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Old 01-11-2007
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Fabtech makes good stout blocks, you should be fine with them.
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Old 01-11-2007
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Put the factory blocks in with longer shackles imo. Jack the front of the truck up and see if the upper control arms actually hit the frame. Stay away from wheel spacers (not needed as you know), and lower the torsion bars back down a bit. What good is a little bit of height when you lose almost all downtravel in the suspension?
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Old 01-11-2007
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whoa buddy, give me a call tomorrow and i'll help you out with your truck.

sounds like you're gettin screwed over in more places than one. I work at a shop and i'll be able to help you out/get your lift on and make sure everything is SAFE on your truck. I've done a spindle lift on my truck and now i have the camburg 6.0 with dual shock kit, limit straps all that good stuff, and i did it all myself.

i'll pm you my phone number
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Old 01-11-2007
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alright thx alot guys. Since my spindles didnt fit i returned them for the correct ones with will arive on the 24th cause back order. so untill then ill try and get the dealership to work on my truck and if i cant ill buy some wait to install them with my lift. so hopefully around the 25th or that weekend we can meet somewhere and install it. I can't buy the beer but the pizzas on me.
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Old 01-11-2007
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Been ridin' them 3" blocks for about half a year, no problems yet and they take a hell of a beating thats for sure........... I have some 2" with bolts and hardware (Blocks used, fabtech, but hardware is new) that I'll send away if shipping is paid for........
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Old 01-11-2007
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Originally Posted by Gearhead61
Buddy just calm down a little bit and take a deep breath.

First of all, your truck is an 06. You should NOT be having trouble with ball joints. If you are, you've got a warranty on your truck for a reason. Take off the wheel spacers (which you certainly don't need) and take your truck to the dealer. Shocks and tires will NOT affect your ball joints at all. Save yourself a grand and have the dealer fix your ****.

For your lift, if you got the wrong one from 4WP don't worry about it. Just take it back, have them order the new one. Get some money back if you can.

For installing the spindles, there are LOTS of California members. Find some near you who know what they are doing. If your mechanic is telling you that you need limiting straps and this that and the other for installing a SPINDLE lift, he's blowing smoke up your ***. The only difference between a stock spindle and a lift spindle is the location of the hub. On the lift spindle it's moved down, moving your tires down, and the rest of your truck up in relation to the ground. It doesn't change any of the rest of the steering geometry OR any of the truck's articulation characteristics. You won't get more travel out of your front end, so limiting straps are useless. In fact, you can use the SAME shocks as you have on your stock height truck. The LCA stays in the same place and moves in the same way!

Take a breath. Chill out, relax, and get your warranty work done first. Remember, you DESERVE your warranty work, and the dealer has to prove that your aftermarket parts caused the parts to fail. Shocks and tires have no effect on balljoints. If they give you crap, get irate. Ask to talk to the manager. If you know what you are talking about and make sure they know you do, they won't try to push you around. Don't leave until they agree to fix your truck under the warranty that you PAID FOR. After you get your balljoints taken care of, come talk to us and we'll help you out with your spindle lift.

Probably the best advice that's been given in this thread.

Good luck to you and your truck. In the end, hopefully it'll be worth all the trouble.

When I did my lift on my Ranger last year, I thought I was going to have major issues, but in reality, it was small minor things that can be easily fixed with the right solution. Hopefully your issues can be solved easily as well.

Damm, the more I read here on RF since I sold my truck, the more I miss her.
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