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What type of suspension is best?

I have an 02 edge and I want to buy a long travel kit. Since it's and Edge, there arent many options. The only two I can think of are Camburg and Dixon Bros. Camburg runs single or dual bilsteins with the torsion bars and Dixon's uses a coilover and removes the t-bars. Out of all the trophy trucks and prerunners ive seen, i saw only one use a t-bar suspension. I guess what I'm trying to say is, which type would perform better for prerunning? There are tons of coilovers to choose from but theres also lot of resevoir shocks that would work with t-bars. Im also considering a coilover and triple bypass for more money. I dont know how those three compare. Thanks in advance.
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coilovers...
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Man where is Trent (splitfire) when you need him? I also suggest coil-overs, but I can't say much more because I just dont know that much about LT suspension.
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camburg = 10 inches of travel
Dixon brothers = 14

if you have money to spend, go with the dixon brothers kit
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camburg has the 10 inches of travel, and the single or dual shock option, leaving you with a torsion bar setup and no hope for dual rate springs along with your stock lower arms and stock shock mounts. to make up for the single spring rate your only hope then would be tripple bypass shocks, with the tripple bypass and a hydraulic bumpstop this kit will provide a well dampened ride, but no hope for dual rate springs or even progressive rate to soften those small hits and offer more resistance to the harder and bigger hits. the dixon kit will give you the option of a single or dual rate coilover, along with the bump stop and 4 inches extra travel, this kit will be able to take more of a beating, will make your truck wider by 4 inches for more stability, and will be stronger due to the boxed lower arm... downsides though, more work to install, uses a high angle ball joint instead of the monoball used by camburg, and you install your own shock hoops, though if you do your shock hoops right, and put in either a crossbar or engine cage to strengthen them from bending they will be much much stronger than the stockers. this kit will handle much better and be a bit stronger, but requires a bit more competance for a good install, and a bit of welding... it all depends on if you really need the kit to handle that much better or just need something to have fun with that doesnt need to handle like a coilover truck. now then keep in mind neither kit is a full race kit and will not take the beating a race truck will without alot of other modifications, (cage, rearend, interior modifications, a stronger rearend and so on) but will be much much better than stock... i just covered camburg and dixon bros, there are a few other fab shops out there with kits for your truck, and of course many that for a price will fab a fully custom kit to your specifications that may or may not blow both of these out of the water... in all truth its all in what you need, what else you plan on doing to the truck, and how much money your willing to spend... remember offroad driving and prerunning is about 75% driver as long as the truck can hold up.


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Everytime Jerry talks of the 6.0 its 9".. not 10...

Camburg 6.0 is not a long travel kit...

DBR is a long travel kit...

Single shock 6.0 is completly bolt on

Dual shock 6.0/DBR/Any other LT require a good amount of knowledge and welding

DBR has and engine crossbar and lower crossmember

Either way you go, I'm sure you'll be happy
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The Camburg kit is just for 2x4's correct?
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Yes Camburg 6.0 is only for 2wd Edge and 5.5 is only for 2wd XLT (any coil sprung model) and their LT is only for 2wd XLT (coil sprung).. these are the A-Arm models anyway.. the beam's are a whole nother beast...
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The Camburg kit is just for 2x4's correct?
I didnt know they made Suspension kits for pieces of wood...









hehe, sorry i had to
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not only 2x4 but beams as well.....
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You didnt know Camburg was a millwork shop? Dude they've got 2x4 Beams, 4x4 Beams, Custom Beams, Extended Beams, 2x4 suspension systems... lol...
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I didnt know they made Suspension kits for pieces of wood...
hehe, sorry i had to
Bailey you beat me too it.
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