Not talking about the Eibach kit on this thread, btw.
As far as the WK2 platform being "terrible period," what are you talking about? Are you talking about the off-road performance? If so, then of course it is if you're comparing it to other vehicles devoted to off-road use, but that's not what I was looking for in my vehicle.
I'm over 30 years old and have a family of four...I'm looking for a good family Jeep that can also withstand some decent off-roading when it's called for.
Could I go for the lift for much cheaper, yes, and believe me I actually debated for quite a while on which way to go. After going back and forth, I decided that I've read too much about how the stock struts/shocks are not that great. I figure if I'm already going to drop the money on improving the suspension, then I might as well go with raising it as much as possible and doing it with struts/shocks/springs that were designed and tested for the changes to the platform. Not to mention that the OME struts/shocks can extend further than stock to keep your wheels on the ground as well as not hit the bump stops when going over small bumps at higher speeds.
Is OME quite a bit more than the Eibach? Yes. And I'm not completely sold on it not being leveled, but I do like the reputation of OME and have been in a few situations where I was looking at the underside of the Jeep and thinking "just another 1/2" and I'd be over this easy."
At any other time in life I would've had to go the cheapest route (actually when I was younger I didn't even have enough to consider these modifications), but I'm finally at a point where I can so I'm gonna...
and that's why I'll "waste the money"!!!