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Old 10-11-2010
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hey guys, i got an 01 xlt and i found 3" lift spindles for a 2wd that will fit my truck. it says that it works with stock shocks and stock ball joints, but i need to know if all i need is the spindles or if there are other parts that i need to buy. also, do i need rims? someone told me i need rims with 3" of backspacing or more. and the other thing is i was wondering how reliable this lift is? anyone do this recently?
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Old 10-12-2010
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not sure about shocks and ball joints but your stock rim should work fine and what brand is the spindle lift?
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Everything will work fine, all you are replacing is the spindle itself. I did one to my 09 b2300 this spring and put 31s on it. I went and bought new rims before I knew I could have used the stock ones and just powder coated them black. It was easy and just make sure you have something to compress the spring with. I would recommend a shackle lift though, it leaves the truck raked back which I like until I put a couple dirt bikes in the back, then it is too much rake. Stock shocks and stock balljoints work though.
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Old 10-14-2010
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yea im doin shackles in the rear and the spindles in the front, i found the spindles on ebay and im not sure what brand they are, but im probably going to buy the fabtech ones instead
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over 3 inches and you need the control arms to correct alignment, if I recall correctly. fabtech 3 inch spindles have alignment cams though, so if you get fabtech you shouldn't have to worry about that. just figured I'd inform you if you didn't know lol.
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Somewhere on here (in a thread) i read a post saying the fabtech and doesch/cannuck motorsports spindles are the same... so i went and looked through TONS of pictures of them, on and off trucks, and i couldnt find any difference from them.. i read that doesch or however u spell that owns the patent for the spindles and sells them to fabtech. So i bought the doesch cause they were way cheaper off ebay. i did paint them black though and they work awesome! the are just a replacement for the stock spindle so dont think you have a prerunner and can jump it, you will tear **** up, but they work perfect for looks. and i went and had an alignment done and i didnt need the cam kit, but you may, depends on how your suspension has worn over the miles...
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did the cams come with it though?
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no not in my kit but if i remember right it was only $300 for the set of spindles
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that sounds right. I remember when I checked out 5" spindles, they were 500.
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I was asked by a mechanic, tonight, " are you going to get new upper control arms?"
He said it was his understanding that if you go 3" or more, you need to get new UCA's
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If you are only doing a spindle lift then you dont need them. All you are doing is lowering where your tire is connected to your spindle by 3". If you were using springs to lift it then yes you should get the uca's.
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I just did the fabtech spindle lift.. not thinking i jumped it, now my **** spindles are bent. If you want looks hell yeah it looks nice and its cheap but if u like to have fun dont waste your 700 bucks. Yes you need new rims.. or u can spend what 300 per spacer? and im not even sure if they make them that big. But u can get cheap american eagles with the backspacing u need for 80 a wheel, i did that. 1001 for tires/wheels and 700 for spindles. Cheap good looking truck. I can send u pictures if u want of mine, its 3inch lift in front and nothing in back, for the pre runner look
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