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How to measure lift on my truck

When I bought my truck it was already lifted. I need to buy new shocks and I'm not sure how much lift it has. I've always been curious just how lifted it is- I think it's only 2", but it could be 4". What kind of measurements can I take? Shock eye to eye? Bottom of fender to ground?
Also considering the Bilstein 5100 series shocks. Any confirmations on those or other recommendations?

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Numerous places that you can take measurements from, take your pick and compare that to a truck at stock height. Or post a photo, many of us can tell you just by looking at it.

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Center of hub to fender in front is 26.5". Center of hub to fender in rear is 26 3/4". Front shock eye to eye is 18 3/4". Block on rear axle is 3 1/2" (under leaf springs). Thanks!
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Let me know if there are any other helpful measurements. The truck is parked on a slight incline in the photo with the front of the truck lower than the back. Tires are 285 75 16s and pretty new with BFG AT Lugs.

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I just measured my neighbors stock f-250 for reference:

Front center of hub to fender is 24"
Rear center of hub to fender is 25-1/2" with the stock 2" f-250 blocks.

So it looks like your truck has a 2-1/2" or 3" lift on the front and is stock height in the rear with the f-350 blocks.


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Thanks! It is an F350, do they sit taller than a F250 with the extra suspension? So that means my truck just has a leveling kit, correct?

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Thanks! It is an F350, do they sit taller than a F250 with the extra suspension? So that means my truck just has a leveling kit, correct?
Yes, f-350's have 3-1/2" blocks, and f-250's use blocks that are just under 2" tall.

The springs are the same on f-250's and f-350's, the difference in the rear height is due to the different size blocks.

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looks like its just a leveling kit.... if your looking for a good deal on some great shocks check these out: http://stealth-automotive.com/index....roduct_id=1859
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Yes, f-350's have 3-1/2" blocks, and f-250's use blocks that are just under 2" tall.

The springs are the same on f-250's and f-350's, the difference in the rear height is due to the different size blocks.
I don't think I ever knew that! So that's the difference between a 3/4 ton and a 1 ton?!

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looks like its just a leveling kit.... if your looking for a good deal on some great shocks check these out: http://stealth-automotive.com/index....roduct_id=1859
Thanks, I'll give them a look. What is the advantage to the 5160 front shocks that you offer? So it looks like I can just order the "stock" length shocks and they will work?

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