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'99 Mazda B3000 4X4 Suspension Shot

My Upper & Lower Control Arm is shot and so is my sway bar, I've been looking for a lift kit for my truck for a while and I was about to pull the trigger on a TBar Crank and rear blocks until this happened. Now I'm looking at doing a full front end job so I feel it would be worth it to get a good suspension lift.

What are my options?
I'm looking at replacing my Upper Control Arm (I def. want this to come with the kit so everything has the proper angles) and Lower Control Arm, and the sway bar with about a 3" lift in the front and a 2" lift in the back (can vary in lift size but this is ideal)
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My Upper & Lower Control Arm is shot and so is my sway bar, I've been looking for a lift kit for my truck for a while and I was about to pull the trigger on a TBar Crank and rear blocks until this happened. Now I'm looking at doing a full front end job so I feel it would be worth it to get a good suspension lift. What are my options? I'm looking at replacing my Upper Control Arm (I def. want this to come with the kit so everything has the proper angles) and Lower Control Arm, and the sway bar with about a 3" lift in the front and a 2" lift in the back (can vary in lift size but this is ideal)
The only suspension lift available for your truck is the 4" superlift. Runs about 1400 dollars. However, this kit does not come with any of the maintenance items you are looking for. Most guys who install the kit replace all of that stuff (ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, etc) but they aren't included with the kit. They are an extra cost and are purchased separately from a supplier of your choosing.
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Full Lift Kit, Tool, and Shims for Mazda B Series 4x4

This is what I was originally looking at is just cranking the T-Bar.

In this case I may end up just doing the Upper/Lower Control Arm and Sway bar and lift at the same time. Do you suggest any brands for Upper/Lower Control arms to take offroad abuse?
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Stay away from that kit. After market lift keys were created by the devil. You can do the same thing by simply cranking your stock keys.

I would just crank your stock keys and do the maintenance that needs to be done. As far as brands, you can't go wrong with moog

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What's so bad about aftermarket keys?
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What's so bad about aftermarket keys?
They allow you to push the suspension way beyond what it was intended for, causing premature part failure.
Best case: you install them, don't crank them, and you're at the same point you would've been with cranked stock keys and you have a lighter wallet.
Worst case: you install them and crank them and you're burning through CVs and balljoints. And your ride is absolute ****. And you have a lighter wallet.
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So I'm assuming my best bet would to be repair my front suspension with parts like Moog and then spend the money with Superlift?
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So I'm assuming my best bet would to be repair my front suspension with parts like Moog and then spend the money with Superlift?
Pretty much.

Your lift options are
-3" body lift (200 bucks plus install)
-tbar crank for 1-1.5" (free plus cost of an alignment
-4" superlift (1400 bucks plus install, plus the aftermarket front driveshaft that's needed)
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