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Old 07-02-2011, 07:05 PM
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The OP asked about the body lift/leveling kit combo to clear a 35" tire.

Yes, they work well and they are inexpensive. I see no advantage to paying three times as much for a suspension lift.

Here's an article from Peterson's Offroad (Feb 2009 issue). They essentialy say the same thing: a basic suspension lift kit helps you clear bigger tires. That's it.

The new-style '04 Ford F-150 has big shoes to fill, since it's the 1/2-ton truck known as "the best-selling pickup truck in the world," but many of the new owners will find that the stock suspension and tires are just not high enough for their tastes. However, with the new Explorer Pro Comp 6-inch suspension lift and larger tires, a more aggressive look is available for those aiming to get their new Ford ready for some 1/2-ton hell-raisin'.

We're going to tell you flat out that lifting an IFS 1/2-ton truck will not make it the ultimate rockcrawler or desert racer, but you already knew that. But what it will do is give you clearance for a taller tire, which in turn will help you get a little bit further down your local trail, over some taller rocks, or through a deeper mud hole. Plus there is the fact, proven by our own 30 years of research, that a truck on bigger tires just plain looks better.

This kit from Pro Comp does require a fair bit of mechanical knowledge, but if you have a healthy toolbox, something to cut metal, a good set of jackstands, some buddies to lend you a hand, and a weekend, you should be able to install it in your driveway. We went to the Pro Comp research laboratory and watched the experts install it in half a day. They never needed a hammer for a single part of the install, which is proof that the kit was designed better than some suspensions we've tested.

The new Pro Comp 6-inch F-150 kit is a simple IFS lift kit that incorporates drop-down brackets for the lower A-arms, sway bar, and front axle, with taller spindles, coilover spacers, and lift blocks for the rear axle. We watched the Pro Comp techs install it in half a day, but the average home mechanic could do it over a weekend with some help.

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