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Old 02-20-2019, 09:12 PM   #11
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I would shy away from those lift kits that you mentioned. BDS and Old Man Emu are the the two you want to look at for excellent ride quality and quality components. They both ride soft and have good replacement guarantees.
^What he said

The OMEs are renowned for their ride quality...which sounds like it's pretty high up on the priority list (particularly if the boss is involved). Only issue is, because they utilize YJ springs, I believe the hangers have to be moved to accommodate the length.

It may be possible to avoid relocating the hangers via longer shackles, but from what I recall (which was about three years ago when I first started researching this), the recommendation was to keep the shackle length as minimal as possible, particularly for one that sees an appreciable amount of time on the pavement.

Like RiverandSand, I went with the BDS 4"...and, while satisfied, I can assure you...it ain't soft. But, I would imagine there's a good bit of difference between the 2.5" and the 4"...the arch is what creates the stiffness.

 

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Old 02-21-2019, 04:01 AM   #12
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Rubicon express also makes a excellent kit.

 

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Old 02-21-2019, 09:22 AM   #13
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I can tell you from experience, OME springs ride very nice! I'm running their "heavy spring" with a double main spring (which gives it another 1/2" of lift) for more support with all the crap I haul in it for week long desert trips, and it still is a very nice ride when unloaded putting around town. They are more money up front, but it will keep the Mrs much happier while she's riding with you. Mine used to Love driving my 8, that is until I swapped out the smooth shifting T5 for a slow shifting T19 and put a locker in the rear. Now she wont touch it and pisses and moans how I ruined it..... She just doesnt get it

 

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Old 02-21-2019, 03:37 PM   #14
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I will throw in another vote for OME. I am running their "Heavy" YJ lift spring as well, the CS036R, on all 4 corners of my '7'. With YJ shackles which are 1" longer than CJ shackles and a 3/4" body lift, I am clearing 33x10.50x15 KM3's just fine with no trimming.

This jeep is pretty heavy also with hard top, hard doors, toolbox, heavy rear bumper, winch and heavy bumper up front, etc. and they seem to be carrying the load just fine.

These are without a doubt the best riding lift springs I have personally experienced. I would buy them again in a heartbeat. I bought the OME bushing kit as well, because it seems like I read that the spring eyes are not standard YJ diameter.

I paired these up with Bilstein CJ shocks and have been extremely happy with the ride quality.
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:38 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the advice guys. I took a chance on the BDS 2.5 inch lift. OME was my other but didn't fit my 1000 budget. So BDS it is and this will give me some extra cash to add a winch as well. More fishing trips into the mountains means we need a life line ;-)

 

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Thanks for all the advice guys. I took a chance on the BDS 2.5 inch lift. OME was my other but didn't fit my 1000 budget. So BDS it is and this will give me some extra cash to add a winch as well. More fishing trips into the mountains means we need a life line ;-)
I put the BDS 2.5" inch kit on my CJ last fall and it is a great ride. It ain't your dad's Old 88 right but it doesn't shake your teeth out on bumps either.

Don't forget to get all the additional hardware that does not come with the kit. Essentially all you get with the BDS kit is the leaf springs, shocks, and stabilizer damper. The spring plates, shackles, and new shock mounting nuts you have to get separately.
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