Originally Posted by Ironhead Jed
at roughly half the price, i opted for BDS
That's not entirely accurate. The "BDS" kit just includes 4 springs and 4 shocks.
The OME kit includes 4 springs(from which you can choose from 2-3 differing rates to dial in properly to your vehicle and ride comfort etc)4 shocks(again with 2 different options on tune), a rear TB relocation bracket, rear bumpstops and steering stabilizer.
Also of note the BDS shocks require extra bumpstopping due to longer compressed length something you have to buy front and rear and you still have to buy a rear TB relocation bracket. Not to mention that the OME springs have an A and B side spring for both front and back to perfectly level out your vehicle since the weight from side to side is not a perfect 50/50 split.
And since you only have one spring rate to choose from with BDS(158lb front/200lb rear)your going to be potentially stuck with a ride that's much stiffer than stock whether you want it or not, regardless of vehicles overall weight. I chose OME 2933/2942's(Which is equivalent to the stock Rubicon auto w/dual top option LJ which has 140lb/160lb F/R springs) on a HEAVY LJ which has aftermarket fenders, side armor, heavy spare, aftermarket front/rear bumpers, winch, full under armor, full heavy DOM congo rack and dual tops as well. When its just me in the vehicle the ride is still just a tad stiff(specifically the rear). I have a set of OME 2949's as well which I originally tried in the rear(which are rated at 216lb.....very similar to the BDS rear springs) and it was just obnoxiously stiff all around.
I am picky about ride quality. I like my suspension to fully absorb the road imperfections, not transmit it to the frame and body. Ive ridden in a few TJ's that featured the Zone/BDS springs and shocks, to me that's a poor quality ride that is way too stiff. People who actually have experience with BOTH OME and BDS/Zone who are picky on ride quality will also state the same thing. So yes OME is a bit more expensive, but the old saying holds true.........you get what you pay for. The OME is a more complete kit and gives you multiple OPTIONS to choose from. To me that in itself is highly worth the extra couple hundred bucks.
BDS makes a good set of springs no doubt, but definitely no better than OME and with 0 options to choose from in terms of spring rates. BDS's entry level shocks are OK monotubes, but nothing to write home about. OME shocks aren't super spectacular either, but they have better compressed lengths and give you 2 options to choose from when matching up their springs with the standard nitrochargers and the sports.