SuperDuty lift

Getting all the parts together

I narrowed my selection of lift kits down to either the Skyjacker 6" or the Fabtech 5.5". I finally decided to go with the Fabtech because the springs they use have more leaves so they should be softer riding, the Fabtech is more complete, and it's slightly cheaper. If I had a diesel I would probably go with the Skyjacker kit, as people report less sagging with the heavier diesel.

Update - If I were researching a lift kit today, I'd give VERY serious consideration to the Edge 4.5" lift.

I ordered the lift kit from National Tire & Wheel. I deleted the Fabtech shocks and upgraded to rear springs. I bought Rancho 9000 shocks instead.

Here are the Rancho RS9000 shocks. I ordered the shocks from Four Wheels Parts Wholesalers. They had free shipping at the time. Rancho also had a "Buy 3, get 1 free" special at the time. The front shocks are RS9112, and the rears are RS9012.

Here are the BF Goodrich 315/75R16 All Terrian KO tires. I ordered the tires from Discount Tire. They had free shipping at the time, and they also offered a $50 rebate on a set of four tires.

Update - Discount Tire never sent my $50 rebate. Keep that in mind if you're thinking about ordering from them.

The rear spring upgrade is not a standard Fabtech kit. It uses the rear springs from the Fabtech 8" lift kit. Because it's not a standard kit the U-bolts are not included. I searched the internet, and ended up ordering U-bolts from Husky Springs. I didn't know if I would have to use the factory 2" lift block or not. Husky builds their U-bolts with 5" of threads, so I'll be able to use these U-bolts with or without the factory blocks. The measurements for the U-bolts were:

Rod diameter: 5/8"
Inside diameter: 3 5/8"
Leg length: 10 1/2"

The U-bolts were about $13 each. That price included the nuts and washers.

Another consideration for me was the carrier bearing. The carrier bearing will have to be dropped to correct for the lift. I made a drawing of the spacers I needed and asked my dad to make me some 1/2" and 1/4" spacers. As you can see in the picture above he made a bunch...1/2", 1/4", 3/16", 1/8", and 1/16"!

I started spraying all the bolts with penetrating oil about a week before I was going to start on the lift.

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