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3" Lift Ride Quality

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by JRod4928, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Aug 10, 2012 at 6:16 AM
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    JRod4928

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    How good of a ride do you get with a 3" Pro Comp lift? I'm looking to spend no more than $500 on a suspension lift I can install myself.

    I'd go with a body lift but I heard the ride quality is pretty poor.

    I don't do much off-roading, mostly highway/city driving.

    Suggestions?

    Go
     
  2. Aug 10, 2012 at 6:37 AM
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    Meh I wouldn't go Pro Comp. I would do 5100's at 2.5" and AAL. I am sure at 3" you will need new UCA's if you can't get your alignment back to spec. What size tires are you planning on running?
     
  3. Aug 10, 2012 at 6:42 AM
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  4. Aug 10, 2012 at 6:49 AM
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    I'd like to run 265/70/17 or 265/75/17. no wider for gas mileage purposes.
     
  5. Aug 10, 2012 at 6:52 AM
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    I'd go with Bilstein 5100 front adjustable set at 2.5", longer AAL like Wheeler's or ToyTec and 5125's rear shocks.
     
  7. Aug 10, 2012 at 7:22 AM
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    What's the reason for your choices? I'm just starting to research this so I'm trying to learn as much as I can.

    (star trek reference was sweet BTW)
     
  8. Aug 10, 2012 at 7:31 AM
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    I have a 3'' ready lift above coil spacer and a 1'' block. rides the same as stock. or get a 2'' block if you like some rake. I bought mine on the forum for under $100. or new they are around $250 I believe.
     
  9. Aug 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM
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    You asked for ride quality. Bilstein are valved mono tube shocks, longer AAL rides better then the short Pro Comps or better then blocks. 2.5" vs 3" cause at 3" you will need to invest another $450 in new UCA's plus the size tires you are running. They already clear stock height so .5" difference isn't going to be major.
     
  10. Aug 10, 2012 at 7:35 AM
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    People just don't like procomp because they heard its a rough ride until it breaks in. Usually they have no actual experience with it haha.

    But the 5100/5125 shocks and the aal are recommended because they give a good ride. But you won't get 3inches out of them.

    If you want a full 3inch lift go with procomp I say. I have no experience with it, but I've read from people who actually have it the ride is not all that bad.
     
  11. Aug 10, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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    2.5" vs 3" is virtually nothing. I can make that up in tire size if I was concerned over 1/2" (not very).

    if i get significantly better ride quality out of a 2.5" lift, i'd just go with that. Is there a kit that I can buy or do I need to piece it together?

    Also, are there any maintenance issues with putting on a suspension lift vs. body lift (such as wearing stuff out faster because of the different geometry - like ball joints, axles, drive shaft, etc. ). Ideally I'd like to get a lift that has good ride quality and that won't stress and wear out/break other parts of the truck faster over time.
     
  12. Aug 10, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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    I think you have to piece it together. Some places may sell the shocks together. Shop around for a good price or maybe start a group buy since people are always wanting to buy this set up.
     
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    See the links I dropped below, and shouldn't have problems under 3" ;)
     
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    I am very pleased w/my 1st gen bils and aal--Call TOYTEC--Good guys--or do it online--they have a member HERE at TW.
    There is also a DISCOUNT CODE for toy tec-5% i think--do a search
     
  15. Aug 10, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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    Did you post the link in 0.02 font, or did you just forget? :cool:
     
  16. Aug 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM
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    pumped about the lift though, can't wait - thanks for the info!
     
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    thats a good lift. but don't get the diff drop spacer. search the forum for more info on that
     
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