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2012 F-250- best leveling kit

I just bought a 2012 F-250 lariat fx4 6.7. I am looking to level the truck but run stock rims. I am wanting to hear some opinions on what is the best leveling kit (quality and ride) and what is the best tire to run on factory rim? thanks for the help.
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I have heard some talk about Icon and Carli lifts. What are the thoughts on these lifts as far as quality and ride? What would my best option for a leveling kit be if I want to stay leveled when pulling a load (5k or less)? I want really wanna run anything bigger than 35s but I wanna feel the fender wells good. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Here is some info about the upcoming Carli 2.5" kits:

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Just posted my pictures in that thread as well! I can tell you the only truck that rides better than mine (that I've been in) is the 2008 pictured in the thread above. The longer springs make the rear quite plush.
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I run the Icon stage 2 lift with track bar and duel stabilizers on mine. Its ride great and you get 50% more wheel travel out of it. Vs a spacer type lift. I like the ride better than stock. I can't say about the Carli lift but the 2012's come with longer and wider rear springs. And its hard to see how adding more springs to the F250's spring pack would make it more plush. Just saying. 35-12.5 would run good with stock wheels. And if your not offloading much I would look at Icon Stage 1 with a track bar or Icon spring kit with Bilstines shocks and track bar.




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I run the Icon stage 2 lift with track bar and duel stabilizers on mine. Its ride great and you get 50% more wheel travel out of it. Vs a spacer type lift. I like the ride better than stock. I can't say about the Carli lift but the 2012's come with longer and wider rear springs. And its hard to see how adding more springs to the F250's spring pack would make it more plush. Just saying. 35-12.5 would run good with stock wheels. And if your not offloading much I would look at Icon Stage 1 with a track bar or Icon spring kit with Bilstines shocks and track bar.



Because we remove the lower overload and the upper helper and replace them with a progressive multi-spring add-a-pack for progressive spring engagement. More comfortable in all situations and maintains factory load capacity.
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See here is were it gets weird. We had at one time a large tread on the rear springs on the 2011-12 F250 - F350's. Some of us went back to the dealer and looked at all the trucks on the lot. What we found is that most all F350's had 3 to 4 +1 helper springs. On the F250's some (few) had 4 +1 helper. Some had 3 +1 helper with camper package. But most had (like mine) only 3 springs. So with that you would take off my bottom short spring and add 5 in its place. You can see were one can get confused. Ford had stated that going to the new longer wider 2 with 1 over load was to improve the ride.

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We gurantee that you can carry the same payload that your truck could carry stock; therefore, we ONLY REMOVE the overload (Thick leaf on the bottom that doesn't follow the contour of the pack) and the helper (thin separated leaf on the top that hits the pads extending from the frame under load.) The main pack remains and we essentially add a progressive version of the overload to ensure you can still haul and the leaf pack is still supported but the edge is taken off your ride.
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how does this icon lift ride compared to stock? i have never leveled a truck where they didnt guarentee that it will not affect the facotry ride and everytime the trucks suspension ended up being a lot stiffer and in my opinion it rode worse. is there any way to level the truck and not have the drake in the back when under a light load?
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The ICON rides better than stock but they don't adress the rear springs so it still hops. I just had a customer come in after 20 days with his ICON system and he switched to our pintop after adding our full spring pack to his ICON suspension because they didn't address the rear on his $6000 suspension system. Not bashing, take it for what it's worth...
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