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05-05-2013 01:05 PM
5spdftw If you are going to do 4" of lift, prepare for the can of worms to be opened.
SYE (TC drop is BS)
Adjustable control arms (your geometry will be effed without them)
>Adjust pinion angle
>Recenter rear axle
Extended brake lines
Driveshafts
Most likely have to tweak your t-case shifter or get a Novak cable shifter

For 33s, the list isn't quite as large as the one for 35s but is still pretty serious.
Bumpstop extensions
Maybe upgrade steering
Maybe upgrade brakes (depends on auto vs manual)
Regear so it's not gutless
Proper backspacing so you dont rub
Maybe trimming fenders

Both of these lists are just like 5 minutes of me writing things down, there's always more. Be ready for it.
05-05-2013 10:14 AM
wranglerbob1 Looked at the 3" lift kit and it would be fine for what I need. I have the gambler 15X8 wheels and think the back space is 5.25". Not sure and need to check. Going to run 33-12.5x15 tires. Zone recommends a 3.5" back space. What do I need-LOL
05-05-2013 10:09 AM
idiot magnet With the stuff you are doing you can get away with a 2" budget boost, 1 1/4" body lift, and 1" motor mount lift and you won't hit with 33's and it will ride pretty nice. Once you go above 3" you are asking for a lot more items to buy like a slip yoke eliminator and new driveshaft.
You can buy the zone 2.5" kit with a 1 1/4" body mount lift and you'll be golden with 33's.
Zone makes a good kit but it's not always 100% of what you need.
What width tire?
What backspacing?
Ideally you want, adjustable control arms, adjustable track bars, extended end links, extended brake lines, springs, shocks and while you are at it upgrade your brakes and steering.
This subject has been beaten to death on most of the Jeep websites and you'll find tons and tons of info on the subject.
05-05-2013 10:00 AM
shatteredsoul I went with the Zone 3" and netted around 4"s, I also got JKS front and rear track bars and OE control arms for now. I still need a SYE to get rid of the T-case drop as well as adjustable control arms. All together I still ended up spending around $1400.
05-05-2013 09:57 AM
fpd226 If you're still looking at a Zone kit, I contacted Allen (user name AOR) He was very helpful with info and had a great price on the kit. My 3" will be here tomorrow and I hope to have it on in a couple of weeks or so. Caught me at a busy time .
I'll be doing about the same driving as you described, minus the beach, and all the folks I talked to said the 3" would be best for me. Hope that helps..
05-05-2013 09:50 AM
wranglerbob1 Thanks for the input. Where are the best places to order from? Vendors? best deals. Any input would be great. Thanks
05-05-2013 09:47 AM
Steeljag As mentioned, do some more research before going to the 4" lift. For what your describing as your needs, look at 2.5 or 3" suspension lifts.

You will have plenty of lift, clearance, and a good look and save allot of $ !

Mine is not a DD, but like you I spend time on the beach, and i also hit forest roads and jeep trails. I went BDS 2" suspension lift which lifted me just over 2.5" and with my 265 / 75/ 16 tires I have plenty of tire space.

Good luck with whatever you choose!
05-05-2013 09:30 AM
wranglerbob1
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Originally Posted by idiot magnet View Post
Why do you need a 4" lift?
Do some searches here and on Jeepforum to see the differences in a 3" and 4" lift.
What size tires?
What type of wheeling do you do?
You should have upper and lower adjustable control arms.
If you are running 35's then you really need to search that topic before buying a 4" lift.
Let your search Ninja loose and see what you can come up with before you buy the 4" Zone lift.
Search before you buy!!!!!
Daily driver and beach. No hard trails. Tires are going to be 33". Ninja was loose and know people with Zone and also never heard anything bad about there kits. Not set on 4" and maybe go with 3". This is all new to me with the lift kits. Is anything over 3" where all the mods kick in????
05-05-2013 09:27 AM
idiot magnet Why do you need a 4" lift?
Do some searches here and on Jeepforum to see the differences in a 3" and 4" lift.
What size tires?
What type of wheeling do you do?
You should have upper and lower adjustable control arms.
If you are running 35's then you really need to search that topic before buying a 4" lift.
Let your search Ninja loose and see what you can come up with before you buy the 4" Zone lift.
Search before you buy!!!!!
05-05-2013 09:20 AM
wranglerbob1
Anything else needed for a lift???

Getting ready to order a 4" suspension lift from Zone for my 97 TJ. I see a lot about SYE and so on. Is there anything else needed other than the 4" kit? SYE needed/ Break lines or anything else? I emailed Zone and they said just the kit and what is in it is needed. Just want to be sure before I open this can of worms thats all.
Thank you.
Kit contents...............
  • Four new Zone coils are included that are capable of being fully smashed down and they will always come back to their original height.
  • Front and rear extended sway bar links are included. These links come with urethane bushings to increase performance and reduce body roll.
  • A rear track bar relocation system is included to perfectly center the axle under your TJ.
  • A minimal transfer case drop is supplied to correct the driveline angle while maintaining as much ground clearance as possible.
  • 2" bump stop extensions are included to protect your vehicle while still greatly increasing wheel travel
  • Four new massive lower control arms are included.
  • New rear pinion cam plates are included to rotate the rear pinion for proper drive line angles. In most cases the stock shafts can be used.
  • The system is completed with 4 new Zone shocks that are specifically valved for your TJ to perform well both on and off road.

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