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DstroyrOfWrldz 07-31-2010 12:08 PM

Zone 3" Lift
 
3" TJ Suspension System

searched this place for a couple weeks and seen a few recommendations based on Zone being made by the same folks as BDS but haven't found a lot of people that actually have installed one and have anything to say about it.

Complicating the situation is this is my first Jeep and the amount of info on this forum is almost overwhelming. Not totally clear on what extras I'll need on top of what's in the kit, like brake lines, adjustable track bars, etc. Then I read about track bars hitting diff covers.

SugarBear 07-31-2010 12:46 PM

Go with a Rough Country 3" Lift. It'll be cheaper than that, and you'll have a JF discount. You won't need tracbars or brakelines, just a TC drop and MML if you have any vibes.

TheBoogieman 07-31-2010 12:58 PM

That's a complete kit with extended sway bar end links and all.I'd still do an MML and less t case drop(if needed).I always go with RC,but might try that in the future to compare the two.Just for reference.RC 3.25" lift/1" BL/MML(with 35's).Rear track bar relocation bracket($18),redrilled the front track bar hole(instead of buying an adjustable front track bar).You don't need extended brake lines and front disconnects are inexpensive at RC.
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stevefarling 07-31-2010 01:11 PM

I'm new and dumb! What's an MML?

TheBoogieman 07-31-2010 01:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevefarling (Post 9882512)
I'm new and dumb! What's an MML?

You're learning,not dumb.:)It's a motor mount lift that does almost the same as a t case drop that comes with most lift kits.It lifts the motor that tilts the driveshaft downward and almost equals dropping the transfer case to align the driveshafts and stop vibrations that mess up your U-joints.

SugarBear 07-31-2010 01:15 PM

Motor Mount Lift. When you get a lift, it changes the angle of the driveshafts, and a MML will fix that :D

SOLIDJP44 07-31-2010 01:25 PM

motor mount lift around 1 inch

DstroyrOfWrldz 07-31-2010 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SugarBear (Post 9882429)
Go with a Rough Country 3" Lift. It'll be cheaper than that, and you'll have a JF discount. You won't need tracbars or brakelines, just a TC drop and MML if you have any vibes.

there doesn't appear to be one that's 3" even...you talking about the 2.5" suspension with 1.25" body lift or the 2.5" springs with the 3/4" spring spacers? The one with the body lift says it doesn't fit 05-06 models with 6 speed manual trans, doesn't tell me why though.

Eventually I'll do a MML but for the time being I'll just use the included t-case drop.

DstroyrOfWrldz 07-31-2010 03:48 PM

oh and the idea is to fit 33" x 12.50R15 Duratracs on wheels with 4" backspacing.

I suppose I could do one of the folowing:

RC 3.25 spring/spacer combo for $369.
RC 2.5" suspension lift, sway disconnects, and 1-1/4" BL from another manufacturer for about $500.

Anybody know why RC says their 1.25" BL won't work on 6 speed manual TJ's but they have 2" and 3" kits that do? What's different about their kit that other companies kits seem to work?

Whobeme 07-31-2010 04:59 PM

I'm running the Zone 4" lift kit. It came with everything needed to lift my LJ. I've had two BDS lifts and now the Zone. The Zone kit is just as nice and rides just as good. I'll be buying another Zone kit for my wife's Jeep when the time comes.

aspjeepguy 08-01-2010 06:12 AM

I almost bought the Zone Lift but I ended up getting the 3" BDS. The last time I cheaped out on on a lift I regretted it for 4 years. My 3" BDS which is probably very similar to the 3" Zone rides like a dream.

Johnny

srlbotanical 08-13-2010 12:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aspjeepguy (Post 9885242)
I almost bought the Zone Lift but I ended up getting the 3" BDS. The last time I cheaped out on on a lift I regretted it for 4 years. My 3" BDS which is probably very similar to the 3" Zone rides like a dream.

Johnny

Zone is made by BDS... They are both based out of Coldwater, MI.

2006_Sport 08-13-2010 12:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SugarBear (Post 9882429)
Go with a Rough Country 3" Lift. It'll be cheaper than that, and you'll have a JF discount. You won't need tracbars or brakelines, just a TC drop and MML if you have any vibes.

Cheaper isn't always better. Zone and BDS are way better quality than RC.

OP: The Zone 3 inch is a good kit. PM grocerygetter01 on here about it, he runs it with a set of 32s.

Wheelin98TJ 08-13-2010 12:36 PM

I helped a friend put a 3" Zone kit on his TJ 3-4 months ago and it turned out pretty nice.

It rides great.

Quote:

Originally Posted by srlbotanical (Post 9953626)
Zone is made by BDS... They are both based out of Coldwater, MI.

Zone and BDS have common ownership.

The manufacturers of their parts are the same in some cases, and in other cases they are different.

SOLIDJP44 08-13-2010 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheBoogieman (Post 9882467)
That's a complete kit with extended sway bar end links and all.I'd still do an MML and less t case drop(if needed).I always go with RC,but might try that in the future to compare the two.Just for reference.RC 3.25" lift/1" BL/MML(with 35's).Rear track bar relocation bracket($18),redrilled the front track bar hole(instead of buying an adjustable front track bar).You don't need extended brake lines and front disconnects are inexpensive at RC.
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