Bud­get Spacer Lift for Your Wran­gler

AEV of­fers a 2-inch lift on the cheap

Jp Magazine - - Table Of Contents - By Stu­art A. Bour­don jped­i­[email protected]­magazine.com Pho­tog­ra­phy: Stu­art A. Bour­don

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the new Jeep JL Wran­gler, we’re al­ready start­ing to see more

and more gen­tly used Jeep JKs com­ing into the mar­ket­place. By gen­tly used, we mean the Wran­glers that were not pur­chased, mod­i­fied, and played with in the dirt—those Jeeps that have spent years liv­ing a mun­dane life, putting thou­sands of miles of pave­ment un­der their bel­lies. These are the most likely to be traded in soon or sold to get that “new­est” Jeep.

Some­times these can be the best finds; some­times they’re not over­priced; and al­most al­ways, they’re not chopped up, welded, or drilled on any­where. You can get good deals, but no mat­ter what you pay, at least you’re not buy­ing some­one else’s bad choices. With that in mind, here’s a good place to start when you find that clean, used JK you’ve been look­ing for.

Don’t want to go crazy with lift?

Just want enough to plus-size the tires up one notch or so and give you a lit­tle more ground clear­ance, ar­tic­u­la­tion, and trac­tion? Don’t want to spend $1,000plus? The JK 2.0" Spacer Sus­pen­sion Sys­tem (PN AEVJK2SS) from Amer­i­can Ex­pe­di­tion Ve­hi­cles (AEV) pro­vides 2 inches of lift at a price that’s much eas­ier to digest. The sys­tem in­cludes sets of front and rear polyurethane coil spac­ers, front and rear bump­stops, front and rear shock ex­ten­sion brack­ets, and brake line drop brack­ets. All ne­c­es­sary hard­ware and ex­cel­lent in­stal­la­tion in­struc­tions are part of the pack­age.

Us­ing coil spac­ers and the fac­tory coils means that you can main­tain a great deal of the su­pe­rior ride qual­ity of your JK; the shock bracket ex­ten­sions are de­signed for fac­tory-spec shocks and don’t limit their travel. The re­ally nice thing is that there’s no cut­ting or weld­ing, so when that day comes (and for most Jeep­ers, it will), the move up to a more ag­gres­sive sus­pen­sion build will be much eas­ier. Although we used some pneu­matic tools for ex­pe­di­ency, this com­plete in­stal­la­tion can be eas­ily done with hand­tools dur­ing a day’s work in your garage.

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