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Old 08-16-2009
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What to do....What to do..

Ok so im trying to figure out what i want to do next the suspension of my truck. I know I know its a truck and rides rough but just trying to figure out how to make it smoother.

I had always wanted to Superlift it....but as it sits right now i love the stance of my truck, and dont want to change it to much.

I was looking on the dixon website at there front shocks with rezy's for the 4wd. You think something like this might help out? or should i look into a coil-over set up for factory ride height?

as for the back, love the looks of the dixon racing cantilever set up....but it is kinda pricey. Was thinking something like deavers with reverse shackle set up....but my only problem is how do i keep it at the height i have it? since the shackles will be reversed.

Just looking at my options for now, and i can save up and do it.

Only reason im posting this is because the other day i was out on a dirt/gravel road and the washboards were killing me!! haha

anyways thanks for the help !
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Shadow905 is actively making coilover brackets that are modeled after the 5" 4x4 coil-over lift brackets. He's got a few threads. Honestly....nothing rides as awesome as a coil-over...and i've been caught saying my truck has never rode as smooth as it does currently(torsion bars, #1's, crappy superlift shocks, no sway bar). I know how c-o's ride....and it's amazing!!



And you really have NO need for rezi's.


Rear: Deaver F31's with a shackle flip and belltech 6400's should be right about stock height(keeping the block).
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Old 08-17-2009
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or ditch the block get some 2" drop hangers and shackles to go with the f31's
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He's got the shackles already...I guess I overlooked that when I made my post.
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well since you gotta flip the hangers to utilize the deavers trade with someone your shackles for stock ones
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When you're on roads like that, disconnect the sway bars and let some air out of the tires (especially since you probably have E rated tires).
Lower the torsion bars, make sure all the components up front are in good shape, and consider some bilstein shocks. The torsion bars cranked up are probably the #1 source of the rough ride and new rear springs aren't going to fix that. You could spend thousands on the rear end and it will still ride like crap with the torsion bars cranked up.


My ranger handled washboard gravel roads AWESOME with bilstein shocks, disconnected sway bars, rear shackles and 15-20psi.
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Well that's the thing though. I don't want to have to re-connect the sway bar and put air in the tires everytime I get off a gravel road. Just want it to work.

I'll wait and ar what some other people say. And see if I can't find a picture of Deavers on a truck so I can see what all is done to the shackle and how I go about fliping it.

Could you flip a stock leaf pack to make it work better?
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get u a nice set of bilsteins too!!
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What about doing a 64" chevy leaf arched with the shackle reversed? or would this just give me more down travel?
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