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post #1 of 30 Old 07-15-2010, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Leveling Kit Help?

So, I want to level the ride height of my truck, and don't want to break the bank. I found this kit, and although it is Ebay, does anyone have any experience with one of these, or a similar shackel kit? I was thinking, since it would theoretically keep my stock ride quality, as rough as it is, lol.

I've also been looking at the spring pack kits, but think it would sacrifice the quality quite a bit. We've used shackel lifts on our samurais in the past with great results (in combination with spring-overs). Just wanted to get some advice... something also tells me install would be less involved with a shackel kit than a spring pack set, but I could be mistaken.

edit: I suppose it helps if I provide the link, lol:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-99-...Q5fAccessories

also, I just found this rough country add-a-leaf leveling spring kit:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/99-04...Q5fAccessories

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The best ride quality will be from a hanger kit as it keeps the stock spring rate but gives you additional travel. Next would be a mini spring kit from a spring manufactor..Deaver or Icon's, not ebay junk.
Add-A-Leafs will stiffen the ride by changing the spring rate.

ANY kit will require a adj track bar or properly made drop bracket as every 2" of lift will shift the axle 1/2-3/4" Doglegging and side loading the bushings.

All except the mini spring pack should use longer shocks. Bilsteins..IMO

If I can help or get you prices please PM.

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PM'ed - I want to do this the right way
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So, I want to level the ride height of my truck, and don't want to break the bank. I found this kit, and although it is Ebay, does anyone have any experience with one of these, or a similar shackel kit? I was thinking, since it would theoretically keep my stock ride quality, as rough as it is, lol.

I've also been looking at the spring pack kits, but think it would sacrifice the quality quite a bit. We've used shackel lifts on our samurais in the past with great results (in combination with spring-overs). Just wanted to get some advice... something also tells me install would be less involved with a shackel kit than a spring pack set, but I could be mistaken.

edit: I suppose it helps if I provide the link, lol:
2" 99-04 Ford F250/F350 Super Duty Leveling Lift Kit: eBay Motors (item 390218315323 end time Aug-12-10 11:48:04 PDT)

also, I just found this rough country add-a-leaf leveling spring kit:
99-04 Ford F250/F350 Super Duty 2" Leveling Lift Kit: eBay Motors (item 390216048623 end time Aug-04-10 07:34:17 PDT)

From what I have researched, that 1st one you have posted doesn't look like a complete kit. It looks just like the rear shackle brackets. It is my understanding that you need both the front and rear shackle/hanger brackets to do a proper leveling kit up front.

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Follow what Cary tells you. He has great prices and knows what he is talking about. I need to do the same thing and will be using the mini spring pac he sells with an adjustable trac bar.

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i used a mini spring pack, with a rough country trac bar bracket. rides pretty decent.
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wow i want my truck to look just like urs!!! Can u maybe give me a link to the kit u used or at least the parts....Thats next on my list....then some rim and tires...
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hey sorry for the quick post but, do i have to have a track bar, when doin a mini spring pack?? and would my truck already have one on it?
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You must use a adj track bar or a correctly bade drop bracket that designed for the lift gained. The axle will shift 1/2-3/4" side loading the suspension and bushings. Stock trucks will not have a adj bar but we have 2 available a DOM bar and a Billet Aluminum. PM with your zip for pricing.

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Many do a leveling kit and sware you don't need a adjustable trac bar. But they will always admit what a pain the install was. I don't like the idea of pushing my axle 3/4" off center. So as Cary already said to do it right you need to use one or a relocation bracket for the stock trac bar. I plan on doing the adjustable when I finally get the funds to do it.

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