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I would like to upgrade my suspension to help it ride smoother and handle better. It rides and drives out now, but instead of buying a newer truck I figured why not try to make the one I have(and is paid off) better.

Right now I have the Fabtech Basic 6" lift with a 2" coil spacer and larger block in the rear. I have also upgraded my shocks to the bilstein 5100. So here are my questions.

1) would upgrading my trackbar and/or drag links improve my handling? I see that PMF sells both but I also noticed they are for offroad use only, so not really sure if this is a necessary upgrade for a truck that is basically a street queen.

2) I was also considering the Top Gun Custom long arm 4-link system but was not sure if it will make much of a difference for my type of driving. I know offroaders and sled pullers dont really like the radius arm but not sure if it makes much of a difference on the highway? Also, would I have to completely re-install the 4-link system if I decided to up my lift to 10" or do can the arms themselves just be adjusted on most systems? The TGC ones say they are for 8-10" lift but not sure if they would bolt to the frame in the same place.

Sorry if these are noob questions.
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3) Would I get more of an improvement in ride quality by high end 8" coil spring, instead of changing the radius arms?
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I would like to upgrade my suspension to help it ride smoother and handle better. It rides and drives out now, but instead of buying a newer truck I figured why not try to make the one I have(and is paid off) better.

Right now I have the Fabtech Basic 6" lift with a 2" coil spacer and larger block in the rear. I have also upgraded my shocks to the bilstein 5100. So here are my questions.

1) would upgrading my trackbar and/or drag links improve my handling? I see that PMF sells both but I also noticed they are for offroad use only, so not really sure if this is a necessary upgrade for a truck that is basically a street queen.

2) I was also considering the Top Gun Custom long arm 4-link system but was not sure if it will make much of a difference for my type of driving. I know offroaders and sled pullers dont really like the radius arm but not sure if it makes much of a difference on the highway? Also, would I have to completely re-install the 4-link system if I decided to up my lift to 10" or do can the arms themselves just be adjusted on most systems? The TGC ones say they are for 8-10" lift but not sure if they would bolt to the frame in the same place.

Sorry if these are noob questions.
Our arm brackets bolt into the factory bracket on the frame so no modification would be necessary. Going from a radius arm to a 4 link will provide a better handling truck at 8 inches of lift than any radius arm setup will as it eliminates the "roll and yaw" the axle does under articulation with a radius arm setup. To be honest it will only help your ride a marginal amount if you retain the Fabtech coils as they are linear rate. If you want a night and day difference I would recommend a progressive coil swap at the same time . We have one of the best riding coils out there for the Super Duty right now, MUCH better than stock.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Derek
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