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Old 03-21-2012, 08:03 AM   #1
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BDS 2" Lift Review

Had the lift on now for about a month, so feel that I can comment on it.

I installed springs, shocks, and steering stabilizer all from BDS. I also added 5 shock boots. The BDS parts were of far better quality than OEM...much more solid and robust.

I got more than 2" of lift....was 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 on all four corners. Jeep sat very flat with hard top. With doors and hard top removed, there is a slight rack forward. I have not measure ride height, but it definately came up a bit.

I also installed a rear track bar relocation bracket as i was close to having tire rub on the tub. I have 31 x 10.5 x 15 tires.

Ride quality is softer than stock, but also more compliant. It is slightly bouncy, but comfortable. As it hits bumps, the jeep seems to absorb them and then firm up. You can drive over speed bumps w/o slowing in a parking lot and don't break you back or losing your fillings. It rides very nicely.

I have not taken it off road, but I would imagine it would do fine.

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Old 03-21-2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for your review. Did you get any drive line vibes after the install, which would require a TC drop?
Also, did you purchase it direct through BDS?
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Ooops....forgot to mention. I had some driveline vibe issues which proved to be something else entirely. My mechanic dropped the transmission about an 1/8 to a 1/4" of an inch w/o dropping the transfer case skid plate. He swapped out a mount instead. This caused my transmission mount bolts to have play in them which caused some vibration issues. once the bolts were tightened with some rubber washers, I has little to know issues at all.

I ordered through a local retailer. if you get from BDS, you pay shipping, avoid sales tax, but you pay MSRP.

It drives very crisp and cleanly.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:32 AM   #5
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Why did you purchase the relocation bracket? I have the same kit waiting for clear weekend to put on, but I didn't purchase the relocation bracket because it wasn't recommended as needed.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:14 AM   #6
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Because the rear axle was not centered and my tire was nearly rubbing. if you lift the Jeep, the rear axle will shift. Your rear axle is not centered. If it does not bother you and you have no rub, then you don't need it. Personally, I think it looks a little goofy. Most folks that lift 2" or so don't bother with it.
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Installed this a few weeks ago on my daughters bf's TJ and can say it flexes like mad. At TDS he almost climbed to the top of the articulation rock before loosing traction due to open difs. Made it look easy.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:38 AM   #8
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Just installed mine last night. Moving this thread to the front page so I can post pics later.
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Just installed mine last night. Moving this thread to the front page so I can post pics later.

Great. Look forward to seeing the transformation. Let me know if you also needed the rear track bar relocation bracket.
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This exact lift was mentioned to me as well, more for looks and comfort,also if I went offroad, he said that I would be able to hang with others that had larger lifts? is that true?
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Probably but depends on what they have. The springs are very good.

As to the track bar relo issue. Has a lot less to do with THIS lift and more to do with how precise you want to be and the width of your tires.

Going 2 inches higher no matter the lift will shift your rear axle. Don't make a decision on this lift because of track bar issue.
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I have the 2" BDS lift as well. It was on the Jeep when I bought it. I'm happy with it, but I think the shocks are not the greatest. The ride is a little bouncy. I have the trackbar relocated as well. I probably wouldn't have rubbed with my tires and wheels but it's nice to have them centered.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:24 PM   #13
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Going 2 inches higher no matter the lift will shift your rear axle. .
Both axles will shift. The front will go towards the passenger side and the rear towards the drivers. The axles being off center will not affect anything unless you have clearance issues. You do not HAVE to correct them
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I also installed the same lift.Im still working on it so I havent drove it.Heres a pix of it,keep in mind my factory tires/rims are installed for now.
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Yes. Both axles shift. I should have said that. I corrected the rear because it was close to rubbing and I think it looks a little dumb otherwise.
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Here's my pics of setup and post.



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I'm waiting on my relocation bracket to get here. Driver side rear doesn't rub on the street, but it's very close. I'm assuming as soon as I hit the trail, it will rub, and that's not the place to loose a sidewall, especially on new tires.
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Well Ive been driving mine for a few days now and I think the ride is better than stock.Im very happy with my BDS.
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Hi, Im thinking of getting this lift, should I get the aftermarket steering stabilizer? Also should I get the front or back upper and lower control arms? Also what about cam alignment bolts? Also what about transfer case drop or something like that?
I know its alot of questions, so thanks in advance!!
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By any chance did you have to use rear control arm cam bolts?
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Hi, Im thinking of getting this lift, should I get the aftermarket steering stabilizer? Also should I get the front or back upper and lower control arms? Also what about cam alignment bolts? Also what about transfer case drop or something like that?
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You nay or may or may not need to drop the tcase. Don't use a drop kit because dropping it 2" is a bit much. Instead take a bolt to your local hardware store and get some washers that fit the bolt and add them to each bolt until the vibes go away. You save clearance and its much cheaper that way. As for cam bolts, you don't need those either.

I got lucky and didn't have to do anything but put the springs in just remember every jeep is different.
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Hi, Im thinking of getting this lift, should I get the aftermarket steering stabilizer? Also should I get the front or back upper and lower control arms? Also what about cam alignment bolts? Also what about transfer case drop or something like that?
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- You do not need an expensive steering staibilizer. All staibilizers are valved 50/50. Many of us use a Monroe available from most parts stores.

- You do no need cam bolts or control arms
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hey guys i realize this thread is kinda dead but i just went to my local 4wd place today they are a bds dealer and OME, he recomended the 2 inch bds lift with the fox shocks and series 9500 steering stablizer to me because i want a small lift with 32x10.5x15 tires for my daily driver. it will never be offroaded not seriously anyway, and i was wondering how you guys have liked your kit so far. he quoted me 1,400 for the lift the fox shocks the steering stablizer and labor. does that sound good? and will my tires rub without the trac bar relocation if im running 32x10.5 on the street. thanks.
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hey guys i realize this thread is kinda dead but i just went to my local 4wd place today they are a bds dealer and OME, he recomended the 2 inch bds lift with the fox shocks and series 9500 steering stablizer to me because i want a small lift with 32x10.5x15 tires for my daily driver. it will never be offroaded not seriously anyway, and i was wondering how you guys have liked your kit so far. he quoted me 1,400 for the lift the fox shocks the steering stablizer and labor. does that sound good? and will my tires rub without the trac bar relocation if im running 32x10.5 on the street. thanks.
Fox's aren't worth it unless you buy a set of rebuildable fox's. The bday fox's are notoriously too long. Go with bilstein or OME shocks for your lift height
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hey guys i realize this thread is kinda dead but i just went to my local 4wd place today they are a bds dealer and OME, he recomended the 2 inch bds lift with the fox shocks and series 9500 steering stablizer to me because i want a small lift with 32x10.5x15 tires for my daily driver. it will never be offroaded not seriously anyway, and i was wondering how you guys have liked your kit so far. he quoted me 1,400 for the lift the fox shocks the steering stablizer and labor. does that sound good? and will my tires rub without the trac bar relocation if im running 32x10.5 on the street. thanks.
Ouch . That's too much IMO.
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Ouch . That's too much IMO.
That too.
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I've been riding on this lift for the past year in 2006 TJ Rubicon. No DS vibration, no need for trackbar adjustments, 32" tires and great offroad. Paid ~$360 for the kit (springs and shocks) plus $300 to install.
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I've been riding on this lift for the past year in 2006 TJ Rubicon. No DS vibration, no need for trackbar adjustments, 32" tires and great offroad. Paid ~$360 for the kit (springs and shocks) plus $300 to install.
Whaaaat?! Who installed it for 300 bucks my quote for install is 690
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If you have not had it installed, do it your self. A jack and basic tools are all that is required. Should not take more than a few hours. Just make sure to oil all bolts the day or days prior, especially rear upper shock mount bolts. It really is a simple job.
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I'd like to but I don't wanna mess anything up like I don't know what to oil and don't I need a spring compressor

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