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Unread 12-18-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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Zone Offroad 3" Leaf Springs - Opinions?

SO I need to replace my leafs (currently i think i have stock springs with an add-a-leaf, a block, and RC shackles....the leaf pack is now in negative arch land)

I have 5.5" lift in the front and 5" in the rear right now. Doing some rough math (RC shackles - 2", Shackle Relocators - .75-1"....plus droop eventually from a tire carrier rear bumper holding a 33) I'm thinking getting a nice set of full 3" lift leaf springs is what I need. everyone seems to make either 2.5 or 3.5 full packs, of course.

I found these from Zone Offroad:
http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=437&gr=-1

anyone have opinions on Zone products, hopefully leaf spring specific opinions?

Or recommendations for a 3" full leaf pack....

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Unread 12-18-2011, 05:47 PM   #2
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I have heard decent things about the Zone coils and leafs. As I understand it they are a lower cost version of BDS (IIRC)? I hear the shocks are not very good but if you are just looking at leafs, you should be GTG.

No personal experience however. I spoke to the guys at North Shore 4x4 and they said they were decent stuff!
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Unread 12-18-2011, 06:20 PM   #3
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As stated above, they are made buy BDS. Not sure of the difference in the quality. I have done probably a half dozen of the Zone 3" kits with great success. Great product for the price.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 06:26 PM   #4
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similar pricing to rough country, so most likely similar quality
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Unread 12-18-2011, 06:44 PM   #5
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similar pricing to rough country, so most likely similar quality
and so your recommendation would be? price isn't the concern, im just looking for a nice 3" full pack, all opinions welcome.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 06:49 PM   #6
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if price isnt an option you should buy some nice Deavers, or whatever they called ha i having a brain fart
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Unread 12-18-2011, 07:56 PM   #7
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if price isnt an option you should buy some nice Deavers, or whatever they called ha i having a brain fart
ill search for them, i remember hearing some brand name of leafs that are supposedly very nice but cant remember the manufacturer

edit: nope deaver only has 4". i guess i could adjust my shackles to 1.5" then I can probably at least use a 3.5" pack which seems more common
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Unread 12-18-2011, 08:12 PM   #8
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alcan's or deavers are probably some of the best springs.

im sure bds makes good ones too
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Unread 12-18-2011, 08:13 PM   #9
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i couldn't find em on bds's website, but here they are from a vendor http://fatbobsgarage.com/i-7442709-j...1984-2001.html
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Unread 12-18-2011, 10:09 PM   #10
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alcan's or deavers are probably some of the best springs.

im sure bds makes good ones too
ALCAN, thats the name I was trying to remember, thanks!

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i couldn't find em on bds's website, but here they are from a vendor http://fatbobsgarage.com/i-7442709-j...1984-2001.html
Thanks! Once i grabbed the part number from fat bobs i could get it to work on BDS' website, guess i should've checked their full catalog too (had given up finding their springs on the site)

For anyone elses reference you have to go to BDS' website, click "order by part number" and put "004209". BDS Retail is 190.05


So how sure are you guys that Zone Offroad springs are rebadged BDS springs? If so thats a nice $100 savings that I'd gladly take advantage of if they really are the same, unless possibly alcan has a 3" spring (going to look now)

edit: so alcan makes it to order, i'll submit some measurements and get a quote and see how it goes
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Unread 12-18-2011, 10:23 PM   #11
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From what I understand, BDS manufactures the Zone line as a lower cost alternative to their normally higher cost kits and components. BDS is right up there with some of the most expensive kits I have seen, but I also understand their quality and warranty is excellent.

Zone is not likely going to be the same quality in some components, but my guess is things like coils and leafs are going to be the same. Bushings, more detailed parts will likely be lesser quality to hit the price point.

Honestly if money is not an issue, why not opt for the best? Deaver is supposed to be one of if not the best leafs out there. OME is apparently excellent as well? Mine were custom made locally and they have sagged about 1" in 3 years. I blame the trailer towing...

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Honestly if money is not an issue, why not opt for the best? Deaver is supposed to be one of if not the best leafs out there. OME is apparently excellent as well? Mine were custom made locally and they have sagged about 1" in 3 years. I blame the trailer towing...

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Deaver only has a 4" from what I can tell, OME has 2.5 or 3.5.

Was trying to remember Alcan but the name escaped me until the other guy mentioned it. Gotta grab some measurements then send out a quote form, I'll prob go with Alcans but i had heard BDS' were pretty good plus they made a 3" but couldnt find theirs, only found Zone's until i finally got BDS part #.
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Unread 12-19-2011, 04:26 PM   #13
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Thanks for your feedback guys

Wanted to shed some extra light on this topic.

BDS and Zone are both owned by Sport Truck USA, so we are sister companies. However, we do operate as separate divisions so it would be misleading to say BDS parts/kits are the same as Zone.

Having said that, our 3" XJ springs are not the same as BDS, but when we tested them on several several of our employees XJ's they were very impressed with the ride and flex.

As a supporting vendor, we do offer free shipping on these spring kits to all Jeep Forum members, so your total price would be $283.17 (+ tax for Michigan members only ).

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Thanks for your feedback guys

Wanted to shed some extra light on this topic.

BDS and Zone are both owned by Sport Truck USA, so we are sister companies. However, we do operate as separate divisions so it would be misleading to say BDS parts/kits are the same as Zone.

Having said that, our 3" XJ springs are not the same as BDS, but when we tested them on several several of our employees XJ's they were very impressed with the ride and flex.

As a supporting vendor, we do offer free shipping on these spring kits to all Jeep Forum members, so your total price would be $283.17 (+ tax for Michigan members only ).

PM me for details or if you have any questions!
good to know, might try u guys out next time i lift something!
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Unread 12-20-2011, 06:25 AM   #15
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I may try them out in the spring. One of my RE leaves is sagging pretty badly.
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