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post #1 of 6 Old 04-20-2012, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Changing my lift, advice/input needed!!

I currently have an 2002 7.3 CC SB with a cheap Rancho Lift on 40's. The springs ride like crap and are sagging. The shocks are dying and the ride has gotten worse in the last month or so... I have a stock tranny w/ 116k miles on my truck. My biggest concern at this point is improving ride quality, as it is right now I don't even like driving it!

I tow from Phoenix to CA a few times a year with a flatbed car hauler and do the occasional trip to the lake, nothing too crazy. However, I would like to upgrade to a gooseneck racetrailer, which my truck is currently too tall to use.

Since I need new springs and shocks I was thinking of downgrading to a smaller lift. Something practical like a 4" lift with 35's. My friends are concerned I won't be happy with a truck that isn't an attention wh0re. Because of their input I was considering a 6" lift with 35's or 37's.

I've heard great things about Icon so I was looking at their:
1999 - 2004 Ford Super Duty F250 / F350 4" Spring System - ICON Vehicle Dynamics w/ Bilsteins

and the:
1999 - 2004 Ford Super Duty F250 / F350 6" All Spring System - ICON Vehicle Dynamics w/ Bilsteins

Currently considering:
- 4" w/ 35's
- 6" w/ 35's
- 6" w/ 37's

Please let me know your thoughts. And does anyone here tow a gooseneck toyhauler/racetrailer on a 6" lift??

2002 F350 7.3 CC SB SRW Lariat
Lifted on 40's
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I have installed a ton of lifts. I have set up some people to tow with a 6 inch. it depends on the trailer though. a flatbed gooseneck will work fine. horse trailers are iffy and fifth wheel travel trailers are a no go. either 4 or 6 inch can ride nice. good luck, do your homework before spending the money. nothing sucks more than doing things twice

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ICON is the way to go, I have a rough country and HATE!!!!!!! it. This summer Im going to spend the money and go 6in ICON, as far as towing I have been able to pull a gooseneck but I can't pull some 5 wheel trailers but most I have been able to as long as they are the newer trailers that have the hitch where you can raise and lower it.
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Since I need new springs and shocks I was thinking of downgrading to a smaller lift. Something practical like a 4" lift with 35's. My friends are concerned I won't be happy with a truck that isn't an attention wh0re.
A 4" lift on 35's can still get you lots of attention. Mine gets it's fair share of thumbs-up from people. It rides great, I get good fuel mileage, and I can reach into the bed without climbing in.
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I am actually about to install a Fabtech 6" lift and 35" tires next weekend. just picked up everything yesterday. What are opinions on Fabtech compared to ICON? just curious.

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Here's what I was told about lifts, the more you spend the better it rides, you can spend 12,000 on a kelderman and that gets your truck riding like a caddy and the spring systems I heard its either OUO, Rize, or ICON for the absolute best. I haven't heard to much on Fabtech for our trucks but I have a buddy with a Fabtech on his cummins and for some reason to me it feels like it rides better than stock. But thats comparing apples to oranges since they are all coil designs in front and not springs.
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