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Zenjule

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Does anyone have a rough country lift like this? i don't know much about them and from what I've googled a lot of people love em and a lot of people hate em.. so whats your take?

im thinking about getting the 3" but i dont know it it will be high enough for my liking.. so if anyone has a 3" lift can you post a Picture for me?

* This post was edited 01/31/20 12:40am by Zenjule *

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LIft kits are mostly for show. You make your truck more top heavy. It does not increase your ground clearance unless you add taller tires. Then the geometry of your drive train gets affected. The knee bone is connected to the thigh bone. I drove vehicles in the dirt during an outdoor career and they were nearly all stock. I had to walk out only once when I broke an axle.

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I have a 2.5” level on mine. I like the look when not towing and it was needed to fit 35s without rubbing in the front. That being said they are not ideal for towing for many reasons. Without the factory rake my truck looks tail low when hooked up. You will have a higher centre of gravity and if you use larger tires the higher sidewall will flex more and feel squirmy. You will need a large drop draw bar (mine is 6”) and you can forget about towing a fifth wheel level without significant mods to the trailer.


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Rough country lifts are on the bargain end of the spectrum. You get what you pay for, essentially.
They work, but they’re no Thuren or Carli.


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What vehicle are you putting the lift on?

I've been in the know of lifting Jeeps for 20 years now and when it comes to rough country you couldn't pay most of the jeepers to put a RC lift on their rig.


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How big a tire are you trying to fit? And on what vehicle?

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camp-n-family wrote:

I have a 2.5” level on mine. I like the look when not towing and it was needed to fit 35s without rubbing in the front. That being said they are not ideal for towing for many reasons. Without the factory rake my truck looks tail low when hooked up. You will have a higher centre of gravity and if you use larger tires the higher sidewall will flex more and feel squirmy. You will need a large drop draw bar (mine is 6”) and you can forget about towing a fifth wheel level without significant mods to the trailer.

Got the exact same truck and lift you do. RC isn't bad, a basic entry level kit. I replaced all my shocks at the time I did the level and it still rides like a truck. I just added air bags to help with the sag when loaded since I also haul a golf cart in the bed with the trailer. I kept the rims at 17" and am just below a 35" tire. I haven't noticed any more squirm or flex than I did with the factory size tires.


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"LIft kits are mostly for show. You make your truck more top heavy. It does not increase your ground clearance unless you add taller tires. Then the geometry of your drive train gets affected."

x2, ppine.


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when I had my jeeps I did well with Rustys Offroad. They were cheap and correct.


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Posted: 01/17/20 12:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well you can forget about whatever your tow rating was with a lift/big tires.



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