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post #1 of 29 Old 04-03-2016, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Rough Country 2.5 inch vs. BDS 2 inch (98 4.0 TJ)

I was thinking about doing RC 2.5 inch springs and then a shock from another brand because I heard the RC shocks ride rough on-road. I also was thinking about getting the BDS 2 inch kit. Either way I want 33 inch tires. Can this be done? Which setup would your recommend?

Does anyone have any experience with the rough country 2.5 inch lift for TJ's that could tell me how it rides off and on the road? is it smooth on road and capable off road? Would you recommend getting shocks that aren't the ones that come with the kit and just getting the springs?

Or would you just recommend the 2 inch BDS with the 33's?

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I have the 2" BDS, Bilstien's, and a 1.25" body lift with 33s. So I'd sway towards BDS.

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RC is the cheapest lift you can get. I've replaced lots of parts after a couple years, springs sag, shocks rust and leak and ride rough, bushings are shot. You get what you pay for.
Make sure the kit you buy has correct bumpstops, track bar mount, steering and driveline mods, and hydro shocks not stiff gas charged.
I've never had any one complain about OME with correct springs for the weight.
A lot of guys recommend the Savvy lifts but for mild offroad $2500 is hard for most to swallow, but they do come with all the pieces you may need!

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Get the bds 2" and a 1" body lift, or the zone 3".
Zone and bds are very similar, same parent company.
Hydro shocks not nitro.
U want a minimum 3" of lift for 33s, many prefer 3.5" to 4" really.
For the money, a 3" zone is hard to beat!

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My Vote is BDS

Hi There,

I have the BDS 2" lift kit and for a soft top with no heavy armour etc, I got more like 2.5" out of it and if I put wider flares or flat fenders on will be able to run 33" tyres no worries.

I have had their springs on for 6 years or so and they have not sagged and ride quite nicely.
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You can't go wrong with Zone or BDS. I have used many RC lifts and switched to Zone several years ago. It's a better ride and quality.

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I love my OME 2" lift. rides like a stock Jeep even though it's on 35s. just got back from driving to Moab, wheeling, then driving back. performed perfectly.

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I replaced my original springs and shocks with the BDS 2" kit about 2 months ago and have been very happy with the way it rides and handles.
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I love my OME 2" lift. rides like a stock Jeep even though it's on 35s. just got back from driving to Moab, wheeling, then driving back. performed perfectly. J.
While I'm positive your OME lift is fabulous, that wasn't a choice we were given by the op.

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While I'm positive your OME lift is fabulous, that wasn't a choice we were given by the op.
Ome is a great option, but near double the cost of zone.

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I was thinking about doing RC 2.5 inch springs and then a shock from another brand because I heard the RC shocks ride rough on-road. I also was thinking about getting the BDS 2 inch kit. Either way I want 33 inch tires. Can this be done? Which setup would your recommend? Does anyone have any experience with the rough country 2.5 inch lift for TJ's that could tell me how it rides off and on the road? is it smooth on road and capable off road? Would you recommend getting shocks that aren't the ones that come with the kit and just getting the springs? Or would you just recommend the 2 inch BDS with the 33's?
I only have experience with 2 cjs and one Jk (4") RC lifts and they were rough on and off road. My GF just bought (not built) a '13 with the 4" RC kit and mine rides much smoother. I told her when she gets tired of bouncing all over the road that we'd put some decent shocks on. Probably going with Boogies recommendation of Zone hydros for wallet weight.

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Ome is a great option, but near double the cost of zone.

That's why I'm sitting on BDS and Bilstiens.

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I have the BDS 2" lift running on 33x12.50x18 and have no issues.

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I have the BDS 2" lift running on 33x12.50x18 and have no issues.
That looks like a jk.

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