The staff at Driving Line Mag got their hands on a good ‘ol Jeep Wrangler TJ for a recent project build in the pages and online. When it came to getting some extra altitude under the Jeep to fit the 35″ Nitto Mud Grapplers they turned to the tried and true BDS 4.5″ Long Arm System with FOX 2.0 Shocks. This kit is a great option for TJ owners looking for a hardcore kit able to improve on-road drivability and offered performance. The kit includes fully adjustable upper and lower 4-link arms with .250-wall tubing and forged flex ends ready for whatever Check out the video of them installing and testing the TJ out and for more on this kit head to http://bds-suspension.com/product?kid=467H. Stay tuned for a full writeup to come at drivingline.com
New BDS Steering Stabilizer Kits for Jeep TJ/XJ/ZJ
Coldwater, MI—February 12, 2015 — BDS Suspension is now offering redesigned single and dual steering stabilizer kits for the Jeep Wrangler TJ, Cherokee XJ, and Grand Cherokee ZJ vehicles. These new kits are designed to improve your Jeep’s overall drivability by reduce the front end shimmy caused by oversized tires to keep you in control.
These new steering stabilizer kits are available in an assortment of configurations, including both single and dual setups to mount your choice of BDS-5500 hydraulic stabilizers or Fox 2.0 gas cylinders. The Fox 2.0s feature 50/50 gas pressurized cylinders for superior dampening and the ultimate handling experience. The 5500-series and Fox 2.0 single stabilizers are a bolt-on replacement for Jeeps equipped with the factory steering.
Stepping up to the dual stabilizer kits BDS has a redesigned center bracket that replaces the now discontinued #55356 dual mount bracket. The new dual steering stabilizer kit is 100% bolt on, mounting a pair of BDS-5500 or Fox 2.0s end-to-end across the front steering. The new mounts are built from ultra-strong 3/8″ steel, finished in a durable textured black powder coat with a riveted stainless steel center BDS badging. The center bracket uses u-bolts to mount to the axle while the outer brackets mount to the tie rod ends. These dual steering stabilizer kits require a minimum of 2″ of lift for be installed.
For more info on these new single and dual steering stabilizer kits for Jeep Wrangler TJ, Cherokee XJ, and Grand Cherokee ZJ vehicles and to find a dealer near you head to BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.
If you’re a fan of last minute, crunch time builds like we are, then the latest episode of Dirt Every Day is right up your alley. In the episode titled “Mayhem to Moab” 4Wheel & Offroad Magazine’s editor Fred Williams buys a plain jane TJ nicknamed “tubesock” and in less than 2 weeks turned it into a capable trail rig to wheel out in Moab, UT for the 49th annual Easter Jeep Safari.
The Jeep was outfitted with a long list of mods to include a BDS long arm kit with Fox shocks, Chris Durham Motorsports hood, Poison Spyder armor, Currie axles, ARB lockers, Pitbull tires and more. Watch as Fred and a few buddies take on the Mayhem to Moab challenge and build this TJ into a capable little rock crawler.
Following their week out in Moab, the BDS crew loaded up from Easter Jeep Safari and made the long haul to Daytona Beach for Jeep Beach. This being the 11th annual showing the Mid Florida Jeep Club has turned this into a must see event with 5 days of fun in sunny Florida as more than a thousand Jeeps converge on Daytona to party. Each year the event grows and this year we were once again impressed with ll the planing and preparations that went into place. The week starts off with scavenger hunt and party before the pre-show mixer and 2 day main event in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway. This family friendly event is filled with vendors, show-n-shine, obstacle course and more as Jeepers take to the speedway. Following the 2 day main event and With events planned, parties organized, great weather and a few thousand Jeeps on hand this event continues to impress and The weather to with the long haul from After more than a week on the road, BDS is back in Michigan following the 10th Annual Jeep Beach show in Daytona Beach, FL. The 4-day event boasts a number of fun events from meet-and-greets to obstacle course, vendors show and a beach cruise. BDS Reps Mike, Steve and Jeremy were on hand for the event with Project Slate and Project KJ on site in the BDS booth chatting with customers and offering up great show specials.
Following the main event on Friday-Saturday, the Jeep Beach is always capped off in true Daytona fashion with the Beach Parade as the mass of Jeeps take to the sandy beach for a cruise Sunday morning. There’s really nothing like this event and if you’re into Jeeps this needs to be on your bucket list to check out. A huge thanks to the volunteers and members of the Mid Florida Jeep Club for organizing this event once again. We’re already looking forward to next year.
For more on Jeep Beach and to keep up with planning for next year, head to jeepbeach.com. See below for photos from this year’s event and to see more check out the BDS Facebook Page.
Coldwater, MI—December 16, 2013— BDS Suspension has just released new long arm suspension options for the 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ. After years of development, (2) 4WOR Ultimate Adventures survived, and numerous on-road/off-road durability tests the engineers at BDS Suspension have put their stamp of approval on these new TJ Long Arm Kits. Designed around the popular BDS 4-Link long arm subframe, these kits now feature front and rear heavy wall upper and lower longer control arms with rubber bushings and forged flex ends for impressive articulation offroad and great on-road mannerisms. The front long arm improves suspension geometry by minimizing castor change throughout wheel travel for unparalleled handling characteristics for the best dual purpose on/off-road performance. The rear suspension mounts now feature vertical separation between upper and lower frame mounts to improve anti-squat characteristics. The new subframe design will accept the stock belly pan (some trimming required) as well as work with BDS’s belly up skidplate (#124045) for increased strength and ground clearance.
The new lower control arms (LCA) are constructed from 1.75″ diameter .250 wall tubular steel and formed inboard to provide better clearance for oversized tires. Ends are fully welded and feature a durometer specific Clevite rubber bushing to mount towards the axle for smooth, quiet performance and improved bushing lifespan. For customers interested in polyurethane bushings, these new arms will accept BDS’s dual fluted greaseable polyurethane bushings (available separately LCA#074120/UCA#074121).
Opposite the rubber bushings these new upper and lower control arms utilize the BDS forged flex ends for superior strength, easy adjustability, and increased articulation. These flex ends use forged steel construction and single-sided snap ring design with steel ball and polyurethane races to allow up to 30 degrees of misalignment. Housings are finished in a durable black e-coated and come fully assembled with jam nut and grease fitting. The large flex ends feature a 1-1/4″-12 threaded 4″ long shank for plenty of adjustability without sacrificing thread engagement. Smaller flex ends are used for upper control arms and use 1″-14 x 3-1/2″ long threaded shank. The long arm assembly can be adjusted to accommodate 4.5-8.5” of lift making it a great option for those that plan to dial in their ride height regardless of size.
The new BDS long arm kit with forged flex ends is available as a long arm upgrade for current lifted Jeeps as well as offered in a complete 4.5″ long arm and 6.5″ long arm kit. 4.5″ and 6.5″ long arm kits include Proride coil springs matched with your choice of 5500-series or Fox 2.0 performance shocks for optimal ride quality. Rear shock mount relocation brackets are included to improve shock positioning once lifted. DOT approved Kevlar lined stainless steel extended brake lines are included to compensate for the extra height and keep from maxing out during articulation. Steering correction comes from a forged drop pitman arm and adjustable front track bar with relocation mount to improve drivability limit bump steer,and recenter the front axle. The rear uses a track bar bracket to recenter the rear axle. Extended bump stops are included for all 4 corners as well as rear sway bar links. The front utilizes ultimate sway bar disconnects for a quick and easy solution to increasing articulation offroad while maintaining on-road mannerisms with the links connected. The spring loaded collar retains the ball & socket joint for one-handed operation and clip up out of the way when you’re out on the trail. To allow extra clearance for steering components, the front axle sway bar mount is removed and BDS high clearance mounting brackets are installed. All these components come together for a top quality suspension lift able to perform not only off-road but on the highway.
Available accessories for the BDS TJ long arm kits include single and dual steering stabilizers, rear adjustable track bar, belly up heavy duty skidplate, LCA skids, and the steering box skidplate.
For more info on these parts and to find a dealer near you, head to BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.
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