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Zone 3" 11 26.19%
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Unread 01-08-2009, 09:57 PM   #1
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Zone off road 3" lift -vs- RC's 2.5" DISCUSS

I have some buddies that have JK's that seem to like this Zone off road kit they all 3 have. However, they have nothing to compare it to. In searching Zone's posts on here (he is a member here) I came across this:
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Our kits come with quality twin tube hydraulic shocks. We determine the valving codes per application and have them built by Monroe. They are not cheap imports!
So, clearly they aren't monotube shocks. But I don't even know what kinda shocks the RC's has. IF they're monotube, twin tube, ect...???

Here is link to Zone's site showing the lift and what all comes with the kit.
I will not post RC's link as we all know where to find that at. RC does a great job at advertising on here and many members run this lift.

My questions are:
-Whom here runs or knows of someone running a zone lift?
-How well does the zone ride on road? I know of tons of people that love and state their content of the RC 2.5" kit w/ 2.2 shocks-springs running slightly better then stock. And to me that is a huge success.
-Any pics of the zone 3" flexing? I can find pics all day of the RC kit flexing but none for zone.

Now clearly the Zone is more expensive but it seems you get a little more with this kit compared to the RC 2.5".

DISCUSS PLEASE.

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Unread 01-09-2009, 08:06 PM   #2
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Really, noone has the zone?
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Unread 01-09-2009, 08:25 PM   #3
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I have been researching lifts and surfing this forum for a few months now and have yet to come across anybody running a Zone lift. I would suggest going with RC since there is plenty of feed back on them and they are relativly inexpensive considering what you get. Not saying Zone is crap, just haven't been able to find any reviews on them.
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Unread 01-09-2009, 09:06 PM   #4
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I seriously considered going with Zone 3" because it seemed like a good kit, reasonable for the $$ and (probably most important) I read somewhere that the guy running Zone had broken off from BDS and the kit was very similar to BDS. An internet search found a couple of feedback posts on another forum indicating the kit was good quality just unknown from a "new guy on the block." In the end, $239.00 for the RC 2.5" on their Christmas sale was too good to pass up, especially with about 60+ pages of feedback from this Forum. I went RC. I'm pleased. YMMV
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Unread 01-09-2009, 10:30 PM   #5
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The Zone kit does look like a BDS kit somewhat. I have heard the shocks aren't that great on the Zone kit. If you can get it without shocks and buy more dessired shocks that would make it more dessireable. The Zone kit doesn't come with quick disconnects, but that may not be anything you care about.
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Unread 01-10-2009, 05:34 PM   #6
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Without dropping the T-case I'm wondering if the 3" would need an extended driveshaft? It seems that 2.5" of suspension lift is the max we can go before needing an extended driveshaft when running w/o a T-case drop.
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Unread 01-10-2009, 05:41 PM   #7
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I just installed the RC 2.5 kit and also used the 3/4" coil spacers in the front (just incase I install my winch). I am very satisfied with the ride and quality of the kit. I did not need the transfer case drop kit as I have no vibrations. My plan is to add the 1.25 body lift and eventually run a 33/34 tire.
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Unread 01-12-2009, 09:52 AM   #8
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Let me attempt to point out a few things about our kit that I think makes our 3in. lift the best value for $459.99.

We do address the front and rear track bars to re-center your axles after the lift. The is done be re-drilling the axle mount in the front and we include the track bar relocation bracket in the rear.

We include front and rear extended sway bar links to get the sway bar back to the proper angle to reduce body roll. If running factory links with this much lift, this could likely to be your droop limiter.

The coils that come in our kit are quality US made steel that can be completely smashed coil to coil and come back to their original height. This means increased wheel travel, w/o sacrificing the spring life.

We also include bump stop extensions to keep the tires out of the fenders.

I'd like to hear feedback from you guys - what do you think?
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Unread 01-12-2009, 09:58 AM   #9
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Let me attempt to point out a few things about our kit that I think makes our 3in. lift the best value for $459.99.

We do address the front and rear track bars to re-center your axles after the lift. The is done be re-drilling the axle mount in the front and we include the track bar relocation bracket in the rear.

We include front and rear extended sway bar links to get the sway bar back to the proper angle to reduce body roll. If running factory links with this much lift, this could likely to be your droop limiter.

The coils that come in our kit are quality US made steel that can be completely smashed coil to coil and come back to their original height. This means increased wheel travel, w/o sacrificing the spring life.

We also include bump stop extensions to keep the tires out of the fenders.

I'd like to hear feedback from you guys - what do you think?
Do your 3" springs give 3" of lift or more?Can you buy the springs separately?(by themselves)
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Unread 01-12-2009, 10:45 AM   #10
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Let me attempt to point out a few things about our kit that I think makes our 3in. lift the best value for $459.99.

We do address the front and rear track bars to re-center your axles after the lift. The is done be re-drilling the axle mount in the front and we include the track bar relocation bracket in the rear.

We include front and rear extended sway bar links to get the sway bar back to the proper angle to reduce body roll. If running factory links with this much lift, this could likely to be your droop limiter.

The coils that come in our kit are quality US made steel that can be completely smashed coil to coil and come back to their original height. This means increased wheel travel, w/o sacrificing the spring life.

We also include bump stop extensions to keep the tires out of the fenders.

I'd like to hear feedback from you guys - what do you think?
Thanks for the input zone! I was wondering where your guys get the shocks from? IE who makes the shocks? I assume you guys don't make the shocks yourselves but order them from somewhere then paint them white and inscribe the word zone on them. They look great.
I've been placed under the impression that RE shocks are made by bilstien. Not sure if that is true. And have also heard that skyjacker and teraflex both get thier shocks from the same company as well. (Not bilstien but some other company). Thanks again for feedback.
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Unread 01-12-2009, 11:35 AM   #11
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Let me attempt to point out a few things about our kit that I think makes our 3in. lift the best value for $459.99.
I believe the our RC 2.5" is a better value. $299 This is why:
http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_tj_2.html

Our Springs are MADE IN THE USA too. Our Springs are progressive rate, giving you a better ride, but great handling too. Our springs can also be fully compressed and will rebound to the net height (what spring can't? ?

Our Shocks in the kit are not basic, white shocks:
Our Perforamance 2.2 shocks can be run inverted, have a larger 17.1 mm chrome harden shaft, a larger 41.4 mm diameter piston, a 2.2" larger foam filled body that stays cooler. External Jounce Bumper, Specifically applicated to give your Jeep a great ride and extreme flex.

Just like many 2" - 2.5" budget boosts we don't include sway bar links. They are not needed. But If you want, we can add them. Who measures full droop with the sway bar connected anyways? we have discos for $49.

Rear Trac-bar bracket is available for $17. Normally the rear axle only shifts like 1/8" or so. If this is a problem, throw our bracket on there for Only $17.

The kit is Only $299 w/ 2.2 shocks
Rear Trac-bar bracket available for $17
Adjustable Front and Rear Trac-bars available. $99
Disco sway bar links available for $49
Can be combined with our 1.25" BL for $89.

So you could add the rear trac-bracket and Extended Sway bar Discos to the kit for a total $365

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I believe the our RC 2.5" is a better value. $299 This is why:
http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_tj_2.html

Our Springs are MADE IN THE USA too. Our Springs are progressive rate, giving you a better ride, but great handling too. Our springs can also be fully compressed and will rebound to the net height (what spring can't? ?

Our Shocks in the kit are not basic, white shocks:
Our Perforamance 2.2 shocks can be run inverted, have a larger 17.1 mm chrome harden shaft, a larger 41.4 mm diameter piston, a 2.2" larger foam filled body that stays cooler. External Jounce Bumper, Specifically applicated to give your Jeep a great ride and extreme flex.

Just like many 2" - 2.5" budget boosts we don't include sway bar links. They are not needed. But If you want, we can add them. Who measures full droop with the sway bar connected anyways? we have discos for $49.

Rear Trac-bar bracket is available for $17. Normally the rear axle only shifts like 1/8" or so. If this is a problem, throw our bracket on there for Only $17.

The kit is Only $299 w/ 2.2 shocks
Rear Trac-bar bracket available for $17
Adjustable Front and Rear Trac-bars available. $99
Disco sway bar links available for $49
Can be combined with our 1.25" BL for $89.

So you could add the rear trac-bracket and Extended Sway bar Discos to the kit for a total $365

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Great points.
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Unread 01-12-2009, 11:43 AM   #13
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I believe the our RC 2.5" is a better value. $299 This is why:
http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_tj_2.html

Our Springs are MADE IN THE USA too. Our Springs are progressive rate, giving you a better ride, but great handling too. Our springs can also be fully compressed and will rebound to the net height (what spring can't? ?

Our Shocks in the kit are not basic, white shocks:
Our Perforamance 2.2 shocks can be run inverted, have a larger 17.1 mm chrome harden shaft, a larger 41.4 mm diameter piston, a 2.2" larger foam filled body that stays cooler. External Jounce Bumper, Specifically applicated to give your Jeep a great ride and extreme flex.

Just like many 2" - 2.5" budget boosts we don't include sway bar links. They are not needed. But If you want, we can add them. Who measures full droop with the sway bar connected anyways? we have discos for $49.

Rear Trac-bar bracket is available for $17. Normally the rear axle only shifts like 1/8" or so. If this is a problem, throw our bracket on there for Only $17.

The kit is Only $299 w/ 2.2 shocks
Rear Trac-bar bracket available for $17
Adjustable Front and Rear Trac-bars available. $99
Disco sway bar links available for $49
Can be combined with our 1.25" BL for $89.

So you could add the rear trac-bracket and Extended Sway bar Discos to the kit for a total $365

All backed by Great Customer Service and 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
-You guys are finally offering full replacement trac bars? Details please! I've been waiting on this.
-Also, how do your quicker disco's compare to JKS quick disconnects? Any pics of RC discos mounted on a jeep?
-Furthermore, whom do you guys order your shocks from?
-Lastly, what do Jeeps running the RC 2.5" lift do for bump stops?
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You guys are finally offering full replacement trac bars? Details please! I've been waiting on this.

http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep_xtras_trac-bar.html
Here is the Front one. It will adjust down for the 2.5".

The rear will hopefully be online today. it will be $99
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-You guys are finally offering full replacement trac bars? Details please! I've been waiting on this.
-Also, how do your quicker disco's compare to JKS quick disconnects? Any pics of RC discos mounted on a jeep?
-Furthermore, whom do you guys order your shocks from?
-Lastly, what do Jeeps running the RC 2.5" lift do for bump stops?

Our $49 are kinda basic, but they get the job done.


Well, from our tests. 2.5" with 31" tires can use the stock bump stops. The tire might rub a touch during extreme flex, but maximizes up-travel. Also, the 2.2 shocks have a jounce bumper to help protect it during a rough impact. It is difficult to include a 1 size fits all bumpstop extension, since there are so many different tire sizes run on this lift and combo.
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