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post #1 of 18 Old 02-03-2014, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Leveling blocks or new coils

I have been searching and reading for about 2 days straight and said screw it, I'll just ask. I have a 2006 F350 4x4. I have read enough to know that with a 2.5" front level I can run 285/75/18 on my stock wheels. My question is, do I go with just the blocks or are the new coils better? What about shocks? My truck has 200K on it and I have no idea when the shocks were last replaced. It drives good but sometimes seems to get a little loose over bumps, maybe shocks are junk, not sure. I'm not afraid to spend the money on good parts but in the end I just want to put the new tires on my 18's this spring. I just had the front end lined up last year after I put on a new steering box. Any recommendations of parts that work well together??

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Nobody has any opinion on new springs or just the blocks? Alrighty then, guess I'll do it my my..lol.

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New coils will ride better than adding a spacer. On the rear a mini pack would help with the ride. Shocks can be had relatively inexpensively so I would defiantly change those.

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New coils will ride better than adding a spacer. On the rear a mini pack would help with the ride. Shocks can be had relatively inexpensively so I would defiantly change those.

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4 new shocks for sure. now on the coils though to get the lift are they a progressive rate or just a longer coil? If I have read correctly the quality kits will come with the shims and what not for the alignment?

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4 new shocks for sure. now on the coils though to get the lift are they a progressive rate or just a longer coil? If I have read correctly the quality kits will come with the shims and what not for the alignment?

Most of the lift coils are in fact progressive. Like you stated, definitely four new shocks! Most of the kits will come with the proper castor cams to correct the alignment. If you piece the kit together, be sure to order them as well.


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Are the progressive springs going to be a rougher ride than stock?

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Are the progressive springs going to be a rougher ride than stock?

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No the progressive coils are meant to rode smoother than stock. The theory of the progressive coils is that the first stage is way lighter for the small bumps etc, and then they progress to the heavier rate to keep the trick controlled and up right. The main idea is they are smooth over smaller dips and bumps while keeping the truck from riding sloppy.


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Do you have any recommendations on what brand or manufacturer to go with?

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I would check out the Carli suspension systems. Their ride quality is excellent, especially when you look into their different shock packages! Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about the specifics.


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I would check out the Carli suspension systems. Their ride quality is excellent, especially when you look into their different shock packages! Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about the specifics.


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