American Expedition Vehicles

JK DualSport XT Suspension 2.5"


AEV’s DualSport 2.5-Inch XT Suspension System was designed to appeal to Jeep JK Wrangler owners who want the added highway and trail performance of AEV’s taller 3.5 and 4.5-inch DualSport Systems, but with a reduced lift height.

As with AEV’s 3.5 and 4.5-inch systems, painstaking attention was paid to tuning and geometry in the new system. Not content to simply borrow the same spring rates and shock valving of the taller systems, AEV set out to specially tune coils and shocks that are unique to the needs of the new, lower system. The result is new frequency-tuned, triple-rate coils at all four corners and custom-tuned Bilstein shocks matched to the coils. Additionally, AEV evaluated the new system for cornering and braking and determined that a new, geometry-corrected rear Track-Arm Tower would be needed to help create the kind of handling AEV suspension systems are expected to have.

The new system is rounded out with everything else needed to complete the package. This includes a custom rear track-arm, front stabilizer end link relocation brackets, bump-stop extensions and brake line relocation brackets. Combined with the springs and shocks, these components allow AEV’s DualSport 2.5-Inch XT Suspension System to deliver classic AEV on and off-highway performance, exceptional reliability and a lower, more user-friendly lift height.

Key Features:

• Same ride quality as 3.5" and 4.5" lifts with reduced height
• Coils and shocks tuned to the needs of the lower system
• Reliability and durability you expect from AEV DualSport Systems
• No exhaust modifications required
• Accommodates 33" and 35" tires

Please note: The AEV/Bilstein 5100 series shock absorbers included in this kit feature a Bilstein Triple C zinc plated finish. This finish must be serviced regularly in order to maintain its luster. Particularly in moist climates, a protective coating, such as wax or lubricating oil should be applied to prevent tarnishing. The finish is not covered under warranty.

Actual lift height may vary depending on vehicle weight.

Application: 2007+ JK Wrangler

Made In: United States

Recommended Tire Size: We recommend pairing 33" or 35" tires with this lift kit.

Note: No exhaust modifications required

Kit Contents:

• Springs (4)
• Shocks (4)
• Bump-stop spacers (4)
• Rear track bar (LHD only) (1)
• Rear track bar tower (1)
• Brake line drop bracket set (4)
• Front stabilizer end link relocation brackets (2)


Difficulty Level: Moderate

Estimated Install Time: 6-9 Hours

Required Tools:
Common Standard and Metric Hand Tools
3/8" Drill Bit

Click Here to download our installation guide (PDF)

There are a lot of suspensions available, what sets yours apart from all the others?

Is there a difference in performance between the 2.5” DualSport Suspension Systems and the taller 3.5/4.5” Systems?

What parts are different between a 2.5-Inch DualSport Suspension System and the taller 3.5/4.5” versions? Can I upgrade easily?

Your rear track-bar tower is taller than all the others I’ve seen and even comes with a new track-bar – why? 

Why don’t you supply adjustable track-bars with your DualSport Suspension Systems? 

The 2.5” DualSport Suspension System does not offer a High-Steering Kit like the 3.5 and 4.5” Systems - why?

I do a lot of backcountry adventuring that sees my JK heavily loaded, but I also daily-drive it. Will your suspension sag when loaded or beat me up when empty?

Does the great handling AEV’s DualSport Suspension Systems provide mean that you have stiff springs that don’t flex well? 

The shocks that come with the systems look like ordinary Bilstein 5100’s, are they?

What is “Frequency Tuning” and what are its benefits?

AEV’s 2.5” DualSport System does not include replacement control-arms – why?

What size tires can I run with the 2.5” DualSport Suspension System?

Can I use my stock wheels with AEV’s 2.5” DualSport Suspension System?

Do I need to make exhaust modifications to install AEV’s 2.5” DualSport Suspension System?

Why should I add Geometry Correction Brackets to my order?

Why would I add AEV's ProCal to my order?

How will your 2.5” DualSport Suspension System handle towing a trailer?

Can I use a drop pitman arm with your 2.5” DualSport Suspension System for better steering?

Do I need to change my drive shafts to use your kit?

Why do you use brake hose drop brackets instead of longer braided stainless hoses?

Why doesn’t AEV offer a long-arm system for the JK?

What is the installation time?

Where are AEV's DualSport Suspension Systems Manufactured?

Can I use a drop pitman arm with your 2.5” DualSport Suspension System for better steering?

What is the installation time?

Where are AEV’s DualSport Suspension Systems manufactured?

What do the optional Geometry Correction Brackets do?

Love the 2.5" DualSport XT

Review by Rob T.

I LOVE the improvement in both ground clearance and handling I've noticed since having the 2.5" DS XT suspension system installed on my 2013 Rubicon Unlimited. We drove to California on a road trip this summer (from Toronto) and while there had Rock Tech Offroad install the 2.5" XT kit before taking a short jaunt with the Rubi ON the Rubi :) [It was 'just us' so we only did about 10KM in from Tahoe - my wife had never been off-road and I didn't want to scare her too much :)]. The handling after installing the kit (along with rear geometry correction bracket) was SOOO much better than stock! Cornering in the mountains on the way back was much less of a white knuckle experience.

Ordering some stickers to proudly support your product. Would highly recommend that Chrysler/Jeep install this as STOCK on a Rubicon!! (as well as to anyone else looking for a bit more clearance and a lot more control and less body roll in corners).

Pearland Texas

Review by MW3 jeep

I put this lift on my MW3 jeep, and I would say it was one of the easiest lifts to install very quick 2hrs and was done. after getting it done and taking out and testing it out it was the best thing I added to my MW3 jeep. it is awesome, the ride on the highway is so much better.

worth every pennie

Review by jeff hendry

so after shopping around, reading reviews and asking a million questions i went with this lift out of all the kits i priced out this kits was one of the more expensive ones.. but now i know why, this is one heavy duty kit.. from the shocks right down to the hardware.. and wow does it ever handle well on and off the road this 2.5 is worth a million WOW;s you will love it and you wont regret the extra pennies..

really good

Review by FrenchK

I've been driving 4x4 vehicles since 20yrs and finally got a 2012 JK 2.8 diesel sahara after having driven Rice cookers. Great jeep vehicle and great engine but needed a lift in my view. I had a local shop (Indian Cars) install a 2.5 xt lift.

Its a great kit, makes the JK incredibly nimble and precise with 33" Cooper ST Maxx's and fits like a charm (was in the shop helping out)

as a note I'd add: get the procal with it: to align the steering column and get the tpms to shut down and the speedo correct.

Amazing Lift Kit!

Review by Kyle

I had only heard good things about AEV so I decided to give their lift a try. The instructions are the most detailed instructions I have ever read making it easy to install. Total install time was about 6.5 to 7 hrs. This is a kit that you can install right in your driveway. Great first lift for beginner offroaders.

The price was on the higher side, but don't let that scare you away. The products are quality! I could feel the strength of the steel by just holding it. This company builds a quality product! I do wish It had the option to come with swaybar disconnects, but that wasn't a huge deal. Another add on that I would have liked to have would be the option for a front track bar as well.

I love the way my jeep sits now. The ride quality is excellent with the Bilstein Shocks. Jeep handles better than stock. This kit clears 35" tires with factory fenders easily! I have not gone on any hardcore trails yet just old class 6 roads. Can't wait to really put this kit to the test! Great product! keep up the good work!

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