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Old 01-31-2014
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2009 sport 4x4 lift plan

Hi, so I've been perusing these forums for a few years now planning to mod my truck once it was near paid off. Lots of great posters in this community! That time is coming up and I have a couple questions. First off I'm prekeying it with OEM '01 4x4 keys. Do I need to replace the shocks as well? Read that it will drive like a bobble head and/or the shocks will prevent the 1.5'' and mild crank to get her leveled out with the rear. Also read that it will make it stock 98-08. Next up is the '09 PA 3" BL from summit with the manny extension. Info wise there is a TON I've found here on that particular lift =) I'm pretty sure it will have enough blocks for the bed. Last is the tires. Will my stock 16x7 wheels have enough backspace for 285/75/16s? I know I should get 15'' wheels but I'm not planning on it. Thanks for the help!

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Yes those rims will work just fine for 285s. Your stock rims are 16x7 and it may cause a little uneven wear on the tires but not bad.

Im guessing you wont need to replace the shocks but compare the specs on 01-07 shocks compared to your 09. If need be get some 01-07 shocks.
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Old 04-26-2014
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So I have recieved my torsion keys and after telling some of my small town buds said I should put a block above my shock to lift but I doubt it since I can't seem to find any info on this. And all of the shops I've called hinted at the BL potentially costing a lot to install (not doing it myself, work everyday and no second auto)... Prolly Just gonna level her out now and put the same size rubber on.
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Old 04-26-2014
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Don't listen to your buddies. This is a torsion bar system. They sound like they are referring to a coil spacer. T-bars don't have that.
What you plan to do is all I did at first. Search for some of my older posts. I didn't go with a 285, I only went with a 265/75 (31.5") on a stock 16" rim.

I'm not running that anymore as I did a coilover swap. Im still at the same height though. I was happy with the height of my tbar twist with the 31's. I also agree with beard, you're gonna need the slightly longer shock otherwise they will wear out quicker since they are not in the propper operating zone.
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you do NOT add a shock spacer or use longer shocks. Doing so will cause your cv's to bind when it droops out all the way. 98-11 all use the same length front shocks

i dont know how much clearance the stock shocks have while at full bump but another issue of longer/spaced out shocks is that they may bottom out before the bump stops. I know some aftermarket prekey manufacturers offer a spacer but they are wrong.. same goes for the toyota diff drop kits. they throw out the CV to control arm geometry.

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I plan on doing a prekey swap on my 08 4x4. Any input on whether to go with the longer shocks or not?
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