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Unread 07-06-2010, 06:52 PM   #16
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anyone know how the Zone lift rides in comparison to the RC?


IMO it kinda rides like my Full Traction. Guy i wheel with runs a zone, It was impressive how it flexed. With all the gear he takes and weight of whole jeep his 4" kit is still right there after 12k. He runs 3/4's up front for winch and bumper. The zone took the place of a **** RC 2.5 that netted maybe 2" and 6k. Its worth the extra for a good kit once, BDS, RK, OME, FT and not in any order, Just kits i have personally seen, Wheeled with and worked on. But if possible up grade your shocks to bilsteins or a good riding set of shocks. If you end up with a cheap kit they will mask it for awhile. Good luck

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Unread 07-06-2010, 09:18 PM   #17
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I looked at the Zone stuff before I bought my RC. But I could not get past that ignorant looking tribal tattoo "ART" they put all over there ****. It looks like cheap VIP AUTO ZONE Action AISLE BS to me but to each there own I guess.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 09:39 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the info, its very helpful. If i were to go with the 4.25" combo instead of the 3" suspension lift, would i have to install longer brake lines or anything else like that? Sorry for all the questions but i don't want to screw this up.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 10:56 PM   #19
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If you did, You can always buy front soft lines for a 95' YJ, they are a bit longer stock and direct fit.
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Unread 07-07-2010, 02:00 AM   #20
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i would disagree with that. i (and plenty of others) have skyjacker projects that do just fine.

skyjacker makes an affordable and competitive product worth anyones consideration depending on what they are looking for.
Your profile says you have a 2" budget boost? Big difference between that, and the crap that is on my heep. For what this lift costs new, there are many better, more durable, and more flexible options out there. IMHO, when it comes to a TJ, staying far, far, away from anything with Skyjacker on it, is a good thing to do. I used to have a Ranger, with a 4" lift kit on it. That lift was great, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Unread 07-07-2010, 04:31 AM   #21
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Thanks for all the info, its very helpful. If i were to go with the 4.25" combo instead of the 3" suspension lift, would i have to install longer brake lines or anything else like that? Sorry for all the questions but i don't want to screw this up.
I've had my standard Skyjacker 4" for three year now and going for the fourth as a DD and I wheel the heck out of it. It hasen't missed a beat so far.

I have also compared it with an RC 3.25" lift on my friends TJ... The Skyjacker has much more quality build and it is more complete than the RC's.

My advise is to go Skyjacker
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Unread 07-07-2010, 04:55 AM   #22
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And by complete, you mean it comes with new fixed lower control arms with poly bushings on both sides? I'd take the RC kit with stock arms over a basic sky jacker kit with poly bushing CA's.

As a few people have said, stay far away from skyjacker. their hydro shocks are good for the price and if you get the flex joint control arms, they cant be too bad. But once you start upgrading the kits they get way over priced (even the basic kits are overpriced) and the last thing you want are CA's with poly bushings.

I'd personally do the zone 3" before I'd do the RC 3.25". I say that because I have the RC 2.5" lift and the shocks are too stiff, are not the correct length in the rear, and the springs will sag over time. I've heard zone is just re-bandaged BDS shocks and springs. Don't know if there is any truth to this though.

If you do in fact have around $700 to spend, I'm not sure my you aren't taking my advise and buying quality components the first go round instead of buying one of these budget kits.... The only people who are going to suggest the RC progressive kit are people who either have one or are in the market for a budget kit....people like who I used to be.
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Unread 07-07-2010, 08:12 AM   #23
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Thanks for all the info, its very helpful. If i were to go with the 4.25" combo instead of the 3" suspension lift, would i have to install longer brake lines or anything else like that? Sorry for all the questions but i don't want to screw this up.
No, you do not need longer brake lines.
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Unread 07-07-2010, 07:17 PM   #24
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RC shocks are not the wrong length. AT least on my lift they were not. I believe that was fixed a while back. And they are not to stiff either.
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Unread 07-07-2010, 08:28 PM   #25
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Well you have your opinions, I have mine. Personally I don't think 2.5" of up travel is sufficient. That is with the stupid rubber stops cut off. I ordered my kit after the shock length issue had been addressed. 2.5" may work for some people depending on the type of wheeling but to me I'd like a little more for daily driving. . And personally I think the valving is a bit too stiff for a tj, but then again, thats a matter of opinion.

I'm not trying to bash RC. I would actually recommend their 4" x-flex kit to people. I would just skip the 2.2's and go with something a little softer.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 05:04 PM   #26
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Again RC has fixed the shock issue. This is my rc 3.25 lift in the rear. I need 1 to 1.5 inch bump stops to keep the shocks from bottoming out. I have not done it yet but have never bottomed the shocks out on the street or moderate crawling. I have 5 inches of up and I am not sure about down travel but it is satisfactory believe me.


This is the front it has 6 inches of up travel. It does wonderfully on pot holes and woopty doos.


This is not opinion it is fact.

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Unread 07-08-2010, 05:11 PM   #27
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I've had my standard Skyjacker 4" for three year now and going for the fourth as a DD and I wheel the heck out of it. It hasen't missed a beat so far.

I have also compared it with an RC 3.25" lift on my friends TJ... The Skyjacker has much more quality build and it is more complete than the RC's.

My advise is to go Skyjacker
i highly doubt that the skyjacker quality is better than RC, to each their own i guess.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 05:18 PM   #28
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How much more complete can you get for 377 bucks shipped? Springs, links, Brackets for rear TB, Shocks TC drop. And it will wheel with any similar priced lift out there.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 05:30 PM   #29
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go with the RC stuff you can't beat Jeffery's help and service. On my 06 rubi I have the 4x series with 2.2 shocks. last weekend I just bought A 05 rubi lj for the wife and it has rc's 4" value lift and the 2 rear control arm bushings were bad I called jeffery Tuesday and today 2 new control arms no charge. I also lost a couple bushings on the 4x install but they sent them to me with the same smile and service. I also ordered 4 2.2 shocks to replace the economy hydro's and he hooked me up very well. hope it rides as good as the 06.
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