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My prerunner Mid-travel front end. (Pics)

So for those of you who dont know, im building my truck to be a 1450 class prerunner and im working my way up from small to big. Heres my new front end set up and this is as far as im going with it until i save up for my long travel front end. Camburg was too expensive, so i went with fabtech and it rides and handles awesome.

Front end specs:
Fabtech 5.5 kit (uppers, spindle, coils)
2.0 Shock upgrade (Done by BTF fab)
2.0 x 8" Fox racing reservoir shocks
Upper a arm gussets for added strength (done by BTF fab)
8" limit straps to prevent damage from happening (Done by BTF fab)

My front end is now worth equal to if not more than my whole truck haha. Currently i have the truck strapped at 10" of travel. This was a big upgrade from my previous set up (just a fabtech spindle)

Full front end:
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New front end ride height: (rear end is stock, im working on that next)
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I like it!!

Nice fab work
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I wish i could take credit for those awesome welds haha, but mine arent anywhere that great and i dont trust my welds yet to hold up a limit strap, so i had Brandon down at BTF Fabrication weld on all the that needed to be welded (the gussets, the shock mounts, and the limit strap tabs) He does great work and is a pretty cool guy.
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Looks great they did some good work.
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I love it
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looks great...but....shouldn't something be done about those stock sway bar links??? I dont get whats keeping that strap bolted up top....

i want your wheels. thanks. lol.

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i would be careful beating on it with that setup.. the main difference between fabtech and camburg besides travel is just strength, the main difference is the balljoints and spindle.. theres been a lot of people who had their spindle shafts snap on them
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i would be careful beating on it with that setup.. the main difference between fabtech and camburg besides travel is just strength, the main difference is the balljoints and spindle.. theres been a lot of people who had their spindle shafts snap on them

Fabtech... (notice the snapped spindle)
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BOTH FABTECH:


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i don't get. Why the FagTech? Why not go out and buy a good kit and install yourself? Save lots of money!!

But hey! I like your truck!
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Yeah the camburg is like $2,000. Would have been better IMO.

Although I do beat the **** out of my fagtech and it is fine. But I do not jump it.
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sweet truck i would sell your fab tech stuff and buy something else b4 you go any farther might save money in the long ru
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Ah just wait for it to break then go Camburg. lol
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Budget guys! This will hold up for what he wants to do. When he gets the money saved hes going long travel.
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you'll save money with fabtech but spend a whole LOT of time. you need to CONSTANTLY check your bearings and repack them with grease. that seems to be why the spindle shafts break.

and when you do break the fabtech and switch to camburg, it will be WELL worth it.
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looks great man cant wait to see what you do with the back
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he is also coil sprung and all the pics of broken spindles are on edge trucks, idk if the 5.5 kit uses stock spindles or not. just pointing it out.
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he is also coil sprung and all the pics of broken spindles are on edge trucks, idk if the 5.5 kit uses stock spindles or not. just pointing it out.
the edge kit doesn't use stock spindles.. i think the edge kit is shown more because there are more people that run them
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My 5.5 kit has fabtech coils, uppers, and spindles. and the limit strap is bolted up to a tab thats welded on the frame and its purpose is to LIMIT my down travel which is what mostly kills these spindles, hence why i got them. I installed everything myself on this truck except the welded on parts.

Buying the camburg kit didnt really make any sense to me, why would i pay 2,000 for a mid travel kit right now, when for 1,000 more i can have a full long travel kit?

And just FYI, the camburg and fabtech spindles are the EXACT SAME pressed in snout, the two companies just make thier own snout housings.
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BOTH FABTECH:






The first pic is (White truck) one i remember the bearing went out, bearings are always going to go out no matter what kit your running, its user error that the driver doesnt maintain his kit, not fabtechs.

The second pic (black truck) is an edge, so that kit is different from mine and that truck probably had cranked torsion bars which lead to more stress on the suspension, thats user error, not fabtechs.


Fabtech isnt the greatest company, but its not made out of cardboard lol. It handles and holds up for the beating most people give it if you know how to check and maintain it before you smash on it. Bad fabtech kit's are usually just a scapegoat for when things break so people can have something to blame it on :-P

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Well fagtech markets like their sh*t is the best offroad parts you can buy.

Oh, and fagtech uses CAST spindles, Camburg uses actual fabricated spindles.
Where do you get the long travel kit at?
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Well fagtech markets like their sh*t is the best offroad parts you can buy.

Oh, and fagtech uses CAST spindles, Camburg uses actual fabricated spindles.
Where do you get the long travel kit at?
but if fabtech switches to fabricated spindles, it wouldnt fix the snout problem though.....i have no room to talk though i got doestch spindles to hold me over till an lt kit....
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My friend works at Fagtech. He says he would only trust the Jeep stuff. He want's Burg for his truck.

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Well in times like this a man will get what he can. Lance's truck is really coming along nicely. I remember the day he pulled up to my house and wanted to build a bumper. I was wondering why he wanted a bumper with no suspension but I spoke too soon. We are going to have to wait till the rear suspension is finished to really see how his kit handles. Who cares what kind of lift a guy has. If he loves his truck and loves to mod it, a real enthusiast would give him credit for doing anything besides keeping it stock.
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Setup looks good Lance. How much did it cost you?
You testing it out next weekend?
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