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mini packs vs front lift blocks?

Ok guys before you beat me up, let me say I have been around lifted trucks most of my life, and I know that it is not a good idea to use lift blocks in the front..

Now, for my question. I have been looking at the mini spring packs to use as a leveling kit, but I cant shake the thought that they look suspiciously like lift blocks.

the arguement has been that on a steer axle there is not enough stability using blocks and they will walk laterally and collapse.

so how are stacked short lengths of springs any better?

School me.........

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i too am interested in this!

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I have the summit leveling kit on my 250. It is a hybrid between add a leaves and a mini spring pack. It has two longer leaves and two or three smaller leaves like a mini pack. It was a good price ($250) and has worked well for me. My springs had a flat to negative arch in them and the longer leaves helped to put them back in shape. I run 315's with minimal rubbinng on the leaves(wheel backspacing could solve it)

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Compared against a block of the same height, I imagine it would distribute the load better along the length of the truck (stop/ go), but its gotta be identical, laterally.

I think their only appeal is less $, without too much risk...

I looked into it for a while as well, then went with shackles.

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Compared against a block of the same height, I imagine it would distribute the load better along the length of the truck (stop/ go), but its gotta be identical, laterally.

I think their only appeal is less $, without too much risk...

I looked into it for a while as well, then went with shackles.
Do the shackles feel good and sturdy like the stock ones?

The reason I ask is my buddy has an 04' and he wants a leveling kit or maybe a 4" kit but he dont want to spend a bunch of money.
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Best ride quality will be with a Hanger kit as you will have increased wheel traver, no problem at all using hangers to 4.5" that are correctly made.

Mini spring packs can reuse stock length shocks, hangers need longer.

Both kits require a adj track bar to recenter your axle. hangers need longer springs and 4.5" hangers require additional parts ..

We have everything needed to do this correctly. PM if I can help.

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Do the shackles feel good and sturdy like the stock ones?

The reason I ask is my buddy has an 04' and he wants a leveling kit or maybe a 4" kit but he dont want to spend a bunch of money.
I have been pretty impressed with the fit/ finish of the Icon hanger/ Shackle kit. Ride was a little different, but thats only due to the Icon (2.0 Monotube/ Bilstein)SD valved shocks that replaced my stockers at 110K miles.

I did the hanger shackle up front with an adjustable track bar, the shocks, and a 4" block in the rear (since it was about the same price as a F350 block and a little taller). Wheel well gap is about a inch and half higher in the back, so the truck sits generally level with a load/ trailer hooked up. I have the short bed crew cab, and I figured i would buy a shim kit later if i needed it (and i didnt).

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Best ride quality will be with a Hanger kit as you will have increased wheel travel...
First of all - Its always good to see Vendors poking around and answering questions.

I understood the concept of increased wheel travel with a hanger kit - until I bolted in the (included) extended bump stops.

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I don't use-provide the drop bump stop brackets on a 3" or lower lift..
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i have been looking at a "progressive rate" mini spring pack to level the front of mine, any difference in the "progressive rate" or the standard mini pack, i would like to level the front without spending $500

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