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Unread 12-01-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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Those with 3" lifts

Hello, new to this fourm and proud owner of a 2 door 11' JK Sport! I want to put a 2.5" - 3" lift on it. Looking at the BD 3" lift with new coils, adj. track bar, and cam bolts, shocks, brake line extension brackets, etc.

Was wondering if I need to get upper control arms to adj. pinion angle or will the cam bolt be good enough? From what I have gathered, it seems pinion angle is not a concern with lifts up to 3".

Would lower control arms be needed to center the axle?

Thanks for your help! It is good to back in a Jeep. I have owned in the past two CJ5's, wrangler when first came out, commanche, and a cherokee many years ago! My latest was a 95' Bronco with 6" lift and 351, with 4:88's and 35's, that I traded in on my 11' Wrangler.

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Unread 12-01-2010, 01:50 PM   #2
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I know of several who run the BDS lift and it seems to be a good lift and very solid. Couple of points. First, the choice is yours for the caster angle up front - either leave it as is ( some do) cam bolts (which involve knocking out a plug and is hard to reverse if you ever go to adj control arms) or just take the plunge and go with adj control arms up front. In the rear, my opinion is that it would be a good idea to go with adj. control arms and adjust the rear pinion, esp in a 2 door where the drive shaft is shorter. This will lengthen the life of the rear DS Rzeppa joints IMO. Second, the control arms have nothing to do with centering the axle - this comes from a adj track bar (panhard bar in older terms) and IMO will be a must with that much lift to keep the ESP system happy. Fill out your profile and keep us posted. Ohhhhh and welcome to the forum.

Also, a question, why a 3" lift? Looks, off road, big tires or a combination?
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Unread 12-01-2010, 06:50 PM   #3
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I bought the BDS lift off ebay for quite bit off.
Shocks, SStablizer, coil springs, quick, sway bar discos., cam bolts(wont use), bump stop exts, rear sway bar drop brackets, rear track bar relocation bracket

I bought JKS Adj front track bar and JKS front Adj Lower Control arms,

ive heard bad news with using bolts so thats why i personally went with the 400$ control arms. I never read anywhere in my research that the rear will need much of anything done to it, i might be forgetting though.

remember the BDS 3" wont level out your rake... doesn't bother me none, just thought id throw that out there.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 05:41 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies! I am going to get the BDS 3" lift and not use the cam bolts, and upgrade to Bilstien 5100's. I will upgrade front and later the rear lower control arms.
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