Installation Time: (approx) a Day
Difficulty Level:Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
Hey, what's up, guys? I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is my detailed review of the Zone Offroad 4-inch Suspension Lift Kit, available for your 2015 and up F-150 equipped with 4-wheel drive. Now, this kit will allow you to run a 33 or even up to a 35-inch tire without issue.All right, guys, in this review, I'm gonna talk about some of the basic components you can expect from checking out the Zone Offroad 4-inch Suspension Lift Kit, how you're gonna be getting that additional 4 inches of lift over your factory ride height, and then once this thing is installed in our 2015 EcoBoost F-150, we're even gonna hop in, go for a ride, and compare the factory ride quality to that of the Zone Offroad kit here.Now, guys, speaking of the install, this is a full-full three out of three wrenches on the difficulty scale, a lot involved here, therefore a lot of tools needed. There even is a small amount of cutting necessary here to get everything in place. So, again, expect a very tedious install, and we will have a bit more detail coming up later on.So, the Zone 4-inch Suspension Lift Kit should appeal to any newer F-150 owner out there who is looking to comfortably fit 33s or even a set of 35s under his or her truck, and wanna do so while keeping the price relatively in check compared to some of the other bigger name lift kit options on the site.Now, for testing purposes, guys, we did throw a set of 33s on the truck first with the 4-inch lift kit installed, and as expected, it did look a little silly. The wheels looked a tad small for the 4-inch lift kit, at least in my opinion. In my opinion, though, guys, this kit was really made for a set of 35s because, when installed, they look absolutely perfect on the truck with the Zone 4-inch kit here, and they fit with absolutely no rubbing whatsoever.The 4-inch lift kit, whether it be from Zone or maybe even a different company, is really where you start venturing away from those smaller lifts or levels of 1 to 2 inches and really start getting into a more serious or involved suspension lift kit, involving a number of different components here, as opposed to just 1 or 2 with those levelling kits. And, as such, guys, this is where you're really gonna start seeing those price increases over those leveling kits because, obviously, you're dealing with more parts here.So, why do you have to use all of these components here when you're looking to lift your truck 4 inches or higher? Well, guys, with those smaller lifts or levels of 1 to 2 inches, you can do that and still maintain relatively decent CV angles up front with the 4-wheel drive system. However, once you start going above that 1 to 2 inches, those CV angles quickly start getting at a very bad angle, and this is where you can start taxing them to the point of failure with the 4-wheel drive system. So, that's why you have to start encompassing the new cross members here which actually lower the front differential, the drop knuckles here as well, to again, maintain proper CV angles with the bigger lifts, and maintain proper front end geometry.Now, even though you are getting a lot of components here with the Zone Offroad kit, the price is still relatively affordable in the world of aftermarket suspension lifts because this is a more basic or entry-level system in the grand scheme of things. They're not really giving you anything extra here, they're just throwing in everything you need to properly lift the truck 4 inches.Now, some of the other companies out there, the more expensive companies, such as BDS or maybe even Fabtech, will sometimes throw in aftermarket coilovers to their lift kits here, which obviously add to the price considerably. And because of this, guys, I would recommend the Zone Offroad kit here for just about anyone out there who plans on spending a lot of their time on the road as a daily driver, maybe a family hauler, with the occasional trip off-road.However, if you do plan on spending a lot of time off-road doing some hard-core wheeling, there will be better options out there for you, thanks to those improved suspension components that we just talked about. Obviously, you're gonna be spending a little bit more money for those in the process. But, for the majority of owners out there, again, who wanna do a little wheeling here or there, but mainly spend a lot of time on the road, this is a great kit for you.As far as basic components, guys, well, we've got most of the big stuff on the table here for this review. There is a lot more included that's not shown currently with this kit, including hardware and some other stuff. But, basically, the things responsible for raising your truck 4 inches, you have the strut spacers for the front here, raising the front 4 inches, and of course, the aftermarketer blocks for the rear, raising the rear of the truck 4 inches, as well.But, obviously, you're getting a lot more stuff, right. You have a heavy-duty steel cross member for the front, really well made, steel skid plate for the front to cover that differential, as well, really nice cast iron drop knuckles for the front, and again, a lot of other stuff that's not shown here: sway bar relocation brackets, brake line relocation brackets. They've done a great job including, again, everything you need to lift the truck 4 inches and do so properly. They're even giving you your options of hydro or nitro shocks.I like the shock choices that Zone includes or gives you with this kit here when purchasing because it allows you to customize your ride quality, depending on how you're planning on using your truck. Now, we do have the hydro options on the table for this video here, and the hydro will be the softer of the two options, a great way to go, again, if you're like me and you plan on spending most of your time pounding the pavement as a daily driver with your F-150 with the occasional off-road trip here or there.No matter what option you go with, whether it be the nitro or hydro option, both feature a twin tube design, and both also feature Zone's 10-stage velocity sensing valving technology here, which almost acts like an adjustable dampener, but on the fly with no adjustment knobs or the need for anything like that. I will have a little bit more feedback on the ride quality later on here, guys, so hang out with me. Again, we're gonna go for a spin in the thing once installed, and we'll report back on the ride quality.A couple important things here to point out before we touch on the install. First and foremost, again, there is some cutting involved here with your factory subframe, so just be prepared for that when ordering the kit and before getting started with the install. Secondly, you will need to run an 18-inch wheel or larger with this kit just to maintain proper tie rod clearance. Lastly, guys, if you do have a factory two-piece drive shaft installed on your F-150, you are gonna need to pick up Zone Offroad's Carrier Bearing Drop kit here, which is available on the site, and you need it in addition to the kit itself.All right, guys, as we mentioned earlier, this install will be pretty burly here. You're gonna need a lift, along with a couple of pole jacks, a big old set of tools, and of course, don't forget your cutting device to modify that factory subframe. This one's easily a full-full three out of three wrenches on my difficulty scale. You're gonna need at least a full day in the shop or garage to get everything tackled, maybe even a little bit more, depending on your mechanical expertise.Honestly, guys, the front is where you're going to be spending your most time here when it does come time for the install because you will be cutting up front to make room for the new cross member here. You'll be dropping that front differential down, as well, in addition to relocating your sway bar, thanks to the included brackets from Zone Offroad. Also, up front, you are gonna need to transfer over your bearing and hob assembly from the factory knuckles over to the Zone Offroad drop knuckles, in addition to removing the factory front struts, installing the new strut spacers, and then reinstalling them.As for the rear, you will need to drop the rear axle slightly, so get those jacks ready one more time because you will need to remove the factory rear blocks and reinstall the new Zone Offroad 4-inch blocks in their place, along with installing the new drop brackets for the rear brake lines.Now, obviously, guys, this is just a very, very general walkthrough of the install. There's a lot more steps involved, as you might imagine. But this is just to give you a better idea of what to expect with some of the big pointers here.Another big thing to point out too, guys, make sure you get your truck aligned pretty much right after you get this thing installed because you will be messing with those cam bolts up front which are responsible for your front alignment. So, you wanna make sure you have your alignment checked. Take it to your local alignment shop here so you're not chewing through tires, and so that the truck handles properly.All right, guys, to wrap up this review, we're gonna hop in the F-150 with the Zone Offroad 4-inch suspension lift kit installed and see how it feels.All right, so here we are. We're in the 2016 3.5 EcoBoost. What can I say? The ride is great. I told you guys I had a Zone 4-inch kit in my truck. I've had it in there for over a year now, no complaints whatsoever. The truck rides really good, it handles good. Like I said, when you keep things kind of simple in this regard from a lift standpoint, you're not really throwing the truck for a loop as far as geometry, things like that. It still behaves, the road manners, all that stuff, very similar to a factory ride quality. You might get a little bottoming out when you really take things aggressively, but for the most part, that can be solved easily with a coilover in the front, different shock in the rear. You know, one the thing that Zone does is something we all know, it keeps all the stock stuff as far as dampers in place, so that helps keep the cost down a little bit, but it is something you can obviously switch out if you did a little bit more wheeling and you wanted a little bit more travel.Well, guys, what could we say? Let's sum this thing up. The lift looks good. Obviously, I'm biased. I like the 4-inch lift. I like the 35s. Two things I have on my truck, the lift and the same size wheel and tire. We slapped them on, we did some tests, lock to lock, and no rubbing at all. And it rides good. I mean, for these being a pretty aggressive tire, I'm not hearing a whole bunch of noise, which is nice.I'm gonna draw this thing to a close here, guys, but you know what to do. Keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
Fitment: 2015 2016 Details
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Installation Time: (approx) a Day
Difficulty Level:Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
Hydro Shock Specifications.
Nitro Shock Specifications.
Fits 4WD F-150s only.
If I already have an RC 2" leveling kit installed do I have to remove it or can it be used to level out this kit?
We do not recommend using a leveling kit with a lift kit. It can be dangerous in some situations.
Does this fit the 2017? Everything else is identical on the trucks but your discription specifically says 15-16.
The Zone Offroad 4 in. Suspension Lift Kit is compatible with 15-16 F150's only.
Does this require any welding? Just double checking for my install guy. Thanks!
The Zone Offroad 4 in. Suspension Lift Kit (15-16 4WD) (zone-offroad-4in-lift-kit-15-4wd) does not require welding, however, this kit does require cutting. The installation instructions can be found here: http://1.cdn.lib.americanmuscle.com/files/T527796-manu.pdf.