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Old 12-17-2015, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Hardbody lifts?

Was looking to buy a lift for my 97 hardbody with tax returns..would rather go with suspension, I personally hate body lifts.. Has anyone on here used the RoughCountry 1.5"-2.5" lift? That's all I can seem to find besides the SuperLift which seems like the same exact thing just more expensive.. any information would be awesome. Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:21 PM   #2
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hello, you the same guy asking about this on FB?
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:22 PM   #3
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only other options are Calmini ( bad customer service and bad item fit on some products) or 4x4parts.com
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:27 PM   #4
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Haha no, I'm not on FB.. does anyoneone have any pictures of their hardbody with the RC lift?
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someone on FB was asking the same thing, they are all about the same, some people have said the rough country arms twisted the first time they went wheeling. same guy said Calmini is the strongest arms.

I had the original arms on my former 87 from Jim Connor Racing ( out of business now) they used stock arms reinforced with a ball joint spacer, later he came out with the first tubular arms, Rancho used to make arms, and the others you know about already.

4x4parts.com has the original Jim Connor designs
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I wouldn't really call what I do 'offroading'..just take trails and stuff, no serious mud or crawling. Mostly just a hunting buggy. I'm only going to be running 29-30" tires. Looking at 29x8.5 swampers. I don't need a crazy lift just a little more ground clearance than stock..
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they come with 31's stock, may have to adjust the front if your truck didn't come with 31's, as long as the wheels are the proper offset the 31's will clear

For the rear lift you could do the shackles or an add-a-leaf, if using an add-a-leaf I recommend finding a full length leaf, the short ones make the trucks ride very stiff and are known to break, one broke on my former 87 and punctured the gas tank, and another member on here had his break and made a bigger hole in his gas tank recently.

That's why the A-arms from 4x4parts are good as you can just buy the a-arms if you wanted too. the complete package is nice also with the torsion bars as the stock bars are probably about wore out by now.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:33 PM   #8
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I've got the Calmini kit. I wouldn't recommend putting it on a daily driver as you can't get the alignment right afterwards. My front wheels have a bit of positive camber and a little toe in. Not a bit deal for me as the truck doesn't get a lot of miles put on it per year anyway. From what I've heard from knowledgeable 4x4 guys, the Rough Country kit isn't worth buying.
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IMO, save your money and do a PML. the UCAs you buy give no extra advantage.
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Another place to talk to.is rugged rocks off-road.

PML should get you by for a while. I've pondered a small lift and 32s but there seems to be too many cons for the front end. IMHO, PML and 31s will make it much taller if you have 235/75/15 right now. Easily an inch of lift from the tires.
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