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4bangersampler 03-01-2011 11:20 PM

Zone 3 inch suspension lift or BDS 2 inch Suspension Lift with a 1 inch body lift
 
I have narrowed my lift down to two different options for my tj.

Option 1: A Zone Off road 3 inch suspension lift.

Option 2: A BDS 2 inch Suspension Lift combined with a 1.25in body lift and a 1 inch motor mount lift.

I am going to be running 33x12.5 goodyear duratracs on black steel wheels. I am going to swap a dana 44 or 8.8 axle in the rear and regear as well.

I do plan on doing quite a bit of wheeling in a variety of different terrains, from sand dunes to rocky trails. nothing too extreme or crazy but I would like to have a very reliable and capable rig. This jeep will be my daily driver as well.

Any advice on the pros and cons of each option would be appreciated?

AOR 03-02-2011 08:34 AM

The springs are the same since they are owned by the same company. Just different heights. With the 2" BDS you won't need the motor lift for rear driveshaft angles. If you want pricing on the Zone lift, shoot me a PM with your zip code (I am an authorized dealer).

See my Zone Offroad thread here!

Namaste,

Allen

InfernoGirl 03-02-2011 08:40 AM

If you plan on doing a tummy tuck down the road you'll need the BL to do it...

4bangersampler 03-21-2011 09:33 PM

any more advice anyone?

minderbinder3 03-21-2011 09:38 PM

Zone has a combo on sale right now. 3" springs and shocks and the 1.25"BL and 1"MML that sounds right up your alley. Get with AOR for pricing.

UnlimitedLJ04 03-21-2011 10:14 PM

don't matter which way you go as long as you get the bumpstop extensions to fit.

jeepjones 03-22-2011 04:37 AM

BDS owns Zone, the Zone products are the cheaper quality of the two. I'd go with the BDS kit, at least they have a lifetime no BS warranty.

IslandTJ 03-22-2011 10:55 AM

I run your option 2 and I am very happy with my setup for both on the road and off. My tires are different though, 33x10.5s.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...s/DSC00231.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...il/Barlowa.jpg

4bangersampler 03-22-2011 02:00 PM

IslandTJ: Your tj looks great with that setup!!! I think I should be fine because I have some after market black steelies with the correct back spacing.
So the motor mount and body lift combo was enough to eliminate drive line vibrations? or did you have to drop the t case?
do you have bump stop extensions?

Thanks for all the help I really appreciate it.

IslandTJ 03-22-2011 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by 4bangersampler (Post 1131882)
IslandTJ: Your tj looks great with that setup!!! I think I should be fine because I have some after market black steelies with the correct back spacing.
So the motor mount and body lift combo was enough to eliminate drive line vibrations? or did you have to drop the t case?
do you have bump stop extensions?

Thanks for all the help I really appreciate it.


Mahalo 4bangersampler, yes - the MML should be sufficient enough to correct any vibrations. I doubt you'll actually get any vibes with the 2" lift.

I do have a dropped t-case but that is because it is a UCF tummy tuck and not the stock skid (I still net 0.5" of clearance over the stock skid :)). You won't need to drop your t-case.

I do not have bumpstop extensions as when I installed the lift (over 4 years ago) I checked if I rubbed, and I didn't. So I didn't think I needed bumpstop extensions. However...my original thinking of bumpstops and their use to stop a tire from rubbing the fender or flares was incomplete. The bumpstops also extend the life of the shocks by not allowing them to over compress.

I've been keeping a close eye on my shocks and they appear to functioning fine (without the bumpstop extensions) after 4 years of intermittent off-roading and daily driving.

4bangersampler 03-22-2011 04:11 PM

Thanks again IslandTJ, you have been very helpful.

I will probably put a 3/4 spacer on the front to help eliminate the rake, and give the jeep a more level stance.


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