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Old August 6th, 2010, 11:58 PM   #1
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i recently bought a 1985 f250 4x4 for a project truck and am looking for a cheap way to lift it. i wanna put blocks in the back, but need a cheap and reasonably easy way to lift the front. i heard blocks were a bad way to lift the front. im looking for about 4-6 inches of lift.... any ideas?
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Old August 7th, 2010, 05:02 AM   #2
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FYI 4-6 inch blocks is a bad Idea for the back too.
Just go buy a lift kit.
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Old August 7th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #3
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dont wanna spend $800 on a lift kit
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Old August 7th, 2010, 11:42 AM   #4
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what do you want to spend?
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If you don't want to spend any money i suggest wood blocks. If you don't want to die spent $800 or leave it how it is.
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Front springs rear blocks are fine in a 4-6" lift, if you by a lift it will have rear blocks anyways BUT will have a rear lift spring option. Rear blocks do make it axle wrap more but for a beater its fine or put traction bars if it get to bad from old weak rear springs
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I would do shackle flip in back, that will get you around 4 inches in back, then spend the money and just get good lift springs up front. another way to go is add a leafs in back, leveling springs up front and 3 inch body lift. body lift will be your cheapest option.
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shackel flip with longer shackels in back and add a leaf for front... or just a set of lift leafs for front...
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i found a 4inch lift for my dodge straight axle for 370 came out to be right over 420 after shipping
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that included shocks... from rough country
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take a sawzall to the wheel openings...install larger tires.
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take a sawzall to the wheel openings...install larger tires.
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and x3 on the shackle flip. You can do it yourself with the factory parts and a welder or some more bolts.

IMO 4 inch blocks is not the best idea. I had 4 inch blocks in my old F-150, which only saw street duty, with no issue, but when I ran only 3 inch blocks in the back of my old jimmy wheeling rig, I had axle wrap like crazy until I pulled them out.
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Buy some all-thread rod and stack up hockey pucks between the body and the frame.
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Buy some all-thread rod and stack up hockey pucks between the body and the frame.
I seriously hope this was meant as a stupid joke.
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