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Top Gun Customz lift install review

I recently installed the Top Gun Customz lift on my truck so I figured I would post some pics and a review. Went with the TGC 6" 4 link lift. Added dual front steering stabilizer, nighthawk resi 2.6 resi shocks and traction bars. Went with BMF rehab wheels with 0 offset (5" backspacing). Nitto 37x12.50x20 tires. Here is what I started with...
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87,96,04 F150 gone
2011 F250 6.7L SC Lariat 4x4
"The War Wagon"
5" Flo Pro w/muffler, SDP downpipe, Sinister EGR delete, S&B intake, H&S mini maxx w/ SPE HotX, H&S intercooler pipe, MPD CCV Mod, Top Gun Customz 6" Lift, TGC dual steering stabilizer w/ night hawk shocks, TGC ladder bars, Night hawk 2.65 resi shocks, BMF rehab 20x9 rims with 5" backspacing (0 offset), Nitto Trail Grappler 37x12.50x20 tires, SSBC calipers w/Big Bite rotors front & rear, SPE metal oil pan upgrade & full diff lock, Mag-hytech dif cover, Deezee headache rack, Bushwacker fender flares & shocker 540 train horns.
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Had some help from a friend and the father in law. Took about 15 hours to complete everything as we took our time since it is the first time I have ever lifted a truck. TGC's instructions lack quite a bit but have been told they are working on updated instructions with pictures etc. Initial impressions is everything seems to be solid and of high quality. Had to make some calls to TGC with a few random questions, there customer service was excellent. I did not need coil spring compressors to get the coil springs out, they came out and the new ones went in no problem. The pitman arm was a bit hard to get out, needed to beat the hell out of it while slowly turning the puller, took about an hour but finally got it out. The nighthawk shocks are super stiff and required a lot of effort to get them compressed enough to get them installed. The front was quite time consuming but after the pitman arm it went smooth...here is some pics of the front install....
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87,96,04 F150 gone
2011 F250 6.7L SC Lariat 4x4
"The War Wagon"
5" Flo Pro w/muffler, SDP downpipe, Sinister EGR delete, S&B intake, H&S mini maxx w/ SPE HotX, H&S intercooler pipe, MPD CCV Mod, Top Gun Customz 6" Lift, TGC dual steering stabilizer w/ night hawk shocks, TGC ladder bars, Night hawk 2.65 resi shocks, BMF rehab 20x9 rims with 5" backspacing (0 offset), Nitto Trail Grappler 37x12.50x20 tires, SSBC calipers w/Big Bite rotors front & rear, SPE metal oil pan upgrade & full diff lock, Mag-hytech dif cover, Deezee headache rack, Bushwacker fender flares & shocker 540 train horns.
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More pics of the front....
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87,96,04 F150 gone
2011 F250 6.7L SC Lariat 4x4
"The War Wagon"
5" Flo Pro w/muffler, SDP downpipe, Sinister EGR delete, S&B intake, H&S mini maxx w/ SPE HotX, H&S intercooler pipe, MPD CCV Mod, Top Gun Customz 6" Lift, TGC dual steering stabilizer w/ night hawk shocks, TGC ladder bars, Night hawk 2.65 resi shocks, BMF rehab 20x9 rims with 5" backspacing (0 offset), Nitto Trail Grappler 37x12.50x20 tires, SSBC calipers w/Big Bite rotors front & rear, SPE metal oil pan upgrade & full diff lock, Mag-hytech dif cover, Deezee headache rack, Bushwacker fender flares & shocker 540 train horns.
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The back was obviously a lot less time consuming then the front. The ant wrap blocks seem super sturdy. I left the add a leaf that I had already installed in place because I hate when a lifted truck is taller in the front. I had to get some custom made u bolts for the anti wrap blocks to the springs due to my leaf pack being thicker. The traction bars need some drilling into the frame to bolt up which is a pain. A 90' drill is about the only option to get the holes in the frame. Cobalt bits will also help speed up the process. Some pics of the rear...
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87,96,04 F150 gone
2011 F250 6.7L SC Lariat 4x4
"The War Wagon"
5" Flo Pro w/muffler, SDP downpipe, Sinister EGR delete, S&B intake, H&S mini maxx w/ SPE HotX, H&S intercooler pipe, MPD CCV Mod, Top Gun Customz 6" Lift, TGC dual steering stabilizer w/ night hawk shocks, TGC ladder bars, Night hawk 2.65 resi shocks, BMF rehab 20x9 rims with 5" backspacing (0 offset), Nitto Trail Grappler 37x12.50x20 tires, SSBC calipers w/Big Bite rotors front & rear, SPE metal oil pan upgrade & full diff lock, Mag-hytech dif cover, Deezee headache rack, Bushwacker fender flares & shocker 540 train horns.
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Overall I would say the lift is not that difficult to install but patience and another set of hands are a must. So far the ride is great, not that much different from stock. Took a little getting used to being up so high though. Had to get an alignment as the steering wheel was quite a bit off. Had to go to a tire shop to get the truck to recognize the new tpms sensors...the reset in the owners manual will not get the truck to recognize new sensors, need the electronic tool the tire shop or dealer has. Drove about 200 miles and checked all the nuts. Only a few needed an extra turn or so...just about everything was tight. I need to take some more finished product pics but figured Id post what I had for now. Will follow up with updates as I get some more miles on the truck. Not a lot of reviews or info about the installs of the TGC lifts so I figured id share my experience. I would highly recommend this lift as I think it is the best looking one out there for the superduty. I love the TGC 4 links and ladder bars..they are quite unique.


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"The War Wagon"
5" Flo Pro w/muffler, SDP downpipe, Sinister EGR delete, S&B intake, H&S mini maxx w/ SPE HotX, H&S intercooler pipe, MPD CCV Mod, Top Gun Customz 6" Lift, TGC dual steering stabilizer w/ night hawk shocks, TGC ladder bars, Night hawk 2.65 resi shocks, BMF rehab 20x9 rims with 5" backspacing (0 offset), Nitto Trail Grappler 37x12.50x20 tires, SSBC calipers w/Big Bite rotors front & rear, SPE metal oil pan upgrade & full diff lock, Mag-hytech dif cover, Deezee headache rack, Bushwacker fender flares & shocker 540 train horns.
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Forgot to mention the Nitto Trail Grapplers are super quiet for a big offroad tire. They are as advertised when it comes to road noise...I was wanting the big tires without the noise since all I do is drive on the road and highways. Also it was tough to make the call on what backspacing to go with as I did not want to have to install fender flares. A 5" backspacing is perfect for not needing to add fender flares.


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2011 F250 6.7L SC Lariat 4x4
"The War Wagon"
5" Flo Pro w/muffler, SDP downpipe, Sinister EGR delete, S&B intake, H&S mini maxx w/ SPE HotX, H&S intercooler pipe, MPD CCV Mod, Top Gun Customz 6" Lift, TGC dual steering stabilizer w/ night hawk shocks, TGC ladder bars, Night hawk 2.65 resi shocks, BMF rehab 20x9 rims with 5" backspacing (0 offset), Nitto Trail Grappler 37x12.50x20 tires, SSBC calipers w/Big Bite rotors front & rear, SPE metal oil pan upgrade & full diff lock, Mag-hytech dif cover, Deezee headache rack, Bushwacker fender flares & shocker 540 train horns.
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Looks great... How much did the lift cost??
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Love seeing another Superduty with a TGC lift!

Looks good man!

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Should ride good with those Pure Performance shocks.
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