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Old 07-31-2010
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Icon5 2wd 2005 3.0 v6 looking to lift

ive finally got enough money to fix up my truck but i don't know too much about what other things i may run into after i lift it. i found a 5.5" that fits my truck's specs but ive heard of problems i can run into if i lift my truck like turn radius, break lines, etc... anyone know where i can figure these things out before i buy anything and get in too deep?
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how big do you want to go? Remember getting the 33's to match that lift will add ANOTHER 3 inches to the trucks height.

I didn't notice a big difference with turn radius when I put my spindles on. In fact I don't think it changed at all. Brake lines shouldn't be an issue. I'm sure with some phone calls and a little search there will be a company in your area that can manufacture new lines for you for relatively cheap.

Oh, and don't run blocks in the rear. Most 2wd's have a weaker softer spring that will not take the abuse of a block. If you run the full 5.5 system you'll want to get some Deaver Softrides or something like that. If you just run a spindle then you can use a Ford Explorer rear spring and a belltech shackle and you'll get the results you want.

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