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Zone vs. BDS Suspension Kits: Which One Is Right For You?

November 14, 2019

Zone and BDS are sister companies under the Fox umbrella and they both make some pretty amazing lift kits. Which kit do you choose? In this blog post and video, we break down the pros and cons of each brand so that you can make a more informed choice. (add image of bds kit image next to zone kit image)


BDS Suspension

BDS Suspension kits are considered a higher-end kit that offers a quality ride on the road and superior performance. It comes with an awesome warranty and plenty of Fox upgrade options and add-ons. If you’re looking for just a little more — from full coilover setups for offroading to simply looking darn good on the road — this may be your choice.


1 2005 F 150 Ford Bds Suspension Lift 6in Body 3in Tis Forged Custom Polished1 2016 Silverado 1500 Chevrolet Bds Suspension Lift 6in Arkon Off Road Lincoln Black


Zone Suspension

Consider Zone Suspension kits the more wallet-friendly brand, which includes leveling lifts, lift kits and Fox Shock upgrades. The quality is definitely there, but other than price, you still get the benefit of upgrade options of your own choosing and budget. 


1 2003 F 150 Ford Zone Suspension Lift 8in Moto Metal Mo402 Chrome1 2016 Silverado 2500 Hd Chevrolet Zone Suspension Lift 5in Fuel Assault Black


BDS vs. Zone: design differences

Zone crossmembers run straight across, rather than in an arched design as used in the BDS kits. Zone also utilizes a basic square tube cross. It’s simpler, but it gets the job done — it’s just as strong and capable as the more fancy-looking BDS product. Maybe not as cool, but just as useful.


Zone typically reuses control and radius arms on their straight axle lifts; BDS provides new ones. 


Many of the features on BDS are standard; with Zone kits, many are optional (keeping the price down). 


Consider this example: Many BDS kits come with a skid plate. If you want a skid plate with the Zone kit, select it through the dropdown menu on our website. 


On torsion bar trucks, most BDS kits contain a non-torsion drop system. That means it doesn’t actually drop your torsion bar system. Zone, on the other hand, does drop your torsion bar system. 


BDS vs. Zone: manufacturing differences 

BDS and Zone use the same materials and processes — the structural integrity of these kits are nearly identical. 


BDS vs. Zone: warranties 

BDS offers a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty. This covers you if, for instance, you are in a crash or if you are offroading; Most all abuses are covered. 


Zone also offers a lifetime warranty that covers you for lifts and any manufacturing defects or craftsmanship issues. 


Exclusive offer from Custom Offsets: 

With Zone kits, we offer a Fox 2.0 performance shock upgrade. This is a deal you would normally only see with Zone nitro-shocks. Hope this post helps you make a more informed suspension kit decision. To get started, shop our full line of suspension kits for trucks