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Old 04-08-2013, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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What Kit to get?

I have a stock 2002 F150 4x4 XLT 4.6L. I'm currently in college until 2014, so i was hoping to get a Rough Country 4" front suspension and Deaver 4" lifted leaf springs or remove the stock block in the rear and get larger springs. But since I won't make enough. I'm Planning on somehow fitting 35"s with 4.11 diff's. I always hear about cranking the keys or just gettin' new keys and people worrying about there CV joints. As for the rear, I've heard shackles are cheaper and easily installed. I'm just wondering what other people have done and some suggestions. I have ford 8.8"s on her currently.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:46 PM
 
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What did to get 35's under her is, crank the T-bars to level it out...free.
Then when with a 2" body lift...$200, did the install myself.
My truck was a 2000 4x4 4.6L, I did not regear and the truck still had enough power to pull a work trailer full of tools, but I would suggest a programmer.

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Cranking the torsion bats will probably only get you about 1.5" lift... maybe more if you get different keys.
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i notice i have 2" factory blocks under my leafs already. would I for with 4" blocks now? I also read about lifting the front end up and how it may damage the CV joints. 1-2'' doesn't seem like it would harm anything, would it?
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i notice i have 2" factory blocks under my leafs already. would I for with 4" blocks now? I also read about lifting the front end up and how it may damage the CV joints. 1-2'' doesn't seem like it would harm anything, would it?
The angle on the cv shafts wont be changed much at all with 1-2 inches.I wouldnt worry about it. I have a 5 inch on my truck with a 3 inch body lift and add a leaf, running 37's and my CV angles are no where near an angle to cause me any worry. I have 3" torsion keys as well but i havent even gotten the bolt turned at all. It might be more of a severe angle if i was to crank them but i dont need another 3" of lift. i dont want bigger tires than 37 at the moment. You will have alot stiffer ride with the keys cranked too.

I will try to get a shot of the angle and post it later on today. i dont think i have any in my album.

Or you could always just buy a set of cutout fender flares and put a larger tire on that way.
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The angle on the cv shafts wont be changed much at all with 1-2 inches.I wouldnt worry about it. I have a 5 inch on my truck with a 3 inch body lift and add a leaf, running 37's and my CV angles are no where near an angle to cause me any worry. I have 3" torsion keys as well but i havent even gotten the bolt turned at all. It might be more of a severe angle if i was to crank them but i dont need another 3" of lift. i dont want bigger tires than 37 at the moment. You will have alot stiffer ride with the keys cranked too.

I will try to get a shot of the angle and post it later on today. i dont think i have any in my album.

Or you could always just buy a set of cutout fender flares and put a larger tire on that way.
I'll put some RC Torsion Keys (2.5") on the front and 4" shackles on the rear, It'll raise my truck a bit and easily fit larger tires. My shocks are looking pretty beat up so I need to get new ones too. I'm doing light off-roading so i don't need much suspension travel until after college. Would you happen to know where i could get some shackles?
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just check online for shackles. there will probably be quite a few places you can find them. If you just want to start somewhere try http://www.national4wd.com

they are expensive but will give you an idea if they have anything.
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Be carful with the after market keys, you will want to over crank them, I cranked my stock and had no problems with cv joints.

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Be carful with the after market keys, you will want to over crank them, I cranked my stock and had no problems with cv joints.
What do you mean I will want to over crank them?
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I've heard the same thing, some of the aftermarket keys will over crank the torsion bars and make for a very harsh ride and possible premature wear on some parts.
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