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6" vs 8" lift?

I have a 2005 F250 4x4 regular cab long bed and I am looking at lifting it. I see that an 8" kit is actually not much more than a 6" kit. I am wondering if I go with a 8" kit what type of issues will I have? I am not worried about parts wearing out faster, as I drive it all of 100 miles a month haha

I guess I am wondering should I be concerned about brake lines, drive shafts, steering linkage and so on..
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Dont want to go big if I need to buy new drive shafts, steering linkage and so on. If an 8" just a bolt on kit and ready to go?? I read though the directions and it never mentioned needing to adjust the drive shafts or steering or even replacing the brake lines..
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you should be good to go. I have 8" on mine and I just relocated the front brake line mount a little lower, in the rear you will be fine. You may need to drop the carrier bearing some, but thats no big deal. Each truck is different and I cant say for a long bed as I've always had a shortbed. Steering you wont have to worry about, the kit will come with a drop pitman arm and a trackbar drop bracket. Who's kit are you going with? If you need any other advice let me know I've had 3 SuperDuty's from 4" to 13"

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Just make sure you go as big as you are going to want to right from the start!

Like you say, there is not much price difference between the 6" and 8" kits, but if you get a 6" kit then later want to go bigger it can cost you alot to get the extra 2" because you might have to buy a whole new lift kit.

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Just make sure you go as big as you are going to want to right from the start!

Like you say, there is not much price difference between the 6" and 8" kits, but if you get a 6" kit then later want to go bigger it can cost you alot to get the extra 2" because you might have to buy a whole new lift kit.
I agree that's why I asked what kit he was looking at, to see what comes with it.

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right now I have been looking mostly at procomp and rough country. I am getting mixxed reviews on rough country, people the own it love it and people that down own it say its junk... I do like how rough country offers 4 link kits for pretty cheap. As for pro comp they have a million different options, radius arm drop bracket, new radius arms, 4 link systems, but they can get pricey fast..

I am not looking at spending a ton of money, I am not an off-road or tower/hauler so its mainly for the style..
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A good compromise would be the Icon 7" kit. Im not sure which 6" and 8" kits you are looking at, but Icon makes some of the best kit son the market.



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Icon is a great kit to choose from. I have personal experience with the Rough Country, while not on a SD it was on a jeep, it rode rougher then anything and the track bar bracket didnt line up right to the frame. Later replaced the whole kit with a Rubicon Express Lift and was night and day. As far as Super Duty kits, I've had everything from no name off the shelf leveling kits to Pro Comp, Fabtech and Custom made springs. Im currently running the Pro Comp and at first I didnt like it but after swapping the shocks out to Bilstein 7100s its made a huge difference and I have no complaints about it now. By the way the Pro Comp kit I have is the radius arm drop bracket kit in 6" and added a 2" leveling kit to it.

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I was looking at the 6" FabTec lift and it says that it ONLY comes with a rear block, then I see the install directions and it wants you to STACK a 4" block on top of the factory block, that just seems crazy to me! I would of expected a reputable company such as Fabtec to do better than this..
It seems like it would actually no be to hard to go with 6" lift and go to 8" if needed, I seen that alot of poeple do the 6" lift and then throw a leveling kit spacer on the front to get 8" out of it.
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