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Old 01-11-2017, 04:53 AM   #1
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Default Shocks for a hardbody with a 4" lift, Any thoughts??

Hey guys, I have a shackled 2" rough country lift on my 93' with an add-a-leaf also. I plan on taking the 2" RC control arms off and putting 3" control arms and 1" spacers on it, with 2" blocks in the back from 4x4parts.com. It already has 2" RC shackles on it which will stay on making a 4" lift. The problem is I have no idea what shocks to get that'll work sense it'll be lifted 4". Can you help me out??
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keep your RC control arms, they may advertise less lift but they are the same as the 3" advertised arms.

With shackles in the rear, an add a leaf and adding 2" blocks, the rear is going to be so high there will be no way to raise the front enough to be any where near level.

And as was said in the other thread the control arm spacers do not provide more lift they just help with ball joint angle.
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Do you offroad the thing or do you just drive it on the street? I can promise you the CV axles will not last long with that kind of setup. if you want more than 3" of lift I would save your money and start planning for a straight axle swap
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You're not gonna be able to get more than the 2-3" lift that most kits advertise without getting stuff bound up in the front. If you want to go higher than that you'll have to consider going SAS. Unless you're really serious about offroading, IMO, the SAS is overkill. I run 33s on my IFS setup with the 3" Calmini kit and it works fine for me. I have a 3" suspension lift and a 2" body lift.

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Shit, I already ordered a few things. I don't off road a shit load. Not like I go out every weekend but I'd say a couple times a month. However during hunting season I go up old shitty ass logging roads every weekend, already been high-centered a few times. I'd do a body lift, but I have no idea on how to instal it and shops in my area said no.

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Basically my plan is to get 33x12.5'a on the truck. What about calmini torsion bars, and cranking them a little more than the stock bars?
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Damn, how about replacing the stock torsion bars with calmini bars and cranking them a little more than the stock bars are currently at?
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Aftermarket torsion bars, I like Sway a Way, will hold in the adjusted lift longer and also are usually 20% stiffer than stock.

You can only go up so far than you will start to have problems. generally you want to keep about a 1/2" between the upper control arm and the rubber bump stop.

Some people like to crank the bars as high as they can but than the truck will ride like crap and you put unnecessary wear on the CV axles, and binding could occur.

Best to do a body lift if you want more height, I would do the 3" over the 2" because if your going to go through what is needed to install it, might as well get the extra inch. They aren't that bad to install.
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Alright cool thanks for the info. I would've bought a whole bunch of shit. I wouldn't max the load out on the torsion bars just more than they are at now. The torsion bars being factory I didn't wanna screw with them. Never thought about some stiffer aftermarket ones. I noticed bilstein and a few other advertised 3" lifts come with new bars. For a body lift Gas line, break line, steering colum, shifter extensions are needed right??

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The torsion bars have no reference to how high you can physically lift the truck, No matter what you do the truck can only be lifted to the limit of the CV shafts and that is about 3" regardless of what arms you have or bars you use.
Now, you CAN buy differential drop bushings off of 4x4parts.com that will drop the diff a 1/2" down and allow you to run those ball joint spacers you speak of; however, the control arms that advertise 2" of lift are exactly the same as the ones that advertise 3" of lift.


As for the body lift, don't do 3". It's too ugly and not worth it, do 1" or 2". If you do 1" you will not have to extend much, if anything at all.
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