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Which suspension lift???

Hey guys, I have a 06 f250 crew can with a 8 foot bed. I'm looking to lift my truck. I don't want anything too aggressive just something to beef it up. Maybe a 4.5". Just looking for suggestions on brands. I don't want to buy a cheap lift but I don't really go off road that much so I don't need the best. I've been looking at skyjacker, pro comp and rough country. What do you guys think???
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none of those !!!!!!

look into PMF , they are a site sponsor.

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Ok! What's wrong with the other brands? Or what's the difference?
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PMF has some cool stuff for the rear, but for the front, there wasn't much more than a leveling kit. Although, I would get one of their carrier bearing drop brackets that actually clocks the bearing to match the drive shaft angle. Other carrier bearing pieces simply shove it straight down accelerating bearing wear greatly.

But back to the original question. I have Pro Comp springs front and rear (6 rear, 4 front), honestly, I don't know if its the springs or the shocks, but my truck rides like a truck. On road it can be a little stiff, off road, it's pretty good. I like it that way, but you'd be surprised how many want their Super Duty to ride/handle like a Mustang.

Further, I would avoid at all costs stacking blocks, I've seen them get spit out. I'd do a lift with either an add-a-leaf and 4/5 inch block, or a six inch lift spring (4 inches in the front would mean 6 out back).

Finally, several members here think that 5100 Bilsteins are the $hit when it comes to shocks. I haven't tried them, but I can tell you that the nitrogen charged shocks Pro Comp sells (or any other white tube seller) are pretty stiff on road, not too bad off road.

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im sure someone wit more knowledge will chime in , but here it goes.

if you start with a stiff spring, it is going to take more shock valving to control the speed of travel the spring reacts at, if the spring is a softer rate, you have more options as far as shock valving goes, and how YOU want the vehicle to ride, because you adjust how much control the valving has over the movement.... look way back into the early 70s at some class buggies for baja. you will see multiple WHITE BODY shocks ...... nit because they work good, but more of a factor of shock fade, when the shock is traveling several thousand times a minute, the oil gets hot..... no esis back then, so an additional shock was added to take on some work load, thee for splitting the duties keep each just a touch cooler.

so, running a low end mane brand spring with a high linear rate, 1. is going to be stiff, the ratio virtually doubles every inch of compression, then responds accordingly.
2. will take a vast o amount of valving restriction to control, there fore adding the stiff feel.

i prefer a linear rate over progressive, but it need to be a somewhat softer rate, and then add adjustable valved shocks to aid in control of said spring.

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I would suggest looking at either Icon or Pure Performance...PM me if I can help.
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Just a heads up but we can certainly but together a complete lift package for you. We have alot of different options so we can match the kit to your needs and budget. Let me know if I can assist in any way.
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Just a heads up but we can certainly but together a complete lift package for you. We have alot of different options so we can match the kit to your needs and budget. Let me know if I can assist in any way.
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Not a lot on your website for new f250's

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My truck has a 6" SkyJacker with ProComp ES9000 shocks (cheap) and it doesn't ride too well. Its a good quality lift but it just rides like zhit! Even off road I can't flex out my suspension in the front at all, no fun...

I would love to swap out my front springs with some Carli springs and get some good shocks (w/reservoirs) all the way around...maybe some Fox's

I would spend the few extra $$$ now and get something like a Icon, Pure Performance, or Carli, or even BDS has some decent kits that aren't too expensive.

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