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RCD vs. SuperLift

I am making this thread as a guide for people who are considering and RCD or super lift lift kit. (STICKY?)
Please do not post if you have some thing bad to say.

i will add to this post as i see fit with your answers.


Here is the pro/con list between the RCD and Superlift.


RCD $2300.00

PROS:
replaces the stock torsion bars with coilovers
uses AAL and shackle in rear
uses 1 piece cross-members
with kit maxed the cv angles are perfeclty horozontal ie. stronger



CONS:
Higher cost more complex installation, requires welding.
coil overs have been known to sag







Superlift $1500.00

PROS:
No welding required








CONS:
torsion bars are relocated and retained
uses blocks w/ the stock blocks
if torsion bars are cranked cv angles look like \ ____ / which makes them weaker.
multi piece crossmembers

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Superlift is cheaper for those on a tighter budget.....

RCD: coil overs have been known to sag after a bit of use....
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RCD uses AAL and shackle in rear. superlift uses blocks
both kits need some sort of front DS attention. RCD includes a spacer, SL sells a complete double cardan DS.
both kits are well designed and engineered from what i have seen. both are well built, jus cater to different tastes in styles of lift.

who decides what is a pro/con? some people might prefer the factory ride quality/torsion bars no matter where they are relocated...
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the Superlift has an option for a complete new leaf spring pack....
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the Superlift has an option for a complete new leaf spring pack....

so does chevy 63"s
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the Superlift has an option for a complete new leaf spring pack....
what does that cost and how does that effect your "tighter budget" idea?
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so does chevy 63"s
So does Deaver, and you can get rid of the OEM blocks!
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what does that cost and how does that effect your "tighter budget" idea?
for the 4" it runs $240 a spring......so for 2 it would be $480 extra for the springs....
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A set of AALs will make the same effect as the blocks and won't cost as much as a full new spring pack. The RCD shackles are gi-fawking-normous anyways.
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well i helped install a RCD and i was very impressed with it... if i had a 4x4 thats the one i would go with
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for the 4" it runs $240 a spring......so for 2 it would be $480 extra for the springs....
$60 more, plus shipping, and you can get Deaver F31, giving a 2.5in lift, from Dixon Bros Racing. Factor in with the OEM block and shackle and then you have 5in lift.

If calculations are right, deaver f31 + RCD shackle - OEM blocks = RCD ride height with OEM blocks + RCD AAL.

Pros:
-possible elimination of axle wrap by deleting lift blocks
-smoother ride than the stiffness of an AAL
-more articulation for off-road use.
-Deaver leaves can be custom built for needs
-purported better build quality than SL leaf packs

Cons:
-cost a little more than superlift leaf pack
-i'm picking my nose at work while typing this on break
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my procomp chevy 5.5" leafs were $324 shipped to my door for the pair
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my procomp chevy 5.5" leafs were $324 shipped to my door for the pair
i can pee farther!

I'm expecting tax return to hit my account next week. I'll shoot you a PM when the money goes out.
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$60 more, plus shipping, and you can get Deaver F31, giving a 2.5in lift, from Dixon Bros Racing. Factor in with the OEM block and shackle and then you have 5in lift.

If calculations are right, deaver f31 + RCD shackle - OEM blocks = RCD ride height with OEM blocks + RCD AAL.

Pros:
-possible elimination of axle wrap by deleting lift blocks
-smoother ride than the stiffness of an AAL
-more articulation for off-road use.
-Deaver leaves can be custom built for needs
-purported better build quality than SL leaf packs

Cons:
-cost a little more than superlift leaf pack
-i'm picking my nose at work while typing this on break
yea but with the Superlift 4" springs, alls you need is the stock block to achieve the 4" lift.....add in a Chevy shackle and you have 6.5" of lift......take out the block and add just the shackle and you have 4.5" of lift.........or you could go stock shackle, no block and 4" springs and get 2" of lift.....or no block, Chevy shackle, and 4" springs to get 4" of lift....

i would prefer the Skyjacker 6" springs and NO block and STOCK shackle for a full 4" lift in the rear.......that is what i am running on my 6" Superlift lift kit and the front and rear is perfectly level.....since the rear takes less lift to achieve a 6" lift than the front, i could remove my stock block and run the stock shackle in the rear......if i ever decide to go to the 8" springs for the front i will just add a Chevy shackle in the rear...
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yea but with the Superlift 4" springs, alls you need is the stock block to achieve the 4" lift.....add in a Chevy shackle and you have 6.5" of lift......take out the block and add just the shackle and you have 4.5" of lift.........or you could go stock shackle, no block and 4" springs and get 2" of lift.....or no block, Chevy shackle, and 4" springs to get 4" of lift....

i would prefer the Skyjacker 6" springs and NO block and STOCK shackle for a full 4" lift in the rear.......that is what i am running on my 6" Superlift lift kit and the front and rear is perfectly level.....since the rear takes less lift to achieve a 6" lift than the front, i could remove my stock block and run the stock shackle in the rear......if i ever decide to go to the 8" springs for the front i will just add a Chevy shackle in the rear...
you haven't done this yet why?
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you haven't done this yet why?


i have..... https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=34384

Skyjacker 6" springs with no blocks and stock coils......made my 6" lift really worth its while.....Skyjacker says the 6" springs and the stock block for the 8" kit.....

if you are talking about the 8" coils, because it involves more than just coils.....gotta also use a modified Superlift SuperRunner steering to get the steering right or the truck will have bumpsteer from hell....
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