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Old 10-06-2012, 10:46 PM   #1
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Suspension confirmation questions

Pretty new on here guys ...go easy. Background to start off....

1. I am not that mechanical..I don't do my own wrenching...I normally have to google most stuff you guys are talking about just to follow. And don't suggest I get "dirty"...I do what I can on it but I have had a broken back an I can't do that stuff anymore.

2. 99TJ (Sahara) with stock suspension. Just upgraded to 33x12.5 Duratracs on 15x8s. (love em) Daily driver and off road trails. Don't do any rock crawling.

Okay I have been trying to read all the lift stuff and get some understanding on everything. Let me throw out what I am thinking and I would like to hear what you guys think.

Almost ready to buy a Zone 3" suspension kit. I know not the best or worst on the market, but seems to get good reviews on price versus quality. Planning on upgrading to a JK in a couple years so don't want to go all out with the suspension now. So the Zone I am really leaning to. Anyone out there have any big issues with their Zone lift?? (don't brink up body lifts...not interested)

With the bigger tires do I "need" to upgrade the brakes and or lines at all??? And I am looking for a necessary versus just a nice upgrade. Don't want to if it's not really a necessity or safety issue. Maybe only the lines?? Comments??

Going to do the steering stabilizer, cam alignment kit, adjustable trac bar and quick disconnects with the lift. Is there anything that I really "need" to do once I get into this. I am paying a mechanic friend of mine just in BEER..so I don't want to have to bother him all the time to do this or that. Want to do it right the first time. Anything else to make it drive right down the highway as well as trail???

I don't have heavy armor so I don't think I need the coil spring spacers. Agreed??

What about all the vibrations you guys talk about? Is everyone installing full adjustable control arms everywhere to eliminate any vibrations after a lift? Is it pretty rare to have any trouble? Should I just not do that and hope for the best or is there another way to stop them if I get them?

All I can think of now. Would really appreciate any help you experienced guys can throw at me. Thanks a bunch!!

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:44 AM   #2
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Anyone???? Please???

At least how necessary are the adjustable control arms???

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Old 10-08-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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I think the ZONE 3" lift sounds good for you. You said you don't want to go all out because you don't do a bunch of extreme offroading so it sounds good for what you want... With the swaybar disconnects and a nice adjustable trackbar up front, good steering stabilizer, and good shocks.... You should be more than happy with that set up and you shouldn't need spring spacers unless you have a heavy winch or body armor...

If the kit from ZONE doesn't come with shocks I would recommend the bilstein 5100s for a 4" lift and new bump stops if the kit doesn't come with them.....

Adjustable control arms are awesome!!!! But not a 100% needed... If you are planning on doing a SYE kit on the t-case they are needed for the rear or driveshaft angles will be off and you will be toasting ujoints left and right.... Really only need them if you are planning on doing some rock crawling or the SYE kit or a bigger springs for more lift....

Hope this helps... Happy Jeeping
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Ken..Thanks a bunch. That did help. Do you think upgrading the brake lines are necessary? I admit the brakes seem a little soft since upgrading the tires, but I don't know the forces at play and if it will become a safety issue. I just had new brakes put on so they they should last awhile...but just wondering about the lines and if they would help at all.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:42 PM   #5
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I broke my back 22 years ago. I work on cars for a living..
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:38 AM   #6
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Ken..Thanks a bunch. That did help. Do you think upgrading the brake lines are necessary? I admit the brakes seem a little soft since upgrading the tires, but I don't know the forces at play and if it will become a safety issue. I just had new brakes put on so they they should last awhile...but just wondering about the lines and if they would help at all.
I am still on factory brakes(35" tires)but have stainless steal lines from the fram to the caliper because they came with my lift kit, but I feel they aren't a 100% necessary...
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:08 AM   #7
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For a 3" lift you can probably get away with a front brake line relocation bracket; keeping the stock brake line but relocating the frame mount farther down on the frame rail. Many 3" kits come with this.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:51 PM   #8
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Thanks a bunch guys.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:58 PM   #9
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Patrick.....boy that's great man. I broke mine 3 years ago and it has never been the same. If I crawl under my jeep I will be out of commission for two weeks....looking at a spinal fushion by the end of the year or next year. I'm glad you came out okay though man. I am really jealous. Cheers.

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