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Unread 12-21-2010, 07:43 PM   #16
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Yeah, I agree, that kit doesn't look like a good value at all. There are much cheaper ways to get to 3" of lift.

I'm not a fan of the IRO F>R kit either, but at least it comes with the track bar. BTW, I run the IRO double shear front TB conversion, and I think it's a great peice. Very beefy, and it eliminated my bumpsteer. Well worth the money over a drop bracket.

Stick with the proven kits....there's a reason why you see only a few kits commonly mentioned on here, those are the good ones. And your stock control arms are fine at 3" of lift, no reason to spend any extra money on them. At 4.5", then yeah, I'd look into new arms, but def not at 3".

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Unread 12-21-2010, 08:11 PM   #17
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Yeah, I agree, that kit doesn't look like a good value at all. There are much cheaper ways to get to 3" of lift.

I'm not a fan of the IRO F>R kit either, but at least it comes with the track bar. BTW, I run the IRO double shear front TB conversion, and I think it's a great peice. Very beefy, and it eliminated my bumpsteer. Well worth the money over a drop bracket.

Stick with the proven kits....there's a reason why you see only a few kits commonly mentioned on here, those are the good ones. And your stock control arms are fine at 3" of lift, no reason to spend any extra money on them. At 4.5", then yeah, I'd look into new arms, but def not at 3".
truth. although, i got new iro control arms when i went with a bb and uc springs. maybe i went overboard
if i decide to go any higher i probably will get the iro benchmark kit, it seems very complete and seems very well priced and it seems well enough established that whatever problems you may have with it someone will have an answer if not iro will, plus iro has GREAT customer service and are overall a pleasure to buy from
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Unread 12-21-2010, 10:47 PM   #18
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Stick with the proven kits....there's a reason why you see only a few kits commonly mentioned on here, those are the good ones.
You have to mention that price and advertising on here factor heavily into that equation as well. I guarantee you I can start a thread asking about a RE lift for a ZJ and I'll have a dozen people saying that its crap for any number of reasons including not American made, bad bushings a couple of years ago and a rip off.

The customer service BDS provides is just as good as IRO from my dealings with them and their warranty is essentially the same. Part breaks, return it no questions asked.
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Unread 12-22-2010, 02:34 AM   #19
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Not having used the BDS product I cannot comment. However, I do have the IRO 3.5" F>R kit with the double shear track bar and it is very nice. I love the build quality and how fast they respond to any and all questions via email and telephone.
I live in the middle east and they had the kit, including new axle shafts and axle shaft sleeves shipped to me within 4 days. 4 DAYS!!! Any other company I have ordered from has not got my stuff here in less than 2 weeks and then some of the stuff was wrong, or was sent to the wrong address.

I say go with teh IRO kit as it is great value for money, amazing customer service, fast shipping times, best shpping rates I have encountered, excellent quality and just altogether nice people, but again, I aint used BDS for anything so can't honestly comment on that side.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

FWIW, I have a rear track bar drop bracket and have not had an issue when wheeling. If installed correctly (using lock washers instead of normal washers) you should be fine, but I wheel on sand and that makes a lot of difference.
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