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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-17-2014, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Looking for Garage for a Lift kit install

Hi all I'm looking for a garage within the 75km rage of Hamilton that can install a 6" Rough Country Lift in 1 day with the alinement done on the same day.
Anyone out there know of a place that you would recommend me going to. ?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-21-2014, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wow a lot of lookers but no reply's. I called Blackstock Ford. They will not do it. They will only install Pro Comp and Ready Lift.
I guess my only option is kw overdrive auto. I got them to install my light bar and lights. But they did a terrible job installing the lights. So I had to re do the wiring.

My only problem is they want the truck for 2 days so they can do the wheel alinement the next day.

What are the cons if I drive the truck home from them and get the wheel alinement near here the next day. It would be about a 80 km drive 1 way home and a 1.5 km to the shop to get the alinement done.

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Got nothing as far as recommendations, but as far as kw overdrive goes, if they did a terrible job on my ride and I had to re-do the wiring for a set of lights and a light bar, no way I'm gonna trust them with a lift and alignment.

Too bad Kieth F150 isn't on the site anymore, he did that exact kit on his ride, and it was awesome to see.

Here's his build thread, if that helps any…

http://www.fordtough.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=11477

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-22-2014, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the info and the thread link. now I just need to find a shop that will do the install.

So what issues will I have if I find a shop far away to do the install and drive 100+km home and get the alinement done the next day?

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I'm no expert, but a lot would depend on how out of whack things were after the installation.

I'd be tentative about highway speeds, who knows how extensive the damage would be, or if there would be any damage for that matter.

Myself, I'd venture that if a shop did the install and couldn't do the alignment, it's not qualified to do the job, and I'd bide my time until I found someone who could and give me peace of mind.

Option #2 is invest some time and go to a shop for the install, and another shop in the same town for the alignment.

If they couldn't do the alignment, maybe they could recommend someone nearby that could, so you're not risking too much by driving long distances with the alignment out of whack.

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I can't help on the shop recommendations front, but I'm still going to put forward my 2 cents worth on the other stuff. I've lifted too many of these things to count.

Alignment
- find a spot that will do it all. once the thing is lifted you're not going to want to drive it anywhere. your steering wheel will be off by about 45-60 degrees, and your camber will be so far out that the darn thing will steer itself. I barely like driving them around the shop to the alignment rack let alone hitting an actual road.

The Lift (full disclosure, I can't stand lifted trucks.)
- there is a reason that Blackstock only really likes ProComp. ProComp will warranty the driveline when (not if) it breaks
- ProComp offers a superior product. I've had a couple 1/2 tons with Rough Country lifts wind up on my rack. They only support the front diff from a portion of the original mounts. The resulting strain on the mounts they use causes the bushings to wear, thereby causing the front diff to 'sway' fore and aft when torque is applied in 4x4. Basically, once the bushings wear and you stomp on it in 4x the front diff swings into the EPAS gear. lol ... the ProComp lifts have you drill into the 'ear' on the front diff and you add a mount there. It's not perfect either but at least it's something.
- Make sure whomever puts the thing together does a decent job of extending the 4x vacuum harness and bending the steel brake lines. It's not always easy finding small vacuum fittings to extend those lines.
- If not done at a Ford store, hit one up afterward and get them to use an IDS to enter 'programmable parameters'. Adjust your tire size so that your IC, PCM and ABS module know what the heck is going on.
- Generally, these 1/2 tons are not great to lift. Something about taking a giant slice out of the frame doesn't sit well with me. And once you lift it there is absolutely no going back to stock. Super Duties are much easier and more reliable when it comes to this kind of stuff - a couple spacers in the front, a lift block in the back, four shocks and then make it point straight. Boom. Done. No screwing around and it can be put back to its intended state in ~1.5 hrs.

Good luck!

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Thanks a lot for your 2 cents worth

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Gerry. Do it right, not half assed. I could have lowered mine myself, and didn't cause I wanted it done right, perfect and NO issues, don't fuck around with crap drive trains

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Gerry. Do it right, not half assed. I could have lowered mine myself, and didn't cause I wanted it done right, perfect and NO issues, don't fuck around with crap drive trains


I did mine myself and have had zero issues

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I did mine myself and have had zero issues
Neither have I and they were all done myself

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