) there is nothing else that you would need to purchase for this install!

    Doug P

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Im goin from the rough country 4" lift to a 2.5" lift, is everything included in this lift kit to do just that?

DakotaD

  • The Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit will come with everything that is needed depending on what was swapped with the original lift kit. This will allow you to go 4" to 2.5" without needing any additional parts.

    Rob D

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Overall Rating 4.7

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Afternoon

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Appearance 4.848485 4.8
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.878788 4.9
  • Onroad Ride Quality 4.606061 4.6
  • Offroad Capability 4.484848 4.5



  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 03, 2016

    Looks good, install was easy.

    First suspension lift I have installed. Took me 7 hours alone. I needed a second person to install the coils. With the proper tools and common sense its a pretty easy install. I did not measure but it looks a lot higher than 2.5 inches. Like others mentioned it rides the same if not better than the standard shocks and coils.

    Notmyrealname

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (3)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 17, 2016

    Easy install for rough country lift

    The product was everything it said it was. Getting the product to my house was harder then the installation. The springs and struts came in 2 separate boxes and the springs got lost. Luckily rough country sent me out replacements immediately. Instead of the unnecessary exhaust spacer add on they should have told you to buy new rear sway bar links which is far more important as far as safety goes.

    Jeeplife259

    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

    Helpful (2)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: 0-$100

    July 14, 2016

    Can't beat it for the price!

    I ordered this lift kit in hopes to add some height and off road capability on a budget. It was installed along with the Rough Country 2.2 Steering Stabilizer by the Extreme Terrain staff and I have to say that I am very impressed. It looks great and rides even better! I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of the lift and that it was well worth the money. I couldn't ask for more. Only recommendation is that you use white lithium grease on the lower shock bolts which tend to squeak if you do not. I can't thank Extreme Terrain enough!

    MattyB

    Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 09, 2016

    Great lift!

    First time I ever lifted a jeep and it was simple. It only took me six hours with my knucklehead teenage son. I had 33" tires mounted and the look and ride is awesome. Great lift!

    Gnsmk05

    Year: 2013Submodel: Rubicon

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 13, 2016

    Easy Install. Great buy.

    Item is very well priced through Extreme Terrain. Customer service is always great. Now the kit, it shipped quick. Install was very straight forward. I recommend using soap to put eyelets into shocks and jacking up the opposite side of each axle in order to get the springs in easier. The ride is noticeably smoother to me and my wife. Rear sat at 35'' before install and 37'' after. Front sat at 35.5'' before install and 39'' after (measurements from ground to top of factory fender well. This is the second RC kit I've bought and their customer service is great as well. Definitely recommend. I completed the install in less than 2 hours by myself.

    TexasJeep12

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 09, 2015

    Great ride quality, good bang for the buck

    I have had another lift for a JK in the past and was hesitant about which one to put on this JK. My wife insisted she did not want to be jarred around and I somewhat felt the same way. The ride quality IMO has been improved over the stock suspension on and off road. I mainly was concerned about the on road and highway ride and it is definitely a nicer ride, not as stiff as the stock. I did install a longer front track bar, relocation bracket on the rear, adjustable sway bar links and a new steering stabilizer when I installed the lift. It took me and a friend about 6 hours with simple hand tools, jack stands, and a floor jack.

    charliep

    Year: 2008MS Gulfcoast

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    December 23, 2014

    Gnarly kit

    Took me a few hours to put on but it went smoothly all the parts were in the kit including a couple rough country stickers. I also installed a exhaust spacer kit to eliminate clearance issues. I tucked some 35" big horns under it and love it so far. Can turn lock to lock. Seems like an awesome starter kit to me. Thumbs up

    Jackoh

    Year: 2014SW Florida

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 24, 2014

    Great Lift

    Perfect lift for accommodating bigger tires. The install was very easy with the great instructions.

    Jake34

    Year: 2008San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 10, 2013

    Great Lift

    Easy install, took me and a buddy an afternoon. Really liked having all the parts included that I needed, don't always get that

    BenZino

    Year: 2008Charlottesville, VA, USA

    Helpful (2)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 22, 2013

    Good intro lift

    I needed something not to huge of a lift. Very pleased with the product and the instructions that came with it. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wanted a nice practical lift.

    Chismunk11

    Year: 2008San Marcos, Tx

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 14, 2013

    Great bang for buck!

    This lift was pretty easy to install. Just myself and a couple of buddies. Took about two hours. Perfect for what I was wanting. The ride is better than it was stock. Put 285/70/17 falkens on the next day, and the ride is so much better now than it was before, I can't overstate it.

    Kms325

    Year: 2010Conroe, TX, USA

    Helpful (2)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    January 23, 2013

    Good Budget Lift

    So far so good, Have off-roaded on trails and beach so far. No problems. Great customer service from RC.

    oldguy

    Year: 2010Williamsburg, VA, USA

    Helpful (2)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    January 17, 2013

    Decent lift for first time offroaders

    This is a nice entry level lift for people looking to add tire clearance and hit mild trails. It did take me a full day to install but this was also my first time installing a lift kit and I am definitely not mechanically inclined. For people with the proper tools and basic knowledge this is more likely to only take a couple hours. It has definitely improved the feel of the suspension overall. Easily clears 35s on road. More suitable to 33s offroad unless other mods are done

    Jeff82

    Year: 2012Chicago, IL, USA

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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

    Helpful (1)

  • 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

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    August 26, 2017

    Nice kit

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

    Ed

    Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 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

    Helpful (1)

  • 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

    Helpful (1)

  • 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 (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 22, 2013

    great ride

    Took 45 minutes shocks and springs to easy to install. 35 in. Tires fit perfect

    sledgehammer

    Year: 2012tampa fla.

    Helpful (1)

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