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Old 03-28-2014, 06:32 AM
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To Lift or Not to Lift

Fellas...I have a 2007 F350 Lariat CCLB 6.0 all stock, oem 20s, with 76k, problem free and still under warranty...oh, and a former ROTM winner! I've always wanted to lift and lightly mod a truck and I doubt I'll buy another one considering the one I built online the other night was $68k+.

I guess I'm looking for some pros/cons whether to do a 6" lift w/20x10" wheels and 35-37" tires from those of you who have. Was it hard on the the transmission or drivetrain? How much of an impact did it have on your MPGs? How about getting in and out of the truck and/or bed...a PITA? ETC....

I will also be installing a 4" turbo back exhaust, air kit, and am considering an SCT S3/4 or Livewire. My dealership is strongly recommending a Bulletproof EGR cooler and new oil cooler. I'm only looking for a better running and more fuel efficient truck where my mail focus is reliability since this is probably my last truck.

Your feedback and/or recommendations are appreciated.
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You just can't beat a 4.5" setup from Icon with some traction bars. It isn't too big, you don't have to run big tires. You can still tow whatever you want, even a gooseneck. It is going to ride good and it isn't going to be a pain to get in and out of.

Even if you go with a 6" 37's are not going to be that hard on the drivetrain. You don't necessarily have to regear. But I did notice a difference in power and mileage when I went from 35's to 37's. They are just plain heavy!

Whichever way you go with the lift kit, get something nice and halfway decent that is why I recommend the icon. If you head down to the local lift kit shop you will end up with something that rides more like a truck, if you know what I mean.

Talk to a shop like Truck Toyz Performance and they can help you with what you are looking for.
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Thanks Layson. I expected more feedback from this post and the one put in the Suspension forum...disappointing. BTW, your truck is...badass!
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I plan to lift my truck 4-4.5" with some negative offset 35s for a more aggressive stance. That way you can still use it without a problem and everything and it look badazz. superduties sit high to start. If you get a 6" you'll almost have to get 37s bc 35s will look small. 37s cost a decent amount more and are way heavier, you'll definitely notice a difference

I had an f150 lifted 6" with 35s then went to 8" with 37s and it was a huge difference with the bigger tires


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I plan to lift my truck 4-4.5" with some negative offset 35s for a more aggressive stance. That way you can still use it without a problem and everything and it look badazz. superduties sit high to start. If you get a 6" you'll almost have to get 37s bc 35s will look small. 37s cost a decent amount more and are way heavier, you'll definitely notice a difference

I had an f150 lifted 6" with 35s then went to 8" with 37s and it was a huge difference with the bigger tires


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Yea...that's the direction I'm going. Considering just a 2.5" leveling kit too. I'm going to do everything at once...just need to lock down exactly what. I have new tires on factory 20s and hate to not use them up. Exhaust, SCT, and egr/oil cooler fix is a definite though.
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Thanks Layson. I expected more feedback from this post and the one put in the Suspension forum...disappointing. BTW, your truck is...badass!
Thanks! Yeah to me there was a big difference between 35's and 37's... I think the 4.5" kit with the 35's look pretty dang good!
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4" and 35's all day long. Looks good , very useable still , minor drop in mpg. 6" is awesome but can be a real PITA quite often when it comes to getting in and out , passengers can create a problem at 6" as some just can't hop up there easily and the bed is just too high to utilize. Been on both and I loved the 6" look but really enjoy the 4" convenience.
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4" and 35's all day long. Looks good , very useable still , minor drop in mpg. 6" is awesome but can be a real PITA quite often when it comes to getting in and out , passengers can create a problem at 6" as some just can't hop up there easily and the bed is just too high to utilize. Been on both and I loved the 6" look but really enjoy the 4" convenience.
I was contemplating the same reasons to not go 6"...and then add a couple more inches for 37s and I'd need rope ladders to fall out of the door panels to climb in the thing. I use my bed often and can see where more 8-10" more inches higher would put it too high to be user friendly to me. It sure would look sweet though.
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I say a 4 inch with 35". I've got a fabtech lift from previous owner on mine. 20x12 with -44 offset

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I say a 4 inch with 35". I've got a fabtech lift from previous owner on mine. 20x12 with -44 offset

2005 F350 CCLB FX4
I like that look...sharp truck. I'm not going that wide on my wheels though. What wheels are those...AFs??
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