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Old 02-18-2013, 08:41 AM
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2011 - 2013 Smooth Ride Lift Kit 4-5 inch

Is anyone running a 4 or 5 inch lift that rides smoother than stock? If so which shock and lift combination are you running? I have seen advertisements for the Carli Performance 2 lifts but am wondering if there are any other lift and shock combinations besides Carli and Icon that provide a ride smoother than stock.

I have a 2013 with a Readylift 2.5 front and 3.5 rear lift. I would like to replace it with a kit that will give me more lift (4-5) and hopefully have a smoother ride than stock. The*truck*is only driven on the street and used to tow less than 7000 lbs on occasion.If you are running a 4-5 inch lift that is smoother than stock can you tell me which lift and shock combination you are running? Thanks in advance.

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Pure Performance offers a few different 4" systems that ride better than stock. The 4" Triple Threat and 4" Chase systems both are nice improvements over stock even with just basic Bilstein 5100's. You will see the biggest improvements if you couple one of those kits with a set of their custom valved shock packages. Even the Pure Prodigy 2.0 non resi shocks are going to ride better than the Bilstein 5100's since Pure valves them specifically for their springs rates. I've run a bunch of different Bilstein and Pure shocks setups on my 08 F350 that has a 4.0 Triple Threat kit on it and the Pure shocks definitely worked well.

Keep in mind that your wheel/tire combination and tire pressure will also play an important role in how well the truck ultimately rides.

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not tae from georges' suggestions, but man how can argue that CARLI would probably have the softest spring, then couple with a correctly valved shock for your style would be best.

my 08 dodge, with carli stater, and shocks specd' for more street was amazing....i only wish carli did 04 f-250's
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X2.............Pures or Icons 4 link kits with their shocks are the best bet.
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not tae from georges' suggestions, but man how can argue that CARLI would probably have the softest spring, then couple with a correctly valved shock for your style would be best.

my 08 dodge, with carli stater, and shocks specd' for more street was amazing....i only wish carli did 04 f-250's
Get in touch with me about that. Carli has done some nice setups for those trucks but they don't advertise it. Main reason is the cost for custom FR/RR Deavers and (4) King 2.5's is more than a vast majority of 99-04 owners would be willing to spend.
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I am just trying to learn for my next truck - with the 4 link systems, what are the drawbacks (besides cost)? Are there any situations where the softer spring rates create bounce, or is this the role of a quality shock absorber to deal with that? I use my trucks for work - pulling and hauling, but do like lifts in the range of 5" - 6" with 37's... I cant compromise functionality too much, but like the look!
I am kind of old school in where I am at - usually front coil springs changed or spacers added, radius arm drops / caster cams for alignment to get steering back. I have always been of the 'old way' of thinking that I hoped the truck wouldnt ride / steer crappier than stock. However, newer technology appears to have ride improvment as a benefit (that I havent experienced yet) - hoping to on my next one!!!
And then for back - I see big blocks / traction bars, complete new springs, and some combinatioins of a block and something like an auxilary spring pack (is that what Deavers are??) - whats the best way to go to complement a 4 link front (but the truck has to not cry 'MOMMY' with some serious tongue weight.)...

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not tae from georges' suggestions, but man how can argue that CARLI would probably have the softest spring, then couple with a correctly valved shock for your style would be best.

my 08 dodge, with carli stater, and shocks specd' for more street was amazing....i only wish carli did 04 f-250's
We do! We have one kit for them; custom deavers front and rear and custom valved King shocks front and rear. A bit spendy as an only option but is a night and day difference in the ride of the truck!
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not tae from georges' suggestions, but man how can argue that CARLI would probably have the softest spring, then couple with a correctly valved shock for your style would be best.

my 08 dodge, with carli stater, and shocks specd' for more street was amazing....i only wish carli did 04 f-250's
We have done alot with these applications. Custom leaves, shock packages, even coil overs with 4 links. They are just not as common as the 05+ apps so we do not have them on our website. Kits can be effectively pieced together for these apps....

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Is anyone running a 4 or 5 inch lift that rides smoother than stock? If so which shock and lift combination are you running? I have seen advertisements for the Carli Performance 2 lifts but am wondering if there are any other lift and shock combinations besides Carli and Icon that provide a ride smoother than stock.

I have a 2013 with a Readylift 2.5 front and 3.5 rear lift. I would like to replace it with a kit that will give me more lift (4-5) and hopefully have a smoother ride than stock. The*truck*is only driven on the street and used to tow less than 7000 lbs on occasion.If you are running a 4-5 inch lift that is smoother than stock can you tell me which lift and shock combination you are running? Thanks in advance.
Give us a shout if you have any questions regarding any of our products. The 4" systems easily run 37's and are much smoother than stock. We have several shock packages available for all of our systems!

Good luck with your build..

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Thanks for all the replies. Considering the prices of the three lifts that have been put forth I might have to wait a little while. I am having a hard time justifying spending two or three times the amount for the top three lifts than I can get the mass produced lift. I ususlly live by "you get what you pay for" but I have ran across many items lately where this does not apply. I will have to do more homework.

Are all the components for these lifts made in the USA or are most made in China or overseas?
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