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suspension lift help

I'm deciding between a lift on ebay and the fabtech ultimate suspension left.. The lift on ebay is the Doetsch 3in spindles and 2in blocks for the rear. the lift runs about 350 shipped. first question is has anyone delt with this company and how is this lift. Now the fabtech ultimate lift is 5.5 in of lift and includes spindles, upper control arms, springs, shocks, aal, and blocks. this runs about 1300. My next question is does the extra money justify the extra 2.5 in of lift and the shocks. will they ride much different on the street. Truth is i'm not extremly concerned with the offroad performance as I doubt it will see enough offroading to break either setup. here is a link to the ebay auction. thanks in advance.

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If your not concerned about off-road. Get the Doetsch spindles (very good from everything i've heard) and a body lift (150$) and that'll set you up to 6" of lift for 500 instead of 1300.
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you get what you pay for
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If its a street queen I don't see why he would need the Fabtech kit.
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The Doetsch spindles work great! I have them for my RWD EDGE. Beings you have an XL, do they still use the spindles to lift it or wouldn't coils do the job? I guess the Doestch kit just uses spindles to give some lift and the Fabtech kit replaces the coils as well.

But to just get some more height the spindles will do the trick and they're made well. Myself and Griggs (N3ELZ) each have them and we've abused our trucks offroad.

You can prob get a little more lift just from some coil spacers if that's an option.
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Coil-sprung ranger get a choice of Springs and Spindles. That is the company I will be going with. Their staff is really nice and respond to your questions quickly.
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Their staff is really nice and respond to your questions quickly.
I'll second that too. They were real nice to work with. They even changed out the blocks (Edges already have a ~2" block and it's a BAD idea to stac'em) for a set of their Chevy 1500 drop shackles which gave me some more lift in the rear. Good stuff!
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hey thanks for the response. Can anyone comment on the ride of either setup compared to stock, and do the shocks make a great improvment in the ride quality? Thanks
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Well...with the spindles the truck sits higher. I have Rancho RSX shocks which are a great upgrade over stock. They're gonna be a bit stiff, but I don't know what you're looking for there. Oh and the turning radius went down some which is probably coupled by the larger tires and lower backspacing on the wheels.

But overall I like the ride. But it does ride like a truck.
Swaybar connected and it's real stiff up front. Swaybar disconnected soaks up the potholes better (susp acting independently) but there is more pronounced body roll (esp. with the lift)
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