Finally got the lift and new wheels! Review of Zone 4.25" combo lift.
Being a new Jeeper, I had lots of questions about what kind of lift to get, so thought I would post up my quick review of the Zone Offroad 4.25" combo lift, in case it helps someone else out with their decision. This is exactly what I was looking for. Nothing too monsterous, but plenty of room for some 33's. I went with disconnects and nitro shocks, got the cam bolts just in case, and also added a steering stabilizer. All of this still cost me less than $700 shipped, thanks to Allen's Offroad (Allens Offroad). Both Allen and Zone were great to deal with, took plenty of time writing emails and answering my questions, and I highly recommend both of them.
I did the install myself, with the help of my trusty steed, Roxie. This was the first lift kit that I have ever done, and the instructions were great. No problems except a few rusty bolts snapping and the stock front shocks having to be cut off (again, due to rust). Oh, and smacking myself in the forehead with a wrench, but in order to keep what little bit of dignity I have left, I won't get into that, haha! I did the body lift first, then waited a week or so for my wheels to come in, before doing the suspension lift. The tires are 33x10.5 BFG All-Terrains on 15" MB aluminum wheels. A set of 5 wheels and tires ran $1510 total from discount tire, mounted, balanced, and with new locking lugnuts. I only have about 100 miles on the kit, and just a little dirt driving, but so far, I like the kit. It doesn't quite sit a full 4.25" higher, but I have a LJ, so I'm guessing the little bit of extra weight holds it down some. I have no issues with the Nitro shocks being too stiff or rebounding too hard.
Being in Houston, there aren't many places nearby I can run to quickly to test out the suspension, so I improvised. I am pretty impressed with the amount of articulation. Total was 33" off the ground in the front before the rear tire started to come off the ground.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Great choice on the lift I have the same set up, minus different tires and you won't be disappointed in the articulation. Glad you went ahead and got the steering stabilizer in front, that will help a lot on the street.
__________________ 4.0L Auto '00 Solar Yellow TJ Sport, 4.25" Zone combo lift and 33x12.50 MTR Kevlars.
I have that lift also. Ended up putting a 1" spacer in the front to make up for some sag do to my bumper and winch. I went with the dicos and not the nitro shocks. I also put in the novak shift cable. Took it to the Rubicon last weekend and the setup worked flawless. There's pics of the trip posted on the thread here under Rubicon Trail. My Jeep is the red 98. I am totally pleased with this setup.
Just a tip, take the boots off the shocks. They'll fill with water and crap and destroy your shocks over time. This goes for even purely DD jeeps as well. Other than that, good job on the lift! Jeep looks good.
OME 2.5" coils and Nitro Shocks, Metalcloak front track bar, JKS Quick discos, 33x12.50 Goodyear MTR's w/Kevlar, 15x8 Pacer wheels, thedirtworx rear tire carrier