With that said, I don't think I'd be saving much money by piecing it together. Or would I?
With a 5" lift I would also hope you are allowing for an HD SYE/CV if you do not already have one.
Have'nt looked at the kit lately, but they usually come with sway bar extensions. May as well just throw them away. Either run it without a sway or get a proper set of disco's if you're gonna take it off road. Also, most kits come with aluminum shims. If you're not re-welding your pinion angle, then you'll need shims. Steel are much better as aluminum can break on the trail. RE sells steel shims.
'92 YJ, 4.0, 5sp, 8.8 w/ 4.56's locked F&R, Teralow 4-1, HD SYE, BDS 5" SUA lifted on 35 MTR's. PSE front trail cage kit, 1ton TRE flip, 1"shackles, 1"BL, 1" MM. <><
Originally Posted by 80 CHOPPER
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Please stay away from RC. I was in ur shoes a couple yrs ago and i went with RC. Was happy at first but then started wheeling. Bent the wimpy front springs and did not like the shocks at all. I replaced them with rubicon express (military wrapped springs) but would have gone with BDS just as comfortably. I also switched to bilstein shocks. So basically, dont waste the $500 on the RC junk. U WILL live to regret it. "Redesigned" or not. I never thought i would but it caught up to me.
Btw, people rave about RC customer service. Well these A-holes wouldnt send me new springs under warranty. It is now my mission in life to trash them as much as humanly possible. Garbage product. Garbage customer service. Avoid at all cost. Rant --> off.
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I ran the bds 5" springs for almost 2 years of constant wheeling. Great flex for a leaf, especially one with that much lift (arc), good ride quality and raised the rig 5" and kept it there the whole time I had them no droop no sag no issues.
I've got new rc on now. the 4in lift has settled a bit and unevenly. I'm on my second set of springs and just destroyed the bushings last trip. BDS is what I'll end up with when I have to change springs again as in if I break a spring ect I'll be swapping to the 3.5 in spring and bilsteins the ride is no comparison
I'll throw you another option I haven't heard yet. Have you looked at Zone offroad? It's a sister company to BDS, no they aren't rebadged BDS springs, but are manufactured with a similar design quality.
I installed 4 of their 4" leafs a few thousand miles ago, I have been very happy with the quality of the ride both on and off road, they flex very well and ride smooth, at least for a YJ. I picked up 4 leafs and bushings for under $400 shipped direct from zones website. The emails I sent prior to my purchase were answered promptly, I have been very happy.
If you are set on the two choices listed in your title, then go BDS all the way. But i would encourage you to take a look at zone before you even think about RC or even Pro Comp.
I run the zone offroad 4" springs on my yj as well and netted 2" more lift than my "new/improved" rough country springs I had on it. Rides softer than the rc springs, flexes great, and best part I noticed since installing the zone springs in January of this year no sagging. Their customer service is great as well. I almost considered bds myself until I found out zone developed a 4" yj spring and their the sister company to bds. If budget is a option don't rule zone out.
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I went with the bds 5" and love them. I am running 5" springs and 1" shackles with 35" BFG KM2 and had enough flex to jam a wheel in my front fender and bend it. I ordered from a local dealer and saved $ over what you can order from BDS direct.
Another option never hurts. I've had OME 2" springs on my jeep for the last 125k miles. Am currently doing a complete overhaul, including an SOA. The OME springs are in such good shape, I had them sandblasted and powdercoated and I'm re-using them. Not sure how they'll work in an SOA application, but the rear end is done, sitting sky-high, and looking sharp.