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Unread 09-23-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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cuder's 4.25" Zone combo lift

My son and myself did the install. We did the springs and TC drop in a day and a half. Then the next weekend we did the BL. The plan was to only run the SL and TC drop untill I needed tires. But it was getting too much vibes, so I installed the MML and BL. I took the TC drop spacers out and I still have slight vibes. I'm going to put a few washers on to drop the TC a little and see if it helps. Besides that it rides great.


This is a before shot when it had a 2" BB.

Picture on 3-24-13

After the lift 0n 9-24-11

3" springs only


This is with the 3" springs and BL.


Springs and shocks:





As soon as the 32" tires wear out I plan on going to 33". Then I will get bumpers and a winch.

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Unread 09-23-2011, 06:08 AM   #2
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Nice looking rig. Cool father/son project !
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Unread 09-23-2011, 08:07 AM   #3
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Nice looking rig. Cool father/son project !
Thanks!! He is a 15 yr old that likes to go wheelin. He sure was a huge help and was asking alot of questions. I will probably buy him another Jeep when he gets his license, maybe a CJ to restore together.
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Unread 09-23-2011, 08:14 AM   #4
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nice shiny parts
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Unread 09-23-2011, 04:03 PM   #5
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I decided to put the 3/4" TC drop back instead of washers after looking at the drive angles. It still has some driveline vibrations.

Also for anyone that may do a lift in the future I used this write-up from stu-offroad.com to do the alignment. It worked great and runs straight down the road with the steering wheel perfect.
http://www.stu-offroad.com/steering/align/align-1.htm
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Unread 09-23-2011, 04:21 PM   #6
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Look at the second picture. I have removed the SS windshield hinges and the chrome grill inserts. My son also helped me paint the headlight bezels by sanding them and cleaning.
I was more talking about the lift parts.

The jeep definitely looks a lot better without all the chrome.
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Unread 02-14-2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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I'm finally going to get rid of the transfer case drop. I have Savvy aluminum upper adjustable control arms on the way.
I like the Zone lift, but I just don't see how anyone can do 3" springs with only the MML and not have to drop the transfer case to be vibe free.
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Unread 02-17-2012, 10:03 PM   #8
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I got the SYE installed and tomorrow I will be putting the control arms on. Now I'm going to have to save for the other arms.
The SYE was pretty easy to do, I did it with the TC on the tranny. I bought the lock ring pliers at Sears, they opened up a little over 1".
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Unread 02-17-2012, 10:07 PM   #9
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Super Duty SYE from Tom Wood.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 02:56 PM   #10
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Got'er done. The Jeep is smooth as butter now, no more vibes and the skid is back where it belongs.
The Savvy aluminum control arms are definitely the way to go. I had to disconnect the swaybar to get it out of the way for opening the mounting holes out to 7/16".
I only had to turn the arms a few times to get the pinion angle to move 4 degrees, didn't need a floor jack.
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Unread 02-18-2012, 03:01 PM   #11
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I have the lift sitting at my house and im getting ready to install it in the next few months. ......How is the ride quality?
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Unread 02-18-2012, 04:05 PM   #12
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I have the lift sitting at my house and im getting ready to install it in the next few months. ......How is the ride quality?
I like it, I bought the Nitro shocks that came with the kit.
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Unread 02-19-2012, 06:10 PM   #13
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Nice pics!
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Unread 02-21-2012, 11:40 AM   #14
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I like it, I bought the Nitro shocks that came with the kit.
Okay great as did i. Doesnt feel like you're driving a dump truck right? lol. Im not lookingfor a cadilac but anything has to be more tolerable than what i have!
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Unread 02-22-2012, 10:24 PM   #15
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I chopped my factory bumper. Also installed hooks and this grill guard on that was on the Jeep when I bought it. I don't know if I like it or not. I can say that I have never seen one on another Jeep.
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