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Old 05-22-2010, 10:16 AM
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DIY Lifts

Anyone find a good but alternative to the Tough Country or Higher grade suspension lifts. I myself am a full time student not making much but really wants to lift my truck. Anyone know how to make a lift or have a parts list that makes things easier and cheaper? I'm thinking a 4 inch lift would be good maybe a 6. I live in massachusetts so getting away with a lift is hard. Christ some people over inflate there tires and the cops get you for a 1/4 rise from inflating the tire.
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:21 AM
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This is one thing i would not cheap out on. Your life as well as the people around you lives are at stake. If your gonna lift it do it right.
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:32 AM
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therer is one thing that can be done on your truck that is cheap but must be done RIGHT. You can grind the rivets off the back shackle hangers flip them over put four bolts threw it and weld the sides to the frame. ONLY if your a good welder and can assure a proper weld for strength is it safe. Dont attempt it if its over your head to do fabrication like this you or someone else can get hurt badly or killed. The rear you can be cheap with (blocks etc) but dont try anything like that woth the front.
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sure you can fab it up yourself... but as already mentioned. DO NOT CUT CORNERS! do it right
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i would check out craigs list first. i see cheap used lifts for sale on there all of the time!
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:19 PM
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therer is one thing that can be done on your truck that is cheap but must be done RIGHT. You can grind the rivets off the back shackle hangers flip them over put four bolts threw it and weld the sides to the frame. ONLY if your a good welder and can assure a proper weld for strength is it safe. Dont attempt it if its over your head to do fabrication like this you or someone else can get hurt badly or killed. The rear you can be cheap with (blocks etc) but dont try anything like that woth the front.
If you do a shackle flip in the back you will lose your load capacity. So if you're just going for looks that will work but dont do it if you use your truck at all.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:06 AM
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Whats a good life kit that I can purchase that is not the greatest but is still recommended. I was thinking a 4 or a 6 and does it matter what the title of the lift says because some do not specifiy if its for the gas or diesel models.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:23 AM
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Im actually thinking of just ordering a huge leveling kit and putting some blocks in the rear. I was thinking a 3 inch leveling kit and a block in the back maybe to put it up 2 inches. What size block do I need to order I know If i order a 4 inch block that doesn't mean its going to be 4 inches higher. What size block do I have now and what do I need to order because I tried looking for some and there were demensions that maybe were for the pin like 7/8 5/8 and so on.... Thank you
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:35 AM
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7sparks3,
You need to make sure that the lift you buy has diesel specific springs. They are different. Te kit will tell you what one it is for.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:36 AM
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Yes you have to buy the kits for diesels, not sure what the difference is but any lift kit i have bought or put on is specific to diesels (probley due to added motor weight). but my pro comp 8.5 set me back less than 1300$ complete
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