Right now you’ll learn why 4 Wheel Parts recommends BDS and Zone Off Road suspensions. You won’t leave the shop with this suspension on your truck and wonder if you’ve made the right choice.
Both of these suspension brands are made with high quality parts and are put together by someone who gives a damn about the finished product. Not only are these suspensions made with quality parts and put together the right way, they come with important things like all the needed brackets and parts for a correct fit (yeah, the cheap kits frequently hold back on some of these things they call “options” that we call “required parts” if you want it to work right).
If you offload directly onto a tree stump and break something, you get a new part. If you’re the original owner, and you use the parts as recommended (meaning you don’t take a hacksaw to them) you’re covered for pretty much anything.
A 5 year 60,000-mile warranty is available for ALL participating brands vehicle suspension systems as long as the vehicle is less than 5 years old from the date of manufacture and the mileage is less than 60,000 miles. The protection applies to any eligible participating brands suspension systems purchased on or after November 1st, 2013.
With BDS or Zone Off Road, you’ll get that comfortable factory ride quality. No jarring or bouncing because it’s too stiff or that mushy, marshmallow feeling when you’re going down the highway.
BDS and Zone suspensions are made to last and to give you the best results. Go with BDS, and you’re getting the quality and the awesome warranty, and it doesn’t cost that much more.
It’s well worth a few extra bucks, though, so you won’t feel robbed even for a second. We’ll give you an honest answer that’s come from decades of installing and dealing with just about every suspension brand out there.
Give us a call, send an email or comment below. Zone and BDS are sister companies under the Fox umbrella and they both make some pretty amazing lift kits.
Zone cross members run straight across, rather than in an arched design as used in the BDS kits. Zone typically reuses control and radius arms on their straight axle lifts ; BDS provides new ones.
Many of the features on BDS are standard; with Zone kits, many are optional (keeping the price down). If you want a skid plate with the Zone kit, select it through the dropdown menu on our website.
Zone also offers a lifetime warranty that covers you for lifts and any manufacturing defects or craftsmanship issues. Hope this post helps you make a more informed suspension kit decision.
Rough Country is a sound choice for street driving and light off-road explorations. This kit of theirs is perfect for street queen trucks and lifting most pickups.
Don’t expect RC to cope with more serious adventures out there in the dirt, however. Rough Country 2.5''Affordable kit, perfect for urban trucks or light off-road adventures.
Want US manufacture and close-to- BDS -performance, but without the crazy high price tag? Compared to Rough Country, you might need to do a little more of that cutting/grinding/welding business with your front differential.
OK, let’s take a closer look at these Feel free to navigate to whichever lift kit interests you the most: While I agree that RC pales in comparison to BDS, there are some things I’d like to note.
Foxes are an aluminum beast that not only drives extra smooth…they also don’t rust. However, even this upgrade can’t match the heat absorption, dampening, and longevity of FOX.
I’ve seen a lot of truck owners get Rough Country suspension and just grab a pair of FOX shocks/coil overs and install them. The same applies to Zone who follow the same manufacture process as BDS.
However, they do reuse control or radius arms on most of their lifts, unlike BDS who give you brand-new ones. 2.5 suspension lifts are a staple for general driving and aesthetics.
You won’t see any significant effect on ride comfort and handling, parts wearing out or fuel usage. Ride comfort becomes more important here, including the quality of your shocks.
It looks monstrously kick ass, but the wear and tear and ride disruption are a bit too much for me. A very affordable, good quality suspension lift kit for most urban truck drivers…or those into light offloading.
The reason I recommend using Amazon for Rough Country is the better price compared to other retailers or their official site. Personally, I think BDS makes the most sense if you go for the 6 suspension lift kit.
Remember that BDS offers richer customization on their lift kits. In short, if you originally purchased any BDS lift kit, and it breaks, they will give you a new one.
Note: If you want a more modest 2.5 kit for your JK or Wrangler, Rough Country has this great bundle. However, if you want to embark on 4WD off-road adventures, Zone’s 4 suspension will be a huge improvement over that.
Remember that Zone features the same manufacture quality as BDS. While the Zone shocks here are twin-tube (and not a monotube which I praised in my KGB vs Einstein article), it’s not that much of a problem.
I'm looking at putting a bigger lift kit on my 2010 GMC Sierra 2500HD. In fact I don't believe I have ever heard anything negative about either lift. I say go zone unless you offload the shit out of your truck then go BDS for the warranty factor.
One big visual difference is Zone drops the torsion bars and BDS does not. One big visual difference is Zone drops the torsion bars and BDS does not.
Before you can make that comment, you have to know what year truck you are dealing with. And if you compare the 01-10 lift kit with a BDS kit, they are literally the same, minus one random support brace for people who super-offroad.
So to the OP... go for Zone unless you are jumping sand dunes. I don't understand how any piece of a lift kit could just “break”. Unless you abuse the living balls out of your truck.
Before you can make that comment, you have to know what year truck you are dealing with. So to the OP... go for Zone unless you are jumping sand dunes.
I don't understand how any piece of a lift kit could just “break”. Unless you abuse the living balls out of your truck. I am guessing these are the 2 kits the OP is comparing and one being TBD and one being TBD is a big difference, at least it is to me and this is probably the main reason the BDS is much more expensive.
I am guessing these are the 2 kits the OP is comparing and one being TBD and one being TBD is a big difference, at least it is to me and this is probably the main reason the BDS is much more expensive. Right now they do NOT offer a BDS torsion bar drop kit in 6" or 7". But they did for years prior.
I knew I compared mine to a BDS, and it was the same, and just checked their site and was confused. So I called and they set me straight. Either way, right now OP your options are a TBD to a TBD kit.
I am wondering if the 4-1/2” BDS is true 4-1/2" diff drop and the zone might be the same kit but can get to 6" with cranking the torsion bars? I was trying to compare pics of all three kits but couldn't tell much if a difference in the brackets if any.
I was trying to compare pics of all three kits but couldn't tell much if a difference in the brackets if any. Not 100% positive on how much, but when I installed my Zone kit, my bars were barely cranked, and my front and rear were 100% level.