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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-29-2014, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Leveling kit

A leveling kit for my next upgrade to my 2014 scab 4x4 shorty I'm looking for all your feed back on brands and pros and cons of running a leveling kit. As of right now all I have researched is Rough Country 2.5" strut extensions. 99 bucks seems like a smoking deal for such a massive upgrade in looks and ground clearance. What do you all think?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-28-2014, 03:48 PM
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You will have to get a frontend alignment; also if you put more than 300 lbs in the back of your truck you will need rearend spacers too.
re-aim the head lights if you just install the front spacers

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-28-2014, 05:23 PM
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I have the Rough Country leveling kit in my 2010. Looks great and performs well. Only issue is that I did NOT get my headlights realigned and they aim way too high. Should probably do that sometime soon .....
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-01-2014, 08:16 PM
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I used the Rancho 'Quick Lift Loaded'. its a combination coil over strut and dampening-adjustable shock. I would recommend it for sure.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-08-2014, 12:16 AM
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Honestly, skip the front leveling kits on 1/2 tons. We put them in all the time at the shop and I cringe every time I do it. I do not view it as an upgrade.

The suspension geometry gets extended to the max with these things with the coil spacers. On reassembly it's incredibly easy to break IWE actuators due to the simple fact that the CV shaft no longer slides readily back into the hub. The angles are all off. On trucks that actually hit mud (up here it's patch trucks) the IWEs take a pounding and get replaced frequently. The street trucks are less susceptible to this, but still ...

Also, if you do it on a 14 then have a bit of patience. It's a bit more of a challenge to get the coilover out now that Ford has done away with the single lower bolt. The Chev style lower mounting offers increased hassle. You will end up disconnecting the stab link for play, and when you pry the upper arm down to get the ball joint back into the knuckle you'll have to darn near bend the thing into the spring.

My honest opinion is that the 1/2 ton does not respond well to lifts. The Super Duty on the other hand is much easier and reliable when it comes to this stuff.

If you do opt to lift the thing (and a leveling kit, despite the euphemism, is still a lift) then obviously get it aligned and aim the head lamps as others have suggested.

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