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    BDS vs R.E.

    Looking on lifting the JK and wanted some opinions on these 2 lift kits. Anybody running them and like how it's performing?

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    BDS vs R.E.

    I don’t have any personal experience with either, but I’ve never heard good things about them either.

    EVO, Currie, and Synergy all make great setups and their made in the good old USA.


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    BDS vs R.E.

    Can’t speak for R.E. , BDS has nice beginner/starter lifts that have a No ?’s warranty “if you can break it they will replace it No ?’s. They are also a Michigan brand out of cold water. They are a JKS/fox sister company. They’re also one of the only lifts for GMs that will not void factory vehicle warranty.

    I think both would leave you wanting more! Save up and get a nicer lift and only do it once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregC View Post
    Looking on lifting the JK and wanted some opinions on these 2 lift kits. Anybody running them and like how it's performing?

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    I had the RE 2.5” kit on my 2 door a few years ago. It was ok for a starter kit. Started to sag after a year 1/2 so I ditched it for RK coils. Had bds stuff on my xj years ago and it was junk.


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    I would look at other companies


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    Quote Originally Posted by GregC View Post
    Looking on lifting the JK and wanted some opinions on these 2 lift kits. Anybody running them and like how it's performing?
    I wouldn't touch BDS. Made that mistake already. No experience with the other one though.
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    You didn't mention what lift height / type you're comparing, and what you are expecting out of the lift. If you're thinking about a spacer lift less than 2", then just about all brands are comparable. With small spring lifts you need to consider the spring rate (stiffness) and pick a quality brand that doesn't deform quickly.
    At 3" and above you really need to look for the completeness of the kit, and all the other items you need to make it work, such as extended brake lines, caster correction, steering correction, driveline modifications, shocks, bumpstops etc.
    I have no 1st or 2nd hand experience with BDS. My 2nd hand experience with Rubicon Express springs they seemed very stiff, and they didn't want to stay seated when disconnected at full flex. This was a 2-1/2" RE spring lift with lower control arm brackets and RE shocks.

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    Back in the day, like 20 years ago, RE was the brand to go to. I've run a few of their kits on my TJ and thought they were really nice. RE was bought out by 4WheelParts years ago and while most of their stuff still seems okay, there are plenty of other brands that have been proven to be solid as mentioned and I personally would recommend them. BDS, I've run their stuff in the past and they really aren't anything to write home about.

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    RE = dump truck ride. Way too stiff for me. Had one in mine but moved on. I'd suggest another brand.

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    I have a rubicon express lift and it’s pretty stiff it’s a rough ride.


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