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1" needing all that ABSOLUTELY IS total BS!! Sometimes I wonder if any of the "parts pimps" have ever even been under one of these trucks?? Having actually measured and tested the range of motion on my personal truck (2014 F250) I can say with complete certainty, backed up my measurements and analytic data, that anything up to and including a 2" lift (either spring or spacer) is well within the travel tolerances of the factory shocks, brake lines, hub lines and track bar.
The idea that some poor guy needs to spend $1500 to level his truck is ridiculous! I see people (here and other places) with a ton of money spent on springs and shocks that are completely unnecessary at the heights being discussed here.
Maybe one of the parts-pimp/suspension-gurus can explain to all of us the geometry difference between a 2.5" spacer lift and a 2.5" spring lift in a radius arm suspension?? What exactly is the difference?? Then maybe one of you can explain how it is that when one of these "$60k trucks that's going to get screwed up" shows up from the factory with the front end offset 5/8" on the stock, non-adjustable track bar, that somehow the earth is going to stop rotating when someone lifts a truck 2.5" and the front end is now only out 3/8"??? (measurements from my truck). Finally, maybe one of you can explain how when the factory shocks have an additional 1/8" of travel AFTER the coil spring is completely unloaded, with a 2" spacer, that somehow a longer shock is necessary?? Are we racing the Baja 1000 now? Planning on jumping your truck much?
I'm sorry to come off a little harsh, but the "shut up and take my money" mentality that seems to be everywhere nowadays, perpetuated by the people that profit from it really pisses me off. People: take your own damn measurements and see what you can and can't do! There's no magic to a solid front axle/coil sprung suspension. I beat the CRAP out of my truck on unimproved farm roads every day (out of necessity) and a 2" spacer lift works flawlessly. I am in the process of upgrading shocks (due to the "rancho" pieces being toasted after only 8k miles) and I *might* put an adjustable track bar on the truck, just because I have a roadracing background and get a little anal about stuff like that. However, for the VAST majority of people, that aren't in a similar line of work and whose most daunting obstacle is likely the speed bumps at the mall, or the dirt parking lot at the dirtbike riding spot, much of the lauded and pimped suspension components, with all their shiny powdercoating and fancy names (not to mention pricetags) are simply unnecessary.