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Old 01-19-2006
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Fabtech suspension lift W/ PA Bodylift any Problems?

Hola everybody, I should be returning from the "SandBox" soon and wanted to do a 3' PA body lift with a 5.5' Fabtech lift. I ve heard everybodys opinions on different types of suspension lifts and I liked the price of Fabtechs'. Has anybody done this yet? Or does anyone see a problem doing this?
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there's no problem with that setup if you ask me, as long as your not going to be jumping the truck like pre-runner style. Body lifts aren't made for that
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I know a few people who have gone that route. Just be aware of the vastly modified center of gravity in that setup and operate accordingly.

That setup also requires a bit more attention to brake line length. Either lift by itself about pretty much uses up whatever "slack" you can muster from the hard lines and/or flex lines to accomodate the lift. I would think you should have appropriate measures on hand to handle that when you install whichever one you install last.
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I am running the 3" Doestch Spindles, a 2" Springtech spring, and a a PA 3" lift. EVerything is fine for me. Just give yourself a little more room for braking, because you do lose a bit. Might be because of my 33's?
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Yes you will lose some braking ability due to the heavier tires and more rotating mass.

the 5.5 fabtech lift is only able to fit a 32" on an XLT, sounds like it should be able to fit more, but with the 3" BL you should be able to clear 33's just fine.

5.5 w/31's:
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the 5.5 should be able to clear 33's with no broblems. heck i run a spindle and have 31's and wouldn't even think twice about fitting 32's and having problems.
who's truck is that in the pic?

with the 5.5" and a 3" i would venture a guess and say that you could go with 35's if you wanted
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Old 01-20-2006
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put 36's on. look at this XLT with 33's w/ just a spindle lift
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=17411
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he has a 2wd though, like me.... would that affect the differnece in what you could squeeze with the 5.5"

hey greaseball, where did you find and good price on the 5.5" and what do you consider a good price?
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the 5.5" is only for the the XLT(coil suspension) and all 4wd's and edges are torsion bars, thus torsion bars don't have a 5.5" option. they can use a spindle for them which is the 3" part but the extra 2.5" on an XLT comes from the upper control arm and coil
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hey greaseball, where did you find and good price on the 5.5" and what do you consider a good price?
I really haven't found a set place to buy the lift but performancelifts.com, sells one for $1,299. Thats about my price range, who knows maybe i can get a Military discount. You know if i can find a better price? Hook me up if you can.
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Stay away from fabtech, No one ever listens to me.
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That's just moderate trail beating too......
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Stay away from fabtech, No one ever listens to me.
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That's just moderate trail beating too......
you own them? how can you tell its moderate trail beating? hell, two look like a prerunner, i wouldnt call a prerunner moderate
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yeah i wouldnt call prerunner moderate.
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and it looks like both upper balljoints failed

thats a problem with all trucks
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Moderate trail beating is just your average day offroading. Just because a truck is lifted in the front doesn't make it a prerunner..... They weren't jumping, they weren't doin nothing of that sort. Those are just some of the trucks that have had the 5.5 Fabtech and have broke their ****. Theres a lot more of em out there.... Trust me. Fabtech isn't the company they used to be. THey are riding on pure reputation as of now.
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Moderate trail beating is just your average day offroading. Just because a truck is lifted in the front doesn't make it a prerunner..... They weren't jumping, they weren't doin nothing of that sort. Those are just some of the trucks that have had the 5.5 Fabtech and have broke their ****. Theres a lot more of em out there.... Trust me. Fabtech isn't the company they used to be. THey are riding on pure reputation as of now.

no, the prerunner fenders and light bars is what made me think prerunner
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no, the prerunner fenders and light bars is what made me think prerunner
It's understandable. Most people think that because it's got fenders / lightbar / lights and such it's deemed a prerunner just because that's what everyone has been calling them for god knows how long. I'm not saying your wrong. I'm just saying I've seen / heard about a lot more Fabtech stuff breaking under moderate beating than I have many other companies. 10 years ago I would have sworn by fabtech, Now I wouldn't raise my finger to help them sell even a lightbar.
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wow faux you really now your ****... i beleave you ... but i guess i really cant say to much i have fabtech too but its only a leveling kit...





( sorry i didnt mean to hi-jack the thread i just thought id put in my two scece (spl)..)
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you otta get some giant equal length beams on that bad boy
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i have 32x10.5 on my 03 without a t-bar crank and they dont rub at all.
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