Rough Country 1.75 Jeep Wrangler JK Suspension ReviewPosted in How To: Suspension Brakes on August 3, 2016
There’s no question that the ’07-present Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon is one of the most dynamic off-road vehicles ever produced right out of the box. In fact, for many Rubicon owners, it can meet the majority of their off-road needs with very little modification. However, we understand the desire to lift the Wrangler, as it can aid off-road performance, as well as help your JK stand out from the pack. The challenge for many is picking the right suspension lift that won’t completely sap the practicality of the Jeep.
We dealt with this challenge recently with our ’13 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. With selectable lockers and a factory sway bar discontent, most of the commonplace off-road necessities were covered. We were simply looking to put on slightly larger tires with a very modest amount of lift. Despite the seemingly endless array of suspension lift kits, we picked one that was a homerun on both the need and budget field of play. In fact, at $220, the Rough Country Suspension 1 3/4-inch suspension lift seems like one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades we’ve installed. Because the Rough Country kit uses coil spacers and new shock absorbers, it was something we (and you) easily installed in our home garage. So, how did it all work? Read on to find out.
In The Dirt
As we’ve said before, when compared to other “off-road” vehicles, it’s hard to beat the factory performance of a JK Wrangler Rubicon. The added height and footprint of the 33x12.50 tire absolutely makes a positive difference off-road, and the lower we ran the air pressure, the better the tires worked. With our automatic transmission, we wish our Jeep would have been equipped with the optional 4.10 gears instead of the 3.73s. We haven’t noticed a major difference in fuel economy with the 33s aboard but did notice a bit of the acceleration is gone. Overall, we’re extremely happy with the on- and off-road ride quality and, dare we say, practical sizing of the overall setup.