So far, I’ve been offroad once on a easy-medium difficulty trail and the only things I had with me was recovery kit and a Viair compressor. Have not loaded it down yet. To answer your question, the suspension felt stiff (bouncy) compared to stock, even with the air down, I think because of it being geared towards overlanding and that also made it feel very sure footed and always felt planted. There was plenty of travel and flex, and I don’t have anything else to compare it with, so for me it was perfectly fine. The only thing is that I couldn’t see the right front fender because of the snorkel and that made it hard sometimes to place where my right front tire was. I’ll get used to it over time on the trail.What are your impressions (particularly offroad) now that you've had her for a month? Do you have any intentions of adding more weight in the future? I'm interested to hear impressions of the AEV suspension on vehicles that travel offroad fairly loaded down.
And they can take as long as they need to make it right; the only rear bumper going on my Jeep will be that one. I love it, and it also gives me a warm fuzzy to buy "local" even though they moved their manufacturing out of state years ago.
Right now, I don’t have much to load it down with. Easing into overlanding. Just bought a pop up 6 person tent and 2 double sized self inflating pads. Installed a rear deck lid from JFTops with tie down anchors on it. Installed an outback tailgate table and bought a skottle for cooking. Going camping on the beach in 2 weeks. So altogether, with tent, camping and recovery gear, water, chairs and miscellaneous stuff, my guess would be about 60 to 70lbs. And three of us (family).
For future plans, I would like to put a Gobi rack with a rooftop tent and a Dometic fridge in the back with a Goal Zero battery and solar panel. But that’s farther in the future. As I said, I’m easing into the overlanding side of it.