30-40 miles since install. 4wd.com was great. They answered the phone and they answered my questions. The price was very competitive. The shipping was fast and exactly as stated in delivery time. Installation was straight forward. The kit went on just fine...getting the old stock stuff off was the hardest part due to age of bolts, seized, etc. The lift is more like 3" than 2.5", but maybe they'll settle after a bit. The rear brake line did have to be extended, but the front appears ok. You absolutely must realign after install or your steering wheel will no longer be centered. The ride is fine; not terrible stiff and not terrible bouncy...if it was one more than the other, I would say bouncy. All I can say is, it probably rides like a lifted, short-wheel-based Jeep should ride. Not like a stage coach, but not like a pogo-stick either. I have nothing to compare it to, so I guess the ride is fine. At least it's better than what I had. My stock springs and shocks were original and completely shot; to the point they were sitting flat, so anything is an improvement. I wish this came with a 2.5" drop pitman arm. While it's probably not necessary, why not...why not keep everything as level to original as possible? If they can make a drop pitman for 4", why don't they make one for 2.5". All in all, like I said, the ride is as expected I guess. 4wd.com was excellent. The products comes with a lifetime warranty and the price was very competitive. What more can you ask for? I have 31x10.5 tires, which are they same I had with stock equipment. They Jeeps sits at about 21.5" to the bottom of the rocker panel below the entry doors. If you want more, spend more. So far I'm satisfied. If things change, I'll re-update. If there was one negative that sticks out to me...I probably would not lift again. I'd probably just keep it at stock height, but like I said, maybe they'll settle a little bit in time. It's just hard for my wife to climb in to right now and I do not want a step added. You'd think 2.5" isn't that much, but actually, it does change the look. Not for the worse. It looks fine, but you definitely know it's been lifted. I have nothing bad to say about Trail Master or 4wd.com at this time; the product was exactly has described.
I recently purchased a Trail Master 2.5" Lift Kit for my 1994 Jeep Wrangler from 4 Wheel Drive Hardware and installed it last weekend. The installation was straight forward and it took me and my 14 year old son approximately 8 hours to complete the installation. Everything went together pretty smoothly, however, once finished my Jeep ended up with just over 4" of lift. Although it looks great, I immediately experienced some drive line vibration in 3rd and 4th gear between 35 and 45 MPH during the test drive. After doing some research on the Jeep forums, I narrowed it down to the new angle of my driveshaft. I called Trail Master customer service on Monday morning and spoke with one of their outstanding customer service reps about my situation. He took the time to listen to my problem in detail and we talked about possible solutions. I told him that I am new to Jeeps and had purchased this Jeep as a weekend project vehicle, so I have a limited budget, especially with 4 kids. I mentioned that the 4" Trail Master kit comes with rear spring shims and the transfer case drop kit to solve this problem and that I believed that the issued could be solved if I had those components. The customer service rep was kind enough to send me the shims and transfer case drop kit at no charge to see if it would solve my problem. In a time where customer service within most companies is sorely lacking, Trail Master provided me with excellent customer service and has earned a customer for life.
If you want to lift your jeep this is a good start but I hope its not your daily driver.The vibration was bad so i put 1 inch spacers between the cross member and the frame. It helped but I ordered a SYE and drive shaft at $500, longer brake hoses $80, Wheel spacers $160. 31x10.50 rub on springs when making tight turns. I may also install pinion angle wedges to decrease the drive shaft angle but i will determine that after the SYE goes in.
3 of springs lost by UPS. looking forward to the install.
Great value, easy instal, great ride, the only thing that was odd, and not an issue was the way they shipped the leaf springs. They just had a shipping tag on them and thats all, so they did get slightly scratched.
I am using this on my Jeep that I am rebuilding into a show quality 4X4. The product is strongly built and functional. I was disappointed that the leaf springs were sent in such a way that the finish was heavily scarred and will have to be touched up. They were also on backorder for months which slowed progress. Over all, I am happy with the purchase though.
Installed this after helping a friend install a Rubicon Express kit. The Rubicon express kit was a lot easier to install and came complete. This kit didn't have all the right bolts and some of the specialty nuts were not threaded.
Overall was impressed by the build quality, however rear spacer bolts were to long and needed to be breads all the way. I used some 1 inch nuts to act as spacers to snug them up. Rear shock bilges were fine threaded but require coarse thread. 5/16 brake line adapters were to big for stock hole size and needed to be drilled out. If the correct hardware was included I would recommend this as a budget lift kit. However because the hardware was incorrect trail master needs to resolve the issues
This is the list of what you need to be aware of before you buy: 1. The bolts for the rear shock extension bracket are not 10MM as stated on the packaging. You'll need to buy 4 new ones. 2. The bolts to mount the rear coil spring spacer are too long. They're 3 inches, I bought 2 inch 12MM bolts. Worked just fine. 3. The holes for all 4 OE brake line brackets must be enlarged to fit the new bolt to put on the brake line extension. BLUF- if you have some mechanical skill, this lift is easy to put on. I did it in my garage on the weekend. I was disappointed to have to keep going back and forth for the correct bolts. This was my second coil spacer lift that I have installed so it was pretty easy for me.
This lift gave the JK a nice stance even with stock size tires. However, the kit had some flaws... the threads on some of the bolts were completely wrong... they were useless. After going to a local hardware store and spending a few extra dollars on the correct bolts, the kit went on with ease and works the way it is supposed to. Also the directions are not very clear but with a little mechanical ability it is doable.
I purchased trailmaster kit #3525-20012 before purchase I asked what else I should purchase for smooth installation and was told by the tm rep. That for the 2.5 installation it was complete and would bolt right up. Now just for the rear I find I need shock relocation brackets and I also have a problem with the rear drag link not apparantly long enough for my 1995 yj wrangler. It is the weekend and I won't be able to get my vehicle back on the road it is my everyday ride. I haven't even started on the front. Could you please inform me of any other parts I need to purchase to complete the installation? If you would have informed me of this I could have purchased these items in advance instead of the trial and error method. I'm sure you must have sold many of these kits and should know what else is needed for proper installation. Please help me out so this installation can be promptly completed. Thanks for your help.
Asked by Bob from Palm Beach Gardens Fl. on
Hi Bob You should not need anything else with the 2.5 kit. I have seen rear shock relocation brackets needed on 4 inch. The rear track bar in the rear will go back into its normal location, it can be a struggle to get it there. Do not do the final tightening of any bolts untill the Jeep is on the ground. Bounce up and down front and rear to get everything in place before you tighten it all. You will need a front end alighnment. Thanks
Answered by LWiff ext 4804 from Palm Beach Gardens Fl. on
after installing lift kit there is a bad vibration in rear . what would cause this and how can i fix it. thank you , Keith
Asked by Keith from on
Hi Keith With the 2.5 Inch Lift Kit with NGS Shocks or any lift kit tighten the bolts when it is on the ground and you have bounced on the front and rear to position the springs and shackles. If you are still getting a little vibration try lowering the transfer case a little maybe half inch should be all that is needed. Thanks
Answered by LWiff ext 4804 from on
i am putting this lift on my wifes 2011 4 door sahara unlimited. i am also purchasing the Maxxis Big Horn Tire 35X12.50R17 and Pro Comp Wheel 17x9 Package. My question is will this tire and rim package fit after the lift is installed? Thanks Richard
Asked by Rich from norfolk VA on
Hey Rich, the Trail Master 2.5 Inch_ Lift Kit with Shock Extension Brackets will let you fit that tire and wheel package on with no issues. Thanks for your question.
Answered by Devin B. ext 4835 from norfolk VA on
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