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Unread 12-01-2011, 08:50 AM   #1
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Scrambler Lift - OME vs BDS

I'm getting ready to add a small lift to my 84 Scrambler. I will be using a set of widetracks from an 86 CJ7 and I have basically narrowed my lift choices to either the BDS CJ lift kit or the OME YJ spring conversion that they offer. I'm not only looking for a little lift, I want the better stability of the widetracks and a better ride quality. I am really curious about how the wider YJ springs do on the front. I have a heavier Chevy 350 drivetrain in my Scrambler so that is also a concern.

I am not so much concerned about going "cheap" so the $ factor is not as big of an issue as is doing it the way I want it up front to get the best look combined with good ride quality and durability.

Any experience with a similar set-up would be appreciated.

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Unread 12-01-2011, 09:00 AM   #2
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OME is a softer ride, BDS a bit more stiff (not harsh). With a heavier drivetrain, the BDS may be the better choice. Both are good quality.
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I woud suggest while you are at it to reverse the front springs. It makes all the difference in the world ride wise.
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I think it's generalizing to say OME is a "softer" ride. OME offers 3 different spring rates in the 2.5" lift springs. If you run a hard top, doors, winch, heavy bumpers, etc..., then the HD version is the way to go.

I put the 2.5" OME YJ (Heavy Duty) leafs all the way around my CJ7. With a hard top and doors, and a heavy Warn winch, it rides better than new, but I would not call it a "soft" ride.

The YJ springs are a little more difficult to install, since you have to move the front shackle brackets forward about an inch, but that only improves the ride, and is well worth the effort.

OME also offers different shock rates to match your spring selection.

I don't have experience with BDS, but they get high marks from those who have, as well.

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Unread 12-01-2011, 06:26 PM   #5
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Matt,

Your comments are sort of in line with what I'm thinking. I feel that this may be the best choice for not so much of a "soft" ride but a solid stance and ride if that makes sense. Also, with using the DANA 44 I will need different U-bolts for that correct?
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Yes, the Dana 44 needs different U bolts because the tubes are thicker than the 20. I don't think the SBC is much heavier than the I-6 if any at all. It's within a few pounds, I remember seeing the weights on a Post here or somewhere at one point. I'm going with BDS when I change out my springs this winter
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