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4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

Just got the Fall 2002 4Wheel Drive Hardware catalog. On page 195, 4WD is marketing their own brand "made in the USA" spring hardware lift kits. Anyone know the low down on these kits...how good are they, true ride quality, who is making them for 4WD, shock quality, etc.?
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For a SUA CJ application, is it really worth all the $$$$ to convert the front CJ spring width to YJ spring lift? I am only looking at 2.0"-2.5" lift for my CJ8. Down the road I am going to add the Warn Winch. Thanks :-)
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Re: 4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

I was noticing them too and wondering who made them. Can't help you but thought I'd add you're not alone.
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Re: 4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

OY! Me too!

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Re: 4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

I think that BDS makes them. I could be wrong but I think that I saw that some where. I like the looks of the kit. If you are going to put a lift kit in I would go with the 4" right away.
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Re: 4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

I've also heard that they are BDS springs. Not a bad deal for that kit.

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Re: 4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

ive got the 3.5" kit on my yj. it rides good on road. havent taken it off road yet, and most likely it will be a while longer. its been on road for about 4 months

the front springs are a bit on the soft side for ride quality, but that makes for a better road ride. the front springs make my yj look like i have air shocks in the back. the fronts could use about another half inch of arch to them. the rears are nice and firm compared to the fronts. all in all its a decent kit.

from the looks of the instructions, between the bds kit and the 4wd kit, and some of the hardware included. its a safe bet its a bds kit. nothing wrong with that, you just dont get the bds warranty. for the price, and all thats included, i would say its worth it.

keep in mind you will need longer brake lines with the 3.5" kit.
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Re: 4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

Do they have the milatary wrap like the BDS springs. Or is BDS just making a cheap spring for 4wd.
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Re: 4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

I think I remember a thread on (4WDH-sponsored) JU about it, saying that BDS does make them. My BDS springs all say "Made in Canada" on them, though, so I'd have to wonder about the "made in the USA" part.
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Re: 4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

yes, they do have the military wrap, that was the final feature that sold me on them.

im not concerned with where things are made, except for the cheaper stuff from china. yeah, i know, the whole american worker concept. take a look at things now, most everything is a global contribution to the final product. tv's, radios, computers, cars, car parts, tires. yes, bridgestone has a few japanese made tires and parent company to firestone. firestone tires are made here in the states. the recalled tires were all american made in american plants. just a bad design to the inner carcass of the tire, not a reflection of worker quality. truth be told, the replacement tires for the exploders are having the same problems as the firestones.
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Re: 4WD Hardware own Hardware Lift Kits-Any Knowledge?

A few years back when I received my Superlift 3.5 for my YJ, they also had "made in Canada" on them.
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