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Sorry to ask so many questions about lifts but am new to 4X4's and dont know sh!t about lifts. I am trying to decide on weather to get a Fabtech 6" or Tuff Country 5". After installing either one of these lifts, would I be able to use Donahoe's or Camburgs coil overs in the front to get more lift and Deavers in the rear?
 

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yes, you can combine it with a coilover...not sure what kind you can combine it with...and yes on the Deavers...you can get them custom made..
 

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Is it worth it or should I stick to either the Lift kit or the Danahoes and Deavers?
What would work better?
 

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what are you planing to do with ur truck?

Is it worth it? well, it all depends what you wanna do..
if you are into desert running go with some hoe's and deavers..
but if you want a lot of clearance to go on trails, climb rocks go with drop down bracket lifts...and add coilovers and get a custom leaf pack if you want a better ride and performance...

and you would prob want bigger tires... if you have a drop down bracket lift, if you have a v6 going with 33's, shouldn't worry about regearing...but you should think about it..but 2.7L you'll need it,

you can go with 35's with the drop down bracket lift, and you'll def want to regear
regear will cost about 1g more or less depends on the shop...
 

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Good info. Thanks. I have an Automatic. Would putting bigger tires casue any damage to the tranny?
 

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i have never heard anyone here saying they had any damage with their tranny putting new tires...

but keep in mind when you do get bigger tires your engin have to work harder to roll those big tires...so depending on what size of tire and ur engin... you'll want to regear if you want better gas mileage...when you decide to go with bigger tires
 

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if you go with the fabtech 6 you can't use coilovers unless you buy or fab up a 6" strut spacer. You can purchase the Trailmaster 6" kit strut spacers as crash parts to work with the fabtech. Thats what I did and it works great.

Like mentioned, if you plan to upgrade to 35" tires regearing is almost nessesary. A few do get by without regearing, but it'll make for one sluggish truck and add stress to the drivetrain. Its a good idea to regear before you lift, or save up and do them back to back. Its no fun tearing out that front diff after you just incased it in a drop bracket lift.
 

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I agree with the coils on the desert stuff, never ran it personally except for the stock front stuff but I love it compared to tbars or sa. If you actually plan on REALLY wheeling it Id just put a D44 under the front. How much is the Fabtech 6 inch????Something rediculous like almost 2000 bucks for all the bells and whistles, screw that and put a solid axle in for half as much or just as much if you buy nice parts that were pre manufactured. Plus the flex will be amazing if done correctly.
 

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Fabtech is 1900 bucks. If I take it in for installation it would cost me 800 to install plus regearing, wheels and tires. Wonder how much guys that have done SAS have spent total for their Swap.
 

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well the tough country kit includes their own strut spacer, as do most other lifts. I think 1 or 2 members on these boards run the tough country w/coilovers utilizing the spacers included. However you can't just use a coilover alone unless you buy an extended length coilover. I know King used to make some extended ones for use with the 6" trailmaster lift. But I've heard production on those stopped. I believe King will make you custom length coilovers but I've never looked into it. Maybe someone else has more information on this.
 

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Lift Kit = Cutting the cross member. hmm is that bad? What can i do with a lift kit that can't be done with sum Donahoe's? and Deavers?
 

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Well you can go over 3 inches, with just a jacked up coilover up front you can only lift it like 3 inches, becuase it maxes out your cv angles and your balljoints.
 

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85buggy said:
I agree with the coils on the desert stuff, never ran it personally except for the stock front stuff but I love it compared to tbars or sa. If you actually plan on REALLY wheeling it Id just put a D44 under the front. How much is the Fabtech 6 inch????Something rediculous like almost 2000 bucks for all the bells and whistles, screw that and put a solid axle in for half as much or just as much if you buy nice parts that were pre manufactured. Plus the flex will be amazing if done correctly.
where on earth can you do a SA swap for around $800?? Guys who do the SA swaps usually end up spending $5-6,000 by the time it's all done.
 
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Fabtech is 1900 bucks. If I take it in for installation it would cost me 800 to install plus regearing, wheels and tires. Wonder how much guys that have done SAS have spent total for their Swap.
We are in your area, and if you get the Fabtech kit we will help you install it. That knocks 800 off the cost, which would just about cover your gears.
 
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if you go with the fabtech 6 you can't use coilovers unless you buy or fab up a 6" strut spacer. You can purchase the Trailmaster 6" kit strut spacers as crash parts to work with the fabtech. Thats what I did and it works great.

Like mentioned, if you plan to upgrade to 35" tires regearing is almost nessesary. A few do get by without regearing, but it'll make for one sluggish truck and add stress to the drivetrain. Its a good idea to regear before you lift, or save up and do them back to back. Its no fun tearing out that front diff after you just incased it in a drop bracket lift.
What does fabtech use for the front suspension in place of the factory struts? If it retains the factory struts, I dont see how you could not use any coilover that would replace the factory strut.
 

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TRD4ME / PARKSOFFROAD.COM said:
What does fabtech use for the front suspension in place of the factory struts? If it retains the factory struts, I dont see how you could not use any coilover that would replace the factory strut.
They give you a strut that is 6" longer then stock. He used the trailmaster strut spacer to add factory length coilovers. So you need to buy or make the strut spacer or find a company like king that makes them 6" longer.
 

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thanhnp said:
Sorry to ask so many questions about lifts but am new to 4X4's and dont know sh!t about lifts. I am trying to decide on weather to get a Fabtech 6" or Tuff Country 5". After installing either one of these lifts, would I be able to use Donahoe's or Camburgs coil overs in the front to get more lift and Deavers in the rear?
With the tough country lift you could use coil overs with it. we are installing this same set up right now. It makes for a very tall but good handleing truck!
 

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thanhnp said:
Sorry to ask so many questions about lifts but am new to 4X4's and dont know sh!t about lifts. I am trying to decide on weather to get a Fabtech 6" or Tuff Country 5". After installing either one of these lifts, would I be able to use Donahoe's or Camburgs coil overs in the front to get more lift and Deavers in the rear?

DR are another $1k.
 

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cb77DEMELLO said:
With the tough country lift you could use coil overs with it. we are installing this same set up right now. It makes for a very tall but good handleing truck!
Ive been trying to decide what would be my most favorite lift and Id like to go with a fabtech or tough country 6" plus some sweet coilovers.(up 2" more so it'd be 8") I know that for both youd need a spacer and the tough country comes with one but I could make my own im sure.. so anyway Is the tough country lift a better lift if your going to add coilovers later? Like would it be that hard to put short coilovers and a spacer on the fabtech? And also arent the fabtech and tough country really close to the same lift, like the same replaced components just fabtechs diff drop is not a droppy.

And could either or both of these lifts, after they have the coilover on them cranked up 2 inches for a total of 8", be combined with long travel arms?
 
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