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Old 10-05-2013, 10:47 AM
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Suspension setup

Hey Fellas,

I'm in the market for a leveling kit as my 13' F250CC rides like GARBAGE. My first choice would be the Carli 2.5" pintop system. My question is, is it worth it to have the high end shock on the rear of the truck? I could potentially save about $800 by going with ICON monotubes in the rear while still using the king 2.5's in the front. Wondering if anyone else has done this? king reservoir shocks seem a little overkill for rear shocks in a solid axle truck. any help or opinions would be awesome.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:28 PM
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The front is a solid axle too... IMO Carli is worth every penny.
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:53 PM
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I would suggest just getting the whole kit from Icon.
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:21 PM
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I've been back and forth between icon and Carli. I know the stage 2 icon kit uses reservoir shocks in the front but not in the rear. I would also do carli leaf springs with the icon kit. I guess the big thing is am
I going to be able to tell the difference between a $100 bilstein/icon shock in the rear vs. a $500 king reservoir shock?
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:25 PM
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Shocks on any vehicle make a world of difference from brand to brand. The saying is buy once cry once.. I wouldn't hodge things together.
I'm saving for the 2.5 pin top myself.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:45 PM
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i bought the ebay cheapo leveling kit (3" and not actual name) with shock extensions an anti sway bar drop blocks. $120 an put saved money into a front 4 link an rear traction bars. removed front anti sway blocks because travel is fine with out. Drive feels slightly stiffer but no front or rear axle hop/wrap. 2" would of been sufficient though. At the end of the day its still a F250 not a caddy.
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So...I did the Carli 2.5 pintop level, but opted out of the mini leaf packs...mainly because I am going to a 3" block in the rear....to me completely level is weird...I like the *** end just a tiny bit lower than the front. Anyway...it rides really good I think. I also did the Carli HMS which is nice. I am going to top it off with some adjustable 3 links.....they are sitting in the garage waiting to go on.


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Nice thing about icon is that the kits can be orderd in anyway you want. They have several shock options etc.

Just because a shock has a rezzie does not mean it will ride better. Usually all that means is that it holds more fluid and can cool the fluid more efficiently. For everyday road use a smooth body vs a rezzie will not ride any different. If your out running the baja 1000 then by all means bigger and rezzies will be of much benefit.

I would go with the Icon 2.5 You can do their Smooth Body 2.0 Shocks, Smooth Body 2.5, or Piggy Back Resevoir 2.5 Shocks. You can also mix match them to fit your budget and style preference.
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I've been back and forth between icon and Carli. I know the stage 2 icon kit uses reservoir shocks in the front but not in the rear. I would also do carli leaf springs with the icon kit. I guess the big thing is am
I going to be able to tell the difference between a $100 bilstein/icon shock in the rear vs. a $500 king reservoir shock?
The long and short of it is that in the world of 8,500lb trucks, the bigger you go on the shocks, the better the ride you have the potential to achieve out of proper tuning. On a tacoma, grab 2.5" front and 2.0 rears. On a truck this heavy, you're going to want 2.5" on all four corners as the Balance or running the same shock with the same tune has been proven by our users over and over again. These trucks aren't light in the rear like the 1/4 and 1/2 ton trucks. Also, they're designed to be loaded. Smaller shocks won't like that at all. The $500 rear shocks are worth their weight in gold, as are the fronts.

Honestly, if you plan to stay on road, snag the commuter. It rides awesome on road; if you're off-road, or just prefer to have a ton of control and a plush ride, do yourself a favor and run the pintop kit with the full leafs. Your truck and wife will thank you!

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Nice thing about icon is that the kits can be orderd in anyway you want. They have several shock options etc.

Just because a shock has a rezzie does not mean it will ride better. Usually all that means is that it holds more fluid and can cool the fluid more efficiently. For everyday road use a smooth body vs a rezzie will not ride any different. If your out running the baja 1000 then by all means bigger and rezzies will be of much benefit.

I would go with the Icon 2.5 You can do their Smooth Body 2.0 Shocks, Smooth Body 2.5, or Piggy Back Resevoir 2.5 Shocks. You can also mix match them to fit your budget and style preference.
Piston flow and shock tuning is what makes it ride better. Remote reservoir means the nitrogen chamber has been relocated to allow the shaft and piston to travel the full length of the body of the shock. More travel, all other things held constant, would provide a better ride; thus, remote reservoir typically does mean a better ride.

Try to run the Baja 1000 in these trucks and you'll be severely disappointed. We ran the 500 course in my truck and Sage's truck and definitely could've used 3x the travel. Reservoir shocks mean more oil so longer life, cooler operation temperatures and more travel. All of which are beneficial on every-day rigs, not just race trucks.
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I've been back and forth between icon and Carli. I know the stage 2 icon kit uses reservoir shocks in the front but not in the rear. I would also do carli leaf springs with the icon kit. I guess the big thing is am
I going to be able to tell the difference between a $100 bilstein/icon shock in the rear vs. a $500 king reservoir shock?
For the rear of the truck as far as shocks go, I don't know if you are really going to tell much of a difference. I am not a huge fan of King Shocks anyways. They are nice looking shocks though. On a side note, if you plan on towing with your rear carli springs, I would look into an air bag setup and possibly traction bars. Most of the Carli rigs I see towing are squatting pretty bad if they don't have airbags.


But if I were to build a kit, I would go with an Icon kit like Josh said.

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