Probably closer to 1k is what I've spent on suspension and lift related parts. You are right, it is apple's and oranges. But that's why its important to discuss. All I know is that without information and discussions like these, when I was getting my lift, things could have turned out much differently for me haha. That said, I personally am a fan of higher quality right off the bat. A bb would not be an option for me bc I wheel the thing pretty regularly and I feel better knowing I didn't take a less expensive and ultimately less capable route from a lift perspective. I did the same with my winch purchase. I went with a warn to know its always gonna work and be just as good or better than everything else out there.
2011 Flame Red 2dr Wrangler Rubicon, Poison Spyder Evap Skid, Extended Breatherlines, 4' Firefly Antenna, Uniden Pro520xl, Rock Krawler 2.5 Stock Mod Lift, Bilstein 5100's, Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper, Warn M8000, Rugged Ridge XHD Snorkel