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springtech spindles?

will stock rims fit or do i need new? Q2? im going 3" spindle and i want to know what you guys suggest 2" or 3" block or 2" aal i tow maybe twice a year? Q3? if i went 5" spindle would i need a new or mod drive shaft because of the greater angel. 2002 2wd xlt
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Yest stock rims fit the Springtech/Doestsch. i would say a 2" block, unless you tow a heavy trailer. for the 5" no you dont need anything else.

do you want a nose up "prerunner" lift, a nose down "stock rake" lift, or level? 3" spindle and 2" block will make the front slightly higer(on mine it was anyway). a 3" block will make it more like stock angle.

how heavy is the trailer you tow? and do you haul a lot in the bed usually?
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im thinking level. the trailer may get to 3000 to 5000lbs.
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if its that heavy i would say AAL as long as you dont mind it being a little rougher ride.

for reference heres my truck with 5" front and 2" blocks rear. obviously not level lol but i hope it helps anyway.

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finally talked my wife into letting me get a lift so i want to get the one i want the first time around
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Yeah. if you have any questions feel free to ask. this was with a spindle lift. i forget if the rear was stock or had 2" blocks. looks like it was stock though.


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how high is your front finder on the 3" lift? 5"?
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with the 3" it was about 36" with 31" tires

now with the 5" im at about 38"
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get the aal and chevy shackles don't get blocks
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do they make a 4" aal?
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i dont think theres any AAL(not mainstream anyway) over like 2-3".
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so where do i get the aal and chevy shackles? and at what price
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get the aal and chevy shackles don't get blocks
why not the blocks
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i think AAL/shackles run like $50-75 a set. most 4x4 shops should be able to get AAl. or check ebay. from what ive found its sometimes described as something like "2" add a leafs for ranger/s10/ jeep". i have a set of AAL(not running them though) that are for a jeep cherokee, they work perfect on my truck.

as for shackle, thay are actually S-10 lowering shackles, but they lift rangers. i dont know too much about them though.
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blocks are ok. but not great. they can cause axle wrap(more of an issue off road). for a street truck and light off roading they are fine. but i wouldnt go any bigger than 2" on blocks.

im running blocks with traction bars off road and i dont have any problems. but without the bars i have terrible axle wrap/hop.
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so where do i get the aal and chevy shackles? and at what price
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2 inch Chevy drop shackle
part # BEL-6400
Available from http://www.summitracing.com/
submitted by:Bill (04lvl2)


Explorer Pro Comp Short Add-A-Leaf Kits
part # EXP-13120
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why not the blocks
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this is mine with spindle, AAL and chevy drop shackle
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if i go with the 5" will i need new springs or just the spacers?
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you can do the spindle plus the spacer...or spindle with coils and arms...need the arms if you get the coils though...there were some pro/con threads on the spacers i believe...but i think most people with them have had no probs...
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personally i would get the arms & coils
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if you can afford it get coils and arms. or at least spacers and arms. but even without arms you should be ok as long as you dont plan to do any heavy off roading.
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sad to say its just a road queen. seldom sees a dirt road. no time or place near either. just like the way a lifted truck looks
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if you can afford it get coils and arms. or at least spacers and arms. but even without arms you should be ok as long as you dont plan to do any heavy off roading.
first i want to get it lifted safely then add arms, springs, better shocks an such.
ill have about $800.00 and leaning heavily on

5" springtech spendles
chevy shackles and an aal
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