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2001-2008 Chevy GMC 2500 HD BDS Suspension - Clearance Is Good

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Ken Brubaker
| Senior Editor, Four Wheeler
Posted June 1, 2009

Bds' New 7-Inch High Clearance Suspension For Chevy/GMC 2500 HD

Ground clearance is one of the important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to creating an off-highway-friendly four-wheel-drive vehicle, and BDS Suspension has addressed ground clearance with their new 7-inch "High Clearance" kit for the IFS 2001-'08 Chevy/GMC 2500 HD pickups.

Here's the BDS '01-'08 Chevy/GMC 2500 HD 7-inch suspension as delivered. The kit we installed included new rear leaf springs. There's also another kit available that lifts the rear of the vehicle via lift blocks.

This kit not only addresses raising the vehicle's height to improve ground clearance, but it also includes crossmembers that are designed with higher clearance than most. The kit also includes unique brackets that eliminate the need to lower the torsion bars to compensate for the increased front suspension lift. BDS says that this prerunner-inspired system offers more ground clearance than anything on the market. They also note that the entire geometry of the system was created around the design that eliminates the need to drop the torsion bars. All told, it took two years of long-term testing before BDS started producing this kit.

We had the opportunity to travel to Attitude Performance in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and watch as technician Alex Clark installed the system under a customer's GMC. Here's how the kit we installed does what it does. Don't have a GM truck? Well, BDS also offers a High Clearance kit for the '09 Ford F-150. Kits for the 2004-'08 F-150 and 2006-'09 Dodge trucks are forthcoming.


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Attitude Performance
Arlington Heights, IL
BDS Suspension
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