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Unread 11-03-2010, 09:00 PM   #31
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I've read little about Zone 3 yet, I mostly focused on OME, RC, and BDS. I'll check them out though

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Unread 11-03-2010, 09:14 PM   #32
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BDS gets my vote!

Hi There,

I have the 2" BDS springs with Bilstein 5100 shocks and love the kit. While the OME shocks get a good review, we have had 3 guys in our club with saggging OME springs, especially the rear ones, so I went with BDS and could not be happier. Way cheaper than OME and, in my opinion, a much better product.

Just did 800 km last weekend in my TJ, no complaints at all, it articulates very well and is nice on the highway too, I use my TJ as a daily driver.

Hope that helps
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Unread 11-03-2010, 09:24 PM   #33
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When comparing all of the kits listed here it is obvious that BDS and Zone are the most complete. However there is much less literature on both of these kits when comparing them to OME and RC so I have little to base them off of. Time to hit the internetz again
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Unread 11-03-2010, 09:38 PM   #34
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I have had the bds for over a year now wheeled it tons and everythings still as good as the day I bought it. Rides great, flexs good, does everything fantastic. I ended up choosing bds over zone just because the bds kit is more complete and has a better warrenty and was almost certainly going to be a great kit (given reviews I read), at the end of the day the price of the BDS is completely justified.

yes prices are certainly misleading, missing components can add huge costs to a kit, I'd get the most complete you can to do it properly, If i were to do it again I'd get a front adj trackbar as well

If your going to be wheelin I would definately get the disconnects, I love the BDS disco's and pity anyone who has the jks style pin pull type ones.
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Unread 11-03-2010, 09:42 PM   #35
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Pretty sure I'm going with the BDS when I buy. Completeness + Bullet proof warranty = Gold.
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Unread 11-03-2010, 11:55 PM   #36
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I dont know if you guys know but Zone and BDS are the same Company. Zone is their lifts with a shorter warranty. Not sure if there is much of a difference in parts.
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Unread 11-03-2010, 11:58 PM   #37
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What?? How do you know?? I don't doubt it butt I thought Zone was new...
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Unread 11-04-2010, 12:03 AM   #38
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Because I live near them. I have also asked them on the phone and they confirmed it. The parent company of both of them is Sport Truck USA I believe.
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Unread 11-04-2010, 12:17 AM   #39
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Hmm.. good to know..
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Unread 11-04-2010, 12:45 AM   #40
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I dont know if you guys know but Zone and BDS are the same Company. Zone is their lifts with a shorter warranty. Not sure if there is much of a difference in parts.
Nope, not the same lift. Zone is a BDS sister company, they use the same manufacturer for certain parts but not all of them.
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Unread 11-04-2010, 06:11 AM   #41
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Nope, not the same lift. Zone is a BDS sister company, they use the same manufacturer for certain parts but not all of them.
That's right on with what I've been reading. What makes BDS disco's so great? Besides that front adjustable trackbar what else might be suggested to get as well? When I have the funds after the lift I'll be getting Currie short arms, SYE/DS and a 1" BL before going 33s. Hope my 31s don't look too funny with 3" hehehe
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Unread 11-04-2010, 03:29 PM   #42
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I'm actually going with a OME lift when it's all said and done. I'm still stacking parts in my garage until I have everything to do it all at once.
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Unread 11-04-2010, 04:00 PM   #43
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Interesting, what other parts have you purchased for the lift other than the OME kit?
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Unread 11-04-2010, 07:03 PM   #44
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On my last Jeep, I had the AEV springs. Of the choices mentioned above, those are the only ones that I have any experience with. That being said, for how I use my Jeep, AEV could ask $500 per spring and I would pony up the cash.

I ask a LOT of my Jeep. I play off road, I tow a trailer with weight, I haul stuff, I cruise around, it is my Daily Driver, it is my "Jack of all trades."

The AEV springs handle weight better than any other I have used. They don't sag, but when loaded down, they don't ride rough either. Handling loaded, towing or empty is excellent. I had them paired with Bilstein shocks.

For my current Jeep, I am definately going with AEV 3" springs and either a Rock Krawler short arm or Currie short arm. I had RK on my last Jeep and it is going to take a LOT of talking to get me to switch.

Personally, I think when you are considering changing the suspension on a vehicle, especially one you drive every day, price should not be as much of a factor as the VALUE you are getting. A few dollars still in your wallet won't soften the ride of a crappy set up. Just my two cents!
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Unread 11-04-2010, 08:09 PM   #45
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Thats why i was gonna go with the Zone 3" kit cause i is "almost complete" and they have the same springs as BDS.
I was thinkin of addin some front and rear adjustable trac bars to the mix also.

Anybody out there have any experience with the Rough Country front or rear ADJ. trac bars???

Next question is sould i install the MML at the same time as the BL? Or is it easy to put the MML in while i put the 3" suspension kit in?

Will it hurt to run the MML/BL on my Tj with the stock suspension and driveshafts??
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