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Suggestions to improve zone 6" lift

I have a zone 6" lift on my 2011 f-250. I should have gone with my gut and went carli, but here I am. Had a deal too good to pass up . Tires are toyo mt 37x13.50 18's on 18x10 wheels. The rear is worse than the front. It has the 2 add a leafs on each side on 5" blocks. The suspension is very harsh thru the stroke but is not bottomng out. It has the nitro shocks which already look like they leaked out some oil. I'm thinking fox 2.0 shocks or something similar to start and if that doesn't do wonders, a deaver spring pack. Who else make a good shock that will work with a 6" lift?

For the front I'll do new shocks and possibly new coils. Any suggestions on that?

Thanks for any input.

And for anyone that asking is the price worth going carli or icon, etc....yes... learn from me lol

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I have a zone 6" lift on my 2011 f-250. I should have gone with my gut and went carli, but here I am. Had a deal too good to pass up . Tires are toyo mt 37x13.50 18's on 18x10 wheels. The rear is worse than the front. It has the 2 add a leafs on each side on 5" blocks. The suspension is very harsh thru the stroke but is not bottomng out. It has the nitro shocks which already look like they leaked out some oil. I'm thinking fox 2.0 shocks or something similar to start and if that doesn't do wonders, a deaver spring pack. Who else make a good shock that will work with a 6" lift?

For the front I'll do new shocks and possibly new coils. Any suggestions on that?

Thanks for any input.

And for anyone that asking is the price worth going carli or icon, etc....yes... learn from me lol
That kit has the following items working against you. You can fix one or 2 of them but until you do all of them you won't see massive ride improvements:

1) Stiff single rate coils
2) Stiff add a leafs
3) Cheap shocks
4) No drop bracket for radius arms


I would start with replacing the 2 add a leafs with either a set of Mini Packs or full replacement leafs like Carli's.

Then replace the shocks with either a set of Bilsteins or Pure Prodigy shocks

To improve the front I would swap out the coils for a set of 6" Pure progressive rate coils. If it is still stiff up front I would go with a set of radius arm drops and factory radius arms or do a Pure 4-link conversion.

In the end it may be better to just replace the whole kit and sell the Zone kit to offset some of the cost.



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I agree with above, never go with anything besides a progressive rate coil.

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Thanks Skyd,

Are you a dealer for those companies? if so, maybe you can shoot me some prices. I appreciate the input.

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That kit has the following items working against you. You can fix one or 2 of them but until you do all of them you won't see massive ride improvements:

1) Stiff single rate coils
2) Stiff add a leafs
3) Cheap shocks
4) No drop bracket for radius arms


I would start with replacing the 2 add a leafs with either a set of Mini Packs or full replacement leafs like Carli's.

Then replace the shocks with either a set of Bilsteins or Pure Prodigy shocks

To improve the front I would swap out the coils for a set of 6" Pure progressive rate coils. If it is still stiff up front I would go with a set of radius arm drops and factory radius arms or do a Pure 4-link conversion.

In the end it may be better to just replace the whole kit and sell the Zone kit to offset some of the cost.

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You usually get what you pay for.
I had a rough country 6" cheap lift on my truck and it was horrible.

I put I-Con progressive coils up front.
Dumped the drop brackets and oem radius arms.
Went with Fabtech radius arms was a huge improvement with handling, truck tracked straight no longer wandered on bad roads.
Dump the overloads for sure.
Get a drop bracket for track bar. That needs to be at the same angle as the drag link to prevent bump steer.
I got Rancho RS9000XL for the reason of (adjustability) love em.

You go this route and you will have a much better truck.

I also did a rear spring mod that spaced overload away from spring pack to smooth out rear suspension.
My truck rides as nice as wife's Tahoe. Most likely best riding F250 in California ��


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