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Old 06-11-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Zone 3" lift good or bad?

I see that Rock Ridge is having a Father's Day sale and was curious on the thoughts of the Zone lifts ?

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So far so good from the not so thorough reviews I've heard.

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Old 06-11-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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I have the 3'' and happy so far
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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I wouldn't say it's bad, per se, but its not complete. It's a budget lift to the max, and for what you pay I feel like you'd really just be better off with a Teraflex BB or something. I'm in the middle of swapping my 3" Zone kit for a 2.5" Rock Krawler just because I started to become wary of the lift after I learned more about my Jeep.

Instead of extended brake lines, or drop brackets, the kit comes with a brake line drop for the rear but for they front they tell you to cut the tab off your brake line mount and just screw it into your frame further down... Seriously? You couldn't just supply a new bracket that would cost maybe a buck in steel? The parts are hecho en Mexico. They might not be terrible quality, but I'd rather buy American. After about 2 months of having the lift in plus new steel bumpers I got more sagging than I'd like plus a serious front rake. Instead of quick disco swaybar links or even new links they just have you take your old rear links and move them to the front. Not a bad idea, but again, for being a "lift kit" it just seems like theres too many corners cut.

I just got nervous and decided that with how I plan on wheeling my Jeep, I'd rather have a more complete kit that is tried and true from the Jeep community. The Zone kit is a good lift for a mall crawler but not something I would wheel too hard on. And if your Jeep is a mall crawler I'd probably just go for the Teraflex boost and keep the rest of it mostly stock components... Instead of swapping it out for a barebones kit.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:14 PM   #5
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I wouldn't say it's bad, per se, but its not complete. It's a budget lift to the max, and for what you pay I feel like you'd really just be better off with a Teraflex BB or something. I'm in the middle of swapping my 3" Zone kit for a 2.5" Rock Krawler just because I started to become wary of the lift after I learned more about my Jeep.

Instead of extended brake lines, or drop brackets, the kit comes with a brake line drop for the rear but for they front they tell you to cut the tab off your brake line mount and just screw it into your frame further down... Seriously? You couldn't just supply a new bracket that would cost maybe a buck in steel? The parts are hecho en Mexico. They might not be terrible quality, but I'd rather buy American. After about 2 months of having the lift in plus new steel bumpers I got more sagging than I'd like plus a serious front rake. Instead of quick disco swaybar links or even new links they just have you take your old rear links and move them to the front. Not a bad idea, but again, for being a "lift kit" it just seems like theres too many corners cut.

I just got nervous and decided that with how I plan on wheeling my Jeep, I'd rather have a more complete kit that is tried and true from the Jeep community. The Zone kit is a good lift for a mall crawler but not something I would wheel too hard on. And if your Jeep is a mall crawler I'd probably just go for the Teraflex boost and keep the rest of it mostly stock components... Instead of swapping it out for a barebones kit.
Thank you for the information I did watch the video and seen how they relocated the brake lines and it showed the 2 1/2" exhaust extensions to get the driveshaft clearance. I ask if this is a issue with all lifts on all Wranglers or just the newer Wranglers?
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Thank you for the information I did watch the video and seen how they relocated the brake lines and it showed the 2 1/2" exhaust extensions to get the driveshaft clearance. I ask if this is a issue with all lifts on all Wranglers or just the newer Wranglers?
2012+ has a weird exhaust loop that requires that extension. This is common regardless of what lift you go with. 2007-2011 does not require the extension.
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2012+ has a weird exhaust loop that requires that extension. This is common regardless of what lift you go with. 2007-2011 does not require the extension.
Ok good crosses that off the list of things to not worry about - I know Tera Flex wants roughly $700 for their 2.5" coil lift with shocks so I think that is still how will go

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