Jeep Wrangler (2007-2017 JK) 3.5″ RC Lift Kit, 35″ Tires and Rugged Ridge Bumpers Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler (2007-2017 JK) 3.5″ RC Lift Kit, 35″ Tires and Rugged Ridge Bumpers Review & Install


I’m Ryan from extremeterrain.com. And today,
we have a 2015 Wrangler that used to be stocked. The idea behind this build was to make it
look really cool and set it apart from every other silver four-door that rolled off the
assembly line. And for us, that meant squeezing 35-inch tires underneath this Jeep and having
enough lift to support that. So let me walk you through the build. For this Jeep, we knew we wanted to run 35-inch
tires so we would need enough lift to handle that. This Jeep will spend most of its time
on the road, but we want to be able to take it off-road every so often, and we want it
to be able to handle itself. So we needed enough clearance between the top of the tire
and the bottom of these fender clips. So for that, we decided to go with the Rough Country
3.5 inch Series II Lift Kit with Shocks. That gives us the clearance we need without completely
breaking the bank. So this Rough Country Lift Kit is really complete
and it has everything that most other coil spring lift kits, including shocks, will come
with. Of course the springs, the shocks, you’ll have new sway bar links, bump stops, brake
line extension brackets, all those goodies. But this lift also includes some things that
a lot of other kits on the market don’t include. This Rough Country Series II Kit includes
new front lower control arms and those are important when lifting the Jeep three-and-a-half
inches or more. When you lift the Jeep that high you actually lose some caster which can
give the Jeep a flighty feel going down the highway, and you also lose some of your pinion
angle which can cause some driveline vibrations or excessive driveshaft wear. So these new
lower control arms put your caster and pinion back closer to spec, and they’re a really
nice feature to have. And the control arms that come in this kit
do have factory-style rubber bushings on both ends. So they’ll do a good job of giving you
back your pinion and your caster angle, but they’re not going to do a lot for you as far
as adding articulation. So if you’re going to get into more hardcore off-roading and
you really want that articulation, you’ll want to upgrade to some aftermarket control
arms that have spherical joints on both ends. Another unique part included in this kit are
the rear coil spring correction plates. Again, when you’re lifting three-and-a-half inches,
the rear coil springs can get a little bit of a bow to them if you’re still running factory
control arms. It’s not necessarily harmful, but it doesn’t look the best and it can lower
the amount of lift that you’re getting. So these correction plates will make sure you
get a full three-and-a-half inches of width. The last couple of unique components included
in this kit are the front track bar relocation bracket and the drop pitman arm. The front
track bar relocation bracket will flatten out your track bar angle which is beneficial
in both on-road and off-road driving and handling characteristics. The drop pitman arm that’s
included in the kit works in conjunction with the track bar relocation bracket to keep the
drag link and track bar in parallel. If those two bars go out of parallel, you might end
up with bump steer. If you’re worried about completely centering the axle under the vehicle
you can always spend a couple of extra dollars and get a front adjustable track bar. To get this lift kit installed, you’ll have
to first support the Jeep from the frame and remove or disconnect everything that keeps
the axles from completely drooping. That includes the track bars, sway bar links, brake lines
and emergency brake lines, driveshafts and shocks. Once the axles are allowed to completely
droop, you can pop out the old springs and shocks and put everything back together with
the new components. There’s a little bit of drilling involved to install the front track
bar bracket and the front bump stop extensions. But, other than a drill, the only tools you’ll
need are a regular socket set and wrenches. I think we can all agree that the lift kit
was the most functional part of this build. Everything else we did was to make it look
really cool and set it apart from every other JK that rolled off the assembly line. And
a big part of that was the wheels. For this build, we decided to go with the Maverick
wheel by Fuel and they feature a matte black finish with the milled accents. I think these
wheels would look really good no matter what colors you do have but they look amazing with
our silver Jeep with all the other black accents that we did. Like a lot of other wheels of this style,
the Maverick is aluminum. It features a unilug stud pattern which means it’ll fit on a lot
of different applications including the five on five pattern that we need for our JK. Because
this wheel does fit on a lot of different applications it’s not going to be hub-centric
on these axles. The wheel also has a four and a half inch
back spacing which means that even when we’re running a large wide tire like this, everything
is pushed away from the Jeep far enough that it’s not going to rub on the frame or on the
control arms when you turn left to lock. And then the part that we installed on this Jeep
to make it look unique and set it apart from the rest is this Rugged Ridge front tube bumper.
The tubular style gives it a little bit of that throwback feel and I think it works really
well with what we’ve built here. And this definitely isn’t an off-road bumper. You can
see it doesn’t have recovery points or a winch mount or even additional light mount ones.
But for what we want to do with our Jeep which is daily drive it, and take it on some light
trails every so often, this keeps weight down and keeps the cost down. Even though this bumper is mostly for looks,
it does have a couple of functions that I really like. It opens up the area in front
of the tire so when we do take this Jeep off-road, we don’t have to worry about having any clearance
issues and it accepts the factory fog lights, so we don’t have to spend money on aftermarket
lights. The last part we installed during this build
is the Rugged Ridge black euro guard light kit. This is a 17-piece kit that includes
everything except for the fog light covers. I really like this kit because it drastically
changes the exterior look of the Jeep even more so than a lot of more expensive modifications.
And I really like it because you’re not doing anything permanent, and it’s a really easy
install. Everything goes on into factory screw holes or with 3M tape. So now that we got our Jeep lifted, the tires
are on and everything’s adjusted, our bumper’s in place, it’s time for the fun part. We get
to take this thing out on the road. See how it rides, see how it handles with all those
new suspension components and these big wheels and tires. So now that we finally have this
Jeep back on the road. I have to say it feels really good. It’s pretty stable on the road,
there’s not a ton of body roll, and it handles bumps really nicely. With any one of the more budget lift kits,
there’s always some room for improvement. And that’s okay. A lot of that improvement
is in the ride quality area. So shocks for the most part. These shocks are the Rough
Country shocks that come in the lift kit, they are the nitrogen shocks, so they are
supposed to ride a little bit better than the Hydro Shocks that are included in some
other kits, and I think they do. There’s nothing wrong with this ride out of the box. It works
pretty well, it handles bumps well, it feels stable, even going around turns at three-and-a-half
inches of lift sometimes you might feel a little bit top-heavy. But, between the track
bar brackets that are included and all the other bracketry to get your geometry back
in spec it feels pretty good. The lower control arms that are included in
this kit up front do correct your caster, so you don’t get that flighty feel and it
does feel planted on the road is really nice. Anytime you go up to a three and a half inch
lift sometimes you can get a little bit of that wandery flighty feel, but we don’t have
any of that. It’s really stable. Because this kit does include the front track
bar relocation kit and the drop pitman arm, you are going to have to re-center your steering
wheel after everything is back on the ground and under its own weight. Now that’s not a
big deal Jeep makes that really easy, there’s an adjustable collar. You just have to loosen
a couple of bolts, and you’ll be able to re-center that wheel, but it is a step that you’ll want
to take. I do feel a little bit of additional feedback
through the steering wheel, and I think that has something to do with that drop pitman
arm setup. Personally, if I was running this system I would ditch the drop pitman arm and
also ditch that front track bar bracket. And go with an adjustable front track bar instead.
I feel it’s a little bit more of a stable setup but, the components that are included
in this kit will absolutely work and they will absolutely get you back on the road and
your suspension working with bigger tires. On the road during every day driving, your
bumper isn’t going to serve much of a function no matter what type of bumper you have. And
as we said before the bumper we installed it’s not an off-road bumper, it doesn’t have
the winches and the additional light mounts and the additional recovery points and all
that stuff, but on the road it looks good. And the fact that it accepts the factory fog
lights I really like. So all in all the bumper I think was a really good pick. When you combine
that with our Rugged Ridge euro light guard kit and the black Fuel wheels, the entire
package looks really, really nice, especially on a silver Jeep. Now if you’ve never driven a Jeep with larger
tires on it without being recalibrated, you might not notice how much of a difference
a proper recalibration makes. While recalibrating isn’t a super exciting part of installing
a lift kit, it is absolutely necessary and I definitely suggest the Superchips Flashcal
for that purpose. It just makes things really, really easy. Especially on an automatic Jeep
like this. Recalibrating is really, really important. Having the proper tire size in
the PCM will get your shift points back to being accurate as well as your speedometer
and your odometer. All of those are really important and without a calibrator or reprogammer
they’re just not going to be right. Another really nice feature of that calibrator
is to be able to adjust the TPMS alarms. So even though we have these big 35 inch tires
aired down to what they should be, about 33 pounds in this case, we don’t have that annoying
dinging every time we turn the vehicle on and we don’t have that TPMS sensor light on
the dash. Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able
to take this Jeep off-road today. But just knowing what I know about the suspension after
installing it and seeing all the components that are included, I can tell you it is going
to work well off-road. It’s going to give you that clearance to run a larger tire without
rubbing on the frame or the control arms. And that bumper also gives us some additional
clearance. The good news is the shocks that come with
this lift kit are long. Which means you’re going to have a lot of down-travel and a lot
of up-travel even when you use the included bump stops. The downside of all that down-travel
is that even with the brake line bracket relocation kit that’s included in the lift kit, the brake
lines do get a little bit close to type. For my personal preference, I would still get
an extra set of longer brake lines to install on this vehicle just to make sure that the
lines aren’t going to tighten up when you’re flexing. So when we started out with this build we
wanted to put together something that looked really good. We didn’t want our Jeep to look
like every other silver Jeep that rolled off the assembly line. And we wanted to fit 35-inch
tires, again, for the looks, but also so we could take this thing off-road on the weekend
and have some fun with it. And after driving the Jeep on the road, I can say that we accomplished
all those goals. Between the bumper and the light guards and the black wheels, this Jeep
looks really, really good, and you will not mistake it for any other Jeep in the parking
lot. And the Rough Country lift kit allowed us
to run those 35-inch tires all without breaking the bank. I’d say this is a really well-rounded
build. And even though unfortunately we didn’t get to take it off-road now, we were able
to find some leftover snow mounds to blast through, and we still had so much fun with
it. So that wraps up this build. For more cool Jeep builds and other great
Jeep content, make sure you subscribe to Extreme Terrain videos. For now, I’m Ryan from extremeterrain.com,
thanks for watching.

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  1. Thanks so much for the info! I recently purchased this kit and am waiting for it to arrive. Which super chip fcal did you use to reprogram things? I went looking for one after you mentioned using it to recalibrate things which makes it much easier than taking it somewhere to get it done but I found a bunch of different ones and I am not sure which one would work best.
    Thanks for any help!
    -Brittenie

  2. What gear ratio are you going to go with when it is changed? I just bought a JKU with 35's and the fuel mileage sucks! My goal is substantial mileage increase and still able to hit 80 on the highway. Thoughts?

  3. I just installed this last week and I feel that "wandering" sensation on the road. If the the provided lowers didn't help with the caster am I going to have to buy adjustable arms? The caster reading I'm getting is 3.3* I know the factory is around 4.2*, pretty far off if they were supposed to help

  4. I've read that when you loft your jeep more than 3" it's recommended to change you're drive shaft. do you think with this kit it's necessary ?

  5. I just ordered this kit for my 2012 Rubicon Unlimited, I also ordered the adjustable front track bar. Should I not install the track bar relocation bracket and drop pitman arm? Also, should I install exhaust spacer So?

  6. This is so confusing to me. All i want to do is put a 4" lift with 35's. i guess if i do this, there are a laundry list of other mods i must do to keep it a daily driver. spacers? gearing? steering? exhaust mod? break line extenders? Im not trying to change all that. what should i do?????

  7. Drill two holes on the tube bumper, you got a 36" LED light bar. Add a hitch receiver in front, you got a winch receptacle.

  8. Sooo… I am not a mechanic, but I want this.. if I go to a shop and say, hey man… make my jeep look all sick like and gimme a 3.5 inch lift with this kit.. will they automatically do all this other mumbo jumbo you speak of.. calibrations, control arms la de da? or do I need to specify? I assume any 4 wheel shop already knows how to do all this right?

  9. What size are the rims? I know that the tires are 35" but I wondering if the rims were like 20×9 or something like that

  10. I know this usually isn't a jeep question, but what kind of fuel economy can you expect with a build like this, being that it would be a daily driver?

  11. can you review your "MethodWorks Leatherette Seat Covers" id like to see more and online there's only octures

  12. Just curious cause I'd want to upgrade my lift on my 2015 jkr. Did you have any issues with the front driveshaft and exhaust.

  13. Interested in going with a 3 or 3.5 inch lift on my 2012 jku. I have the Sahara model.. If I go with the 3 inch lift with 35's will i have to re gear or no?

  14. Nice mallcrawler. You could have totally hit fire roads and light trails with a stock jeep. Waste of money imo.

  15. what"s the maximum size tire that i can install on my jeep sahara unli 4 doors, if i just do body lift?

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