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Old 01-17-2015, 07:30 PM
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Zone lift

Has anyone heard of "Zone" lifts? They're relatively cheap and almost sound too good to be true. Wondering if anyone has any experience/opinion about them.

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Quote of the year
"Don't cheap out on your suspension. Your life rides on it"

Honestly, Zone seemed more popular with the TJ. I can't recall one JK person on here with a zone lift.

Cheap usually means corners are cut

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Old 01-17-2015, 08:27 PM
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Exactly my thinking....

The price makes your investigate though lol
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That's what I'm saying, but tell me your ears aren't perked
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:22 AM
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I think they are owned by BDS lifts
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If it's too good to be true, then it is. If you can afford a high end lift then go at least with a mid-range lift like RE, Rancho, Rusty's, OME and a few others or with a budget boost. They may not be as refined as the high end lifts but they are solid and a good value.
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I had a zone coil spacers lift before http://zoneoffroad.com/zone-offroad-...wrangler/j2203. It did what it was suppose to do, just like any other spacer kit would have.
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I have 3 in zone on my jk love the ride and lift
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:41 PM
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I have 3 in zone on my jk love the ride and lift
do you have pics? Did you install yourself? Have you taken on trails ? I have a '14 JKU Rubi and LOVE the ride compared to my old TJ. Would like to keep that ride comfort. Or as close to it if possible.

But damn those lifts are cheap. I just don't get why.
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Zone Offroad 3" Suspension System J12/J13

Something like this?

The shocks are not mono and the track bar bracket is frame side not axle side. Those 2 alone are nearly $300 ($35 per shock instead of $85 and the bracket is $25 instead of $110) difference. Does it make it bad? Not really, just not as desirable as the upgraded shocks and improved geometry. If the springs are decent and the shock valving is good, it would ride just fine... Everything else looks typical.

Maybe you should guinea pig for us.
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Zone Offroad 3" Suspension System J12/J13 Something like this? The shocks are not mono and the track bar bracket is frame side not axle side. Those 2 alone are nearly $300 ($35 per shock instead of $85 and the bracket is $25 instead of $110) difference. Does it make it bad? Not really, just not as desirable as the upgraded shocks and improved geometry. If the springs are decent and the shock valving is good, it would ride just fine... Everything else looks typical. Maybe you should guinea pig for us.
No caster angle correction, important over 2.5" of lift. Unless the kit uses cam bolts. Still a poor way to raise caster.
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No caster angle correction, important over 2.5" of lift. Unless the kit uses cam bolts. Still a poor way to raise caster.
I agree, but this is common with many kits at that height. Even the 3" TF just says you need caster correction in the instructions... It's not included and costs extra.

We just recommend drop brackets any way, even when a kit does include cam bolts. So I guess the point to be made is it's still not all included, but add $100 of drop brackets, it's still inexpensive compared to others if you are good with twin tube shocks.
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I have the 4" Zone lift with Nitro shocks and love it. Ride is great on road and off road! The springs are BDS springs! I have it on an 08 JK 2 door.
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Call them up. Find out the spring rates.
I wonder if they'd tell me...
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I think they are owned by BDS lifts

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I have the 4" Zone lift with Nitro shocks and love it. Ride is great on road and off road! The springs are BDS springs! I have it on an 08 JK 2 door.
I'm purchasing the zone 4"lift kit today and was wondering if i should get the pitman arm as well? did you change out yours?
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I'm purchasing the zone 4"lift kit today and was wondering if i should get the pitman arm as well? did you change out yours?
I wouldn't... Wait it out. If bump steer is a issue go the preferred route .. A high steer kit.
A drop pitman arm is a PIA to install, Crappy geometry and adds stress to the already weak sector shaft/box.
Plus, I'm assuming the track bar is lowered instead of raised. Just a cheap way of doing things.
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I wouldn't... Wait it out. If bump steer is a issue go the preferred route .. A high steer kit. A drop pitman arm is a PIA to install, Crappy geometry and adds stress to the already weak sector shaft/box. Plus, I'm assuming the track bar is lowered instead of raised. Just a cheap way of doing things.
At what lift height is correction mandatory and is that different than when its preferred? Like 4 yes, 3.5 maybe and 3 no??
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At what lift height is correction mandatory and is that different than when its preferred? Like 4 yes, 3.5 maybe and 3 no??
3.5+ is the norm. A high steer kit needs 3" bump stop to keep the drag link off the frame.
Up travel would be limited running a 2.5-3" lift and 3" stop unless the frame is notched.
I wouldn't say it's mandatory. MC doesn't offer any steering correction.

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