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how much lift requires track bar modifications?

1.how much lift on the front end ca i go before i need a trac bar modifications? Ive seen 2'' levelking kits that do and dont come with a longer trac bar or a drop bracket.

IM fureing they all must because the axle is being moved away from the frame which requires a longer track bar.

2. do these mini-pack leveling kits work on none OEM leafs? I have "standers" brand aftermarket front leafs in the truck currently, seem to look stock.

3. I was given a set or nice Eagle 10'' rims, with some junk 305/75/r16 tires on them. As i only want to clear 33's with the truck levelled out, was would be a proper size for the rim? Ive heard 285 but i think they would be too narrow for 10'' rim and the 305's seem to suit the rim better.

Thanks, ive searched a ton and came up with pieces but no straight answers.

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Go with the 305's on tire size. I would not alter the steering or track bar on a level kit unless handling is adversely affected.

Realistically, you want your track (or panhard) to be in line with your drag link AND you want your front axle to be centered left to right.

If you are not going to 1. install a dropped pitman arm or 2. install high steer, then I would not install a dropped track bar.

If you install a dropped pitman arm, then install a bracket that drops the track bar from the frame and moves it inward to keep the axle centered.

With high steer, I would move the track bar up on the axle to keep it inline with the draglink. This is to avoid bump steer.

On the mini spring packs, if your aftermarket springs are stock replacements from the after market, they should work fine.

This is, of course, only my opinion.

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i'm now leaning towards a leveling kit that includes new complete front leafs and trac bar reloation bracket but its 2/3 the price of a complete 4'' kit.

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I've been considering an adjustible track bar, not sure what type of lift up front I have (not mini spring packs, but it is around 3" higher than stock) but 295/70/18s clear everything except the leafs on the right side when turning right

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after a little washing i found out i have repalcement factory hieght "standens" brand front springs, yet all the add a leaf leveling kits clearly state that they only work with factory springs.

im thinking they should work with an add a leaf because they should just be factory copies but im going to call my suspension shiop and see what they say.

Im looking for a 3'' leveling kit with a new front lift springs and a quality front trac bar setup.

I just scored 285/75/r16 yokaham geolanders at/s for $400 new

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Definitely do the drop bracket for track bar on 4" or more. Just been through that. Mine had a death wobble without it. Drop pitman hits stock track bar bracket. Get the $100 drop track bar off ebay and save yourself LOTS of trouble.
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I have 285 75 16's with no lift and no rub!
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You need a adj track bar with any lift if you want the axle centered. If going over 3" then you need a droped Pitman arms and a droped track bar bracket, don't use one without the other.

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