Hi folks -
I bought my truck used a little less than a year ago and am dealing with a motor mount that broke last week. Actually, it's the frame under the motor mount.
Getting set up for the repair and reinforcement of the frame has got me started thinking about the lift the truck came with. It's a 2005 DC Off-Road V6 4WD 6 speed, and I like how the lift looks, and thought it drove fine until the fan started hitting the shroud this week.
I live on a gravel/dirt road that is sometimes pretty rough, and have to travel it 2 to 6 times a day. It's about 3 miles of gorgeous, fairly unimproved road. I do need the clearance the tires and lift give. I've got 285/70/17's.
So this is the current lift kit as per the records I got with the truck. It was installed in January of 2010:
Daystar KT09116BK (front spacers)
Skyjacker Add-A-Leaf RTC515
Skyjacker SP-Shocks H7045.
Monroe Sensa-Trac Struts 71371
So these are some of the questions I have after reading this WHOLE thread:
What about my CV angles? How do I tell if they are okay?
How about the control arm bushings, tie rod ends, and ball joints?
Did this lift need a differential drop kit but not get it?
Have I been beating the crap out of my suspension without knowing it? From reading this thread it seems to me that I very well may have a lift that looks good but that hasn't been doing the truck any favors given where I live, and that I need coilovers with better shocks, maybe upper control arms, and a maybe a brand new leaf pack for the rear plus different shocks in the rear.
I've been looking at the Old Man Emu kits. I've got to pay for the repair and reinforcement of the frame at the motor mounts first, but I wonder what those of you with lifts who live in gorgeous out-of-the-way places like I do think about what I've got on my truck now, and what direction you'd go. I think I'd LIKE a long-travel kit, but that's not going to happen. A long-travel kit costs way too much for me though I think there would be times I'd use it even in my daily life.
I think the current lift is 3 inch, but I'm not sure. Trucks not here right now, but a pic is in my sig.
Looking forward to hearing any of your ideas about the replacement lift I should be saving for. Now I'm off to read the OME thread, all 50 pages of it.