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Got my Leveling kit in

Well I finally had time to install my laveling kit this weekend and got the truck cleaned up yesterday.

Here is a pic leveled with 285's Ive got a set of 305s ordered hopefully they come tomarrow.





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Looks good! In fact it looks almost lifted. What kit did you use and how high, 2, 2.5, 3"?

I was wondering when I level mine if my 285's will look like doughnuts but I gotta say from looking at your pic they'll look fine.
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Its a 2in shackle kit from Pro Comp. I looked at a ton of pics of leveled trucks on 285s 305s and 315s and I decided to stick with the 33's If I hadnt planned on making the switch from an MT to an AT I would have just stuck with the 285s, but since i was ordering tires I went with a 305 nitto terre grappler.

I agree that the way it sits makes it look lifted, I think thats why I like the 33s on it.

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Its a 2in shackle kit from Pro Comp. I looked at a ton of pics of leveled trucks on 285s 305s and 315s and I decided to stick with the 33's If I hadnt planned on making the switch from an MT to an AT I would have just stuck with the 285s, but since i was ordering tires I went with a 305 nitto terre grappler.

I agree that the way it sits makes it look lifted, I think thats why I like the 33s on it.

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So, are those 305's on there now?
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no the pic was with the 285 fierce MTs I just got home with the truck with my new 305 nitto terre grapplers. honestly other than the tires being about an inch wider it looks the same. Im pretty stoked about it.

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well where are the pics of the new meats???
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no the pic was with the 285 fierce MTs I just got home with the truck with my new 305 nitto terre grapplers. honestly other than the tires being about an inch wider it looks the same. Im pretty stoked about it.

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Cool. From the pic the 185's themselves look fat on those rims, not slab sided skinnys.
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Cool. From the pic the 185's themselves look fat on those rims, not slab sided skinnys.
Yeah hose are 16x10 inch rims and they give the 285s some girth. I had em on 16x8s on my cummins and they were real tall and skinny. I really like the looks of them on the 10in rim, may lose an inch or so in overall height, but i think they look sick.

any how heres a pic with the 305s.....



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So did the shackle kit you use just attach to the back end of the springs? That way you only needed two hangers? Ive been trying to figure out the best way to go, but I read somewhere that you needed hangers on both ends of the leaf springs, which I dont quite understand why.

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So did the shackle kit you use just attach to the back end of the springs? That way you only needed two hangers? Ive been trying to figure out the best way to go, but I read somewhere that you needed hangers on both ends of the leaf springs, which I dont quite understand why.

Yes it replaces the shackles on both ends of the spring. I imagine the reason that they want you to replace both shackles because it keeps the geometry and the wheel travel goin in the right direction. If you just lengthin the shackle on one end then the direction of the wheel travel changes.

You can do just one end Ive seen it done on mud trucks but it looks like **** and it seemed to cause alot of axle wrap issues.

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