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Old 01-21-2011   #1
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Well I'm just another guy lookin to buy a lift. I've come across the rough Country 6'' Suspension lift. It cought my eye cause it is only $1400. Is it a bad idea to buy it? And i dont do that much off roading. When i do, it's nothin crazy. I don't know if that'll change things, but why not.
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Everyone that I have talked to that has one loves it.. Its got the huge 6" strut spacer in the front, but thats really the only downfall to it.. but if your not doing anything too crazy offroad you should be fine!
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You will enjoy it man. For the price and what you will be using for it will be perfect
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It's nothing fancy, just your run of the mill lift kit with drop brackets. They all have little variances but are similar. I'm sure it would be fine although those rear shocks probably suck.

Some of the lift kits (Rancho for example) use a CV spacer and widen the front track width. This allows more clearance between the hub and the tall part of the knuckle so you can run stock wheels with more backspacing.
That rough country kit (like superlift) maintains the factory track width but requires wheels with 4.5" BS to clear the knuckle.

The superlift, rough country and some others use a strut spacer with the factory spring/shock.

Beyond that, the subframe design varies between manufacturers as well as the rear lift method, and shocks used.

Personally I prefer the lift kits that maintain the factory track width so the front and rear match up better, and you're not increasing the scrub radius even more. I really like the look of the superlift subframe and high clearance skidplate, but I'm sure it drives exactly like the rough country or anything else maintaining the factory spring/shock.
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Cant you get the rancho for just a few hundred more?

I dont have any doubts about this kit though. It should work fine it will just require new wheels for sure.
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It's nothing fancy, just your run of the mill lift kit with drop brackets. They all have little variances but are similar. I'm sure it would be fine although those rear shocks probably suck.

Some of the lift kits (Rancho for example) use a CV spacer and widen the front track width. This allows more clearance between the hub and the tall part of the knuckle so you can run stock wheels with more backspacing.
That rough country kit (like superlift) maintains the factory track width but requires wheels with 4.5" BS to clear the knuckle.

The superlift, rough country and some others use a strut spacer with the factory spring/shock.

Beyond that, the subframe design varies between manufacturers as well as the rear lift method, and shocks used.

Personally I prefer the lift kits that maintain the factory track width so the front and rear match up better, and you're not increasing the scrub radius even more. I really like the look of the superlift subframe and high clearance skidplate, but I'm sure it drives exactly like the rough country or anything else maintaining the factory spring/shock.
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Cant you get the rancho for just a few hundred more?

I dont have any doubts about this kit though. It should work fine it will just require new wheels for sure.
Ah man, that's what i was afraid of. I was wanting to keep my stock wheels. I don't know why but i kinda like to see lifted trucks with big tires with stock wheels. Don't get me wrong I'd like to buy after market wheels, but saving for the lift and tires is taking long enough ha.
The Rancho 4'' lift was my second choice anyway, So after reading all of y'alls input, that's probably what i'm gonna go with.
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Tell me about it! I just couldn't ever seem to come up with the money for wheels, tires and lift all at the same time. I get a couple grand together and there is no way I can keep holding on to it. lol

Personally what I would like to do is get the superlift 4.5" lift, run my bilstein 5100s up front at stock height with the strut spacer, and 5100s out back. 17x9s with 35x12.50R17s. Later I would add camburg upper control arms, maybe coilovers, etc. But unless someone just hands me a chunk of cash it is not that likely to happen now, and I don't want to put it on credit.

I think the Rancho is a good kit though, I haven't heard from anyone that didn't like it.
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That sounds awesome to me. I went to 4wheelparts and talked to a rep there. he told me that any suspension lift required new wheels. Sooo it's gonna be a long while before i lift my truck with tires AND wheels. Not what i wanted to hear, but i guess i needed to hear it.
I've also thought about puttin a 2" BL on it just to run 35's. But i'm not sure yet.
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Why wouldn't you just run a spacer and 35s? I wouldn't bother with a BL on these trucks personally
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I wouldn't bother with a BL on these trucks personally
Me either. Too many better options.
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