Anyone here have a BDS lift kit installed? - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone here have a BDS lift kit installed?

My local Off-Road shop is highly rated, very popular and they do great work. They exclusively are a BDS suspension installer and I discussed a Colorado/Canyon lift with them at their shop. If anyone has had one of these kits installed, I'd like to hear about it. I have read good reviews and seen several videos of these kits and the modification does involve some cutting and trimming from the OEM configuration. If I decide to get a Colorado/Canyon, I'd really like to lift it. The ZR2 will be a great rig but I don't need to do any serious off-roading, a lifted Z-71 or Canyon would be fine. I just love the looks of these trucks when they are lifted, very nice. Looking forward to hearing about BDS suspension.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 11:36 AM
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Jettcity: My 2016 Colorado Z71 came with a dealer installed BDS 5.5" lift, the cheaper of the two kits that reuses the factory coil-overs by adding extensions. It is important to note the following notes from BDS: "Stock 17" & 18" wheels can not be reinstalled with the lift kit. Aftermarket 20" wheels with maximum of 5.25" Backspacing are recommended - certain wheel and tire combinations will require weld on steering stops, these are included in the kit." This is because the kit uses new, taller knuckles to preserve the A arm geometry up front. I still have to order my full-size spare and try and sell the old one; the new one will not fit under the back so this is another challenge; finding a place for the spare.

As I bought the truck with the kit installed, I can't comment on the change in ride. The thing is a pickup truck so I expect the suspension at the back to be a little hard when the bed is empty. My truck is really stable at highway speeds and cornering so I'm really happy with the ride. There is cutting involved; take a look at the instruction manual on the BDS website; there is some frame cutting required and some simpler trimming of the bottom front ends of the front wheel wells. The Colorado/Canyon front wheel wells are tight; I put Bushwackers on and the driver's side front tire rubs occasionally on the bottom rear part of the flares. Before the flares were added all was OK.

I hope this helps.

Rick 2016 Colorado Z71 Crew Cab, long bed
BDS 5.5" lift, Fuel Vector 20x9 rims, Toyo Open Country AT II Extreme 305/55R20 tires
Bushwacker pocket fender flares
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-22-2017, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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What size wheels and tires do you have, I am looking at possibly getting a lift but I'll need to find the right wheel tire combination or this will not be happening. Obviously I would like to find a combination that will fit without any problems with a BDS kit installation.
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