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Lift or no lift ?

Hey guys i am brand new to the forum so I have a few questions...
I am looking into lifting (possibly) my new truck. Its a 2013 F-350 Platinum SRW, 4x4,3.55 locker, short bed. I would like to know the best lift kits as far as warranty goes and durability. Now i would also need a kit that can tow just as well as stock. Im thinking a 4-6" max. I have looked into carli and the 4.5 coil over with the long travel air bags, full replacement rear springs, hellwing sway bars and icon 4 link radius are replacement. Now I like BDS warranty but I just really want something i cant go off road with then when Monday come haul the 5th wheel and 7 tons hay to town. Please any input would be awesome ! One other question...Does anyone make air bags for just a 4" lift ?
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for towing i'd say 4" max and get air bags to help keep your truck level... honestly i'd do like a 2" leveling kit and 35" tires.. and firestone airbags in the rear.. that should give you 3-4 inchs more ground clearance atleast

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I like the 4" lift look but I need to know who builds the best kit for that size that can still tow the weight.
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Some of the best lifts are ICON, and Carli. They are pricey too. I looked at a ICON 4.5 Stage 3, with OUO Arms and OUO traction bars and thats gonna set me back over 5K just for the lift. Not counting wheels and tires.

But you also, get what you pay for.

Im in the process of taking care of some cosmetic things first, Hid's, Spyder Headlights, painted bumpers, and stereo. Gonna wait til factory tires wear out before I jump for a lift kit.

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what does carli's warranty look like ?
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what does carli's warranty look like ?
Lifetime warranty on all hardparts, 90 days on wear items (bushings/heims) and Shocks are warrantied by King/Bilstein, and leaf springs by Deaver. We've yet to have an unhappy customer with our warranty.
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Hey guys i am brand new to the forum so I have a few questions...
I am looking into lifting (possibly) my new truck. Its a 2013 F-350 Platinum SRW, 4x4,3.55 locker, short bed. I would like to know the best lift kits as far as warranty goes and durability. Now i would also need a kit that can tow just as well as stock. Im thinking a 4-6" max. I have looked into carli and the 4.5 coil over with the long travel air bags, full replacement rear springs, hellwing sway bars and icon 4 link radius are replacement. Now I like BDS warranty but I just really want something i cant go off road with then when Monday come haul the 5th wheel and 7 tons hay to town. Please any input would be awesome ! One other question...Does anyone make air bags for just a 4" lift ?
I would ditch the rear sway bar and the 4-link. The 4 link will free the front end too much and cause sway. Our systems operate VERY well with the factory radius arms. The rear sway bar won't allow you to take advantage of the 12" of rear wheel travel you're gaining with out system. If you run the Long Travel Airbags, run them each with their own schrader and the individually controlled pressures will be all the stability you need in the rear.

The durability of our parts is second to none and our warranty reflects that. Any parts produced by Carli (fabricated parts) carry a lifetime warranty so long as they were properly installed with a Carli Suspension system and we use the top manufacturers in the industry (King, Bilstien, Deaver) to produce the items to our specifications that aren't manufactured in house. Their warranties reflect the quality of their parts!

Good luck with your build!
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Hey guys i am brand new to the forum so I have a few questions...
I am looking into lifting (possibly) my new truck. Its a 2013 F-350 Platinum SRW, 4x4,3.55 locker, short bed. I would like to know the best lift kits as far as warranty goes and durability. Now i would also need a kit that can tow just as well as stock. Im thinking a 4-6" max. I have looked into carli and the 4.5 coil over with the long travel air bags, full replacement rear springs, hellwing sway bars and icon 4 link radius are replacement. Now I like BDS warranty but I just really want something i cant go off road with then when Monday come haul the 5th wheel and 7 tons hay to town. Please any input would be awesome ! One other question...Does anyone make air bags for just a 4" lift ?
Based on your wants and needs I would stick with a 4" kit. That's about the max that I would suggest for a truck that is going to tow a 5'er or goosneck.

I would also skip th coilover kit and run the Pintop kit. It rides the same and has a little more travel up front. The main advantage to the coilover kit is the ability to add the optional front bypass shocks. This is for the guys who are going to drive their trucks to within an inch of it's life on a regular basis.

I would also skip the Hellwig sway bars. By adding stiffer sway bars you are only going to ruin some of the ride improvement that you are going to get from a kit like that. The addition of the Carli LT bags will add a lot of stability in the rear for heavy loads like that.



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I would ditch the rear sway bar and the 4-link. The 4 link will free the front end too much and cause sway. Our systems operate VERY well with the factory radius arms. The rear sway bar won't allow you to take advantage of the 12" of rear wheel travel you're gaining with out system. If you run the Long Travel Airbags, run them each with their own schrader and the individually controlled pressures will be all the stability you need in the rear.

The durability of our parts is second to none and our warranty reflects that. Any parts produced by Carli (fabricated parts) carry a lifetime warranty so long as they were properly installed with a Carli Suspension system and we use the top manufacturers in the industry (King, Bilstien, Deaver) to produce the items to our specifications that aren't manufactured in house. Their warranties reflect the quality of their parts!

Good luck with your build!
How well does your truck tow ?
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My truck has a pintop 2.5" leveling system and the rear is 1.5" taller than the rear. it tows AWESOME. Full spring and the 4.5" wouldn't tow as good as unless it had long travel airbags.
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