Hey bud just go with the bds, you'll be happier in the long run and can't eat the warranty
I think that's what I'll do. I definitely don't want an RC lift.
Take a ride in one/few of those folks' YJ's with what they say is the new RC lift.
Then take a ride in a YJ with a well known quality lift & then you'll be able to make a sound decision.
That's the issue. I have a buddy that has a 4" RC lift, and it rides rough. He swears it isn't, but it does ride rough. Another buddy I think has a procomp lift and it rides better but still rough.
I have no one I know of that has spent money on a quality lift. So, I'm going on assumptions and other people's say so.
Exactly which BDS kit are you referring? 3.5", 5"? Also, if you're new at doing lifts, then a 'kit' is not always the way to go. I would contact your local dealer and get prices on just the springs/bushings. As you already stated, you're getting shackles somewhere else. So then you'll need ubolts, shocks to fit, ect., ect. Compare that to the RC price and see where you end up.
Aside from that... I can tell you as one who bought the BDS 5" spring when it first came out, and really not having any feed back to go with, that I have'nt regretted it one bit! Great springs. Rides darn near the same as Joe's old SOA set up. (articulation not the same, of course) As a dude with a bad back, I take note of these things!
I've had 3 other sets of springs on my junk... by far these are the best!
Anywho, good luck.
I'm referring to the BDS 5". My issue is all of my stuff should be replaced. From what I could piece together, the springs are the stock springs... that have been used for 200k miles. Same with the shocks, I'd imagine. I swapped out my rear axle and when I put it back in, one of the shocks I had to strain to compress, and another I had to use a jack to compress. It damn near lifted the whole Jeep off the stands... It was NOT fun.
With that said, I don't think I'd be saving much money by piecing it together. Or would I? I am quite content spending a little extra money for an all inclusive package that I know will work for me.
However, if you think I can save more than $100 dollars, I can piece it for sure. I'm honestly really lazy about this atm. I hate talking on the phone.
Buy once, cry once.
There are several members who have made the decision of going with RC and then being sick of it after time going with BDS. I haven't heard any complaints about the new ride other than the taste of crow is rather bitter.
My main point of my post on that FB group was to get alternatives to BDS... but I think this thread has sold me on the BDS.