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Max Spindle Lift

I have been pondering a spindle lift for my truck, but I want a full 6" lift without cranking my t-bars. I know I should consider the RCD kit, but I not too fond of that idea for some reason.

So, I was wondering... what is the max amount of spindle lift I could do without having to change out the CV Joints?

Also, I would be getting a set of custom leaf springs to match. I'm not sure of what the price would be for all of this, but there is an awesome shop here, and I could get it done there.

I'm not sure about the custom springs, but there are several different places on the internet that do them.
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spindle and body lift, thats what i would do, same height and much cheaper and less intensive that RCD
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I couldn't possibly do a BL... Too many problems afterwards.

Plus, it's a 2wd... I need ground clearance, and a BL won't do that.
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what kind of problems are you expecting?
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well, there's been tranny cooler tube problems, but teh problem aren't the main problem, just the actaul ground clearance vs. just bigger tire clearance.
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true, if you have the money then RCD is the way to go for sure. i dont think you can get spindles over 2.5-3 inches anyway, and on a 2wd theres no other way to go higher than to crank the bars, or change the keys
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Well, that's why i mentioned the RCD kit... They get 5.5" or 6" of lift with a coilover and a spindle.

So what I was wondering is "is there a reason why can't I get a custom 6" lift spindle made for my truck?"

May be a question for Bob or Griggs
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So, I was wondering... what is the max amount of spindle lift I could do without having to change out the CV Joints?
CV joints, eh? 2WD truck, eh?
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haha, don't know what I was thinking...

So, no worry, really???
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RCD is for 4x4's, not your truck.
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RCD has/is making a 2wd lift.
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maybe it will be cheaper!
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RCD has/is making a 2wd lift.
Xlt's, not Edge's, completely different.
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just do a body lift and the spidle lift.or just jump into the solid axle swap.your going to end up wasting money if u do the rcd and have custom stuff built.
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Dude, Trent!!! Where've you been?!?! RCD Makes a kit for 2wd Edges...

http://www.rockymountainsusp.com/fd2_Rngr98.htm

It's about half-way down the page...

Besides, I DON'T WANT RCD!!!

I'M HARD-HEADED DAMMIT!!!
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I say 3" Spindle, 3" Body, and some 35's.......thats what i was going to do.....
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I found a place that make custom lift leaf springs.

www.valleyspringservice.com

They do some good work, and I have a friend in Tuscon, so he could pick em up and bring em to me whenever I get them made.

I'm gonna get 6" lift springs and get them powdercoated silver.

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Will I have to extend the upper and/or lower Arms becuase of the 6" lift spindle??

I know I'll need new shocks and new brake lines, too. Anything Else??
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Wow, that's nuts I never knew that. Don't pay attention too much to the 'lifts' so go easy on me, haha.
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YEah, you got your head in the clouds with that long travel suspension...

Some of us here on the ground acutally gotta find our stuff...lol.
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Alright, how's a dual coilover setup sound??

Shock hoop, 6" lift spindle and custom lower arm???

Does that sound right??
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They make custom leaf springs, which you have in the rear. Where are you getting these custom 6" spindles from?
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how are you figuring on a 6" spindle? I put 3" spindles on last weekend and had a hell of a time getting the upper arm back in. How would you modify the lower/upper arms to accomodate that much lift from a spindle? It sounds good I just can't picture it..
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I'll have to have longer ones made I guess. Like I said, I have no experience or knowledge about the front suspension. I emailed SuperdutyHeadquarters about it since they do alot of custom stuff like that and they are building a ranger right now.
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suspension max has a 3" spindle ($330) and coils ($99), they also have the upper control arms ($273) wich would give you 6" in the front. and you can get a set of leaves from alcan not exactly sure how much they are, but they are cheaper than deavers.
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