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Old 10-25-2011, 05:47 AM
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f250 lift with no track bar bracket!?

i got a lift kit from a local store and it was described as a basic 6in lift kit ........... i got front 6in lift springs blocks for the back new u bolts all around and thats it....... well a buddy of mine said i AT LEAST need a track bar drop bracket or somthing and he said i also needed some extended sway bar drop links .... i have the 2 peice drive shaft and he said i might not need to get a drop kit depending on how bad of a vibration....

so what im asking is what do i realy need i dont want to buy something if using stock is fine

thanks in advance =]
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:56 AM
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You need an adjustable track bar, dropped sway bar links, a drop pitman arm, and a shim kit for the rear driveshaft.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:02 AM
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ok im low on money at the moment and at least have to get it out of my friends garage but he said i can park it outside while i wait to get parts. i have a little saturn for my DD
what do i NEED to install before i put the leaf packs on? what can be put on after leaf packs ? i know i can do the sway bar links later but im not sure on the track bar help plz
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:41 AM
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You need an adjustable track bar, dropped sway bar links, a drop pitman arm, and a shim kit for the rear driveshaft.


Adjustable track bar - I would be suprised if you could even get it together without one. If by some miracle you could, the suspension would be under a constant bind and the axle would favor the drivers side.

Dropped sway bar links - I haven't drove my truck wihout a sway bar but I broke one in my jeep once. If you want to soil your pants that's a good way to do it.

Pitman arm - steering geometry

Shim kit for carrier bearing - This will keep the u-joints in their working angle.

So really, they all need to be done before I would drive it.
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You need to have a good understanding of suspension geometry before you start buying random parts (or start making suggestions). There are some replies that are simply not correct.

You won't be able to get your trac bar bolted in with 6" springs (and if you can somehow figure out a way to get it in, it shouldn't be driven like that). An adjustable trac bar, as per some suggestions, will solve that issue. On the other hand, running a longer trac bar AND a drop pitman arm doesn't make any sense and shouldn't be done! It will cause bumpsteer, which is undesirable. If you're going to run a drop pitman arm, then you should be running a drop bracket for your trac bar at the same time.

As for a sway bar.... This is important, especially for a lifted truck. Go ahead and buy some extended links. I don't have a sway bar, and we have fairly stiff trucks, so the effects aren't huge. But I am NOT suggesting you run without a front sway bar.

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Old 10-25-2011, 05:39 PM
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Well, this doesn't happen very often...... but I was wrong . After reading Mud-Nut's reply I did some research. A dropped pitman arm is used in conjunction with a track bar drop bracket. A stock pitman arm is used with an adjustable track bar. Sorry to give incorrect information.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:21 PM
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If you need a drop bracket for the drive shaft, I have one from Rough Country. Came with my 8" lift, but I didn't need it so I could sell it. But yes, dropped pitman arm and dropped track bar bracket is needed. Might be cheaper than buying an adjustable track bar. And please get the sway bar end links if you plan on driving near me.
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here are the parts that you will need to be able to drive it right now:

drop pitman arm
drop track bar bracket
as for sway bar links, depending on where yours are located ( in which portion of the stock upper mounting location ) you can move them below the frame and use your stockers....if you actually need lifted ones, I have some from my 4" that my truck came with I no longer need.
and you'll need shocks!
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