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Rejoining the PSD ranks...

Hello everyone!

After a short hiatus from the truck world, I am shopping for another PSD. I found a nice, low mileage '06 F250 at a local dealer. The OASIS is clean, as is the truck itself. However, it has a 6" suspension lift. What should i check with regards to the lift to make sure it was done right, has no problems, etc, etc? Also, what else should I check before pulling the trigger? Thanks in advance for the input and advice!!
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Hello everyone!

After a short hiatus from the truck world, I am shopping for another PSD. I found a nice, low mileage '06 F250 at a local dealer. The OASIS is clean, as is the truck itself. However, it has a 6" suspension lift. What should i check with regards to the lift to make sure it was done right, has no problems, etc, etc? Also, what else should I check before pulling the trigger? Thanks in advance for the input and advice!!
If was sold through Ford (Southern Comfort Edition w/ProComp) run the hell away from it as fast as you can!
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I don't think it is. The truck is a standard black Lariat with a 4"-6" lift kit and aftermarket wheels. Pics below...



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whats wrong with the southern comfort trucks just wondering
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whats wrong with the southern comfort trucks just wondering
My 08' job 1 was one. Freaking nightmare as soon as they rolled it off the delivery truck .Major steering problems for over a year and a half that the dealer couldn't fix (and would try to charge me to adjust or replace whatever) that were bad enough that my wife was scared ****less to drive it (and she's born/bred country). I even tried to get Ford to buy it back because of this (AND apparently the southern comfort shop-Alabama or somewhere in the South went belly up shortly after the 08's) well before my motor took a dump. The steering is the reason I never modded the motor cause it was in the shop constantly and immediately after I bought it and for fear of warranty denial--yea, what a bunch of ****. My new to me 08' job 3 is a stud of a truck (comparitively) like the rest of my PSD's over the years. Rant I know, but that truck/lift was pure hell.

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Thanks for the link, Lilpooh. I did find that link, and it was certainly great information. My concerns are more around the lift and its impact to the truck. While I feel confident that I have enough information to shop a stock truck (thanks to this site!!), I am quite ignorant about suspension lifts. Is there a particular item or items that should be checked and double-checked? What are the signs that the lift was installed correctly (or incorrectly)? What, if anything, should be a red flag to run away?

Basically, what would you guys look at or for when shopping a lifted vs a stock truck? Thanks again for all of the input and advice!
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UPDATE - I finally got to drive the truck. It's very nice and in excellent shape. The suspension lift is a 6" Fabtech (looking at the springs). From what I can see, it is comprised of front springs with Bilstein shocks (grey tube) and blocks under the rear leafs with ProComp MX6 adjustable shocks. The tires are LT325/60R20 Nitto Terra Grapplers.

So, a couple of questions:
-> The truck has really, really good pickup. Much better than the other two stock-height, stock-tired trucks I drove. So much so, I figured that the previous owner installed new gears to account for the 35" tires. The truck turns 1,500 rpms at 55 mph in 5th with the tc locked, which computes to a 4.10 ratio. Does that sound right? Outside of tracking along with another vehicle, is there a way to tell if the speedo is showing the correct speed? And would 4.10s and 35" tires account for the above-average performance?
-> I always thought that blocks under the leaf springs were a bad idea and can be unsafe. Is that true, an old wives tale, or something in between? Pic is attached for reference.


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