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Old 09-25-2010, 06:55 PM
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Adding a front lift shackle and drop bracket.

When I purchased my 04 4x4 f250, it had a factory rake to the front. I really didn't like the way it looked so I added a Tough Country 2.5" add a leaf leveling kit (included track bar bracket). Now it rides cowboy by a bit more than 1". I was thinking of ordering 4" block for the rear (removing the current 2" rear block) and adding a 2" front shackle and drop bracket from Precision Metal Fab. Or will this still result in a higher lift in the front? Obviously I'm adding 2" in front and 2" in rear and I am already higher in the front. Do I just need 5" blocks in the rear? I hope to run 35x12.50x18 on 18x9 wheels.

What are everyone's thoughts on adding the shackle lift to the current setup?
I know I should just take out the current front leaf setup and add a 4" leaf pack but it's so much more $.

Am I endangering myself by doing this? What sort of problems will I run into?
Are there other suspension/steering mods that I need to address.

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I have a 99 f350 with the 4" pro comp leaf lift. I called them about the same question because right now I am just not towing with it at all. Pro Comp tech support actually suggested me buying their 2" shackle to level out the front end since it does sit 2 inches lower then the rear. Depending on what brand of shackle you get is what will matter but thats the question I have is: which shackle for the money? There are a few on ebay for 50ish dollars.
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I just installed my 2in front lift shackle last week, bought it for about $55 from Performance Accessorices from rockymountainsusp.com , havent had no problems. My shackle added just about 2in maybe a little less so if you go ahead and do the shackle you should be preety darn close to sitting level with the 4in blocks in the rear, and yes you should be able to fit 35's without any problems

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Depending on the amount of lift you want the best riding kits will be either hanger kits or a mini spring pack..limited to 2.5"
Hangers for a level kit 2-3"
Mini spring packs can reuse stock length shocks, hangers need longer.
Both kits require a adj track bar to recenter your axle.

Adding a hanger kit to a 2.5" lift kit will require additional parts..longer shocks, droped pitman arm, longer sway bar drops and for the rear taller blocks and U bolts or lift springs. Yor may need a adj track bar depending on the drop bracket..their made for a specific lift usually.

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havent had no problems
So that being a double negative, you have had problems?
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to clear things up

Ok, let me clear things up. I currently have a 2.5" add-a-leaf lift in the front only, stock 04' f250 rear blocks. I want to add a PMF 2" front lift shackle & drop bracket to the 2.5 add-a-leaf and replace the rear stock block with a 4" block.
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Depending on the amount of lift you want the best riding kits will be either hanger kits or a mini spring pack..limited to 2.5"
Hangers for a level kit 2-3"
Mini spring packs can reuse stock length shocks, hangers need longer.
Both kits require a adj track bar to recenter your axle.

Adding a hanger kit to a 2.5" lift kit will require additional parts..longer shocks, droped pitman arm, longer sway bar drops and for the rear taller blocks and U bolts or lift springs. Yor may need a adj track bar depending on the drop bracket..their made for a specific lift usually.

We have all, PM if we can help.
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I just installed a 2 inch shackle lift kit on the front to level my truck out because it also had the factory rake even though I have the 4 inch lift from Pro Comp. Well now it sits level so its technically a 6 inch lift in front and 4 in rear. Drove it for 20 miles and noticed nothing different in steering but ride is a little better.
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