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prerunner help

ok so i wanna do a prerunner lift but im confused as how i go about it like would i do like 3" in the front and 2 or 2/12" in the rear? can someone help mabe someone that has a prerunner or anyone with some advice? thanks.
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prerunners usually have more lift than that. thus giving them the ability to go over bumps at faster rates of speed.

i would say 3inch spindles and blocks for the rear plus a 3inch body and run 33x10.5
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i know that i was using that as an example,so do you have any tips or advice?
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i would say 3inch spindles and blocks for the rear plus a 3inch body and run 33x10.5

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are you lookin for something you can really beat on in the dunes?

just for the look, some lift spindles will get you the look of one...
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like justin said it all depends on what u want to do with it and how much money u want to spend...as i have a 2wd and am on the same path as u just alittle farther down lol

i have 3" spindles up front with stock back running 31's and its a nice ride im happy with it....thats on the street....now in the dirtits a little rough of a ride but for just a spindle lift i was expecting that. if u take it out alot then i would recomend getting a decent kit. id say drop the 1700$ and get the camburg 5.5 kit or u can completly long travel it ffor the 4 grand...but dont do a body lift it wont do anything for your truck

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ok so i wanna do a prerunner lift but im confused as how i go about it like would i do like 3" in the front and 2 or 2/12" in the rear? can someone help mabe someone that has a prerunner or anyone with some advice? thanks.

ok......prerunner lift? seriously?

A prerunner is a truck that is used to run a race course before the race and to chase/service the race truck when needed.

Prerunners do not lift the trucks 3" just to get some more lift, the lift comes from the extra suspension travel needed and the ability to clear bigger tires. The tire clearance issue can also big fixed with fiberglass fenders and you will not need as much lift. For a prerunner/race truck, lift is actually your enemy, and you want to keep your COG (center of gravity) as low as possible.

Now, how do you want to use your truck? Driven on the street only? Take it out to the desert? cruise trails? go 50mph through the desert? jumping? How much $ do you have to play with? Are you doing this for looks or for performance?

"prerunners usually have more lift than that. thus giving them the ability to go over bumps at faster rates of speed."

The lift has no effect on ability to go over bumps at speed, its the long travel suspensio that gives that, and you can go over bumps way faster with a truck with a low COG.

Race trucks/prerunners usually get most of their ground clearance/lift out of their tires btw
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ok......prerunner lift? seriously?

A prerunner is a truck that is used to run a race course before the race and to chase/service the race truck when needed.

Prerunners do not lift the trucks 3" just to get some more lift, the lift comes from the extra suspension travel needed and the ability to clear bigger tires. The tire clearance issue can also big fixed with fiberglass fenders and you will not need as much lift. For a prerunner/race truck, lift is actually your enemy, and you want to keep your COG (center of gravity) as low as possible.

Now, how do you want to use your truck? Driven on the street only? Take it out to the desert? cruise trails? go 50mph through the desert? jumping? How much $ do you have to play with? Are you doing this for looks or for performance?

"prerunners usually have more lift than that. thus giving them the ability to go over bumps at faster rates of speed."

The lift has no effect on ability to go over bumps at speed, its the long travel suspensio that gives that, and you can go over bumps way faster with a truck with a low COG.

Race trucks/prerunners usually get most of their ground clearance/lift out of their tires btw

ok damm my bad for saying lift dont need to get all offended!
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ok damm my bad for saying lift dont need to get all offended!
Who got offended? I'm just trying to help you out since i've had both a spindle lift and camburg mid travel (prerunner) suspension. I've also built/worked on many race/prerunner trucks and have alot of experience with this. My post was trying to figure out what you were looking for, so....what is it that you're looking for, a lift or some prerunner suspension?
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like justin said it all depends on what u want to do with it and how much money u want to spend...as i have a 2wd and am on the same path as u just alittle farther down lol
yes i am doing it because i like the look and to occasionally go off roading and not flying over jumps and crap(its my only vehicle) plus since the back is usually lower than if i just lifted it i can get my bike in easier and im not looking to spend a whole lot here like i said im not racing it or flying over jumps ya know!
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well i mean u got the bike so the only time u need the truck in the dirt is when ur going to a spot and for alittle fvck around time.....if thats the case then roll with the spindles but its going to cost u still a pretty penny....alon sells the spindles but make sure u get some decent shocks and some nice tires < those are important
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well i mean u got the bike so the only time u need the truck in the dirt is when ur going to a spot and for alittle fvck around time.....if thats the case then roll with the spindles but its going to cost u still a pretty penny....alon sells the spindles but make sure u get some decent shocks and some nice tires < those are important
and that would be it?
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here is the link for mod bargains....they got some differnt lifts..but if u really wanted to and had the money i would go with the samburg 5.5 kit its a good quality product i know a guy who has it and it handles pretty damn good even though it is not a long travel kit

http://www.modbargains.com/dept.aspx...01-004-003-001

but really it all depends on how much u want to spend cause no matter what u buy u still got to add rims and tires
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damm! thats pretty pricey. 0_o
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tell me about it ...thats y i got a truck that already had some things done to it even though it may not be much its all i need haha

but you go to pay to play
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haha seriously.
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Get some spindles.
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Wow there is a lot of misinformation here... Alon is the only one that has it down...

I'd post more, but I have a meeting to get to.. later...

And for what it's worth, my truck is about the same hight as a stock Edge... and a little shorter than a stock 4x4... figure that one out...
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^^^ Knows what he is talking about.

Get a small lift like a spindle lift, get a nice "pre-runner" bumper and it'll look nice. Some tires and rims and it'll look good for the ladies. It won't be anywhere near an actual chase truck or pre-runner but it'll look great at the mall!

I have moded my truck a bit but I haven't touched the suspension. I'll wait until it's no longer my DD and go mid-long travel. Maybe sooner but I want to do it right with fiberglass fenders and all that goes more along the lines of a real prerunner. I'm stock height 4x4 now and with some good tires, lights, and a bumper it looks more like a real prerunner than those with a 3" lift in front nothing in the back driving around town bumping subs thinking they have a race truck. I don't want a race truck but something that looks good and can perform better than stock. Nothing is wrong with a good looking non functional truck but if I'm going to spend the $$ I'll spend extra $$ and make it right so I can beat on it a little.

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^^^ Knows what he is talking about.

Get a small lift like a spindle lift, get a nice "pre-runner" bumper and it'll look nice. Some tires and rims and it'll look good for the ladies. It won't be anywhere near an actual chase truck or pre-runner but it'll look great at the mall!

I have moded my truck a bit but I haven't touched the suspension. I'll wait until it's no longer my DD and go mid-long travel. Maybe sooner but I want to do it right with fiberglass fenders and all that goes more along the lines of a real prerunner. I'm stock height 4x4 now and with some good tires, lights, and a bumper it looks more like a real prerunner than those with a 3" lift in front nothing in the back driving around town bumping subs thinking they have a race truck. I don't want a race truck but something that looks good and can perform better than stock. Nothing is wrong with a good looking non functional truck but if I'm going to spend the $$ I'll spend extra $$ and make it right so I can beat on it a little.

exactly i guess im not one of those socal posers who have those giant lifts and never even plan on going off road with it.i just want my truck to have the "prerunner look" when i do lift it... and i know a prerunner isnt lifted! so we dont need to start all that again! like i said i want my truck that way beside the way it looks but so i can still get my bike in the back(im kinda short)so i dont have any trouble loading it.
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