Rusty's 2- 1/2in lift

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    first&lastKJ Full Access Member

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    Decided to put a 2 1/2 in. lift kit on my wife's 02 KJ. Went with the Rusty's full coil suspension lift & 1/4 inch top plate to level it out, money wasn't an issue but just thought would experiment with them first to see how it would hold up & if we would even like it. It is still her daily driver so don't do much offroading with it. So far, have not had any problems with it- she loves how it looks, & drives better than with stock. Did have to use a couple of washers on the rear lower shock mount to shim it. After about 6 months it has only settled a 1/4 inch, currently sitting at 21 1/4 all four corners.
     

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    Looks good. Let us know how the lift wears.

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    Not being a jerk, but Good luck with the Rustys
    spring rate is low, same as stock. rear shocks are not that good and fit poorly. Out of 20 KJ lifts I have installed one Rustys, after 20,000 miles its back to stock height.
     
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    Hey Tom- that's ok. Like I posted, this was just kind of an experiment; after reading all the posts about lift kits, & the problems some people were having with popping & squeaking noises, or other issues, just wanted to test the waters. This was the first lift kit I have put on, & wanted to see how the Jeep suspension was going to react to being lifted. So far no problems, & if it does start to sag, no big deal- can switch to something else next time, may choose something else for the 07 KJ, now that I know how easy the Rustys lift was to install.
     
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    Look good what tires do you have on your jeep?
     
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    Those are 245/75/16 Maxxis Buckshot Mudders, I got a really good deal on them at Big O Tires and I could not pass it up.I did not want that aggressive of a tire but they did very good this winter in all the ice and snow that we got.
     
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    Thanks for the info thats the size i will move up to soon
     
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    Just thought i'd give an update on our lift. After one year and 7,000 miles, it's still looking good and rides like it did when I installed it. Current measurement is 21 1/8 inches front and rear so it has settled 1/8 in the last 6 months. I purchased the lift from Rustys while it on sale and so far it has been worth every penny. My wife and I are very happy with it.
     
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    Good deal! About that 7000 miles in a year,take that jeep out and Liberate it!!!!!
     
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    201,000mi! man, I hope our KJ's last that long!
     
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    Buckshot Mudders, what a great name for a tire! I have the OME suspension on for a little over a year and it is sitting at 21" Front.

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    Ours is at 21 1/8" front but thats with a 1/4" top plate as well.
     
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    Rustys are good for 15-18000 from what I've seen personally and read about before there's enough sag you have to swap them out. Only Rustys I installed ( against my better judgement but thats what the guy wanted) made it 20,000 but was back to within 1/2 inch of stock height by then
     
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    So far it's holding up, but with only 7,000mi of on road driving in a year, it should. If it last 20,000 miles that wil be 3 years, I will have felt like I got my moneys worth out of it. This is a current photo.
     

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    You may have less sagging,or take alot longer(50k or so) since your pretty stock(no armor and such).Start flexing alot and adding weight and that is when they sag fast.
     
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    Yep as soon as Sean started offroading his it went to H real fast
    springs were stacked in no time plus his rear shocks went way before that even
     
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    Hey thanks for the feedback, just wanted to update on the lift. Will let you know in another year how it's still holding up!
     
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    With no more than what you drive it I'd put it up on jackstands and it would last forever
     
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    With four vehicles and a motorcycle mileage gets divided up a bit.
     
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    Two years, still rides great, measured it (the lift) this morning just a hair over 21 inches.
     
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