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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.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Kit Includes. The Rough Country 2.5-inch Suspension Lift Kit has front and rear lifted coil springs and premium N3 Shocks.
Functionality. This Jeep Wrangler JK 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.
Application. This Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit with Shocks is designed for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 4-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
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February 18, 2020
ROUGH COUNTRY 2.5" LIFT KIT
GREAT LIFT KIT WITH EASY INSTALLATION. RIDE QUALITY AND SUSPENSION TRAVEL IS ALSO GREAT WITHOUT UPGRADED CONTROL ARMS. SHOCKS ARE A LITTLE SOFT FOR ME DUE TO THE ROUGH COUNTRY SRC RACK I HAVE INSTALLED. RECOMMEND BUYING EXTENDED BRAKE LINES FOR THE FRONT.Helpful (0)
February 01, 2020
Easy to install and makes it look much better. Its a great start for my build and how I want it to lookHelpful (0)
January 06, 2020
My brother and I love to look at the instructions and explain to my wife how quickly we will knock a project out - just to to have the jeep kick us in the nuts. It was fun to install. But it'll take a few hours. We had access to a lot of decent air tools and wrenches, etc. but it was our first time installing a lift kit. Looking back, I can't recall any tremendous hiccups. It looks mean when done. I am sitting on 33s with flat fenders and wish the tires were a little bigger, but still happy with the purchase. My 2010 had the original shocks and springs on, so it certainly handles a lot better now. They needed to be changed regardless, might as well lift it while we were in there.Helpful (1)
December 30, 2019
i purchased the RC 2.5 suspension kit with shocks in April.had them installed .from moment i drove off i had regrets.Jeep rode terrible felt every bump.runnin 33s checked and adjusted tire pressure no difference.i live in NYC jeep has never been Offrode.So i just live with it.Fast forward to 12-2019 kept hearing something making noise in my rear end.Drove to my local Mech he put me on lift.Right Rear Shock was broken ..Wow .hanging on by only bottom bolt.Jeep had been feel in really wavy for awhile now.know i no why..Just ordered Teraflex 2.5 shocks.waiting for them to come.i have the teraflex heavy duty tire Carrier.solid no problems at all..cant wait to try there shocks.Helpful (1)
December 19, 2019
Easy install and nice ride. Went with the upgraded shocksHelpful (1)
December 06, 2019
Rough Country... its Rough!
The installation was not very difficult. Instructions although not very complicated, we're definitely a not very detailed. The parts though are straight Forward, Although some of the parts that came off didn't look the same as the parts going on like extra washers and such. Anyways for the money not a bad interim fix common definitely not a long term lift in my opinionHelpful (1)
August 31, 2019
Been riding on this kit for a few weeks now. Ride is actually better than my stock suspension. Kit was fairly easy for the handy man at home. Took me about 6 hours... I had a couple extra things I ended up adding to the suspension (Track Bar and sway bar links to the rear and moved rears up front). All hand tools. It would definitely cut the time with some air tools and it was my first time doing a lift. Love it so far....Helpful (1)
July 08, 2019
After 4 months of use the rear sagged oven an inch and rough country told me that its springs settling in. Save your moneyHelpful (1)
May 23, 2019
Rides great. I installed 35s and has perfect clearanceHelpful (1)
April 03, 2019
Extreme- budget lift
Simple, you get what you pay for. Started to sag/settle within a month. Less than a year on and the bushings in all four shocks are garbage. It is budget, and it did push the jeep up a bit, but for a hundred or two more I'm sure you can find much better. Save your money, invest in something better. When it was first installed I thought it rode great, not any more... again less than a year.Helpful (2)
Is it recommended that I get anything else to go along with this kit? Sway bar end links? Sway bar disconnects? Bump stop extensions; if so how big? Adjustable track bar, front or rear?
The Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks would not require any additional parts. However adding a front adjustable track bar would help support your front end and keep you axle more stable .
Does this lift kit have a warranty?
This Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit does carry a warranty, but each part is warrantied differently. The shocks would carry a 3 year warranty, while the coil springs would carry a 5 year warranty.
Why are the some of the customers jeeps sagging in the back and some aren't? I definitely don't want the back lower than the front so is there a way to avoid this?
When the Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks is installed the jeep may not sit level until the springs have completely settled which can take up to 100-200 miles. Additionally a heavy aftermarket front or rear bumper can cause the Jeep to sit uneven if you only have a heavy bumper on the front or rear vs both sides.
Will this fit with the Teraflex 1.5 in. Spacer Leveling Kit on a 2015 JK Sahara?
We would not recommend using a suspension lift in combination with a leveling kit. It would be best to go with a 4 inch suspension lift.
Will this fit Wrangler Unlimiteds? specifically 2008 Unlimited X 4 door?
Yes, the Rough Country 2.5" Suspension Lift kit w/Shocks will fit the Wrangler Unlimited and will work with your 2008 Unlimited X 4 door.
It would be best to use shocks rated for you new lift height for the best ride quality and to make sure the shocks work. The Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks includes shocks rated correctly for 2.5" of lift. New sway bar links would be suggested, but not required with this lift.
Hello! There are a few questions we would like to ask before making the best recommendation. Do you Off-Road and Is it your daily driver? If you do off- road I would go with the 2.5 lift found on this link for the 2 Door https://www.extremeterrain.com/rough-country-25-suspension-jk-perf678.html. Please give us a call at 1-844-887-6501 so we can best assist you.
This kit would not affect your towing capacity, but having the additional height will help with carrying more weight on the Jeep.
OEM tires can be used, however they will appear small in the wheel wells. Additionally, you may experience rubbing with the stock wheels unless wheel spacers are used.
This kit is designed to give a base at which to build and design their own lift, with sway bar links and other components to best fit their build. One of our experts over the phone or chat would be able to help with putting together the best set up for your build.
The Rough Country 2.5 in Suspension Lift Kit W/ shocks are made for those who aren't to be able to run up to a 35-inch tire on your Jeep without the fear of rubbing.
The Rough Country 2.5 in. Suspension Lift Kit w/ Shocks does not include new sway bars, you would need to purchase new sway bars for your Rubicon compatible with 2.5" of lift and your electronic disconnect system like the JKS Adjustable Front Sway Bar Links for 2.5-6 in. Lift which can be found here: https://www.extremeterrain.com/jks-rubi-adj-swaylinks-2035.html.
Thank you for your question! The tire included in that kit is a 315/75/16 which is a 34.6x12.4/16. The wheel & tire kit should be fine for on road driving, but if you plan on off roading with your Jeep we would suggest adding a 3 inch lift instead to make sure you have proper articulation of your suspension for that size tire.
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What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||2007-2018 JK||Manufacturer:||Rough Country|
|Lift Type:||Coil Spring||Lift Height:||2.5"|
|Shocks Included:||Yes||Max Tire Size:||35|