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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-28-2004, 10:15 AM
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82 ford lift kit

I have an 82 ford f-150 it has a c-6 tranny and I installed a 89 5.0 HO. I'm looking for a lift kit but I'm new to this and I don't know which one to choose. Is there a prefered brand or are they all about the same?
I know I want 6" lift with full leaf spring and new radius arms. any help would be appreciated. thank you
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Re: 82 ford lift kit

Keep your eyes open for people looking to sell there old kits. The company's want way to much for a few brackets and radius arms IMO. This site has a pretty good classifieds section. You will also want to be looking to regear with bigger tires. 4.11s are good for 33s and 35s. 4.56s are nice for offroad but you may be revving a little high on the highway with that C6. I ran 4.56s with 33s and loved it but as I said not great for highway driving. If you are new to this you could just throw some 33's on there. They will fit just fine without a lift. I have a set on my Dad's beater F150 right now. Remove the front and rear sway bars and you be wheelin. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] As far as brands go: Rancho is good but it's alot of money for a 4" lift. I've heard Pro Comp's radius arms are junk. I've heard Tuff Country is junk but I know those who have it and beat the snot out of it so who's really calling it junk? I'd do like I said and go with a nice set of 33's (The Goodyear MTR is my personal favorite) and just continue to do research from there. Wheel your truck and find out what you really need to enhance your experience further. For some that's gears and a locker. For others it's replacing the whole undercariage with 1 ton equipment. Obviously the latter is the more expensive and time consuming. Take Care and Welcome to the board here. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] NORM
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Re: 82 ford lift kit

Rancho all the way. You set Rancho components next to other companies and the difference is night and day. Not to mention anything wiht a ProComp sticker on it is complete junk. I wouldnt run ProComp shock boots on my truck

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-29-2004, 08:04 PM
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Re: 82 ford lift kit

thanky you for the input. I think I mite just put some 33" tires on and go wheelin for a while and see what i need to improve. It allready has front and rear limited slip. I put in detroit true track differentials. I only have 3.55 gears and 31" tires and I havent taken it wheelin since the new tires.
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Re: 82 ford lift kit

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I put in detroit true track differentials.

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Niiiiiice! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] Don't forget to pull the rear sway bar, go out and try it then pull the front and try it again. Offroad performance difference is day and night. Just drive defensively on the street. Like alot of mods for the dirt this one will affect how it handles on the street as well. It feels like driving a boat on land. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: 82 ford lift kit

I have the rancho 4" kit on my 90 truck and I think it is an awesome kit, I hate TTB but the kit does work well. It also comes with add a leafs so you dont mess around with blocks. Ive jumped the front end a few times and have had no strength issues there, I expect a stock TTB part would fail before the rancho pieces, as mentioned though it is an expensive kit. My friend beats the S&amp;*@ out of his 94 bronco with stock everything and 32's it is quite capable.
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