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Old March 1st, 2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Well a buddy of mine has a lift for a late 80's f150 that I am thinking of picking up for my truck., only thing is, not sure what to do. I think its a 4 inch lift complete, but used. It includes leafs for the rear, springs, drop down brackets, torsion bars for the front.

Only thing is, not sure if I should go that route or just get a body lift since I am not a huge mudder, mostly like to trail run.

The other thing is I don't know what else I would need. I know for a lift that high, I would need to get a drop down pitman arm, bit if I do a 2 or 3 inch body lift, what else would I need to get? Would I need to lenghten the steering shaft? I know brake lines would meed some work.


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Well a buddy of mine has a lift for a late 80's f150 that I am thinking of picking up for my truck., only thing is, not sure what to do. I think its a 4 inch lift complete, but used. It includes leafs for the rear, springs, drop down brackets, torsion bars for the front.

Only thing is, not sure if I should go that route or just get a body lift since I am not a huge mudder, mostly like to trail run.

The other thing is I don't know what else I would need. I know for a lift that high, I would need to get a drop down pitman arm, bit if I do a 2 or 3 inch body lift, what else would I need to get? Would I need to lenghten the steering shaft? I know brake lines would meed some work.


Any opinions would be helpful.
What year is your truck? Two conflicting items highlighted in red.

Personally I would pick up the suspension lift and do it that way. With a body lift you may need to alter the transmission shifter, transfer case shifter, wiring, clutch linkage, basically any thing that goes about the frame and into or on to the body.
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The lift is coming off a 87 and my truck is a 88. I also know they are not called torsion bars, but I can't remember what they are called, but its the bars that connect near the knuckles and run back.

And thanks, I never thought about the shifters. That doesn't sound like fun to modify.

Also, the only reason I was thinking a body lift was I will probably go no higher then 33 inch tires.
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Radius arms i believe is the term you are looking for
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The term you're looking for is radius arms.

If all you want to run is 33s, then don't even lift it. Those trucks have huge wheel well openings, you'll clear 33s no problem. I've done it.

Spend the lift money on a rear locker or something else useful.
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The term you're looking for is radius arms.

If all you want to run is 33s, then don't even lift it. Those trucks have huge wheel well openings, you'll clear 33s no problem. I've done it.

Spend the lift money on a rear locker or something else useful.
I thought about doing that also. I am somewhat in good with the local junkyard and have thought about trying to find a limited slip rear out there and rebuilding it. They also have a couple 97+ f150's out there and I have heard you can use them.

just the price on the lift is really to good to pass up, thats why I was asking.
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cut and lengthen the beams for long travel, or get a late 70's ford d44 straight axle.
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cut and lengthen the beams for long travel, or get a late 70's ford d44 straight axle.
Long travel is sweet but tricky to build yourself. With what the intended use sounds to me he has no need for a SAS.

To the OP, radius arms was the term you wanted. I was confused since the '97 and up actually have torsion bars while the 80-96 have radius arms. I am running a set of 32x11.5x15 on 15x10 wheels with out any rubbing issues. With 33's I think I would have to bang a few spots in to clear with enough safety in my mind. I have done more with my truck than many feel I should be able to do running stock height and 32's. I did get a new set of coils shortly after I put the new tires on and it helped with tire wear and clearance at ride height. If it were me I would look at a lock-right or other traction adder.
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