F-150 Lift Options/Info Needed

FordFreak

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Recently I have purchased a '99 F-150 Supercab, 4.6L V8, 2WD, Auto transmission and previously had a Ranger. I knew a bit more about the I-beam set up than I do about the A-arms. I am, in the pretty distant future, going to be getting a suspension kit for it. I am no expert when it comes to being in the dirt, you could say I am pretty much a extreme beginner. I was wondering if you dirt devils out there could learn me about the suspension, its good/bad points and maybe lead me into making decisions about my future set-up. I would appreciate ANY info/experience Any of you out there can offer a guy just trying to get started. I figured this place would be the best place to learn. Thanks.
 

elcaprerunner

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Well I don't know if ya want to go lift or long travel. I recommend long travel but it is up to what you prefer and what your driving style is, whether off-road or street. Lift kits are for the most part street use only. There are some good long travel kits out there for you. California Super Trucks makes a nice coilover kit that makes it 3" wider on each side with fabricated lift spindles, also H&M makes a very nice coilover kit that comes with boxed upper and lower arms and boxed spindle and it makes your front end 3 1/2" wider on each side. I would say your best bet is to look on www.bajaconcepts.com, there is a link to it on this site, but I am not sure if they carry the H&M kit or not, but there is also a link for H&M Motorsports on this site too.

DIRT'S FOR RACING, PRERUNNERS ARE FOR GETTING THERE!
 

Just4Fun

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I did a long travel kit on mine. its 5" per side, 2.5 10" stroke dual rate king coilover, custom uprights w/ vertical uniball up top. Its limited at 18 right now. I used stock location on the upper and lowers and all the pivot points off the frame are heimed and the uprights are uniballed. I know Newline makes a kit also, with a J arm upper, think his is set at 19 or 20 but u better talk to Nestor. H&M claims 17 but i know a shop that installed one and is only getting 15. So i dont know what it actaully is getting. Good luck, the only problem that i came up w/ when i built mine is how the lower arm is atached on the back mount. Its not like a normal A shaped arm.
Jason
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YZFster

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I got the CST long travel kit on my 97F1 with a 10in king......got the H&M spindle and i am 4.5 wider on each side....for the money it works great...I am getting about 15in travel.....not bad for spending about 3000 with shocks.....

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Waldo

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These kinds of questions are always relative to your needs and budget. For example, many years ago I used to have a Toyota 2wd that I spent about 15,000 on making it long travel prerunner and a fun play toy. However, it was my daily driver and I had issues when it broke and I was broke. It all depends on what you want to do with your truck. Is it going to be a daily driver on the street? Is it going to be mainly a desert toy that you will charge hard with? Or is it a happy medium of both?

I have a 98 F-150 that I decided wasn't going to be a money pit or a full-blown desert toy. God knows we don't get our $ worth when we sell a truck/car that we have built to the hilt. I figured since it was my daily driver, and it pulls my toys instead of being abused like one, I would only spend the necessary money on it. I ended up buying the Camburg A-arm set (with ball joints), Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks. I think they sell the kit for around $750 bucks and I purchased some 285/75x16 tires/wheels and I was out the door under $2K. I installed it myself and have had no issues with it whatsoever when I have run it in the dez. I also know that my truck is not a long travel TT and I don't treat it as such.

If you are going to play hard, spend the money for a long travel kit, rear springs, proper shocks, and most importantly a well-built cage! When I rolled my Toyota, the main thing that saved my ass was not the suspension kit but the cage.

BRAAAAAAAAP!
 

Steve_HKmtrsprts

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For Long Travel kits check out the following sites:

http://www.hnmmotorsports.com/1997f150extreme.shtml
<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.fabtechmotorsports.com/html/ford2wd97_01f150.html>http://www.fabtechmotorsports.com/html/ford2wd97_01f150.html</A>

Or if you want just a lift go with a lift spindle or an Upper arm and Coil, or you can combine the two.
 
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