We're actually huge fans of Zone's suspension lift kits, and we've used them with great levels of success on several of our other project trucks over the years. Zone's lifts come with high-strength, high-quality components that fit extremely well. Combine that with Zone's fairly low price, and you get a pretty awesome lift system that lets you clear big 35" tires without breaking your bank. Granted, the downsides of a lower-priced lift kit is that its actual suspension hardware really isn't suited for the kind of off-road performance applications that we generally have in store for our trucks. The front suspension lift is achieved through the use of strut spacers that install on top of the factory front struts. Rear suspension performance is provided by Zone Nitro rear shocks, which are pretty basic general-purpose shocks that are slight improvements over stock. The trails we went on were pretty rough, semi-maintained trails that conned some of the larger fire roads by the base of the San Francisco Peaks. The roads were deeply rutted and had a mix of deep snow, mud, ice, and puddles throughout their runs. The Zone System did surprisingly well. The factory struts and Zone Nitros were able to absorb and perform very well on the trails up to about 30 mph. However, you definitely feel the extremely violent impacts up in the cab. While the system didn't hold a candle to our 2015 F150 5.0L's BDS 4" Coilover Suspension Lift Kit, it was more than good enough to handle those pretty tough forest roads without much fuss, and its tire clearance gave us the room for 35" Nitto Trail Grapplers that helped us burn through deeper snow drifts with ease. Overall, the Zone Kit is a good general-purpose lift that will serve you well in light-duty off-road situations, but extremely high-speed driving should be left to dedicated coilover lift kits.
Posted by Jason Locke on 2/9/2016 to Informative Articles
A big 6" lift kit is one heck of a way to get your 2015 to 2016 F150 looking a whole lot bigger, badder, and meaner, especially when it's combined with set of extremely aggressive wheels and tires. Granted, the question that always comes up with most basic suspension lift kits is how well they handle themselves off-road. The 2015-2016 F150 4WD Zone 6" Suspension Lift Kit on our 2015 F150 3.5L EcoBoost Project Truck offers up high-quality lift system components that are certainly tough enough to handle just about any application, however, the kit uses standard strut spacers on top of the factory strut assemblies and pretty basic Zone Nitro rear shocks that perform decently on-road, but the combination is definitely not suited for serious off-roading . Still, that little detail didn't stop us from taking our truck up the mountainous trails outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, to give our truck and its Zone Kit a proper flogging and see how the Zone kit handled.