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bds 6" higher in rear

First off. . . Just bought my first truck. It's an 01 7.3 cclb and I'm on cloud 9. Proud to be a official member. Here's my problem. My truck has a 6" bds lift all around but the rear is 4.5" higher from top of the tire to the bottom of the wheel well and 6" higher from the ground to the bottom of the wheel well. My question is why?! Tires measure 34" from the ground. Obviously were pry 34.5" but at half tread. But from what I've read a leveling kit is only 2? Or 2.5? (Not sure which, not that .5 is anything to worry about). . Regardless. . . Can anybody explain and help me level the front? I will probably haul a 9k+ toy hauler which might level it out but that's not the point. Please help. Thanks in advance!
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Any pics? That sounds like it's in a nose dive, not a rake NOSE DIVE. 6 inches tail high!?! Are your headlights pointed at the deck from that attitude?

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Heres pics of his truck

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That's got more than a 6" lift in the rear from what I can tell


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The easiest thing to do would be to lower the rear, unless you want the truck to sit as high as the rear is now.

What size blocks does it have in the rear?

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I would check to see if they stacked blocks in the rear. It looks to me like a full lift spring and stacked blocks. If you do have stacked blocks just pull the 4" block out and leave the one with the bump stops on.

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Holy crap! You weren't kidding about that nose dive attitude! You may need to take ALL of the blocks out of the rear. Look for a spacer on the driveline at the axle, that looks like a lot of lift to not need to stretch the rear shaft somehow.

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Yeah....I see blocks in the rear. They're about 3-4 inches high. I will measure tomorrow and probably remove them along with a possible driveshaft spacer. I like the height in the back. I assume I can buy blocks for the front to even it out? Planning on going with some 37's in the near future. Why would someone want the rear that high?


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Blocks under the front aren't a good idea. A six inch lift will clear 37s. Not having been under there, I don't know if there is a driveline spacer, but there could be.

If it were me, I'd measure the difference top of the black stripe behind the front wheel and in front of the rear wheel. Then I'd use that difference to determine how much block (or blocks) to remove. I wouldn't worry about the shocks right away, downward axle travel is more of a concern than upward travel. In simpler words, you're more likely to hyper extend a shock than you are to smash one.

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Man this sucks....I want to raise the front up 4 inches to match the back. I like where its at now and dont want to drop it. Is there any way to add 4" hangers ln the front to the BDS 6" springs? Or do you think it will be too much and hyper extend the shocks? Pry should just call BDS tomorrow and ask them eh?! Im sure they'll want me to purchase new shocks or just buy a 10" kit. If anyone can help I appreciate it.


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