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07-09-2013 10:13 AM
NJO
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Originally Posted by Gixxer86g View Post
2in kit, only a few hundred miles on it. I love it. But I do have a rake. I've got a soft top, and a 40lb bumper, 25lb winch plate and 90lb winch. I'm sure it would be less with a hard top. I'm going to install 3/4in spacers up front.
You should have a rake, especially when light/unloaded. That way when you're loaded down in the back with gear, passengers etc you sit relatively level and not have the rear end drooping.
07-08-2013 11:03 PM
NCJeepin I have the BDS 3" on my TJ. I've had it for about a year and a half maybe a little more. No problems at all. I did put 3/4" spacers up front to help level it out. I'm also running a 1" BL and have 33x12.5 Duratracs. I think it rides better than stock. I didn't like the huge t-case drop that came with it though. I have since added a MML and reduced my t-case drop to about 1/2-3/4". Much better, IMO. I am running stock CA's and will continue to for a good while. I did a lot of research before deciding on a lift and it paid off. I love my lift and my Jeep.
07-08-2013 09:55 PM
spencerlj
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Originally Posted by NC Bear View Post
Ha... I'll help you out... Well, if your changing a tire I'll hold the flashlight, and walk ya through it.
I have a headlamp so just need the jack!
06-29-2013 06:18 PM
Rolf
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Originally Posted by Gixxer86g View Post
2in kit, only a few hundred miles on it. I love it. But I do have a rake. I've got a soft top, and a 40lb bumper, 25lb winch plate and 90lb winch. I'm sure it would be less with a hard top. I'm going to install 3/4in spacers up front.
I have a very heavy bumper with winch upfront. I installed 2"BDS coils meant for an XJ upfront. This setup works great for me.
06-28-2013 08:01 PM
Steeljag 2" BDS suspension lift - Thumbs up! This lift raised me approx 2.75".
06-28-2013 07:47 PM
Gixxer86g 2in kit, only a few hundred miles on it. I love it. But I do have a rake. I've got a soft top, and a 40lb bumper, 25lb winch plate and 90lb winch. I'm sure it would be less with a hard top. I'm going to install 3/4in spacers up front.
06-28-2013 07:14 PM
Xjman1 Good price. I bought my springs direct and used a forum discount for another 10% off. Also had springs shipped to nearby vendor to save on freight.
06-28-2013 06:55 AM
Jsb0032 Who has the best prices on BDS lifts? I can only find them on a few sites. Morris, offroadunlimited, 4x4connection all have the 2" for $390. Can anyone beat that.
06-26-2013 04:39 AM
NC Bear Rolf, that was funny on the drinking beer 6 days a week lol
06-26-2013 04:39 AM
NC Bear
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Originally Posted by spencerlj View Post
Hope you are around when I get stuck, need a tire changed or just need a "lift". Don't mess with NCBEAR!

Ha... I'll help you out... Well, if your changing a tire I'll hold the flashlight, and walk ya through it.
06-25-2013 09:20 PM
kylekae Have the Bds 3 " and Romen control arms, savvy HD steering and my lift is ok. It was good for the first 10000 miles but now the spring are making. Noises . The shocks are still good but pretty beat up. I run 35's now and I wheel it in rocks and mud so it's truly used. I will soon get new shocks and later on new currie springs.

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06-25-2013 09:06 PM
spencerlj
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Originally Posted by rdock31 View Post
So you guys running the 3" haven't upgraded CA's yet? I'm looking to get the 3" coils and 5100s. If any of you have the 3", 1.25 BL and 33's could you post pics?!

I don't have the Body Lift but I do have the 3" Lift with 33x12x15 MTR Baja's. Here is a pick right after the lift and tires were put on with the Cragar wheels. I also have stock Control Arms as I said in above post. 3 trips to the mountains of NC and back and so far, still in "control".
06-25-2013 09:02 PM
spencerlj
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Originally Posted by NC Bear View Post
Eh, I dead lift 500 pounds so my 200ish winch and bumper is a breeze.


I reckon 6 day a week workouts pay for something....lol
Hope you are around when I get stuck, need a tire changed or just need a "lift". Don't mess with NCBEAR!
06-25-2013 08:59 PM
spencerlj
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Originally Posted by StumpHumper View Post
What width tire are you running and are you using stock wheel or aftermarket?

I was thinking a 285/75r16 tire on the stock Rubicon wheel and a 1" spacer would be enough to clear inner fender area.
I have 33 x 12.5 x 15 on Cragar Series 342 Black "D" Window 15x8wheels. I have no problems rubbing and have taken it offroad several times.

I too am running stock Control Arms. So far no problems as suggested in several other posts. Not saying I will never have a twisted CA, but in 3 outings since the lift, I have had no issues with the suspension. I am not doing over aggressive rock climbing, desert racing at 50+ mph and am more on the safe side and always try and protect my equipment.
06-12-2013 12:55 PM
Rolf
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Originally Posted by NC Bear

Eh, I dead lift 500 pounds so my 200ish winch and bumper is a breeze.

I reckon 6 day a week workouts pay for something....lol
I drink beer 6 days a week...
06-11-2013 06:51 PM
Gary2 I only used their springs as I had my own ideas as to who made better components for the rest of the lift . My only regret is that I used the 3" springs in the rear. They give you more than 3" and from what I have seen from the pics people have posted that used their 2" springs in the rear looked much better .
06-11-2013 04:20 PM
NC Bear
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Originally Posted by Rolf View Post
Lucky you! There is no chance in hell that on person will be able to pick up my bumper and winch together. I have to first remove my winch if I have to take the bumper off.

Eh, I dead lift 500 pounds so my 200ish winch and bumper is a breeze.


I reckon 6 day a week workouts pay for something....lol
06-11-2013 04:18 PM
NC Bear
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Originally Posted by rdock31 View Post
So you guys running the 3" haven't upgraded CA's yet? I'm looking to get the 3" coils and 5100s. If any of you have the 3", 1.25 BL and 33's could you post pics?!

I have stock control arms for now and a 3 inch lift, and 1 inch body and MML. I have pics in my garage, and some flexing.
06-11-2013 10:06 AM
StumpHumper
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Originally Posted by spencerlj View Post
That was the same I found with my vibration. After balancing it went away. I agree that it handles great on and off road. I love it. I have 33's and feel it is a great mix with the 3" lift. I have not had any rubbing or hitting the fenders offroad. Just make sure your wheels have correct backspacing.
What width tire are you running and are you using stock wheel or aftermarket?

I was thinking a 285/75r16 tire on the stock Rubicon wheel and a 1" spacer would be enough to clear inner fender area.
06-11-2013 08:51 AM
rdock31 So you guys running the 3" haven't upgraded CA's yet? I'm looking to get the 3" coils and 5100s. If any of you have the 3", 1.25 BL and 33's could you post pics?!
06-11-2013 08:28 AM
Rolf
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Originally Posted by NC Bear
The Stinger is designed to keep the hood off the rocks in a roll over. I am not sure I believe or trust that.

The bumper was not hard to install at all. I did it myself with the aid of a jack and two jack stands.

When I took it off to put the winch on, I didn't use anything. I just picked it and the winch (already mounted) up sat it on, lined it up and started two bolts then snugged everything down.

1st time it was colder than damnit and was in the middle of a freezing rain storm, man I sure am impatient. lol
Lucky you! There is no chance in hell that on person will be able to pick up my bumper and winch together. I have to first remove my winch if I have to take the bumper off.
06-11-2013 04:04 AM
NC Bear The Stinger is designed to keep the hood off the rocks in a roll over. I am not sure I believe or trust that.

The bumper was not hard to install at all. I did it myself with the aid of a jack and two jack stands.

When I took it off to put the winch on, I didn't use anything. I just picked it and the winch (already mounted) up sat it on, lined it up and started two bolts then snugged everything down.

1st time it was colder than damnit and was in the middle of a freezing rain storm, man I sure am impatient. lol
06-10-2013 08:16 PM
spencerlj
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Originally Posted by NC Bear View Post
I did the Smitty XRC front bumper about 5 months ago and later added the winch. The winch has been on about a month.
The rear is the Smitty classic with D rings and tire carrier. It has been on about 6 months
I see they have 2 XRC models on Quadratec. One is the Standard and the other a Stinger. I honestly have never figured out what a Stinger's purpose is. I like the angles on this bumper. How hard was it to install?
06-08-2013 11:07 PM
NC Bear
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Originally Posted by spencerlj View Post
Glad to hear that as that is my next step. What bumper did you add? Was it just the front or back bumper as well?
I did the Smitty XRC front bumper about 5 months ago and later added the winch. The winch has been on about a month.
The rear is the Smitty classic with D rings and tire carrier. It has been on about 6 months
06-08-2013 09:41 PM
spencerlj
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Originally Posted by NC Bear View Post
I thought I'd post in the thread again. I am still impressed with my BDS 3 inch. I added a heavy bumper and Warn M8000 winch last month and I did not loose any lift as of yet.
Glad to hear that as that is my next step. What bumper did you add? Was it just the front or back bumper as well?
06-08-2013 09:37 PM
spencerlj
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Originally Posted by StumpHumper View Post
BDS 2" lift with their shocks and caster correction bolts.

Had some vibration after install and installed the caster correction bolts, turned out to be a wheel weight I lost the day after I installed it when I went wheeling.

After 2 months of running the lift and 4 outings now I still love it, handles like stock on the road and will soon find out how its going to behave with 33s.
That was the same I found with my vibration. After balancing it went away. I agree that it handles great on and off road. I love it. I have 33's and feel it is a great mix with the 3" lift. I have not had any rubbing or hitting the fenders offroad. Just make sure your wheels have correct backspacing.
06-07-2013 05:21 AM
NC Bear I thought I'd post in the thread again. I am still impressed with my BDS 3 inch. I added a heavy bumper and Warn M8000 winch last month and I did not loose any lift as of yet.
06-06-2013 10:32 PM
StumpHumper
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Originally Posted by spencerlj View Post
Did anyone have any vibrations following install? I have only felt it twice and both times it was when I was going 35-45mph. I suspect it may be the tire balance as I did not rebalance the tires after I purchased them already installed and balanced. Would intermittent vibes come from out of balance tires? Seems like a cheap way to test before installing more parts.
BDS 2" lift with their shocks and caster correction bolts.

Had some vibration after install and installed the caster correction bolts, turned out to be a wheel weight I lost the day after I installed it when I went wheeling.

After 2 months of running the lift and 4 outings now I still love it, handles like stock on the road and will soon find out how its going to behave with 33s.
06-06-2013 10:11 PM
TJMichael
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Originally Posted by spencerlj

Mine is a daily driver too and I don't do anything crazy offroad myself. I have fun, don't get me wrong and I have found that I can have a great time offroad, not break anything and have a great time. I have never felt that I needed to prove that my ride can be the craziest climber, crawler or mudslinger. I just love going offroad, having a great ride where normal cars cannot get to and get away from things. Then at the end of the day, I can drive it home. That is a great day! The new lift allows me that extra security that nothing will break and I have been able to easily go places I was not able to before with ease, comfort and of course, style!
Yeah, that is what I want to do, too. I will be sure to go with some experienced friends, even if I spring for a winch later. I agree with your statement about "getting away from things". That, plus their heritage, is what makes our Jeeps so awesome. Even if money was no object, there would still be nothing else that I would rather drive.
06-06-2013 09:10 PM
spencerlj
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Originally Posted by TJMichael View Post
Sounds like our lifts are very similar except for my control arms, spencerlj. Mine also has the transfer case drop. Like you, I may make some changes later when more funds are available, but for now this BDS lift is handling fine. I look forward to taking it off-road at Turkey Bay near where I live, but that will be tame compared to what a lot of others on the Forum are tackling with their Jeeps. I can't afford to tear up my daily driver.
Mine is a daily driver too and I don't do anything crazy offroad myself. I have fun, don't get me wrong and I have found that I can have a great time offroad, not break anything and have a great time. I have never felt that I needed to prove that my ride can be the craziest climber, crawler or mudslinger. I just love going offroad, having a great ride where normal cars cannot get to and get away from things. Then at the end of the day, I can drive it home. That is a great day! The new lift allows me that extra security that nothing will break and I have been able to easily go places I was not able to before with ease, comfort and of course, style!
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