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Old 03-09-2013, 01:23 PM
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With our year of trucks we have fewer and less favorable options for leveling... I'll be doing the work on my truck on the 18th of this month... I'll post the pics so maybe that will help ya see if you like the results I get outta the 2 inches...
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Here is the thread with before and after pics of my shackle project. The before photos are with stock rear and about 1.5" of front TB lift. The after photos are with McGaughys 2" rear drop shackles and the front lowered back down to match. It's kinda weird. The side shot before photo looks like the truck is slightly nose high to me and the side shot after photo looks like it is slightly nose down but it isn't either. The front is 1" lower than the back in both photos.

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In those photos I kinda like the lifted look better but I think the lowered stance looks better in person because it eliminated some of the fender gap which was my goal to begin with. The truck handles better and is obviously easier to get in and out of being that it doesn't have step bars. It may be my imagination but it also seems like the front end is a little tighter and rides a little better since I lowered it back down. I am still trying to decide on swapping the A/T tires for a set of 305/50/20 Nitto 420s. And if I do that I may re-entertain the idea of removing the overload springs for that extra 1/2-3/4" drop, lol.
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With our year of trucks we have fewer and less favorable options for leveling... I'll be doing the work on my truck on the 18th of this month... I'll post the pics so maybe that will help ya see if you like the results I get outta the 2 inches...
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Whoops didn't mean to repost that.... Newbie mistake
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I like the first pic starquest that's what I'm going for..... Then the 33" tires (when I sell enough blood to be able to buy em)
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Yeah, I like the height of the way it was with the front lifted too. What I didn't like was the amount of space between the fender and the tires. It wasn't that bad I know but I found myself eyeballing it and wishing I could do something about it on multiple occasions. The Coopers that are on it now are 33" tires. My fix for the fender space was a set of 295/60/20 (34.5") but they are $1300. I can sell the Coopers on there now and it would still cost me nearly $1000 to upgrade. So I decided on the drop instead. If I decide to go with the 305/50/20 I can get them for less than $800, or less than $500 after I sell the Coopers. Still undecided on that though.
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First off, your truck is a 4x4 right? If not, none of this matters to you as the 4x2 trucks don't have torsion bars.

Secondly, I personally think about 1.5" of front lift is enough to attain the level look. It will not measure dead level with only 1.5" of lift but in my experience trucks that measure dead level front to back often appear to be nose high. Lifting the front this way is super easy and fast and can technically be done for the cost of an alignment (~$60-85?). If you go 1.5 or 2" though I would recommend new front shocks if you can find some that are a tad longer than stock(~$60-100). Lowering the back is a little harder but still not difficult at all. Quality lowering shackles can be had for about $75. You might be able to just install the shackles and be satisfied. However, you may still want to adjust the front a little bit along with the shackles to fine tune the stance in which case you would still need that alignment but not longer shocks. Hope all that helps some, lol.

Let us know if you pick a route and have questions. I have gone both of these routes (lifted front and now lowered back and front) so I'm fairly familiar with them. Just FYI, my sig pic is with the lifted front not as it sits now with the shackles.
Oh my Daytona is a 4x - it's one of only 1261 made (RC Go ManGo Orange 4x4).

As for the front, I appreciate the info as I wasn't sure. For the back I do have a pair of Hotchkis Leaf Springs that are supposedly a 4" drop (or so the previous owner informed me) and I was thinking that maybe that might be too much. The springs are in great condition and have maybe about 7k miles on them - look almost brand new.

This pict is a couple years old and I know it looks level but where I was parked wasn't level ...

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That's a nice looking truck. I really like the color. You are right, it really looks pretty darn close to level. Have you measured the front and back just to see what you get? If you can find some nice level pavement measure directly up the center of the rim from ground to fender lip.
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It was done a few years ago by a friend from HTC when I was orginally thinking about it and I forgot now what we came up with, I think the back was approx 3 inches taller?

The color is Go ManGo - what Dodge calls it - and the B'stards took MY paintcode and used it on the Challenger when it first came out - that Tangerine Orange color so I'm S.O.L. as far as touch up paint goes. When my truck was repaired after my roof was dented by a 6'x6' or 8'x8' section of plywood on the freeway (it could have come through the windshield and killed me if I hadn't jammed on the gas) I forgot to get a bottle of touch up from the local bodyshop that did an outstanding repair / repaint job - you can't even tell it was ever damaged.
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Weather finally broke from the rain and did my rack and lifted 1.75 inch.... Rides good and looks good! As soon as I can figure it out ill post pics... Next is tires! I'm thinking 305/50/20s!
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