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Old 07-06-2010, 04:32 PM
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Question Questions about lift kits....

I have been researching lift kits and it is hard to find specific specifications as to compression rates on different lifts. I have read that the Rough Country rides rougher than the more pricey lifts like the Pro Comp or Fab Tech. So, I am thinking about getting the Pro Comp 6" with the MX6 adjustable shocks. The best price I have found is at 4 wheel parts for $1177 for the kit, then another $119 for the duel shock steering stabilizer.

So, is this the best kit for the money? Is this kit going to provide a comfortable ride? I am not an off roader so, ride quality on road is most important. Also, do I need a steering stabilizer? Some friends say I shouldn't but I want to know from people that have done the 6 inch kit.

Also, is there anything else that I should know? Any surprises I should expect? Driveline issues etc...???
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:29 PM
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Bottom line is....you get what you pay for!! Pro-Comp and Fabtech are definitely not the "pricey" kits. They are more entry level, lower end kits. One thing to consider is, think about what you paid for your truck. Do you really want to go cheap on the lift kit?

I'm a little biased, I run mostly ICON and LOVE it. ICON uses a dual rate coil spring along with some quality nitrogen shocks, that provides an awesome ride. But there are lots of good combos out there. Read up in the suspension section on here. You will find lots of good info, and several very knowledgeable people to help you out. The only limit you have is how much you want to spend. But even if you decide to go with the Pro-Comp or Fabtech lift, spend some extra $$$ on some good shocks. ICON, Bilstein, Fox, KING, or something along those lines.

There are also vendors like Precision Metal Fabrication that will custom build you a lift kit to your specs. If you want to go that route, get in touch with Trevor at:

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Thanks for the tip. However, today I am cheap. I just bought new tires, wheels, MiniMaxx, bed cover and DPF pipe. All of which was sold to my sweet wife as an absolute requirement. Obviously, the truck was not safe to drive without these accessories. So, now I am trying to squeeze a lift into an otherwise ludacris budget on a truck I bought new one month ago. I know I should be ashamed of myself, but we all do what we have to do.

Is it even worth it to pay a little extra for the MX6 adjustable shocks over the 9000 shocks? Or, should I just go with the cheap ones until I can afford some better quality shocks?

And, I guess by pricey, I just meant the difference between the entry level Rough Country lift at $800 and the Pro Comb etc for around $1200-$1500. Why still cheap, and maybe borderline ghetto in the big scheme of things, the Pro Comps are at least 50% more than the Rough Country. I just wonder if I am getting 50% more lift as far as ride quality goes.
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Coil front ends are not as pickey on springs like the leaf spring trucks are..so if a low cost lift if what your after get one but upgrade to Bilsteins..thats a better spot to put the $$. front coils are cheap from anywhere..$150+-
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So, is the rest of the Pro Comp lift kit OK? Is there a weak link in their kit that should concern me? I am lifting this truck for looks, not off road performance. It will never be abused as long as I own it. So, I am wondering if the only issue is the quality of the MX6 shocks? Or the 9000 shocks?? Both are junk I guess?
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I have a couple more questions...

The kit (EXP-K4150BMX) does not seem to come with brake line extensions?? Are they required?

Also, some six inch lifts claim to raise the front of the truck 6 inches and the rear 3 inches to 4.5 inches. My truck sits level from the factory and I am wanting six inches front and back. Do any of you know if the Pro Comp Lifts are 6 front and rear?

Thanks again!!
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I had the Rough Country 4.5" lift on the 2006 F250 I used to have and it rode better than stock. I thought that it was weel thought out and very plush.
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