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Old 12-05-2011, 11:30 AM   #1
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Zone 4.5" combo lift

well ive been doing a lot of reading on here but cant seem to find any feedback on the zone 4.5" combo lift kit. everyone seems to have the basic 4" suspension lift which usually requires the trasfer case drop kit and maybe new driveshafts. i really dont want to go that route. ive seen the combo kit on ebay for around $529 which i think is a pretty good deal for what they offer in the kit. any info about the kit would be helpful. thanks.

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Old 12-05-2011, 11:35 AM   #2
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are you talking the 4.25 combo lift?? I didnt think they had a 4.5 combo...

that being said...i have the 3" suspension lift and love it. I will also be going with their 1.25 body lift when its time for new tires which i'm sure i'll be satisfied with as well.

shoot AOR a PM and see what kind of price he can get you...i ordered from him when i got my zone kit as well

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Old 12-05-2011, 11:45 AM   #3
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it says 4 1/2 combo kit.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:35 PM   #4
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then they're wrong...

here you are

4.25" TJ Combo Lift
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:58 AM   #5
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I have the combo lift on my Jeep...

All Jeeps are different...some require the tcase drop. Others don't. Mine required not only a tcase drop, but also a motor mount lift to eliminate my vibes. Also don't relocate the trackbar like it recommends unless you reinforce the mount on the axle or it'll eventually break out of the relocated hole and could easily cause you to wreck if it breaks at high speeds. Get an adjustable trackbar.

I love my kit though...it rides better than stock IMO. Before I couldn't run over 70mph on the interstate without it feeling kind of loose. Now I can run 75+ and it's pretty smooth compared to how it used to be. Wind is the devil though...it'll blow you all over the damn place...but you'll have that in any lifted Jeep really.

Also, I bought my kit from AOR...send him a PM. He'll give you a much better deal than the Zone Offroad website.

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Got mine from AOR too. I did the 3'' lift a few months ago and still need to get an alignment (just registered the jeep). I have the 1.25'' BL but Im not messing with it until next spring, I want to pb blast all the bolts for a good few months so theyre not too seized. I like the lift alot, but will get a better idea once its aligned and settled. Also got the t-case drop and mml too.

Talk to AOR (Allen) and see what he can do for you. Hes pretty knowledgable and he helped me with deciding what I need.

If you live in a salt state I recommend having a buddy and using impact tools. My friend did mine for me at his shop and the bolts were so rusted he had some trouble. Also I had to get a bunch of new bushings so keep that in the back of your head.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:52 AM   #7
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While I don't have the lift combo per se, overall my jeep is about 4.5" with 33x12.50 tires. Agree with others that driving down the highway is much better, but once you start hitting high winds...umm have fun lol. I went through a local shop that is also an authorized dealer for Zone and I got mine, including the drop case and motor mount for $765, not including the install. I love mine. Alright, so I can't seem to find pics of my jeep, but it looks great. I will have to get a drop next year, which at least I know who I can go to to get it on.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:40 PM   #8
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Also don't relocate the trackbar like it recommends unless you reinforce the mount on the axle or it'll eventually break out of the relocated hole and could easily cause you to wreck if it breaks at high speeds. Get an adjustable trackbar.

My neighbor and I are currently installing the Zone 4.25" kit on my 04 TJ and have had many and moments ...

What did you do about the "trackbar", are you refereing to the front or back? I picked up the JKS adjustable front track bar and having thoughts that I should also have picked up the rear adjustable.

Also which brand of rock sliders do you have mounted? I am looking for ones like yours which will allow a lower step up so my wife can get in the Jeep.
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My neighbor and I are currently installing the Zone 4.25" kit on my 04 TJ and have had many and moments ...

What did you do about the "trackbar", are you refereing to the front or back? I picked up the JKS adjustable front track bar and having thoughts that I should also have picked up the rear adjustable.

Also which brand of rock sliders do you have mounted? I am looking for ones like yours which will allow a lower step up so my wife can get in the Jeep.
For the rear trackbar I used the relocation bracket provided with the lift kit and nothing else...I am not a hardcore wheeler and have had no issues with it. Using a rear adjustable trackbar with any lift requires a lot of modification to the trackbar anyway because I think every rear adjustable trackbar installed on a lifted Jeep will make contact with either the fuel tank, frame, fuel lines, or something around there and that's bad.

For the front trackbar, I installed a JKS adjustable...it's working out great for me. When I relocated the front trackbar, I ran into a lot of issues with it coming loose at the axle side mount and it would pop a lot while driving. I'm sure it was only a matter of time before I ended up with death wobble. The popping occurred from day 1 on. By the time I installed the JKS a couple months later, the hole we had drilled to relocate the stock trackbar was considerably oblong and had I left it, it definitely would have ripped out after a bit more general use. My JKS did start popping once...I tightened it down at the axle side mount and haven't had any pops since. Still need to get on there with a torque wrench as I think I just haven't gotten it torqued down where it needs to be. I used blue Loctite on the bolt so it shouldn't be loosening up.

The sliders are Olympic Reverse-a-Bars...they're pretty cheap. You can install em either with the bars upward to protect the bottom of the tub or you can install em like I've got em to give you a nice little step. I will tell you, they are NOT as simple to reverse as the company claims...so once you put em on, leave em that way. If you do heavy wheeling, don't put em on like I have em or you'll hang em up on tree stumps and rocks and stuff. If you're like me and just go off the beaten path on occasion and use your Jeep primarily as a DD, they work GREAT as a step. The powdercoating job on em isn't perfect...they had some runs and stuff...but they're not chipping or rusting. When I herculined my tub, I also herculined the step part to make them non-slip. Without the liner, they could get a little slick if you had muddy/snow-covered feet. You could also pick up some traction tape and do the same thing with that...it'd be cheaper and easier to remove as well.

Here's the sliders I've got...I got mine in Rubicon Black, not Gloss Black.
Olympic 4x4 Products 171-121 - Olympic 4X4 Products Reverse-a-Bars for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ & TJ - Quadratec
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:35 AM   #10
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Was planning on getting the zone 4" lift. Keeping an eye on this one. Now I'm not sure.
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Was planning on getting the zone 4" lift. Keeping an eye on this one. Now I'm not sure.
It's a good lift...just gotta be prepared for any vibes and have enough money handy to fix them. You can run into that issue with ANY suspension lift kit at or over about 3".
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is a t-case drop required for a 3" Zone lift?
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is a t-case drop required for a 3" Zone lift?
Yes...and if your Jeep is like mine, so is an MML. Meaning an SYE really is necessary and my fix is just a bandaid until I can afford it.
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It's a good lift...just gotta be prepared for any vibes and have enough money handy to fix them. You can run into that issue with ANY suspension lift kit at or over about 3".
Now I'm not sure which one to go with.
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just picked up a Teraflex SYE yesterday brand new in the box for $100. Will use it when I get the lift.
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I have the Rancho 2.5" lift along with a 1.25" JKS BL and a 1" MML. Ditched the TC drop with no problems.
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I have the Rancho 2.5" lift along with a 1.25" JKS BL and a 1" MML. Ditched the TC drop with no problems.
what kind of total lift did you get with the BL? Anything extra you needed?

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