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BDS 4.5" LA vs Clayton 4.5" LA

I am looking to build a daily driver/weekend XJ. My ideal lift is 4.5 inches with 33-inch tires and I value reliability above all else. I am currently torn between the BDS 4.5 inch long arm kit and the Clayton Offroad 4.5 inch long arm. For the BDS, I plan on going with FOX 2.0 shocks and for the Clayton offroad, I plan on putting bilsteins in. As I see it, the Clayton has the advantage of a three-piece crossmember for easy transmission access as well as better bushings that can be bought at more autoparts stores. However, it also seems to use a radius arm set up (correct me if I am wrong), and this seems to be detrimental to strength and offroad performance. The BDS kit seems to have the advantage of a true 4 link setup and therefore better strength characteristics. Finally, BDS being a bigger company seems to be at less of a risk of going under and a better chance at being around when I eventually need to warranty parts out when compared to the smaller company that is Clayton's Offroad. Which kit would you guys recommended given all this information?

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