Time to lift it! I was on a really tight budget so I decided on a bastard pack lift using s10 pick up springs. I also did some research and found some stock shocks from fords to use for the lift. Bought brand new for autozone for 85$ good for a 4" lift.
front shocks, just over 12" of travel
rear shocks about 9" of travel
and after the bastard, netted about 2" of lift with the shackles putting me at about 3.5"
first flex did ok