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Old 02-15-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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3" Zone lift on my TJ

I finally got some decent pics of my new lift. Basic 3" Zone lift with 33x12.5x15 Duratracs. I measured from the ground to the bottom of my rockers before and after. 16.25" before 22.75" after.... 6" total difference, not too bad










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Old 02-15-2011, 08:17 PM   #2
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That looks good. I am seriously considering that lift. Other than your axle problems, where there any other unexpected problems?? How does it drive and handle. Did you get any vibrations after the install.

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Old 02-15-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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Only other prob was the upper shock mounts on the passenger rear, I didn't heat them up because they were pretty close to the gas tank and some lines/hoses coming out of it and they both snapped! What a PITA it was to extract them, ended up having to re-tap one of them to 3/8"-16

Drives and handles very good after the alignment, I've had it up to 60mph with no vibes whatsoever Reverse is a little trickier to get into now tho, if you don't really get it in there it grinds and pops out.... I'm guessing the T-case drop might have something to do with that?!?
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Are you running the stock drive shafts or do you have SYE???
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:43 PM   #5
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Stock shaft thats why I went with the 3" I wanted to keep the cost down, eventually I'll probably get the SYE and CV shaft so I can ditch the T-case drop. But it works as-is for now so I'm happy
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:37 PM   #6
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:55 PM   #7
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I hate that you posted this lol...

this is my next purchase for the jeep, just waiting to see if i hit bonus by the end of march...really wanna pull the trigger NOW though lol

looks good...
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:00 PM   #8
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I hate that you posted this lol...

this is my next purchase for the jeep, just waiting to see if i hit bonus by the end of march...really wanna pull the trigger NOW though lol

looks good...
Do it!
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I know you haven't had it on there long. How are the Nitro shocks on the street? That seems to be a popular debate. Had a chance to get offroad yet?

Looks great, btw!
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:23 PM   #10
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I know you haven't had it on there long. How are the Nitro shocks on the street? That seems to be a popular debate. Had a chance to get offroad yet?

Looks great, btw!
The nitros ride nice so far, not rough at all. I've probably only put 80 or so miles on it so far. Haven't been offroad yet tho, there isn't really anywhere to go around here. Northern Illinois sucks

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what wheels are those?

The jeep looks great.
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what wheels are those?

The jeep looks great.
Thanks, they are the matte black MB72's from Discount tire. Not too bad at $99 per wheel and they are aluminum with a 3 year finish warranty and lifetime structural.
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Thanks, they are the matte black MB72's from Discount tire. Not too bad at $99 per wheel and they are aluminum with a 3 year finish warranty and lifetime structural.
Looks good. 6" is huge, that's what I was guessing even though the tires alone are 4" taller. Wheels look just like pro comp steel 97's I want but at $57 each I'm trying to keep cost down too at the sacrifice of weight. Come on tax return!
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That looks awesome, i just got my Zone 3" delivered to my house two days ago. Going on in one week, pretty pumped up now that i saw your post lol.
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3" Zone Lift

Have had my 3" Zone lift installed for about a month now and put somewhere near 300 miles on it. Have it on 31's (til I can afford bigger) and the only slight vibration I have it from about 25-30 mph, before and after there is very little to no vibration what so ever. Taking into account I didn't drop the t-case or skid plate (spacers come with kit) and using factory drive shafts as well with no issue. The ONE BIG THING I would suggest replacing is the front track bar. Install instructions say to make another hole to realign the existing track bar by drilling a new hole 3/4" to the right of the center of the existing hole. In my experience at least, the alignment on the front axle will be off around 1/2" which tends to be a pretty major issue. After the lift I had a nasty death wobble problem and even after alignment, I could still make it happen at higher speeds (around 45-50mph) if you haven't had that happen to you, grab a clean pair of underwear for your test drive. I installed a JKS adjustable bar (best on the market for the TJ imo), got the axle back into proper alignment (which for me was about 15 7/8" from the frame rail to center tire line) and can now hit bumps at 70mph with no wobble at all, rock solid.

I would like some input whether or not I should go ahead and drop the skid plate and all or just leave it alone. I still have the front drive shaft skid plate installed as well which according to Zone should be removed as well with no particular issues yet.
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Dropping the tcase may get rid of that small window of vibration. Easy enough to remove if it doesn't. I also always recommend an adjustable front track bar with every 3"+ lift. The front skid should be removed if you plan on any serious articulation while wheelng. That is when you will see the front DS interference.

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