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thinking about PA 3" bodylift...

so im ready to push the "buy now" button on the bodylift, M/T classic locks, and 33x10.5x15" tires. im a little worried about the bodylift though. i heard it effects your vehicles ability to tow, but my 06' FX4 already has the slot for a drop down hitch, would it have an effect on me or just guys with a bumper hitch? also im planning to do the t-bar crank to level it out....how will all this together effect the ride quality? would it be a better idea to just save my money and hold out for a suspension lift? ive read through a lot of the faq's on the topic already, just wondering some opinions...
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Who ever told you towing with a body lift effects the ability to tow, should be stabbed in the neck with a knife. That would ONLY apply if you are dumb enough to pull a trailer with a bumper hitch to begin with.

You're not gonna need much "drop" on your hitch, probably 2-3" at max I'd guess.

If you stiffen the torsion bars, the ride quality is going to decrease. Not much, but it will. For the money you put into the truck for 33's and a BL, it's worth the money if that's the desired height you're after.
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The BL itself shouldnt affect ride quality. You still have the same shocks etc... The new tires and cranking the t-bars is what is going to affect ride quality which in the end isnt really that bad. My truck rides like a truck. Its not a caddy by ANY means.
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this is very good to hear. im kinda thinking of putting the 33's on first before i purchase the bodylift to see how it looks....they should fit without any rubbing, right?
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If you crank your torsion bars, yeah, you could probably fit them, but I can almost bet, something will rub.
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I maxed my T-bars and it doesn't ride like a caddy at all lol and why 10.5s in stead of 12.5s?
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well i would go for 12.5's....but i thought that would really hurt my gas mileage?
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the height and weight is what is going to hurt gas mileage, not so much the tire width. ya ya i know more tire in contact with the road is more surface area to push but i think the overall size is what does the damage. go with the wider tire and i know for a fact you will be much happier
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The width of the tire has nothing to do with the mileage. The tire height does.
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well then....12.5's it is! lol. they'll fit on the 8" rim right?
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They'll work just fine.
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