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04-11-2011, 11:16 PM #1
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Fabtech or BDS?
OK... I am going to get a new truck in about 3-4 weeks a Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4X4 LT,
I want to have it lifted, I have two options in my area one shop in my town and one shop in a town about ten minutes from me.
I hear really good things about both guys and I don't know either myself. So my decision will have to be based on the lift itself. One guy carries and pushes Fabtech and the other carries and suggest BDS.
I am really a noob on understanding the difference, any thoughts on one being better than the other I think they are both right around the same price so why would I choose one over the other?
Thanks for your opinions
04-11-2011, 11:25 PM #2
From my knowledge, both Fabtech and BDS make quality lifts. A friend of mine has a BDS lift on his Excursion and he is very satisfied with it. Either way you can't go wrong.04 ECSB Custom silver & grey, Soft 8's, BFG KO's, ReadyLift Leveling Kit, Hellwig front sway bar, K&N filter, DeeZee EZ-Down, Rhino liner, Alpine CDE103BT, Rockford 6.5's, 12" V.A.T. Hammer Pro in a Subthump box, Alpine PowerPack amp, Hifonics amp, BackRack w/ 55w 5000k HID KC Daylighters, KC light bar with 4 KC Slimlites, UWS toolbox, Shaved Antenna mod, Black Bowtie, LED backup, license plate, dome lights & 3rd brake light
04-12-2011, 06:49 PM #3
Both are excellent kits. BDS is a more well rounded kit for the price and will allow for a better ride and turning radias. BDS also has the absolute best warranty in the business. BDS will net a little closer to 7" of actual lift, where as the Fabtech kit will net closer to 8" of total lift.
04-12-2011, 09:07 PM #4
Fabtech a good kit, but I think the BDS is better.
04-12-2011, 10:17 PM #5
From what I know both are great kits only have experience with the Fabtech that we installed on a friends truck the ride quality is awesome and was much better than my truck when I had Superlift kit installed on it.
2006 1500 4x4 extended cab short bed
SAS 12" suspension lift
38x15.50 Mickey Thompson ATZ
20x10 Mickey Thompson Classic II
FOA custom shocks
Dana 44HD front axle
14 Bolt SF w/ detroit locker
yukon 5.13 gears
Dynatech Long tube headers
Dynatech y pipe w/ high flow cats
Tom woods custom dual cv rear driveshaft
K&N AIRAID system
Hypertech power programmer
And much more...........
04-13-2011, 06:27 AM #6
Like Blackout said, the warranty is a no questions asked and BDS is 100% made in the USA!
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04-13-2011, 07:14 PM #7
The warranty with BDS is the best period. I believe Fabtech started out in the desert racing (score, Baja) so they make a high quality kit. As far as which shop to go with check out the work that they have done.
04-13-2011, 08:14 PM #8
From those two choices, BDS. the warranty cant be beat.
i have a zone offroad lift on mine and its apparently made by BDS, everything in the kit is identical but zone charges hundreds less. 6.5 lift 1299$. I run it and love it, great handling and ride quality.
good luck with you decision!2009 Silverado Crew Cab LT
20 inch Incubus Wheel
35 Pro Comp Xtreme A/T
Zone Offroad 6.5 suspension lift
Dual Flowmaster Super 40s (Turn Downs)
Low profile tool box
Diablo Predator Programmer
04-14-2011, 03:50 PM #9
As long as you are not going to want to go any higher later on, go with the BDS, thats what I have and love it; however, it only drops the diff around 4 inches which means your angles are about maxed. The Fabtech drops the diff a full 6 inches so if you wanted to a 2 inch spacer to get closer to 10 inches of lift (since Fabtech is already closer to 8 inches) you could. But as everyone has said, you cant beat the warranty. If you go BDS I recommend upgraded shocks and the full leaf pack option instead of the block and AAL. Let us know what you decide.
Bobby - North Carolina
2008 4x4 5.3L V8
6" Suspension Lift and 1.5" Body Lift
20x9 Ballistic Jesters w/35" Toyo Open Country MT's & 1.5" rear wheel spacers
4:56 Yukon Gears
Hypertech Speedometer Calibrator
Baja style bed mount spare tire carrier
Flowmaster 40 series dual exhaust
Recon Smoked LED tails/3rd brake lights/black projectors w/switchback LED's in the corners
N-Fab Nerf Steps
No Fear Pedals
Tint, Line-X bedliner, Window visors, Rear wheel well liners
Painted front grill, bow ties and door badges, de-"lettered" tailgate
Powder coated front and rear bumpers
04-14-2011, 11:15 PM #10
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