What are peoples thoughts about the HighLifter vs Brute Performance kits? The Brute Performance kit is 2" and doesn't require any drilling or potential notch cutting of the frame.
It looks like the HL kit achieves it's lift by raising the mounting point of the shocks and the BP kit achieves it's lift by shifting the mounting point further inside the A arms
I have a 2016 T2 and I just this past week installed the Highlifter 2" lift kit so I felt compelled to speak to this.
First off, if you read the instructions, you will note that it calls for cutting a notch in your frame for axle clearance on the rear of the bike. I did not do this and after talking with others on this site, I could not find anyone else that did this either. And after installing the kit, I saw no reason for it whatsoever. There is plenty of frame clearance without concern for rubbing.
Now, having said that, if I had it to do all over again, I would likely go with the Brute Performance lift instead. I don't know if it gives you the same amount of lift, but its a much easier install and it relocates the shocks slightly and might even improve ride, but again, speak to someone who has that kit installed for actual experience.
As for the Highlifter, I will say this: The front brackets were a snap to install. The rear were a total PITA. I hated it so much that I even contacted the company and complained. I even asked them why they didn't design the bracket to be at the top of the shock instead but they didn't have any answer for that.
As for the final results, the kit did perform as advertised. The rear lift gave exactly 2.0 inches of lift. The front came out to 2.5 inches.