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Old 06-20-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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BDS 3" Suspension Lift Kit

Hey all,

So I am completely new to lifting a vehicle and recently went to my local jeep dealer and another custom car garage to get some ideas/pricing. Jeep wanted $3200 dollars just for the lift kit not including installation. The Custom car shop wanted about $2200 installation included. I liked the shop (Mostly because of the crazy lifted vehicles out front) and they recommended a 3" lift kit made by BDS. The problem is I think they could sense I was clueless as to what the extra features they were adding onto the kit did, and therefore added a ton of upgrades just to jack up the price.

Here is the lift I am looking at.

Customize your Jeep Wrangler JK 4 door<br>3" Suspension Lift Kit 462H | BDS Suspension

I am on a college student budget, and in order to try and save as much money as possible I have found the lift kit on sites other than BDS's for about 400 to 500 dollars. The only problem is they dont have the upgrading options that BDS's website offers in which you can include additional parts with the kit.

The reason I mention this is that I have been doing a lot of research and have found some guys have issues of swaying, or steering issues once the jeep is lifted. These problems were corrected with front lower control arms and a proper alignment it seems. So, I guess my question for all of you is what is necessary to get along with the Base kit from BDS? LCA's, Steering Stabilizers, etc.. and do they have to be manufactured by BDS because I am getting a lift kit made by them?

Any input is much appreciated...

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:20 PM   #2
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I hear that BDS is a really good lift.
If you're on a budget....In my opinion, start with the basic kit. Some folks have handling issues and some folks don't. See how it rides and handles then look into correcting issues with LCA's. For a 3'' lift, if the kit doesn't come with a front adjustable tracbar and at least a rear tracbar bracket, you should add those and it shouldn't add much more than $200.
JKS makes an adj trac bar. Teraflex has a rear bracket. Might as well get JKS adjustable quicker disconnect end links for $159 while you're at it. Or Zone offroad makes a nice pair of solid extended links for $89.

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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I recently bought the 3" BDS lift kit and the only thing I upgraded was the BDS shocks to the Fox 2.0 shocks. I only have 33's so I didn't need the steering stabilizer, and I believe that the kit comes with cam bolts to adjust the castor, which has something to do with the steering.... I think. A local truck accessory shop did the install. The kit was $981 and after tax and labor, the total was around $1300. An aliment is a must after the lift but other than that I love the lift. I have read that the BDS shocks do ride a little rough but the Fox 2.0's ride better than stock. Not only does it look 10,000% better, it also performs well too. I have yet to do some major wheeling, but on the washboard roads that I took the jeep down, the shocks soaked up the bumps better than it did with stock suspension. All in all, the kit is great and I would definitely recommend it.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:25 PM   #4
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Folks where I dropped my jeep off today deal BDS.
Seem some of their work A+
No question warranty if anything breaks off road I was told.

on the research.

Yes LCA's are preferred over cam bolts.

If you are on a budget, why don't you do a budget boost and be done. Or something like TF's 2.5 w/ shock extensions for about $500 ?
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:03 PM   #5
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kjeeper10,

I asked about the budget boost option at the shop I went to and they had told me to stay away from those types of lifts because they use spacers insteal of coil springs. They also said that they don't handle as well and that a full suspension lift would ride alot smoother and handle alot rougher terrain. They could have just been saying that just because they were an authorized BDS dealer, and from what I have seen BDS has no type of lift kit comparable to the TF budget boost. Still, I like the warranty that BDS offers. I am going to look into the TF budget boost lift a little more to see what others on WF have to say about them. How do you like yours?
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kjeeper10,

I asked about the budget boost option at the shop I went to and they had told me to stay away from those types of lifts because they use spacers insteal of coil springs. They also said that they don't handle as well and that a full suspension lift would ride alot smoother and handle alot rougher terrain. They could have just been saying that just because they were an authorized BDS dealer, and from what I have seen BDS has no type of lift kit comparable to the TF budget boost. Still, I like the warranty that BDS offers. I am going to look into the TF budget boost lift a little more to see what others on WF have to say about them. How do you like yours?

Yes there are benefits of coils over spacers. You going to wheel the jeep?
Disconnecting?

A lot of folks here run spacers. I guess it depends on your budget and what you plan on doing with the jeep.

I am running TF's 2.5 coil lift w/ 1" spacers in the rear. I am over 3" and having issues w/ my 2 door.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:41 PM   #7
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You can get by with a base kit on the 3" BDS lift with Cam Bolts, shocks, and sway bar links. Everything else is just to make the lift better but can be done at anytime.

Adjustable Control arms are nice especially if you change lifts later but the Cam bolts (around $28) can correct the 3" lift to -5 camber which is perfectly fine. The Adjustable trackbar will help center the axle but your only going to be off around 3/8" give or take. Brake line extensions may be need if you plan to disconnect but can be modified to work without. All this is things that are nice but not needed.

So if your on a budget, get the BDS 3" coils, Front swaybar longer links, Shocks, and Cam Bolts and have a nice lift on a budget. Add other items later if you want but they are not needed. I have the BDS 3" front with no adjustable trackbar or LCA with no issues at all.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:46 PM   #8
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The reason I initially was looking into getting a lift was because I do a lot of riding on the beach. I have a cooler rack on the front of my vehicle and sometimes it scrapes in the steep dips in the sand or on the pavement on one particular right hand turn into a steep incline by my house. I was looking to raise it about 3 inches in order to solve this problem. There is a state park around the corner from me and I would like to take the jeep there. Been there with a buddy in his jeep with a 3" lift and wouldnt even try taking mine on the trails there without the extra clearance.

I see some disclaimers/notices by teraflex say "aftermarket wheels with 4.5" backspacing or less are required" - just curious as to what this means? I am guessing it means I would need spacers in the rear like you have?
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:51 PM   #9
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Rics1997,

Where did you acquire your BDS lift kit? I swear I saw a 3" for a 4 door JK around 500 dollars yesterday but tonight those sites aren't coming up when I google it...
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I got mine at the local off road shop. They ordered it. Now I only replaced the front. I had the 19/60 factory coil upgrade with a Teraflex leveling kit. Didn't like the leveling kit up front but rear was fine. So replaced the front and left the rear.

The thing about the BDS lift is when it says 3" it means 3". A lot of the 3" lifts gives more then the stated lift. I think that is why there is no driveshaft issues with the lift and Cam bolts correct the angle without having to get adjustable LCA's. Some may see this as a downfall but if your looking for a lift without having to empty your bank account it works out quiet well. Not to mention most shops love using their products because of their warranty. They say that they are not questioned and they replace their products with no issues.

You can get the budget side of a 3" BDS lift with just shocks/cam bolts/and front swaybar links for around $800 parts (thats good shocks) and it shouldn't cost more then 3 hours labor and a alignment. $1100 before tax should do it. Of course different regions have higher labor cost and taxes
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #11
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the shop I went to said it would take 6 hours of labor to install the lift and the labor would cost around $780 dollars.. I can't really afford that if I am going to get new tires + lift kit. I'll have ask around at some more local garages that deal with lifts
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They did mine at 3 hours. Now I didn't get the kit you have listed. It has a few other brackets but that shouldn't take 3 hours to do especially since it's on the lift already. I would think 4 hours top for that kit. Of course a Alignment has to be done on top of that.

Now I base this 3 hours when they did the leveling kit/shocks(which they have to remove the coils to do)/swaybar links and cam bolts
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I got mine at the local off road shop. They ordered it. Now I only replaced the front. I had the 19/60 factory coil upgrade with a Teraflex leveling kit. Didn't like the leveling kit up front but rear was fine. So replaced the front and left the rear.

The thing about the BDS lift is when it says 3" it means 3". A lot of the 3" lifts gives more then the stated lift. I think that is why there is no driveshaft issues with the lift and Cam bolts correct the angle without having to get adjustable LCA's. Some may see this as a downfall but if your looking for a lift without having to empty your bank account it works out quiet well. Not to mention most shops love using their products because of their warranty. They say that they are not questioned and they replace their products with no issues.

You can get the budget side of a 3" BDS lift with just shocks/cam bolts/and front swaybar links for around $800 parts (thats good shocks) and it shouldn't cost more then 3 hours labor and a alignment. $1100 before tax should do it. Of course different regions have higher labor cost and taxes
Couldn't agree more on my JKU I've been running the 3 inch BDS with stabilizer and just the BDS shocks and coils and quick discos. It's a pretty good kit maybe a bit too much bump steer with the 35"s so I went back to my 33's. It really is only 3inches but its fine and functional for moderate off roading. I made the mistake of trying out a JK with the 3.5 inch AEV and it was like driving on a cloud compared to my rig but hey it's a jeep and for the price I paid of 1200$ installed and the warranty I got I'm laughin! Jared-
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So I have been reading all of the threads known to mankind! Lots of info and opinions. I have a 2013 JKU and have the 17 inch AEV wheels with 33's. The lift that was recommended to me was the BDS 3 inch lift with the upgrade to Fox 2.0. Also He wanted me to get the adj track bar. My concern with reading some of the threads is will this give me a good ride on the road as this is my main mode of transpo!

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