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Old 01-15-2014, 06:53 PM
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Time to spend some money, Need help and Opinions

Here is my ride 2011 350. Bone stock right now. But its getting time for new tires, i want to go bigger, so i will need a leveling kit, and might as well do new shocks while im at it. Also the firestone ride rite kit to keep the *** up and level with the trailer on it. As you can see it sits close to level with the trailer on now.

I don't need the best/fanciest setup on the market i just want something that does the job. Truck sees 90% on road and in New England sometimes a good snowfall and ice covered road, especially the sled trips to Northern NH.

As far as tires i have narrowed it between the Hankook Dynapro ATM 325/60r20 and the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 325/60R20. They both seem to be getting good reviews. Im concerned with tread life and MPG. But snow/ice safety and control is also a factor. I will be running these on the factory 20" wheels.

As far as shocks im pretty set on the Bilstein 5100's just am not sure which model i will need for the 2.5" kit? and 350 rear 4"block?

Now for the leveling kit, im trying to keep costs down but i also want to be happy with my choice. I'm torn between throwing in a set of 2.5 spacers and calling it good. Or doing icon progressive rate coils to get a bit better ride... but is the ride difference worth the extra $300? To level it what else is really needed, Ive done a lot of research and cant get a straight answer, do i need an adjustable track bar or a relocation mount for the stock one or can i leave it alone for the 1/4" it will be off center? Do i need caster shims? Do i need sway bar extensions? Do i need brake line brackets? Again this is a 90% on road truck so i don't need anything extreme. Im trying to keep costs down but do it right.

I really appreciate any help.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:01 PM
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I have 35/12.50/20 cooper sst tek3 on stock wheels. No leveling kit. I like the way it looks. If I hadn't ordered a lift already I'd leave it alone. I have not seen any rubbing.

I have the air bags too. I just got some 5100s in for my lift since the 5160s were back ordered. I think they were around $270 to my door. Got them in 3 days. Very impressed.

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Do you have pictures with those tires and no lift that you could post? Ive been doing a ton of research and i think i have my heart set on the stance a leveled 350 with 35's has.
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Im in a similar boat about tires. I wanna go a little bigger that stock but don't really wanna get into a leveling kit. I was looking at 325/60/20 which is similar to a 35/12.5. not sure if they will fit or not.
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It looks sharp in person and the tires are pretty aggressive looking. Have good road manors so far. I'll be doing an indepth write up on my lift when I install that Monday

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Mat121,

For tires I highly recommend the hankook dynapro atm's. They are gold on the highway and offroad in the snow. Mine have just over 50% tread on just over 25k miles. And I drive a lot of gravel unmaintained roads, and I've been known to light them up on the asphalt quite often.So I've abused them and they're still holding up. My stock Michelins didn't last 21k under same driving routine.

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I have 35/12.50/20 cooper sst tek3 on stock wheels. No leveling kit. I like the way it looks. If I hadn't ordered a lift already I'd leave it alone. I have not seen any rubbing.

I have the air bags too. I just got some 5100s in for my lift since the 5160s were back ordered. I think they were around $270 to my door. Got them in 3 days. Very impressed.

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What lift did you go with.
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Here is my ride 2011 350. Bone stock right now. But its getting time for new tires, i want to go bigger, so i will need a leveling kit, and might as well do new shocks while im at it. Also the firestone ride rite kit to keep the *** up and level with the trailer on it. do i need an adjustable track bar or a relocation mount for the stock one or can i leave it alone for the 1/4" it will be off center? Do i need caster shims? Do i need sway bar extensions? Do i need brake line brackets? Again this is a 90% on road truck so i don't need anything extreme. Im trying to keep costs down but do it right.

I really appreciate any help.
Thanks, Matt
See my signature.

I have a leveling kit, firestone ride rite, etc.

I paid just over $1700 shipped for my carli leveling kit, here's what it included. Seems to be everything you want and need. These are $60k, trucks, why skimp when it comes to suspension, driving etc?

I have the Carli Starter system on my F250...

5100's all around
2.5" lift progressive springs in front, 10x more heavy duty than the wimpy stockers
Brake line relocation tabs
Adjustable track bar
Correct Caster Shims

Add-a-pack leaf springs in the rear as opposed to the block. I hooked up my 15k pound 5th wheel up after adding in the leaf springs, and it definitely sagged a lot less than stock. And that was with my airbags almost empty. I had like 15psi (max is 100psi) in and it barely sagged, if any at all. However, since you have a 350, you would need a 250 block. In this case, it may be better for you to just keep the stock 350 block and leave the rear.

When you add in the adjustable track bar to the icon stage 1, the cost is almost identical to the carli. The difference? Carli comes with a progressive leaf-spring add a pack as opposed to just swapping blocks out..

I haven't installed the track bar, but plan to in the next few weeks. Even without the new track bar the truck rides awesome and looks amazing. I would do it once and do it the right way, then never have to worry or change anything again.

I could not be happier with my kit. I haven't installed the

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What lift did you go with.
I went with a pure 4" triple threat.

Coils
Track bar
Mini packs
Shocks
Radius drop brackets
SS brake lines
Sway bar drop brackets and extensions

Everything came in this week. Planning on installing Monday. Im going to do a build thread

Brett
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Mat121,

For tires I highly recommend the hankook dynapro atm's. They are gold on the highway and offroad in the snow. Mine have just over 50% tread on just over 25k miles. And I drive a lot of gravel unmaintained roads, and I've been known to light them up on the asphalt quite often.So I've abused them and they're still holding up. My stock Michelins didn't last 21k under same driving routine.

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Now i see your deleted so it will be different, but how did your fuel mileage react when switching to the 325/60 hankooks? And you used them in the hard packed snow/ice and they performed well?
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