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Saving up for a BDS kit [Questions]

Saving up for a BDS kit [Questions]

Postby Scrat00 [OP] » Nov 06 2019, 3:09am

So I have decided on just saving my money for a bit and getting the good stuff. But I do have some questions

I want to stick with a 18x9 wheel, but according to the BDS site, the wheel needs a 5" back spacing. Can I get away with a 4.5" back spacing or should I be looking at other wheels?

I am only doing the base kit, I do not think the coilovers are worth the extra $1500, but other than that do you recommend any of the additional extra parts? Are the NX2 rear shocks good or should I upgrade to the fox 2.0s. I was thinking to upgrade to the bigger leaf spring just to have less block, thoughts? Are the stuck UCAs good enough? If not are the BDS UCAs and good upgrade or should I be looking into cognitos? Traction bars, I do not think so, I am not drag racing my truck. The Aux diff bracket, needed?

Any advice would be nice, this is the first time I would be lifting anything.
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Re: Saving up for a BDS kit [Questions]

Postby 19trax95 » Nov 06 2019, 3:22am

They list the max backspace you can run. 5 being the max. You can go lower.

And spend the extra and get the coilovers. It is worth every single penny.

Are you getting the 4" or 6"? If the 6" then I'd look into other kits. For some reason they took the cheap way out and just threw in taller spacers on their 4" kit and called it 6". Which it is, but in a hack sort of way. All they did was stretch their 4" kit out so now the angles are the same as if you put a level on a stock truck.
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Re: Saving up for a BDS kit [Questions]

Postby Scrat00 [OP] » Nov 06 2019, 3:53am

Go to know that 5" is the max

Are the coilovers that are in the kit rebuildable? 1500 still sees like a lot for ride quality

I am getting the 4" kit.
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Postby 19trax95 » Nov 06 2019, 3:59am

5" is the max? I never said that.

And yes, they are fox 2.5s. They are rebuildable. You do not need to get the coilovers from them either. Any 4" lift height coilovers will work just fine.

I've had the fox 2.5s and now the CST pro series. I would easily pay twice the cost for the coilovers. They make the biggest improvement in handling and ride compared to anything else you can do to the truck.
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Re: Saving up for a BDS kit [Questions]

Postby Scrat00 [OP] » Nov 06 2019, 4:08am

19trax95 wrote:They list the max backspace you can run. 5 being the max. You can go lower.


I meant 5" of backspacing. The wheels I am looking at have a 4.5" back spacing

I will have to email BDS if it is a possibility to buy the kit without the front struts. I'll look into coilovers.
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Re: Saving up for a BDS kit [Questions]

Postby 19trax95 » Nov 06 2019, 4:19am

Oh yes. Sorry I thought you meant 5" of lift.

And the BDS kits just come with strut spacers last I checked. You would reuse your stock struts. Hence the only difference between the 4" kit and 6" kit. Taller spacers for front and rear.
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Postby Scrat00 [OP] » Nov 06 2019, 4:31am

Ya sorry about that, should have been more specific.

And from the website it looks like the kit for a 2012 1500 comes with the struts.
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Postby 19trax95 » Nov 06 2019, 5:06am

Just took a look. It appears they changed all their kits. At least for the k2xx trucks.

Back when I was looking at them they just used spacers. Now it looks like they include longer struts to avoid using the top spacers.

I'm not sure if I would like that or not. Now it forces you to swap the spring around. Kinda makes it more difficult to do it yourself if you dont have access to a spring compressor.
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Postby Scrat00 [OP] » Nov 06 2019, 4:42pm

Emailed BDS this morning, I can buy the kit without the front struts and rear shocks. It wouldnt be a "kit" but buying the parts individually.

This is nice for a few reasons,
I can look into other options for coilovers
I can also get a small rear block setup for a more lifted/leveled look instead of 4" lift all around.


Now to go through and see what the cost is of the BDS parts I will need. Hopefully they have a black friday sale?
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Re: Saving up for a BDS kit [Questions]

Postby tabragg » Nov 07 2019, 2:35am

I just purchased a 2019 Silverado . im also interested in the bds 6 inch lift .I can live with doing all the cleaning and service outside the garage . my biggest concern .is it going to cause premature wear on anything else . I don't have a backup vehicle to drive to work so I freak out if I have to hand over the keys to a dealership for warranty work on a mechanic to fix something I cant fix myself. I have never had a lifted truck because I don't know if it will cause problems in other areas .I would assume with todays technology most of these issues have been addressed. are there any forum members who have had a bds kit in use for five years without major issues?
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