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Leveling kit and 20's, need a few opinions

Hey guys, I'm a new member here. I bought an 05 F250 over the weekend and I'm ready to make a few changes!

I've searched close to 100 threads, but am not having much luck finding what I want to know. Can you guys give a newbie to the F250 some helpful info? All I want to do is add a 2.5" level kit in the front and the F350 blocks in the rear and add an A/T Tire equivillant to a 35x12.5 with some 20" wheels

Starting with the level kit, so far there are 3 I am looking at. The first two are from Top Gun Customz, which I have used before on a half ton and had no issues. They offer these two:

Spacers only
2.5" 05-07 Ford F250/F350 Super Duty Leveling Lift Kit - Top Gun Customz

Spacers and taller bilstein shocks
2.5" 05-07 Ford F250/F350 Super Duty 4x4 Budget Lift Kit with Bilstein Shocks - Top Gun Customz

The truck has 79k on it, so my question is, is it worth it for me to go ahead and get the taller shocks while I am doing this, or am I just wasting money? In all the threads I've searched, it seems the popular option people are doing is just the spacers.

Then there is this kit from Newton
FORD F250 F350 LEVELING LIFT KIT 2.5" 2005-2010 : eBay Motors (item 250618558365 end time Apr-26-10 19:12:25 PDT)

This one includes the rear blocks as well and something to prevent the axle from shifting. The Top Gunz mentions nothing about axle shift, and it doesn't sound very good! Has anyone used this kit? Also, I plan on doing the dual stabilizer upgrade, would the relocation of the track bar prevent this?

Last question, all these A/T tires are not sized like the M/T. I like the Nitto Terra Grappler. From what I can tell, the closet I can get to a 35x12.5 in the Nitto is either the 295/60R20 or the 325/60R20. The 295 measures to approx a 34.5 x12.3 and the 325 is 35.5x12.9. Will the 325 be an issue with any of the setups above?

Thanks guys, as you can tell, I've tried to figure this out on my own, but I don't want to do anything stupid when there's all this knowledge out there!

And of course, any pics you have of the setups I've asked about would be great
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You might want to look into Bilstein's leveling kit, It includes 2.5 inch longer springs instead of spacers. If you keep the stock shocks you will have to put extenders on them. Of the options you listed I would go with the 2nd from TGC.

I think you can run either of those Nitto's just fine.

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You will also need a adj track bar as your axle will shift 1/2-3/4". Castor shims also needed.

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