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fabtech v. camburg

which is better-fabtech or camburg? My friend said that he's heard some bad stories about fabtech. Does anyone have problems with fabtech?
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no fabtech is a great company also is camburg but unless you plan on dropping $4000 for suspention stay away from camburg
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You Can Not Compare The Two. Period.
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i disagree...

i have fabtech spindles on my truck and they are the only thing that i will ever buy from them. fabtech has had issues with quality, a guy i know on another site had the weld on his upper control arm break while on the freeway!!!.

Camburg is the way that i wish i had went and NO you don't have to drop 4K to start, talk to them and they will be happy to help you out
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^^^ Your right it is only 2K I say just go with fabtech or procomp
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hahaha CAMBURG
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He means instead of the expensive camburg use pro-comp or fabtech spindles.
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the only way u can compare the two is 2 figure out which one is best for u.if you want ur truck to look the look then go with fabtech meaning if ur going be on the road 75% of the time

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if ur going to actually use the supension ur buying go with camburg
there ur best bet for a supsension to actually be used

now im not saying fabtech u cant go off road with its just ur not going to get the performance that camburg will give you
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It's been said above and I'll say it again, you can't compare the two. It's like apples and oranges. Fabtech is a pavement pounder "lift" kit. It serves the purpose of looks and increased clearance mainly for the sake of putting on larger tires. Before people start being hostile, I know that there are plenty of guys that have bashed their trucks with Fabtech equipment and have gotten away with it...for the most part. A lot of my friends are running the Fabtech 5.5 on their coil sprung Rangers and even some have their bent beams on their trucks, and they do okay, and anyday they pound it out in the desert without breaking something is a good day.

Camburg, on the other hand, is "performance" suspension, meaning that people normally get it because they drive their trucks hard enough to use it. I'm going to stick to Jason's motto of "You get what you pay for" on this one. Camburg uses the highest quality products available: uniballs of all sizes, poly bushings or in some kits heims, billet or reinforced steel upper and lower arms, etc. If you use your truck and don't want it to break, save your money and do it right the first time, but if you just want a "lift" for driving around the city and have your truck look good, then go with a company like Fabtech. I had their spindles/shocks on my last truck, and it took quite a bit before things started to break, but back then I also didn't drive well enough to need the performance that I have now. If I took my truck out and did what I normally do now with my 6.0 Camburg suspension, with a stock/Fabtech/Pro-Comp cast iron kit, I'd be limping home.

Jason (who replied above), got his Dixon kit because he drives hard enough and skilled enough to need it, where a simple lift spindle would break, he doesn't have to worry about that now with performance suspension.

Jared (who replied above) got his RCD kit because the way he drives he needs it ( ), and the performance he gained is infinitely much better than what a body lift could only give him in looks.

Me, I started off with a cast iron lift spindle, and that was fine for my daily city driving, but then I started to be a better driver off-road so I pushed my suspension to the limit, and that's why I upgraded as well.

If you want, since you're not that far away from me, we could get together sometime and really talk about it, 'cause I think it's great that people want to learn more about suspension and what they need to use it for the way they want to drive, but I hate when people make decisions that could be unsafe or damaging later on. I'll pm you my number if you want to talk more about it, or feel free to ask Jason (RngPrerunner) more about it as well, he'll have pretty much the same things to tell you that I would.
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Ive been wondering the same thing between lifts, more than likely ill wait and spend the extra dough for camburg, I like them more than fabtech because they actually use our trucks, not just make kits for em, but I haven't heard much about doestech(sp?) anybody have a educated opinion of them?
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Doetche-Tech makes really great products, and although their suspension systems aren't as common as others, they offer great performance at a great price. Another thing to point out that most people don't know is that back when Bullseye signed the contract to cast "Pro-Comp" labeled spindles, the contract was bought by Doetche, so now all Pro-Comp cast iron spindles (for the Ranger and Explorer anyway) are cast by D-T; they redisigned the casts and made them better than what Bullseye had.

I'm definitely not saying this to dissuade anyone from going with Camburg, as they are one of the top 5 shops out there, but there are other alternatives to the 'Burg. You have DMZ fab, Alliance fab, TMR fab, ESB (yes they make exclusively taco and tundra kits but are getting into fords gradually), Weldtec, and tons and tons of other shops out there. The best advice I can give is to shop around, find what will suit you best, both in wallet and mind, and save for it. It's better to do it right the first time than constantly being unhappy with the choice you made if you settled for something.
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Watched dust to glory the other day...now i wanna buy a 2wd and get a long travel suspension fabbed for it...
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comparing the two is like asking which is better Wendy's or In-n-Out. wendy's is all over and has good fod for the price. In-n-out is only in a few locations and with the esception of Las vegas you can only get it in Ca.

Camburg does all their own custom fab work and only they can install it. Fab tech is mass produced stuff.

I am so jonesing for a double double.
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I am so jonesing for a double double.
Say what?
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Fabtech used to be good, USED to. They were one of the few pioneers of the art of 2wd suspension kits that were mean't for off-road performance, but as the years passed, their marketing took a direction to the pavement pounders and showy type trucks because that is where they got more business. They started putting less money into engineering and in turn turning more of a profit from manufacturing "lift" kits and drop down kits instead of continuing the performance that they had started with.

Started with this . . .



And now it's this . . .

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Why the hell did you post that? Now I'm hungry.
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yall suck...i dont have an in-n-out with in 2000 miles the camburg lift is expensive, i had to deploy for 15 months to save up the money to buy it, but it is more than worth it when your off road and you dont see that good sized rut going across the road, but you dont worry too much about it because you know your suspension will still be there. i am realy happy with what i got and feel that its worth what i paid for it.
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oh god!!! in n out.. schweet jesus
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I miss it too.

I have only had it 3 or 4 times in my life.

As far as experiences go I rank it above a gentlemens club.
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I miss it too.

I have only had it 3 or 4 times in my life.

As far as experiences go I rank it above a gentlemens club.
Hell yeah! It sucks at school 'cause it's 30 minutes away and I hardly get to go up to it. Really blows, but worth it!
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wtf i've never heard of an in-n-out. sounds like a one minute man to me LOL.
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well, I really plan on really using my truck just for off-roading in the future(when i get another truck for daily use). should i save for the coil-overs or the next step down?

btw i have 2 in-n-outs within 4 miles of me :)
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well, I really plan on really using my truck just for off-roading in the future(when i get another truck for daily use). should i save for the coil-overs or the next step down?

btw i have 2 in-n-outs within 4 miles of me :)
You get what you pay for in the suspension world. If you think you'll get on the truck hard enough, save for the coilover kits (which offer a lot more ways to customize the ride and fine tune the suspension, if not, you can get separate coils and shocks to work just about as good as coilovers sometimes depending on the setup.
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im not a fan of fabtech. in any instance...
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