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Front or rear replacement?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by cmf21, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Jan 3, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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    cmf21

    cmf21 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I hate the way my stock truck rides. I think it's too soft and not tight feeling. I've moved 3 times in the past 2yrs and don't like the way it sits or feels with a little load. The snugtop shell probalby doesn't help either.

    Around 7 months ago, I replaced the rear shocks with Bilstein 5125's the 8 & 8 1/2 travel ones which helped a bit. I'm on a limited budget as I've been mostly out of work for a few years but have managed to save up a little money for the truck. I would like a little lift but nothing too extreme as I mostly drive on paved roads, dirt / washboard roads, hunting, and go exploring and hunting in the desert.

    My current truck measurements with 255/70/16 tires from the ground to the bottom of the fenders are LF 34 1/32, RF 34 1/32, LR 34 1/2, RR 34 5/8 with the shell on.

    I thinking I should just do the rear as the front would probably end up costing too much with an alignment. Not sure. What does everyone think?

    If I do the rear leafs, I was thinking about getting the alcans but it doesn't look like theres an overload. I do have a shell and move around a bit and would like to get a small camper some day so do I even need an overload? I'm also confused on how much lift I should get. Don't know if 3" or whatever is too much or what even after settling. Also do I need different shocks, shackles, brake lines etc? So much to take into consideration.

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  2. Jan 3, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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    ktmrider

    ktmrider Senior Member

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    get the wheelers replacement leafpack, it will make it ride more stiff.
     
  3. Jan 3, 2011 at 4:00 PM
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    Manwithoutaplan

    Manwithoutaplan the full Monty

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    -Nitro 4.56 gears - Arb Front and Rear lockers. -Rear Swing out bumper Curiosity of ( Dept .94) https://www.facebook.com/Dept94 -Tinted, -ProComp 6 inch lift with Icon Coil overs and Bilstein's 7100Resi -315/70/17 - 17x8 in Pro Comp Matte black rims 4.5 bs -East Coast Gear Supply Sliders -ALL Pro EXP LEaf pack -Camburg UCA's -CAB mount CHOP
    then add some King shocks then you would be goood to go :)
     
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