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BDS Suspension: 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Rear End In Mud
Kevin McNulty | Writer
Posted November 1, 2010

The Ultimate Rigs of UA 2010

Sponsor
1997 Jeep TJ
Sponsor: BDS, official suspension
Driver: Glen Hard
Co-driver: Mike Maloney
Joining us for their second Ultimate Adventure, Glen Hard and Mike Maloney proved that a BDS bolt-on suspension could take a beating and stand up to some of the harshest four-wheeling we could throw at it. In fact, Glen and Mike joked with us that their BDS long-arm suspension held up so well last year that all they had to do to prepare the Jeep for this year was change the fluids. We can't tell you that they didn't break anything this year, but they made it to the end of the UA with much less carnage than most. We will attribute their success to excellent off-road driving skills and quality suspension parts.

Drivetrain

  • Engine: 4.0L
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic
  • Transfer Case: NP231 with a slip-yoke eliminatior
  • Front Axle: Dana 30, Superior Super 30 kit, 4.88 gears, ARB Air Locker
  • Rear Axle: Dana 44, 4.88 gears, Detroit Locker

Suspension

  • Springs & Such: BDS 61/2-inch long-arm system
  • Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50R17 Goodyear MT/Rs on 17x91/2 Spyderlock beadlocks

Other Stuff
Winch & Bumpers: Warn Endurance 12 winch, custom front and rear bumpers
The Rest: GenRight tube fenders and rollcage, Warn onboard air system, Lightforce lights, custom wrap, custom H-Lift mount, BDS rocker guards, K&N filter, JET programmer

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