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post #1 of 63 Old 08-17-2011, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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3" BDS Lift Install

I'm working on putting my order together for a 3" lift for my TJ. I'm going with a BDS setup and plan to replace the front and rear lower control arms in the install my question is, what are everyone's thoughts on also replacing the front original track bar with a BDS adjustable? Not sure how necessary it would be?

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I'm working on putting my order together for a 3" lift for my TJ. I'm going with a BDS setup and plan to replace the front and rear lower control arms in the install my question is, what are everyone's thoughts on also replacing the front original track bar with a BDS adjustable? Not sure how necessary it would be?
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I'm planning on doing the same Lift, so keep updating this

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When I did my 3" BDS lift, I replaced the trac bar with the BDS adjustable. It was part of the kit and necessary. I did not replace any of the control arms and was fine for over a year. The price of the BDS control arms was more than Rokman and Currie.

I have since replaced all 8 arms with Savvy/Currie. Not becuase I needed to for the lift, but I am working towards a tummy tuck.

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When I did my 3" BDS lift, I replaced the trac bar with the BDS adjustable. It was part of the kit and necessary. I did not replace any of the control arms and was fine for over a year. The price of the BDS control arms was more than Rokman and Currie.

I have since replaced all 8 arms with Savvy/Currie. Not becuase I needed to for the lift, but I am working towards a tummy tuck.
How's it holding up? Any pics or a thread on it? (Didn't mean to hijack)

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There is a parallel thread to this one where I posted some pictures.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/lj...cerns-1254212/

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Explorerlyon, did you run into any issues not changing the lower control arms? BRA recommended them for this install. I hadn't checked out currie but will. Thanks!
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Explorerlyon, did you run into any issues not changing the lower control arms? BRA recommended them for this install. I hadn't checked out currie but will. Thanks!
I had no issues. I never understood why BDS recommends replacing the front lowers only. I highly recommend the Savvy/Currie control arms. Better priced than BDS and I think a much better arm. Lots of discussions on these forums about the Currie arms.

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Thanks. Need to take another look at the CA's. By the way, meant "BDS" not "BRA"! My Droid thinks its a mind reader!
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When I did my 3" BDS lift, I replaced the trac bar with the BDS adjustable. It was part of the kit and necessary.
I did the exact same thing and was fine on and off-road for over a year. Eventually my stock front lowers were shot - bad bushings - and I upgraded my front arms. The new arms improved the ride.
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Thoughts on the transfer drop kit at the same time as lift install? Also, I'm liking the Fox shocks that BDS has but anyone had any experience with them?
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Thoughts on the transfer drop kit at the same time as lift install? Also, I'm liking the Fox shocks that BDS has but anyone had any experience with them?
I ran the BDS drop kit with adjustable rear lower arms and stock uppers. No vibes. Did that for over a year and then went with a belly-up and still have stock rear uppers.
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I have an LJ with the longer wheel base and drive shaft so did not need the transfer case drop.

Now that you are talking Fox shocks, you should also look at the Savvy 3" lift. I think that thread had a discussion about the Fox shocks they are using. That may be a better kit for you once you start talking about control arms, Fox shocks, etc. Start with post #303 http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/sa...20/index8.html

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Explorerlyon, what was your ride quality of the BDS product?
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Explorerlyon, what was your ride quality of the BDS product?
The ride was better than stock. More solid through corners and handles bumps on the road well. I have had no issues offroad with the suspension. When I added the Currie control arms, the ride got even better.

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