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.
- 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.
2003 GMC Sierra 3500 -- dually, 4x4, hasn't blown up yet and that's what i look for in a truck
Ford Doctor -- They come in broken and leave fixed. Ford of Canada Master Tech
Last edited by Varsity Tyler; 08-30-2014 at 07:40 PM.