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post #1 of 6 Old 08-12-2014, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Zone 4.5 or Rustys 4.5?

So every lift I ask people about they always tell me to get something different. I looked a RC and they are known for sagging over a short term, I've looked at RE but it's to expensive. So now I'm down to Zone and Rustys. Rustys doesn't come with shackles and shackle bushings but I would buy those at the same time as the kit. Zone lacks track bar and extended brake lines. I would add the track bar to the kit and the brake lines I would extend with stuff from my local parts store. Anything and everything helps! Especially experience with these products! Thanks, Evan.

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-12-2014, 05:24 PM
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I have the rc 4.5 xseries, been on for about 6months still sitting at about 5 inches of lift. I don't really have any complaints with it at all, rides ruff but a tall short arm lift will do it.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-13-2014, 05:06 AM
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I fought the same battle you are right now... so many lifts, so many differences. What I ended up with was RE. I used the money I had saved for lockers to cover the expense, and I looked around until I found a good price. And I must say, I have had a LOT of lifts, different brands, heights, on anything from a 3/4 ton dodge to a 60's ford bronco, and the RE lift is absolutely worth the money. It's still brand new and very stiff, but the amount of flex makes it so I don't miss the lockers as much. I can't speak for the other 2 lifts, but the RE 4.5SF came with everything PERIOD no scrounging parts at 2 AM so I could drive it the next day. And that alone was worth the price.

Whatever you decide, lets see some pics when your done.

Here's mine RE4.5 33" tires....and it's gonna need a LOT more fender trimming

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-15-2014, 09:22 AM
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I haven't heard any complains about Zone. I guess the complaints I've really seen about Rustys is more to do with their track bar. I guess it all would come down to warranty and what you get for your money. I would second RE just because it comes with brake lines instead of relocation brackets, bump stops, track bar, great quality shocks, ect. All stuff you will NEED when going to 3"+.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-15-2014, 12:20 PM
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I've had a lot of different lifts on My xj's. And if your goin 4.5 in I would definitely go with Rusty's. The all spring 4.5 in lift they have is the best. On My 90 xj this lift took a long while before it had even a slightly noticeable sag
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-15-2014, 02:32 PM
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We carry both brands if you need help getting the parts! We have installed a 4.5" Zone on a 97 XJ and the customer loves it. Only other parts that he added to the build was the Rubicon Express adjustable track bar and the Rugged Ridge SYE kit and used a front drive shaft out of another XJ! If you would like, give us a call or shoot us over a PM for a quote!

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