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Ok, so I'm cooling my heals here in Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan and thinking about how to spend deployment bucks...

I'm thinking about going with a Highline kit when I get home so that I can run bigger tires w/out increasing my suspension lift (currently 2" w/ 1"BL). The idea of running up to 37s seems pretty cool. I really want to maintain the low COG. Who out there has taken the plunge on the Highline and would you do it again?
 

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check out rokmens highline. I think it looks better as long as you dont have to comply with tire coverage laws. Im saving my $$ for it.

http://www.rokmen.com/
 

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I run Trent fabrication hi lines. Been considering selling them cheap, and going custom again. I love the clearance and look. AEV is nice, but I'd tear the flares off with how I wheel.
 

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I like my AEV Highline conversion. I have a 2 inch suspension lift and and 1 inch body lift. In order to run 35s, I had to add a lot of bump stop. I am not sure about AEV and 37s with your lift. You might need to go tube fenders and do a lit of cutting on the rear fender wells.
 

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I love my Highline kit. Running OME HD fronts LJ rears/JKS 1.25 BL and 35x12.50x17 MTR Kevlars. I think i have 1.75 inches of bumpstop in the front and an inch in the rear. The rear barely rubs now after playing with my JKS control arms. Rub a bit on the front lower control arms and antirock arms, but thats just the backspacing of the wheels i have. Hope this helps.

 

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Thx for the input. The thought of tearing off my fancy, new, expensive AEV flares has crossed my mind. The Metalcloak web page is bookmarked right below AEV. Can't decide if I really like em or not. the AEV looks the best but the scrapes on my stock flares are a good indicator that the fancy new AEVs may not last - especially when I add bigger tires and gears that will encourage me to push the JP harder...

The good (?) thing is that I've still got a few more months to think about it...
 

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my $.02....

If you want a OEM looking vehicle... showroom style, get the AEV. If you plan to do serious wheeling, go for what works best for you... then build a theme around your Jeep to match the styling. Be creative and it will look right. AEV looks sharp, but I bent my OEM fenders and didn't want to do that again... now I have the Rokmen hilines without a flare and don't worry about rocks anymore. The AEV hood looks good too, but not a $1000 good (plus paint).
 

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my $.02....

If you want a OEM looking vehicle... showroom style, get the AEV. If you plan to do serious wheeling, go for what works best for you... then build a theme around your Jeep to match the styling. Be creative and it will look right. AEV looks sharp, but I bent my OEM fenders and didn't want to do that again... now I have the Rokmen hilines without a flare and don't worry about rocks anymore. The AEV hood looks good too, but not a $1000 good (plus paint).

The AEV fender are a bit stronger than the factory fenders, but think of it this way. When your jeep slams into a boulder, would you rather bend a fender or bend the tub (as you will using those tube fenders)?
 

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Border Dave said:
kidmugg said:
my $.02....

If you want a OEM looking vehicle... showroom style, get the AEV. If you plan to do serious wheeling, go for what works best for you... then build a theme around your Jeep to match the styling. Be creative and it will look right. AEV looks sharp, but I bent my OEM fenders and didn't want to do that again... now I have the Rokmen hilines without a flare and don't worry about rocks anymore. The AEV hood looks good too, but not a $1000 good (plus paint).

The AEV fender are a bit stronger than the factory fenders, but think of it this way. When your jeep slams into a boulder, would you rather bend a fender or bend the tub (as you will using those tube fenders)?
That's a point to consider.

My fenders have no flares... so if I'm hitting bolders with them, I'd have no flare left if they are OEM design.
 

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I run a crawler hiline which means I have about 2" past where the hood sticks up and have a buckled tub. It's a part of hard core wheeling. It's not bad but it's there. With AEV's I'd have no fender left at all and if you can fabricate a fender, you can fabricate a way to brace it so it won't buckle. I just hadn't at the time.

Like kidmugg said bud. Dream big and save pennies. Then do it right the first time. It's your rig and you're the one who has to like it. That's why there are so many different styles out there. If you like the look and price and don't think you'd bend them buy it. If you think you would and would rather go tubes and brace them to not buckle the tub do it. If you just wheel it and worry later like me, Giggity goo.

Let us know what you decide
 

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I took a little video of my AEV setup. Let me start off by saying it is a great kit. If you plan on wheeling tight rock or tree infested trails I'd invest in tube fenders.

Here is the walk around video of the LJ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCiW-2wqADg
 
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