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BDS Fox shocks vs Savvy Fox shocks

I'm looking to pull the trigger on a set of Fox shocks but do not know which company to go through and I am looking for some guidance. Everyone knows and loves Savvy, and so do I as I have installed a lot of their products on my Jeep, but after a conversation with someone over there I have found that they only change the tune of the rear shocks and leave the fronts alone (basically stock tune from Fox). I just want to confirm that this statement is true and if it is, does BDS do the same thing or do they tune their shocks completely different? Anyone have experience with either brands and how do they compare? Any input would be great. Thanks guys and girls.

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If someone at Savvy told you that, why would you trust conflicting info from someone on JF?


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If someone at Savvy told you that, why would you trust conflicting info from someone on JF?
Completely agree with this guy for once.

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Be careful with the BDS Fox shocks. They had an issue where they were long. Some poor travel splits come from that. Confirm compressed and extended lengths.
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Be careful with the BDS Fox shocks. They had an issue where they were long. Some poor travel splits come from that. Confirm compressed and extended lengths.
I was going to do custom front and rear shock mounts to correct this but the BDS website does have some conflicting numbers. I will have to call them to confirm numbers because their sizes seem to be different then the sizes Savvy gave me and the sizes posted on Polyperformance. A lot of conflicting information on these shocks and even the Fox site will list certain sizes that they don't make anymore.
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Can anyone comment on the quality of the tune from BDS? I may have to order a set from BDS and a set from Savvy to see if I can tell any difference.
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Can anyone comment on the quality of the tune from BDS? I may have to order a set from BDS and a set from Savvy to see if I can tell any difference.
I personally think you are overthinking this shock situation but if you order from both, post up on which you like best.

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Can anyone comment on the quality of the tune from BDS? I may have to order a set from BDS and a set from Savvy to see if I can tell any difference.
Just be sure to send me the ones you decide not to run.
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I run BDS fox shocks with Savvy Springs. I can't compare the two, but the BDS ones aren't bad. They ride pretty good. I was going to get the savvy ones, but the shop where I got the lift done didn't know about savvy and insisted I get the BDS version. I didn't really think there would be a difference so I got the BDS ones. Honestly, just get Savvy. Everything they make works amazingly, at least on my jeep. I would imagine they'd be better if Savvy is tuning them.
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I'm running the savvy tuned shocks with Currie springs. Rides great.
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Another quick question that BDS did not have the answer to. Under their fox shocks, they have two shock sizes that don't seem to make sense. Shock 98224965 (Front 3" down near the bottom of the list) and shock 98224967 (shock for the 4.5" lift) have the same compressed length but the 98224967 is an inch longer when extended. When looking at the fox, savvy, and poly performance shock length list, neither of these sizes are listed. I know Fox owns BDS, but how could they have conflicting information? Has anyone ordered either of the shocks listed above, and if so could you get me the compressed and extended lengths?

http://bds-suspension.com/product-di...ab=jeep-shocks
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I know Fox owns BDS, but how could they have conflicting information?
I think they operate very independently. Whole acquisition but then continuing to operate them as a separate company always seemed questionable to me. FOX brand name much more valuable I'd think with consumers and I'd want to take advantage of that.
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Maybe they don't want to sully the Fox name with BDS?
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Maybe they don't want to sully the Fox name with BDS?
Who knows. IMO if you have a brand name like Fox and want to be in the suspension business then be in the suspension business correctly under your own name.
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I got the numbers from BDS. It looks like they order their shocks with a tune from Fox just like Savvy and they are tuned 70/30 (compression/rebound). I am waiting on Savvy's numbers but BDS said that they tune theirs to be lighter then the Fox tune. If Savvy uses the same tune as the stock Fox shocks, I would assume that the BDS will give a slightly better ride but it may be so insignificant that it wouldn't matter.

Also, BDS offers a Fox 2.0 shock size that I haven't been able to find previously. It looks like that the shock may be an older design where the body is 2" in diameter where as the new Fox 2.0s are 2-3/8ths in diameter. Does anyone know if a smaller bodied shock would perform worse due to less oil being stored in the body? I would assume it would fade faster but the compressed and extended lengths are so much better, it may be worth giving the smaller shocks a shot.
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