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Unread 03-09-2017, 08:50 AM
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Default Anyone go from 3.5 to 2.5 on JKU?

Hello AEV jeepers!

Been contemplating this one. My JKU Hard Rock has the 3.5 installed but my wife thinks it's way too high (we're pretty short people). I can either go to a 2.5 (and lose money on the 3.5 after parting it out), or I was thinking that maybe if I add a winch that would settle it down by about 1/2" maybe? I've read that adding some weight will drop the height down. How true is this? Or should I just go to the 2.5 and be done with it. Note that since it's a HR, it already has the heavier bumper. Any advice?

BTW, I have 315/70/17 KO2s on 17" AEV pintlers.

thanks!
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Unread 03-09-2017, 09:37 AM
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just run an ad on your local craigslist you will easily find someone who wants to swap their 2.5 for it. if it was a 2 door I would drive to Washington and make the swap and I would do the labor. I personally am not real happy with the 2.5 offroad (its great on road and on easier trails).

Also yours looks fairly light so adding a winch and heavier rear bumpers and skids etc will lower it a bit altho not as much as going to a 2.5" lift.

oh it looks great by the way as it is.
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Unread 03-09-2017, 09:40 AM
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also I forgot add a set of grabars that really helps. my wife is 5'3" and that made a world of difference compared to the floppy straps.
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1st world problems lol. That Jeep looks sweet!
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Unread 03-09-2017, 04:59 PM
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also I forgot add a set of grabars that really helps. my wife is 5'3" and that made a world of difference compared to the floppy straps.
Jeff - which bars did you add?
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Unread 03-09-2017, 05:33 PM
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Grabars. They work great.
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Unread 03-09-2017, 06:26 PM
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What about a set of AMP power steps?
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Unread 03-10-2017, 02:28 AM
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did you replace the factory hard rock edition step/rock rails?
Hard to tell in your photos, but looks that way.
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Unread 03-10-2017, 10:53 AM
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Thanks for all the replies. Yes, I have installed the AMP powerstep which helps a lot. I think my wife thinks it's too high because she drove it once and felt it was hard to drive. Last night I loaded up the jeep with the whole family and drove on the freeway under rain and wind. I was pleasantly surprised at how more stable it felt. I attribute this to the added weight. I don't think I will switch to a 2.5 after this. I really like the stance as it is. I will probably add a winch and some armor to get ready for spring and hopefully this makes it more stable.
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Unread 03-10-2017, 06:06 PM
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Consider adding the AEV tire carrier for rear weight. The HR rear bumper should have the cut out for it.
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