Mopar 2 inch lift vs. AEV 2.5

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You’re correct. They assume you Jeep is 6k+lbs.
My AEV JLURD rides and crawls incredibly well with the 2.5" 8100 suspension. Washboard roads are also significantly smoother than my old JLUR.

It's a bit soft, however, when I fully load it for a couple weeks of camping / rock crawling.

 

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I am decently happy with my AEV 2.5.
While it could offer more flex and suppleness off road, its drives great on the highway...and my off road trips consist of 600+ miles of on road driving..and that's were it really excels.
 

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When I was shopping I really liked AEV's wheels so I asked them about their lift. Rep said they started with Mopars specs and increased for better load carrying. I really like their wheels with Mopars lift on my JLR. If I was building a JLU for overlanding and weight carrying I think AEV is a good choice.
 
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Rock Krawler and Metalcloak are the only lifts I’ll recommend. Clayton gets honorable mention.
I would really like straight bolt on kit.. I have looking at icon 2.5. What do you think of the icon
 


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I would really like straight bolt on kit.. I have looking at icon 2.5. What do you think of the icon
Meh. You have to do a little grinding both with Metalcloak and Rock Krawler but it’s worth it.
 

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Like others have mentioned, AEV is set up for overlanding. If you will carry heavy loads or add heavy accessories, I have heard it's fantastic.

The only time I have heard or read of people complaining about the Mopar lift is that it's missing components or they wanted more flex, lift, stiffer springs, or something it's just not designed to provide.

If you're staying light and light to moderate trails, either should be fine, but AEV might ride a little stiff.

Personally, I would go with whichever one is cheaper.
 

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In my experience and findings, a kit that offers greater flex than say Mopar or AEV, comes at not only an extra cost to purchase but extra maintenance too. I installed Mopar's lift over 20,000 miles ago, most of those miles off roading and have had no issues. It along with 37" tires purposed well on many trails from Chinaman Gulch, Co. trail Westward. IMHO, Mopars lift is more than adequate for 80% of Jeep owners want a dual purpose Wrangler. The kit has worked well loaded to my JLR's max GVWR on a couple to 10 day/ multi state road trips. I can see needing a higher GVWR if overloading and full time overlanding.
 

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I must be the odd man out. I have the AEV lift and I’m never loaded down. I have an aluminum front bumper, and I go without doors and top as much as I possibly can. I wouldn’t say my ride is rough at all. Even my wife, who is known to complain about such things, said that the Jeep was very comfortable on our recent trip to Paso Robles, which is about a 4 hour drive from me. That trip was doors and top on, my wife and I + minimal luggage.

I had my lift installed for me by Adventure Off-road in Huntington Beach. Maybe they tuned the shocks?
 


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I must be the odd man out. I have the AEV lift and I’m never loaded down. I have an aluminum front bumper, and I go without doors and top as much as I possibly can. I wouldn’t say my ride is rough at all. Even my wife, who is known to complain about such things, said that the Jeep was very comfortable on our recent trip to Paso Robles, which is about a 4 hour drive from me. That trip was doors and top on, my wife and I + minimal luggage.

I had my lift installed for me by Adventure Off-road in Huntington Beach. Maybe they tuned the shocks?
I also have the AEV 2.5RT lift. Current build includes AEV rear bumper/tire carrier with fuel caddy, front steel bumper, salta xr wheels with 315/70/17 ko2's. Rides and handles far better then stock unloaded and especially loaded. Key is dropping the tire pressure. I have them set to 31psi cold.
 

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Aev is a good lift. If only they could lower their spring rate and tune those bilstien 5100s a bit softer.. when unloaded and running empty it will feel very stiff as if it's going to rattle out some bolts. Mopar is a softer riding lift overall
Spot on. My AEV lift is coming out this fall. Going Metalcloak. The AEV lift beats the crap outta me.
 

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I also have the AEV 2.5RT lift. Current build includes AEV rear bumper/tire carrier with fuel caddy, front steel bumper, salta xr wheels with 315/70/17 ko2's. Rides and handles far better then stock unloaded and especially loaded. Key is dropping the tire pressure. I have them set to 31psi cold.
Yeah agreed. I run 30-32.
 

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AEV makes a good product. They're our neighbors here in Michigan. Great folks.

I'd like to throw our hat into the ring as an alternative choice as well. Our J-Venture kit (does not include control arms) or our J-Konnect kit (includes fixed length control arms) are very comparable options.

The benefits are the options to add FOX shocks and dual-rate coil springs. Ride superiority is key with JKS and our kits are designed to be dual purpose; on-road and off-road comfort.
 

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are there better lifts out there …sure. I got a great deal for my Mopar 2” lift so I went with it. I did listen to Rokys recommendations and got an adjustable front track bar and adjustable control arms. I’m really happy with it so far. I’m on 37s with steel bumpers and rock rails. I got 3.75” out of that lift. No joke. Everyone has different experiences but for me it cost me $500.

 

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