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post #1 of 3 Old 07-18-2012, 12:54 PM Thread Starter Rookie
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Lift Kits and the long term effects?

I posted last week a thread about pulling a 4" lift kit off my 01 F250 CCSB. I currently run 35x12.50.16.5 BFG Tires. I have been debating pulling the lift off and going back to stock with stock wheels. I have been thinking about the long term effects and cost of the lift kit. Pretty much the only reason to have the lift kit on the truck to me, is that it looks good and the 35's look nice as well. However in the past 10k miles I had to put two new wheel bearings on the front end (old ones were OEM). The truck had new ball joints when I got it, but I'm sure the 35's may wear them quicker then the stock wheel setup, same goes for the wheel bearings.

Anyone think of any other components that the 35's or lift kit will wear at a faster rate then the stock setup. I know the 35's really aren't that much bigger then stock and the 4" lift kit is a tad more then just leveling it. I'm sure that the stock setup would give me maybe 2 to 3 mpg more, but right now I got about 18mpg highway taking it easy.
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Ball joints and steering pumps/boxes seem to be the biggest affected. U joints dont care for lifts either unless you appropriately use carrier bearing spacers. Break pads will tend to burn a lil faster depending on tire size but other than that Your back is about the main thing to burn out the
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I have an 01 F250 7.3 with a 8 in lift and 38's. Been running that since 03, and 77,000 miles. Being military i have driven all over the country, from coast to coast. The ONLY thing i have replaced have been the ball joints two yrs ago and the right front hub assembly. I do need to look into the steering as it is very loose, but i don't beat my truck and drive it like a grandma, that may be why i have been so lucky as far as wear and tear goes.
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