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Well, unless I knew the owner and how he did all the work, I wouldn't buy truck modified that much. The truck has 140K, it seems to be kept up well enough to put on that many miles. You'll have to know what you're looking at so you can see if things are up to par.
First off, much stuff was put on for looks...ie, the Thornbird tires = crap. And 38s no less. Don't perform well, but they look cool! [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img] Fabtech lift, I don't like, but make sure everything is snug and tight as far as hardware and geometry goes. Check your CV joints for angles, check the ball joints for angles and wear, check yout tie rods for movement and slack. Check the steering link and pitman and idler arms for slack. Check tire wear for alignent. The body lift...blah, again, I don't like, but make sure all body mounts are straight and the bolts are tight. Check the bumpers to see what was done to adjust the height back to level with the body. Check the radiator fan shroud and such to make sure that was all put back together after the body lift.
The engine mods, K&N filter is common, just check in there to see what it looks like. The chip, I'm not a fan of and really couldn't tell you want to look for. What kind of chip? The TB spacer, again, not a fan of. But check to make sure there are no gasket leaks. Headers, make sure they're on there correctly and check gaskets for leaks. Chances are, there will be one, or one will develop. That's pretty typical with headers. As for the rest of the exhaust, check for leaks, rusting and routing.
As for the drive train, the rear was worked on. Make sure the locking diff works. Ask who did all the work on the truck? Make sure you ask. How long has everything been on the truck, it matters. Listen and feel for slack or vibration in the drive train.
Forgot to mention, check all the fluids. Check the oil, check the tranny fluid. Is it dark, smell burnt? Check the diff fluids. Is it clear and clean or does it look like a milkshake? Check all the seals, any leaks?