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post #1 of 6 Old 06-28-2012, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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1.5-3" Lift or Level?

Hey everyone, I am wanting to do a small lift or leveling kit. I do not want to spend very much unless it it necessary. About a year ago I almost pulled the trigger on the Icon 2.5" lift (would have been a bit over a grand). I am not opposed to getting that kit, but I really am turning into a tight *** and do not want to spend but a few hundred dollars if possible. All that being said.... My truck rides like ****. If not didnt get any worse that would be fine, but if the ride got worse that would not be okay. I would prefer to gain better ride qualit but I do not want to dump a ton of money into a truck that has 140K miles. My truck is a Extended Cab Short Bed Lariat (with the 20" wheels). That could be part of the reason why it rides so bad. I have goodyear duratracs and I am about to replace them (within next 5k mikes) and I may go with Toyo MT's and they are almost a full inch taller.

Anyway what do you guys suggest. Thanks!
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Well a leveling kit will be much cheaper than a lift kit, and it wont ride any differently. I just bought a Newton 2.5" leveling kit with 5" rear blocks. I read good things about Newton and Readylift. You can find newton on Ebay and you get to pick your rear blocks. If you go with a leveling kit you will want one that moves the track bar (usually either spacers or a different bracket) without it your front axle will shift to one side.

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i put a top guns customz leveling kit on saturday and am very pleased with it! its a 2.5 inch and it was 59.99!! i have a 350 SRW so i didnt have to buy blocks but personally i think mine rides better since i put it on.
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Look into the top gun customz progressive springs, with bilstein shocks, and maybe a track bar and you will be very happy. This set up will be cheaper than the icon kit. I have it on my truck and it rides good. I have a 1 ton and I know that it will never drive like a caddy, but it rides better than any truck I have ever had before.

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Browsing Top Gun Customz website right now...

Does anyone know how Fox Shox compare to Bilstines?

I am also a bit interested in a steering stabilizer. On some roads my truck jumps all over.... to the point where it is almost dangerous at times.
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The fox shocks and the bilsteins ride very similar with in the same price ranges. I have always run bilsteins because they are pretty easy to get. I also have the top gun customz dual steering stabilizer with bilsteins and it made the truck handle night and day different. Rides so much better now. I have little to no bump steer and the truck doesnt wander anymore.

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