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jcrawler93 05-01-2013 09:03 AM

Zone VS Rough Country
 
Okay so lately I see that theres a zone vs offroad hate going on, I've been quietly doing research looking at peoples posts and noticing that people talk alot about RC and say it's a cheap crappy lift and then I hear that zone sucks. So right now I'm caught between what brand of suspension is better. I'd like to hear your thoughts over why Zone or Rough Country is better.

Neil F. 05-01-2013 09:11 AM

Either I have missed them but off hand I had not seen Zone negative posts post some links). I have seen plenty of positive posts. I do know there are negative post on RC. It does ride "rough" and there were shock issues when they first started out.

JeepReaper09 05-01-2013 09:11 AM

I've heard a lot of negative talk about the RC and very good about the Zone. I have neither at this time but heard enough good about zone to go with them. I have a buddy who runs a zone on his Cherokee and absolutely loves it. From the research I've done thus far, for the price of the zone, it's a very well put together lift, but again I'm not running it...yet.

thgr8alex 05-01-2013 09:17 AM

I run the zone and love it. Cant say anything about rc from first hand experience besides the countless negative reviews ive read. But im pretty sure zone offroad is BDS without the lifetime warranty so its quality product.

thetoadLJ 05-01-2013 09:17 AM

i had Rough country on my LJ and did not get 2.5" of lift from the kit. and it was not a comfortable ride. i have no experience with zone so i cannot compare. but based of the 2.5" suspension lift, i would avoid RC.

wranglerbob1 05-01-2013 09:17 AM

Had same question. Everyone I talked had great stuff to say about ZONE. Met a guy on beach that has the 4" Zone and nothing but good stuff to say so.....I am going with Zone in a few weeks.
FYI, Shop around for prices with vendors and so on if you go with Zone. You can find free shipping or prices +/- $50 or more. Some with shock upgrades ($20.00 ish) and other perks. Just saying.... Good luck.

jcrawler93 05-01-2013 09:36 AM

Well...I live in South Texas and about 80% of the Jeeps in my area have Rough Country..No one really sells zone suspension theres a quite few handful that really buy it. But to my opinion I think RC and Zone are the same ride. Plus I never understand why the crowd complains about "ride" quality and wanting your jeep smooth on the road...It's a jeep it's not meant to be smooth like a toyota camry..It's meant to be a off-road vehicle. All suspensions get rough in time whether you have a Teraflex (like me) or any brand. I know that rough country bushings, shocks where crappy years ago, but they actually redesigned the suspensions making the bushing last way longer and the nice shock upgrades. I actually got in a Jeep Wrangler with a 4.25 Zone lift yesterday for the first time and honestly theres no difference AT ALL from a RC lift or the Teraflex that I have. In the end I think both suspension are great for the price but I'd take the one with the better price.

SinfulDragon 05-01-2013 09:37 AM

I have an RC 2.5.
Everyone you have seen comment on crappy shocks are spot on. they may as well be solid pieces of metal because there is no freakin give. No issues with the coils themselves and the install of each should be the exact same.
I will say I have an aftermarket bumper and winch on the front and have no issues with sagging/etc.
Hope that was of some help.

SuicideSaints 05-01-2013 11:17 AM

I think it is all personal preference. Lighter duty offroaders love the RC and Zone, hardcore enthusiasts love TF and RE. If I like a product I go with it then form my own opinion about it through use. I have friends that have Zone and RC and swear by them, I myself love my Rubicon Express lift. Plus, the shocks and bushing make up a huge difference. I have heard some people hate on lifts for reasons that isnt the lifts fault, whether that be the lift wasn't done right (bump stops, longer travel shocks, drive line mods to support the added height) or just plain ignorance.

UnlimitedLJ04 05-01-2013 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by SuicideSaints (Post 3705930)
hardcore enthusiasts love TF and RE

I disagree with that....I think custom built stuff with Gen-Right, PolyPerformance, Currie, Metalcloak, Clayton Off-Road, Ballistic Fabrication, BlueTorchFab, or even RuffStuff components, and a few others, would be more appropriate representation of the "hardcore" crowd.

cully 05-01-2013 12:43 PM

Been running rough country long arm for five months now and could not been happier on or off road. Rides very nice even with the rough country shocks. I cant say but it may even ride better with quality rancho or bilstien. Performed great off road in Moab and on trail rides in Wisconsin. Very happy and good price.

Dextreme 05-01-2013 12:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jcrawler93 (Post 3705413)
Okay so lately I see that theres a zone vs offroad hate going on, I've been quietly doing research looking at peoples posts and noticing that people talk alot about RC and say it's a cheap crappy lift and then I hear that zone sucks. So right now I'm caught between what brand of suspension is better. I'd like to hear your thoughts over why Zone or Rough Country is better.

I look at it as...if you bought either and you are happy with it, and you got exactly what you expected for your money, then awesome. I will say that with Zone, you get exactly what is advertised/stated and I think that says something about the company and their integrity and honesty. RC has extra marketing hype & tactics that I personally find somewhat deceitful....but they are are about mass sales.

PStov98TJ 05-01-2013 01:31 PM

Zone had some problems a while back with springs that sagged to easily. They have since fixed that to my knowledge. RC on the other hand made poor quality products, re-did things, and still didn't make a quality product. Granted, they made improvements that were ever so slight. But I'd never buy a product from a company that sells 4" lift shocks with a 2" spacer kit or one that sells a track bar with no bends. This all indicated to me that no real research was done for their products.

This thread really should read "Zone vs. 'Something I Should Never Put On My Jeep'". Just my 2 though.

Colin 05-01-2013 02:04 PM

I've had my Zone 3" for around 20k miles and have no complaints or issues. It is a basic lift though but it does the job for me

1rbotma 05-01-2013 02:12 PM

i dont have any complaints about my rc 4" lift.

JeepandMud 05-01-2013 02:31 PM

I have the Zone 4.25" lift and have had no issues whatsoever with it. The highway ride is more comfortable than stock and they've held up to the abuse on the trails I've put it through. I've heard bad things about RC but that they've done a whole lot better in the past few years though. They've made changes to their suspension systems where not a lot of people are complaining anymore.

Huelsmma 05-01-2013 02:49 PM

I would have probably went with Zone 4.25" combo and saved some money had I not had such bad experiences with my local Zone dealer. 1st off they didnt know what I was referring to as the combo, kept pushing me towards their 4" lift which I told them I didnt want to get into the sye territory and he kept raving about the beefy lca. He didnt even want to discuss my BDS option just kept saying theyre exact same, then when I mentioned OME he laughed and said I must have been reading those forums again.

This is the guy who also wanted to charge me $1k for install on a $550 kit. I try to support local shops but they wont be getting any of my business.

Travis97tj 05-01-2013 04:38 PM

I have the 4 inch rc lift no problems with it at all pit it on myself did it within a day had it for 3 year

charlie101 05-01-2013 09:38 PM

When I bought my LJ, it had an RC lift on it that rode harsh and had sagged a good bit. I swapped it out for a Zone and am happy with my choice so far. Time will tell if the springs sag or shocks fail but I haven't heard of Zone having that issue.

Rolly32 05-01-2013 10:03 PM

Hi, I'm from the deep south texas aswell! I have the rough country 4" n2.0 series. I have installed everything myself. I don't have experience with zone but I like my rough country lift. If I could do it all over again, I would probably build my own lift using parts from other companies. I think Rough Country is a good starter lift for the price. I hear some people say that the RC lift didn't give them the exact height of the lift but my RC seems to look higher than 4" for me and that's because I am running on 33s.


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I believe it's a good kit, I was also hung up on the zone vs rc lift. I went with RC for the clevite bushings in the control arms. No problems so far with the lift. No death wobble, no sagging.

SuicideSaints 05-02-2013 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 (Post 3706020)
I disagree with that....I think custom built stuff with Gen-Right, PolyPerformance, Currie, Metalcloak, Clayton Off-Road, Ballistic Fabrication, BlueTorchFab, or even RuffStuff components, and a few others, would be more appropriate representation of the "hardcore" crowd.

I agree with that, I should have chose my words a little more carefully. I should have made 3 groups, beginner, intermediate and then hardcore. Thanks for the correction.

Dextreme 05-02-2013 10:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SuicideSaints (Post 3709987)
I agree with that, I should have chose my words a little more carefully. I should have made 3 groups, beginner, intermediate and then hardcore. Thanks for the correction.

I like the groups of:
  • Chinese Crap
  • Good
  • Better
  • Custom/Handmade

But there are so many variations, its tough to classify.

JeepandMud 05-02-2013 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Huelsmma (Post 3706727)
I would have probably went with Zone 4.25" combo and saved some money had I not had such bad experiences with my local Zone dealer. 1st off they didnt know what I was referring to as the combo, kept pushing me towards their 4" lift which I told them I didnt want to get into the sye territory and he kept raving about the beefy lca. He didnt even want to discuss my BDS option just kept saying theyre exact same, then when I mentioned OME he laughed and said I must have been reading those forums again.

This is the guy who also wanted to charge me $1k for install on a $550 kit. I try to support local shops but they wont be getting any of my business.

And unfortunately that will do it. I as well went through a local shop and he was more than helpful. Told me the pros and cons of the Zone and even had a customer stop by on short notice so I could talk with him. I will be doing more business with him because of this.

jefferyc22 05-02-2013 12:07 PM

My zone 4.25" works fine. Instructions are cheesy and vague but the most important part.......springs and shocks are G2G.
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...4-27162332.jpg

inkedcowboy13 05-04-2013 09:40 PM

I have zone on my 04 Unlimited and the only issue I'm having is a sagging rear, but the lifts been there for 40K and I have a full system which is extra weight on it.


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