Re: Lift an 89
>>>>I know this is about a Bronco, but, I have an 89 F-150-mechanically the same underneath, only longer. I am currently running the Pro Comp Stage 2 kit and have been for about 3 years. This is the 6 inch kit which is largest offered by them. I bought mine with the extended radius arms, bracketry, extended brake lines, dropped pitman arm, 4 ES3000 shocks, and add-a-leafs. The whole thing cost about $950 and has held up with out breakage or wear-even the paint on the arms is still intact. This truck has seen air on several occasions on hard packed dirt and the only casualty was a crushed cab bushing. Pro Comp, and most other manufactures whose catalogs I have seen, does offer replacement leaf springs for the back if you don't want the add-a-leafs or blocks. If you don't want to spend the 300-400 bucks on rear springs, at least get the add-a-leafs. Most of the 1/2 ton spring packs are known for axle wrap stock and this is dramatically increased with blocks. I would also recommend dual shocks in the front if you will be doing anything high speed with 35s or bigger. As far as tire size, 35s would have fit well with my lift, but, I went with 36 inch Swamper SXs. They rubbed a little on the trailing edge of the front fenders until I got a little air and then the rubbing stopped and the crinkling began. I trimmed one and a half inches off the back edge and this helped, but, this ment more air and now a little more trimming. Over all I am very happy with this kit and it's durability, oh, and by the way, with the extended radius arms I noticed very little ride difference from stock and my tires are bias ply(gotta be a plus). As far as gears go it is up to you on how much performance and fuel econmy you are willing to give up. If you are against spending hundreds of dollars on parts alone, not to mention hundreds more for labor, then I would say don't go over 33s if you have 3.55 gears now. When I had my axles done it cost 700 bucks in labor alone. I repaced the front and rear with posis, 4.56 gears, and all new bearings. The parts were about $1000. After I broke my first set of rear gears I found out that the average mechanical enthusiast can replace thier own gears if the need arrises. As far as which brand is best I would have to say that is up to how you percieve all the info you have recieved. I have had only one kit, but, know people that have run Superlifts basic kit, Skyjackers 8 inch kit, and Rancho's 4 inch kit(biggest they make). All of them seem very happy, but, I did see the Rancho kit take a lot of air and it looked really good with 33s. I definitly don't feel you would have much off-road success with 35s and only a 4 inch kit. Hope you find exactly what you are looking for. Laters.