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Old 04-25-2006, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BDS suspension??

Has anyone had any experience with this suspension set up. I have a nearly stock 1976 CJ5 and thinking about there 4" lift. Its one of the more complete kits ive seen and also that warranty( you break it, we replace it.. free) sure does sound nice. Any input would be good.. thanks

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Old 04-25-2006, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes and it's the best lift kit IMO. Just for the Warranty alone.

I have the 4.5 " on my YJ and they flex with the best of them and ride just fine.
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Yes and it's the best lift kit IMO. Just for the Warranty alone.

I have the 4.5 " on my YJ and they flex with the best of them and ride just fine.
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Yes and it's the best lift kit IMO. Just for the Warranty alone.

I have the 4.5 " on my YJ and they flex with the best of them and ride just fine.
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Old 04-25-2006, 07:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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BDS has good quality stuff, good warranty and the ride is decent too.

BDS sells very well where I live and I know 40+ Jeeps (at least) that have run BDS lifts with very few problems. I have personally run them in my CJ and TJ.
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Old 04-25-2006, 08:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thats what i've herd, that it flex's really well.. is $750 free S&H too much? or pretty decent??
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If you want there is a just as good or even better brand... Rubicon Express.

If you go to jeepforum.com and message DC4wd he will price Re's kit for around $630.
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I have a bud that has the RE 4.5 Ex kit and my BDS kit flex just as well. So they are a tie with Ride & Flex. But the warranty is where BDS is a step ahead. Anyone company that will back their product with that type of warranty is the way to go.

RE is a good like kit. don't get me wrong.
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Okay, I know you get what you pay for but, I was quoted $699 for a 2.5" BDS for my CJ3a and $399 for Superlift. Is Superlift total crap and nobody told me or what? That's almost twice the money.
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Old 04-26-2006, 03:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i've never had any issues with the BDS products on my old dodge 4x4.

now i got their 2" spacer lift and shocks on my 00 WJ, it rides great.
no issues yet.
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Had a Superlift 3" kit on my XJ, did not care for it at all. Bought it because it was cheap. It had a harsh ride, did not flex well, and sagged in less than a year. I would stay away from them.
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Well, I have a TJ and the warantee is hard to beat, and I have been very happy with the kit so far, I've had it for about 15k miles and it almost feels like the shcoks are going, but we'll see. I have jumped my jeep about 10 times too and no sagging yet.
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've been running BDS YJ springs F&R for just under a year now, and other than the brief 'break in' period, they flex and ride great. Also the fact that they are military wrapped makes them that much stronger. I don't believe the superlift kit has a double spring wrap.

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Okay, I know you get what you pay for but, I was quoted $699 for a 2.5" BDS for my CJ3a and $399 for Superlift. Is Superlift total crap and nobody told me or what? That's almost twice the money.

ive got superlift too. harsh ride
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I've got to go with them anyway. I already bought them and now I have to get my CJ back together before the City hauls it off.
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I am running their 3.5 inch lift on my 95 yj. Love it. Remove your track bar and it flexes even better. I am alos running thier extention shackels. I mean come on when ypu have the name BIG DICK SUSPENSIONS (BDS) you know you can't go wrong.

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Thanks for all the feedback its been very helpful, 1 more question for you.. I would kindof like to know around what you guys paid so i dont get screwed over on price. thanks in advance
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Pulled my receipts. This was a couple of years ago, and for a YJ.

3.5" Glide Ride lift springs
Fronts - $146
Rears - $126


They are great springs! Soft ride and flex very well. Lifetime warrenty! Tough to beat!
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Okay, I know you get what you pay for but, I was quoted $699 for a 2.5" BDS for my CJ3a and $399 for Superlift. Is Superlift total crap and nobody told me or what? That's almost twice the money.

I've never been disappointed by a BDS lift. I've installed 15-20 for various friends.

My first lift ever was a 3.5" Superlift back in '96. I installed it on my YJ (first Jeep) because all the magazine guys put Superlift springs on their project Jeeps. I learned the hard way about their warranty. The lift never sat right. The shackles actually sat with the bottoms angled toward the center of the Jeep (had to go overcenter to flex) so needless to say they were STIFF.

I called Superlift about it and they said they had never heard of such a thing. Had no suggestions for what I should do. On my first trip out with them I bent the passenger front. Jeep was fairly stock, 31s, open. I was literally just driving up a trail and bent the main leaf climbing over a rock. The Superlift customer service solution was for me to send it back and they would have a look to decide if they would warranty the spring. No promises. Of course this would mean waiting with my Jeep down (daily driver at the time) until they made up their minds. They were happy to sell me another spring in the meantime.

I DIDN'T buy another spring. I took off the lift with less than a month of use and junked it. What a waste of money.
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Pulled my receipts. This was a couple of years ago, and for a YJ.

3.5" Glide Ride lift springs
Fronts - $146
Rears - $126


They are great springs! Soft ride and flex very well. Lifetime warrenty! Tough to beat!
Appreciate the input. I think this is going to be my next purchase.. THanks guys!!!
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Old 05-18-2006, 02:37 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Bds Rides Great And The Warranty Is Great. On My 4th Set Of Springs Get About A Year Or Two Out Of Em But Thats Running Em Soa With A Built V8.
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Using the 2.5 BDS lift on my 76 CJ5 project. Check the pic, this is how it looks with no drive train stuff installed and 32" Swamper TSXs.

I went with BDS because it was made in my home state of Michigan (factory was located in Coldwater), I also heard good things about the springs maintaining their ride height. From what I could find out BDS (known also as Big Dick's Suspension) evolved from Trailmaster which was also located in Coldwater, MI. Bought the product from an Off Road store in the same town and drove over to the factory (just around the corner at the time) and picked it up.

I installed it with a set of Slick Rock hangers, Energy Suspension poly bushings, and ConFer 3/4 lift shackles. Also have the TrailQuest u-bolt plates installed along with a larger ADDCO front swaybar with TrailQuest swaybar disconnects.

Make certain if you're using aftermarket shackles that you get the bushings designated for them. Stock repacements did not work on my setup.
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