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Old 05-14-2013, 01:04 PM   #1
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Zone 4.25 combo!

Just ordered my zone 4.25 combo lift; for my 1999 TJ. I plan on tackling it hopefully next weekend. Any advice or "special tools" I need besides the basics. In addition still trying to decide on what tires to purchase, I currently have 31x12.5 but will upgrade to 33s. I will be keeping the 15 inch rims I currently have. Really excited about the build. Here is a before pic and will update as progress is made.

Thanks guys and gals!
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:04 PM   #2
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Just ordered my zone 4.25 combo lift; for my 1999 TJ. I plan on tackling it hopefully next weekend. Any advice or "special tools" I need besides the basics. In addition still trying to decide on what tires to purchase, I currently have 31x12.5 but will upgrade to 33s. I will be keeping the 15 inch rims I currently have. Really excited about the build. Here is a before pic and will update as progress is made.

Thanks guys and gals!
A good set of jack stands will save you a ton of headaches. Also, you may want to have a good set of drill bits just in case. When I do a lift install, I always make sure to soak everything in PB Blaster over night. It helps more than you'll ever know.

Other than that, good luck and be sure to post pics of the finished product! Be sure to PM me if you have any questions. I'll be happy to help out.

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Old 05-14-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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Thanks Zach...will do brother!
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:15 PM   #4
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I have been happy with my Zone Combo and 33" Duratracs.





I used a tiedown ratchet to get my front springs out, but renting spring compressor would be a better/safer way to do it.

Also when you are done, your steering wheel will be upside down, so you will need to adjust it at the drag link. If you have a manual tranny, I would recommend getting a $10 pleather shift boot from Autozone or 2nd and 4th are going to be tough to get into gear because the accordian rubber boot gets bunched up.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:13 AM   #5
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The kit has arrived and inventory complete. The build will start Friday...pics to follow. Really excited to turn some wrenches, drink some beers and hang out with the boys. Hopefully a bunch of Navy helicopter mechanics can figure it out!!
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:10 PM   #6
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kit installed will post more pics and lessons learned tomorrow! tired and time to drink some beers!!
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:15 PM   #7
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kit installed will post more pics and lessons learned tomorrow! tired and time to drink some beers!!
Looks good brother! Let us know how it went. I'm about to tackle my zone 3" in a couple weeks.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:06 PM   #8
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So here are some more pics of the final project.

I had no major issues with the install the instructions where well put together. I used only basic tools, floor jack and jack stands. You probably could use a spring compressor but with a couple guys and some brute strength you should be GTG. The only pain in the ass was removing the drag arm from the pitman arm...ended up lightly taping the pitman arm and it finally free off. I upgraded to the Nitro shocks not sure how big of difference it makes but they are black and I dig them!

I had to adjust the steering wheel at the drag arm due to the fact that it was almost completely upside down

As far as driving and handling no major issues. Front end is aligned perfectly...probably better than before. There is a slight vibration at 30-40 mph than it smooths out, to me no big deal. Only other thing is when I start off in 1st gear and let out the clutch to engage there is a small knocking sound than it goes away. Happy with zone and would recommend to anyone interested.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:32 PM   #9
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Hey saw this looking through lift kit posts and I am about to buy this 4.25" combo kit from zone and I was wondering if you are still happy with it and if you recommend it?
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I am pretty curious to see how this lift is holding up?
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:41 PM   #11
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I've had my Zone kit on for just over 10k miles and honestly couldn't be happier with it. I didn't do a t-case drop or sye to start. Until 600 miles ago I was on stock arms (16 year old bushings). Now I have an SYE/CV drive shaft and 8 metacloak arms and the ride is noticeably better. When I bought the kit I went with a JKS front adjustable track bar and used the re location bracket for the rear, sold my quick disconnects for Antirock. For the price it is hard to beat. One day I might swap out the coils for longer ones and the basic shocks for Bilstein 5100s. Currently on 33s, moving up to 35s later




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I've had my Zone combo for the past 3.5 years and have absolutely enjoyed it. I run 33" Mtr Kevlar and I wouldn't change my setup for anything. Sure, I'll do some upgrades to the undercarriage and what not, but I still will keep my setup as long as possible. Some people will say it's crap because it's a cheap suspension. But it's not like Skyjacker or Rancho. I decided on mine when not a lot of people knew about it. But now it has its own following .
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:45 PM   #13
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Thank you guys for the reviews! i"m gonna order my zone combo this weekend!
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Thank you guys for the reviews! i"m gonna order my zone combo this weekend!
One thing I wish I would have ordered with the kit is an aftermarket steering stabilizer and the JKS disconnects. I had many on street performance with the stock steering stabilizer. Felt like I was constantly driving on ice. Also make sure you get the hydro standard shocks. Been hearing how rough the nitro ones are. If anyone has any experience with the nitros let me know if this is true. But have fun with it!!
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^To add to that, I did get a steering stabilizer. The cheapest one I could find and it still works. I got the standard shocks as well, no complaints. Now on the disconnects, I vote skip em. I had them for maybe three months before I sold them and went to Antirock, way better and worth the money to do it once.
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I didn't have the extra money laying around for the Antirock. For now though, the JKS are getting me through the trails

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