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Old 12-28-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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BDS shocks

Well I am checking out several routes for my 2in lift.I think I am going with Springs from BDS,but what about shocks.Would any nitro style shock give me a good on road ride.See Im trying to bal on & off road.
How does everyone decide where they get there comp from?

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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Just get the BDS 2" spring and shock package. Many of us have it and it is one of the best riding mid priced 2" lifts you can get.

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Just get the BDS 2" spring and shock package. Many of us have it and it is one of the best riding mid priced 2" lifts you can get.
How much was it & where did you get yours?I cant just get a "package" right? I am debating between EMU,BDS & Zone.I thing BDS is between EMU & Zone for quality.Yeah I know Zone is made by BDS but you cant beat BDS on warranty.
I really think I should do it right & just go for the EMU but just looking for other options.Theres sooo many out there.
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I was told by BDS that the shocks didn't have the lifetime warranty, but the hardware did.

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How much was it & where did you get yours?I cant just get a "package" right? I am debating between EMU,BDS & Zone.I thing BDS is between EMU & Zone for quality.Yeah I know Zone is made by BDS but you cant beat BDS on warranty.
I really think I should do it right & just go for the EMU but just looking for other options.Theres sooo many out there.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:39 PM   #5
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I was told by BDS that the shocks didn't have the lifetime warranty, but the hardware did.
Hmmm as I figure it Im going to spend about $660.00 for 4 BDS springs & shocks The EMU is about $790 & EMU includes the bump stop kit .So In reality the EMU isnt really all that much more.Now Zone on the other hand is several hundred less.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:27 PM   #6
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The 2" BDS lift kit that I've seen is about $400. You can usually find this kit on ebay.

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Hmmm as I figure it Im going to spend about $660.00 for 4 BDS springs & shocks The EMU is about $790 & EMU includes the bump stop kit .So In reality the EMU isnt really all that much more.Now Zone on the other hand is several hundred less.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:43 PM   #7
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Wow,i didnt realize it came with shocks!!! Im getting soo loopy looking at hundreds of sites & threads.Sounds like this is the way Im going.thanks for clearing it up.
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The LJ weighs more so the kit has stiffer springs in the rear.
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The LJ weighs more so the kit has stiffer springs in the rear.
Ahhh gotcha,dont want that.Thanks again.
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Warranty BDS Suspension's No-Fine-Print Warranty
This unique warranty proves our commitment to the quality and reliability of every product we make.The No Fine Print warranty does not include shock and stabilizer cylinders.

No Fine Print Warranty
If you are the original purchaser of any BDS product and it breaks, we will give you a new part. Period.
Shock and Stabilizer Cylinders Limited Lifetime Warranty
BDS Suspension Co. warrants to the original retail purchaser that its shock and stabilizer cylinders are free from defects in material and workmanship for so long as they own the vehicle. Excluded from this warranty are the finish of the product and mounting bushings. Defects in material and workmanship do not include such things as dented cylinders or bent rods caused by obvious side impact, rust, worn or deformed bushings. A shock absorber is a wear item and over time will experience diminished damping resistance due to normal component wear. This is not a defect in material or workmanship and is therefore not warrantable.

BDS Suspension's obligation under all warranties is limited to the repair or replacement, at BDS's option, of the defective material. Any cost of removal, installation or reinstallation, freight charges, incidental or consequential damages are expressly excluded from these warranties.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:03 PM   #12
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Warranty BDS Suspension's No-Fine-Print Warranty
This unique warranty proves our commitment to the quality and reliability of every product we make.The No Fine Print warranty does not include shock and stabilizer cylinders.

No Fine Print Warranty
If you are the original purchaser of any BDS product and it breaks, we will give you a new part. Period.
Shock and Stabilizer Cylinders Limited Lifetime Warranty
BDS Suspension Co. warrants to the original retail purchaser that its shock and stabilizer cylinders are free from defects in material and workmanship for so long as they own the vehicle. Excluded from this warranty are the finish of the product and mounting bushings. Defects in material and workmanship do not include such things as dented cylinders or bent rods caused by obvious side impact, rust, worn or deformed bushings. A shock absorber is a wear item and over time will experience diminished damping resistance due to normal component wear. This is not a defect in material or workmanship and is therefore not warrantable.

BDS Suspension's obligation under all warranties is limited to the repair or replacement, at BDS's option, of the defective material. Any cost of removal, installation or reinstallation, freight charges, incidental or consequential damages are expressly excluded from these warranties.
Yup,shocks & stabilizers not included.I hate when companies do that
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There is nothing to hate. Shocks are a wearable item that will wear out. No one is going to offer a lifetime warranty for a part like that.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:26 AM   #14
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Has anyone measured after putting these springs in.Im wondering if Im going to get slightly more than 2".Im just torn between 2 & 3".
also,is there a huge chance that going 3" will give me vibrations?
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...is there a huge chance that going 3" will give me vibrations?
Yes.
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also,is there a huge chance that going 3" will give me vibrations?
Yes, but there is an included t-case drop that will get rid of them.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:53 AM   #17
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My son and I just installed BDS 2" lift springs w shocks on my 04 TJ. I did get drive line vibs at 25-30 mph but it was an easy fix by lowering the tcase 3/4". Rides, handles and looks great! Was going to do pucks, but musta been good this year, Santa came through! Will update the profile pic soon.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:01 AM   #18
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Im getting the 3" bds put on early next week... ill let ya know how it feels
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:03 AM   #19
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I will add that i would have put the 2.5" OME lift on if it wasnt strecthing my funds too much. Ive heard the OME is the best ride quality you can possibly get but youll pay a little more for it
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:12 AM   #20
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Good shocks are key to a good ride at 2-3" , Bilstein 5100s Rancho 9000XLs and OME is one way of knowing you will have a great ride and will last . you do get what you pay for it seems with shocks
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In my experience, the BDS 5500 series shocks are valved perfectly for our short wheel base TJs. I wheel my Jeep and daily drive it and I find the BDS ride to be just as good if not better than a stock TJ suspension's straight off the factory floor.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:46 PM   #22
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Well I decided to go with the 2" BDS.

I figure if I really feel the 2" isnt enough I can always do a 1" B/L. If I did a 3" susp and decided it was too much theres no easy way to go backwards.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:14 AM   #23
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You'll be very happy with it. The stock Jeep has a slight rake towards the front and with some lifts, the rear gets raised even more than the front. The BDS 2" has a very apparent rake to the nose. Some of us have added a 1" spacer in the front to level it out.
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I've been looking at this kit as well. Has anyone put it on an LJ? Just wondering what the ride will be like compared to the stock set up.
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Note, I believe there is a BDS kit specific for the LJ due to the weight. Check the BDS site
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Note, I believe there is a BDS kit specific for the LJ due to the weight. Check the BDS site
True, I got a confirmation email back this afternoon that states the LJ kit is different from the TJ kit to compensate for the weight.

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