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Old 12-28-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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BDS 2 inch lift.

Just ordered it today for my 03 4.0 (auto) and the guy at the local shop said I wont have to worry about Transfer Case drop or relocating Track Bars. Not to worried about that, but what I am concerned about is the shocks. He said I said should upgrade to the Fox Shocks for a better ride since the ones that come with the BDS kit are no better than the RANCHO 5000s.. I thought maybe he was just trying to make a sale, but since I left the shop, now I am kinda wondering if maybe I should have spent the extra 200.00...

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Old 12-28-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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I have the same lift. Dropped the tc 1/2" still have vibrations. Ssye next. All jeeps are different.

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Old 12-28-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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Lift kits don't cause vibrations per se, lifting a jeep does.

I had vibs with mine and dropped my transfer case a bit by replacing the transfer case rubber mounts. Now no issues.

I have zero complaints about the shocks.

My ride to me is softer than stock yet more compliant. Big improvement over stock.

So I guess it depends how you plan to use it.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:38 PM   #4
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And as addressed I think on another post, I re-centered my axle to make it look correct. I was almost rubbing.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:20 PM   #5
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I got a 2" BDS lift for Christmas and finished installing today. The shocks that came with the kit are a little stiff, but rides very smooth. I had no vibration after, but decided to drop the TC 1/4" just in case. Lift was simple to install, only hassle was track bar relocation bracket from OME. Drilling was in a tight spot so had to use right-angle drill. Overall though, the lift is great. Doesn't tilt on turns, but smooth when taking bumps.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:52 PM   #6
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Lift kits don't cause vibrations per se, lifting a jeep does.



I have zero complaints about the shocks.

My ride to me is softer than stock yet more compliant. Big improvement over stock.

So I guess it depends how you plan to use it.

It will mainly be a DD street queen with some light off roading when I go to a buddys farm... Couple of deep ruts, but nothing major...
I was hoping it would at least ride as good as it does now on 10 yr old springs/shocks.. Sounds like I wont having any complaints and will be getting a better overall ride than what I have now..

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Old 12-28-2012, 10:45 PM   #7
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Not sure how much difference the shocks make but the springs are substantially more heavy duty than stock springs.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:46 AM   #8
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Great lift, I ran it for 6 years. I like the ride of their 5500 series shocks, very similar ride compared to the OME shocks I am running now. I also installed a 1.25" bodylift and motor mount lift (MML). Before the MML, I did have slight vibes. The MML effectively removed my vibes .
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Before the MML, I did have slight vibes. The MML effectively removed my vibes .
Did you do the Transfer Case drop and still have vibes?
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Before I purchased my bodylift and motor mount lift, I did manage to rid all of my vibes not with a spacer kit but by dropping the transfer case, with approximately 4 washers between the frame and transfer case, on each bolt. I started with one washer and drove the Jeep and if I still had vibes, I would drop further with another washer.

After I installed the motor mount lift, I was able to remove all the washers and bring my transfer case back to stock position.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:57 PM   #11
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Finally got my lift today an plan on installing it this weekend. Got everything out of the boxes and was reading through the directions while soaking some the bolts with PB Blaster. I hope the shocks are a better than the way they look, just a plain white shock with I guess a 50/50 valving since they dont come out on their own.. Directions say you must un-bolt control arm from axle to install spring. It seems I read some where there is no need for 2 inch spring, only when you get up to taller springs.. Also the local shop said I shouldnt worry about Bumpstops and track bar relocation bracket with this lift. I will be running 31s and this is my first lift install and If anyone has any tips that would help me out, it would greatly be appreciated.. Thanks and I will let you guys know how it goes..
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:02 AM   #12
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Does fancy paint make the shock better?
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I think they want you to unbolt the CA's for a little extra droop on the axle. You should be able to muscle 2" springs without too much effort. Maybe have a spring compressor handy just in case. Good time to check your brakes, under carriage and other misc. stuff with the wheels off and the axles on jacks. Fancy paint doesn't make the shock dampen any better, but you'll 10 extra hp.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:16 AM   #14
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nd If anyone has any tips that would help me out, it would greatly be appreciated.. Thanks and I will let you guys know how it goes..

Research, read and get under you Jeep so you understand exactly what they are talking about.

The steps to install a BB or any lift are basically the same. Google wrangler tj lift. You will get posts from forums and web sites. There will be plenty of tips and slightly different methods.

All the lift manufactuers have installation instructions on their sites. Read those also.

I never did a lift but know what I am doing with tools. I did the research and did my BDS lift in 4-5 hours taking my time. I could probably whip it out in 2-3 now.

You will see mixed opinions but I think using a compressor is great. There is less you have to unbolt and force in. With the compressor and an impact gun, you can zip down the spring in a few minutes.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:07 AM   #15
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Keep in mind those shocks are about 50 to 60 bucks each. While you can buy cheaper ones at auto zone you can also pay twice that much..or four times that much. Some even have cool paint jobs.

I wish they came in black though. But the white ones look nice on my white jeep and that's all that matters
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:16 AM   #16
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Also the local shop said I shouldnt worry about Bumpstops and track bar relocation bracket with this lift.
I would set the bump stops at some point before you do too much off roading. without the bump stops being set properly the only thing limiting the upward movement of the axle is the shock. I'm sure the shock has it's own jounce bumper but I'm also sure I wouldnt want to rely on that as the sole means of controlling upward axle movement. There are several threads here about various ways to set your bump stops - they're worth checking out.
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Note you certainly can rattle can them whatever color you want. Actually I would recommend it. Mine after a couple years have some rust showing.
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When I did my 2.25" BBL, I used a spring compressor with an air ratchet, and it still took a while to compress each spring. Later I read on the forum, that I could have saved a great deal of time by having the jeep up on jack stands-under the frame rails, disconnecting CA's/sway links and shocks (which I did). then on the opposite side, using a floor jack, compress the suspension to it's fullest. that will give you the room to pull the spring out without using the spring compressor. then just do the same for the other side. I could have saved a few hours worth of work, if I knew this trick. If you were going with a 4" spring lift, the compressor might be needed, but not really for a 2" spring lift. There are pics of this on the forum.....somewhere
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When I did my 2.25" BBL, I used a spring compressor with an air ratchet, and it still took a while to compress each spring. Later I read on the forum, that I could have saved a great deal of time by having the jeep up on jack stands-under the frame rails, disconnecting CA's/sway links and shocks (which I did). then on the opposite side, using a floor jack, compress the suspension to it's fullest. that will give you the room to pull the spring out without using the spring compressor. then just do the same for the other side. I could have saved a few hours worth of work, if I knew this trick. If you were going with a 4" spring lift, the compressor might be needed, but not really for a 2" spring lift. There are pics of this on the forum.....somewhere
I did my 4" SL with this method. Just had a friend to help, the back springs are bit more stiff than the front for obvious reasons.

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