Penny Pincher Award
Black Diamond comes in with the lowest "as tested" price point of $1,628.62. Superlift's Black Diamond series suspension kit was the best deal in our lineup. Not only that, but the comany scored a close Second Place to a kit that costs more than three times as much. You can definitely consider this kit the best bang for your buck.
Fire-Road Stormer Award
Black Diamond seemed to squeak by the pack again during this portion as it was tallied to be the most impressive fire-road runner in the test. It handled the fast off-road speeds and jolts of our test track with ease, and did so with minimal bumpsteer.
Black Diamond, wow. If we hadn't seen the judging books ourselves, we'd think that there was something funny going on here. Though all the kits performed surprisingly well (or not surprisingly), the Black Diamond kit crawled past the rest by just a few points.
Street Rider Award
Black Diamond also exhibited the best street manners of any suspension in the test. This was a very close call, though, and we had to go back and triple-check our notes, as Trail Master came in at literally a half a point behind them, making the Trail Master kit an equally worthy pavement pounder to drive to work.
Donahoe Racing, while rallying through the rough stuff, had the one kit that came out on top. It exhibited the best control and handling of the whoops and washes, no doubt thanks to the 2 1/2-inch-diameter ZooRoad shocks that would keep shock fade to a minimum.
Best-Equipped Undercarriage Award
Donahoe Racing convinced our judges during inspection that it had the most well-equipped suspension to handle the rigors off road. With eight new control arms, beefy remote-reservoir shocks, and new track bars, this kit offered just a bit more girth than the other suspensions in the test.
Though it looked like Superlift's Black Diamond kit was going to walk away with the crown, it was Donahoe Racing's kit that bested the pack in overall points. Though it did not finish at the top of the pack every time, it was consistently a high points scorer and would prove its worth in the end. But speaking of worth, the kit comes in with by far the largest price tag at $5,900, and we'll have to leave it up to you whether it is worth it to spend over double the next highest-priced suspension system in our Runaround program. But if you are looking for the absolute best kit for your JK, we think our judges did a fair and fine job of picking the Donahoe kit as number one.
|Total Points Breakdown |
|Donahoe Racing ||2,625.0 |
|Black Diamond ||2,595.5 |
|Pro Comp ||2,458.0 |
|Teraflex ||2,435.0 |
|Poly Performance ||2,421.5 |
|Rock Krawler ||2,315.5 |
|Nth Degree Mobility ||2,237.0 |
|Trail Master ||2,023.5 |
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