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Aww, another heated debate about full spring kits or blocks. I think it boils down to how much u are willing to spend.
The full spring kits are very nice. Pricey, but nice. I have set up both styles of lifts, and presently own both styles on different trucks. I have no problem with using a modest spring block; I actually prefer 2" over the 2.5", but as Cary mentioned, there are other things to address.
Firstly, I would definitely use the caster bushings to restore the positive caster. Drop radius arm brackets have the same end result, but I'm not a fan if them hanging down farther from the frame, and losing ur break-over angle ground clearance.
Secondly, centering the axle can be obtained by using the adjustable track bar or drop bracket. The adjustable track bar will allow u to dial it in a bit better, but the drop bracket works well too.
Thirdly, I'd rather just buy new/longer shocks, than using the extensions, but that is an easy change, and can be upgraded later.
As for the rear, I prefer running more leafs than taller blocks, but as long as u don't go over the 4" (3.75") blocks that ford uses in the F350s, I think you're fine. Anything larger, I'd recommend traction bars. Larger blocks will allow more axle wrap, and this is hard on springs, u-joints, etc. I personally run the OEM F350 blocks, and I'm perfectly happy with them.
This is my opinion, based on experience in setting up suspension lifts for years. If I sold high-end kits, then my opinion may be a little more biased.
Do I think u can achieve a very functional lift for less money? Absolutely.
2012 F250, Tuxedo Black, CCSB, 3.31, Banks Automind, leveled, Nitto Trail Grapplers.
Last edited by broncojason; 07-31-2013 at 06:46 PM.
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