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Unread 04-12-2010, 10:28 PM   #1
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Brands of suspension: is Rancho worth the price

I'm sure there are threads about this but I don't want to hijack them. I'm thinking about replacing my suspension. Right now I've got an 18-YO Rancho 2.0" lift. I'm trying to decide what I want to buy when I have the money. I like Rancho because it's a smooth ride but it is still much stiffer than stock.

(their claim to fame is that their lifts maintain factory ride quality while also reducing body roll and increasing flexibility for offroading)

With that in mind I want to buy a Rancho 2.5" Lift possibly out of Quadratec or down the road at Tarheel 4 Wheel Drive where this lift came from. It will cost about 800 dollars once I buy shocks and a stabilizer if I need it. Is it worth the money though. What I don't want is to get one of these inexpensive lifts like rough country and find out that the ride makes my teeth fall out because it's not as high quality. I have a while to decide because It will be a while before I have the money to do it.

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Unread 04-12-2010, 10:43 PM   #2
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In a word, no. The two most highly regarded lifts for the YJ are going to be the Rubicon Express Extreme Duty (RE) and BDS. With BDS arguably be better because of the warranty. BDS rides great, flexes awesome, and doesn't sag. Its kinda pricey, but short of custom made springs, you would be hard pressed to find anything better. Since you already have a lift, you could probably get by with just ordering springs and bushings.

A lot of people will tell you to go with Rough Country because they are cheap. That's true, they are cheap however the people that claim how great they are usually have no basis for comparison. I have ridden equally modified jeeps with all kinds of different brand springs and you simply can't beat BDS.

Those that have ran BDS will swear by them. They simply are THAT good.
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Unread 04-12-2010, 11:12 PM   #3
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It is pricey... but it's really not any worse than Rancho. I just wish I could afford it now haha. I think I'll probably go with new shackles too mine are looking pretty weathered. Could I get a 33" on it if I put .5" shackles on it as well? I've seen 32s before but that's a rare size.
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I've had my BDSs for a while now. but I thought they were very resonable in price when I got them. Are they more than RE EDs now?
Also, since you already have the Jeep set up for that size lift, sounds like all you'd need are springs and bushings. Have you priced it out that way? They should sell springs and bushings only.




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Unread 04-13-2010, 01:25 PM   #5
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I'd also suggest the BDS, and just getting the springs and bushings, you can replace the shocks too if needed, but no real need for an entire kit.

If Rancho offered to give me a kit in exchange for my BDS springs, I wouldn't even begin to entertain the offer.
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My Rancho lift has been on the Jeep since 1995. It has sagged very little over the years and I have no complaints with it. I also have no experience with other lift. Do not get the Rancho 5000 shocks as they are way to stiff. If I were to replace mine I would get a OME. I have no experience with this but I hear they are the best riding lift available.
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Unread 04-14-2010, 05:09 PM   #7
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Yeah... my springs are pretty done... and I have no pressure in my shocks (or at least the one I checked when my rear left shock mount broke on the rear end).

Check out that daylight seepage and straightness. My front springs are completely straight. and you can tell from old photos that the front of the Jeep has dropped over an inch.
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Joy of joys.... I just found out that Tarheel Four Wheel Drive out on Nations Ford Rd. sells BDS. They are the ones who sold us the lift that is on it now 19 years ago. I can actually go look at one of the lift kits before I buy it!! So much better than buying it off the net with nothing but pictures to go by.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 12:46 PM   #9
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Can't go wrong with BDS.

I'd also suggest, since you originally were looking at 2.5", comparing it with Old Man Emu. They ride and flex very well.
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Yeah... I might. They sell Rancho, BDS, Teraflex and one or two more that they don't list on their website which could be OME. I think I saw yellow shocks when I was there last and the only 2 companies off the top of my head that use that color are Bosch and OME.

Bosch supplies the stock shocks for Chevy trucks and SUVs which is why I've never had to replace the shocks in my Blazer even after 163K.

Alternatively, I need new shackles anyway so I might just look at 2" lifts and buy new shackles that give me the extra .5".
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