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Old 11-01-2010, 02:11 PM
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Did you say 4" lift? I thought they only make a 3", and a 16" kit? Also, how do you think the 3" kit would make the truck sit? That is what im worried about, i want to level my truck cause the front is like 2-3" lower than the rear, but i do haul stuff like firewood, stuff to the dume, dirt, gravel, and i dont want the front to be higher than the rear. But yeah, i was looking at the 3" kit. How does a truck with stock rear suspension sti with it?
They make a 3", 4" and 5". the 16" kit you are talking about is the amount of wheel travel he claims - not the amount of lift. The 3" kit would probably make the front of your truck just slightly higher than the rear.


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hippie?.....
Cheeto the wonderful redneck decided that since we live in California and like desert trucks we are all sand sucking hippies. this started with me and has now seemed to move on to any lifted 2wd from out here...

It's ok though - he's just jealous of our rust free rides!
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I hate rust. Makes me miserable. I would prolly have a lifted 2wd dd if it wasnt for the snow here.
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So, you said with the 3" kit, i would have to lift the rear? How much, like an 1" or something? What would you reccomend? Cause i kinda planned on buying it after christmas. Blocks, ad a leafs, new springs? I thought it would level it...now in confused.
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I would suggest lifting the front, and then measuring the rear to see how much it would take to make it look the way you want. While not the absolute best, I wouldn't be afraid of blocks up to 3"(4wds came from the factory with them) on a budget ride
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^^ I have to agree, do the 3" in the front first. Call or e-mail John at Autofab, and see if you can upgrade his "Econo-lift" to also include the extended radius arms. I think with the 3" in the front, e-rated 285-75/16, 33's, you'll be happy. I've also noticed that a by-product of having my truck a little higher in the front, I'm much more comfortable driving it. I don't feel like I'm pushing my head back to see forward. I just did a 4-hour trip in mine, and it was great.

As far as being a Hippie, well, I guess it's better than being a goat gaffler. Do goats even like cheeto's? Is that how ya lure them in? No please, don't answer that...... lets just talk about trucks, hugh?
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I've also noticed that a by-product of having my truck a little higher in the front, I'm much more comfortable driving it. I don't feel like I'm pushing my head back to see forward.
A fellow user here, Scottfreeman, and I were talking about this very thing. I think there's also the benefit of a slight increase in caster, as well as less weight transfer under braking, all making for a better handling truck. I personally like the rear slightly higher (as far as looks) but can see how the ride and handling from a more level truck could be superior.
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I also like trucks with a slightly higher rake in the rear, sometimes. I know I'm sportin the Cal-look, but to be fair I have not put in any rear suspension upgrades yet.
As far as the longer radius arms, they certainly do make a nice difference. With the stock radius arms, any lift will "pull" the beams back slightly, increasing bumpsteer. Autofabs, at least in my application, actualy pushed the beams forward 1". Slightly noticeable in apperance, deffinatley noticeable in driveability.
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For you prerunner guys, are the chevy 63s considered any good? I know that people like them for their flexiness, but don't know much about their application in desert running.
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good in stock form or what? The longer spring length does make them a little more "flexy" but flext comes from a couple different things. Generally for this more thinner leaves are better than fewer thicker ones - like most stock packs. There are many guys out there that are taking the chevy main leaf and then building their own pack using F-150 and jeep leaves as they are thinner. Sometimes they are re-arching the chevy main and others - sometimes they are not. If you want some reading PM me and I'll kink you to a couple threads on this on desert forums I frequent.
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So Jason is taking the Hauler to the Barstow cleanup this coming weekend and wanted to get a skid plate on the thing before we (I'm riding with him) went. He came over Friday after work and we fought my shop and the tool nightmares (broken bender, TIG pedal, etc. etc.) to get the thing pretty much done. He'll throw on the aluminum before we go and all should be good!

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Nice work as usual steve. I really like that
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Yea, thanks Steve for breakin' away from your projects to fit mine in. The kool part is, it's a bolt in piece now, can be removed for maintenance. The tool gremlins tried and tried to stop us, but Steve fought the good fight and kicked that ol' tube benders ***! Sledge hammers are such a delicate tool.
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How much did you lift the rear? There's a set of 2 wheels and tires on craigslist I want to buy and put them on the back of my 2wd and they are 32s. The leafs have lift blocks about 1-2 in. thick, do you think they would clear the fenders? Thanks for any advice. I'd figure I would ask because I'm sure you know about these things.
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I'm pretty sure at this point his rear is stock. I know I stuffed 35's on my truck when the rear was stock. Granted they would rub on the bedsides a bit, but that's nothing pulling the bedsides wouldn't fix.

One thing to be careful of though is rim width and also the offset. I run 7" wide wheels and 4.25" or so offset. Jason (76Hauler) has the same except his wheels are 16's and mine were 15's
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