Rough Country 2.5 VS. BDS 2inch Suspension lifts. any opinions?
Hey, I'm going to be ordering a small lift for my 99 Sport, 6cyl, 5 speed. Ive read positive reviews about both the RC 2.5 and the BDS 2inch. Similar prices, BDS is a bit more expensive, and the obvious half inch difference. I'm only looking to run 31x10.5's right now so which lift do you think is better? Any significant differences? I'd rather pay more for a better ride if that's the case. I do go on beaches and trails by it's 95% on road for my jeep. Thanks guys
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I originally wanted the RC 2.5 but went with the 3.25 instead. My 97 rides a bit stiff in the front, and the rear sits a bit higher than the front(2 bags of sand drops the rear just right though). The kit went in fine with no broken or stuck bolts, I was really suprised at how easy it was. Then an alignment down at Firestone cost me some change, other than the stiffness in the ride no probs. My jeep is 90% on the road also, and I run 31-10.5X15's KM2's and I lost some power and my speedo is off by 6 mph at 70. Meaning when it says 70 I'm doin 76 by gps.
Just my opinion and experience, I just put a RC 2.5 on my 99 tj and it rides horrible. Every bump and pothole practically rattle my Jeep and me to pieces. It does make The Jeep look better, especially with my 32's but suffers with the ride. Just my 2 cents.
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I've had the 2" BDS kit in my '00 Sport for about 18 months now and it also rides pretty rough on road; you feel every bump and crack in the road. It is definitely better that my worn out stock suspension though. When you hit bigger bumps it settles out nicely. I'm on 31's and they do look a bit small on there, 32's would probably look better; but that doesn't bug me. Can't go wrong with BDS's warranty.
2000 TJ Sport w/ 31's on soft 8's, BDS 2" susp. lift, JKS discos, 10k winch
I don't have first hand experience with either, but I've read plenty of coplaints about RC and their customer service. Love my OME
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I finally got my suspension as "right" as I can get it, and I had to do the following:
1. RC 2.5" kit ($300)
2. RC rear trackbar bracket (+$18) to center the rear axle
3. RC 2" rear bumpstop extensions (+$15) and shave the jounce bumpers off to obtain 4" of uptravel.
4. Front adjustable trackbar. I went with Rusty's (+$129) to get my front axle centered.
5. RC front quick disconnects (+$50) and cut 1.5" off of the sleeves to get the front swaybar back to proper level.
Total: ~$512.00 + shipping
You won't need the front adj trackbar and the rear trackbar bracket if you don't care about your axles being centered. I quickly tired of the slight bumpsteer/sway/wobble induced by the axles being offset 3"+ from F to R.
That said, I'm still not totally satisfied as I refuse to run a 3/4" spacer on the right rear only to level the rear. If the rear left spring doesn't "wear-in" and develop the same amount of sag soon I'm just going to fire-sale the RC springs and shocks and go with Rusty's 3" springs and Bilstein 5100 shocks.
First off, you have to tell yourself that it is a jeep. You will never get it to ride as smooth as a cadillac or anything like that. The jeep will feel rough no matter what. I have the rc lift and I can feel most bumps and cracks in the road, but I like it. The kit itself is holding up very well and I couldn't be more happy. The customer service is great too. I have no experience with the BDS lift but first off the rc lift is cheaper and if you call jeffrey, who is a vendor on this site, he will give you 10% off by dealing through him if you mention on the phone that you are a jeepforum member. The rc lift also gives you more like 3" of lift.
My 2" BDS rides great.....
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I looked at the same kits as you. Researched everything and read every thread on both. The RC had to many "what if's" for me. I went with the BDS. Never read or heard of a complaint for them. I went with the BDS and also run 31" tires.
thanks for all of the responses guys. Seems like the BDS is the safe bet even though it costs a little bit more. Does anyone have pictures of their Jeep with the BDS and 31's or 32's? Thanks again guys
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