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Wolf
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7/29/2002
15:16:53

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ok i think im going to break down and get a kit until i have enough time to design my lift properly... has anyone gotten the Fabtech basic 2" lift... i wanted to see if there are any complaints or hassles...



Chris
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7/30/2002
17:14:38

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The Fabtech 2" costs about $250. It comes with 4 shocks. But I don't really need four new shocks. Maybe two new shocks. The spring spacers cost $80. I have been told that you can put on up to a 2" spacer without replacing the shocks(as long as you dont need full articulation).
*Does anyone know if those spacers will jack up the truck? I am not planning on off roading right now anyway. My truck is too new. I guess the Fabtech kit is for real off roaders. Call me a poser whatever, but I don't want to jack up my truck while owing 25 big guys for it. I just want it higher and bigger tires.



Crum
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7/31/2002
13:30:19

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A saying comes to mind: "Either do it right or don't do it at all!"



njquad2by
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7/31/2002
15:51:53

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A while back I asked if there were anyone out there who had installed and kept a 2" fabtech lift. No one responded. I have heard of 2 people who had installed it, but both ended up taking it off. One to lower there truck and one to do a straight axel conversion. I talked to Fabtech yesterday, they have not approved either of their lifts for a 2002 yet. They hope to have it by the end of the year. I'll wait till then and see what kind of 2" kit they offer. The 3" kit is to expensive for my wallet.



Jason
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7/31/2002
16:27:01

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The 2" and 3" kit will work on 2002s as proven by Tallquad.



TallQuad
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8/01/2002
01:16:44

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Yup! Both kits will work fine for 99-02. The 2" use the same coils except they are 2" not 3" and it doesn't come with the a-arms. I've had my Fabtech lift on my 02 for over 6 months now and its been great. Installation was fine and everything fit perfect. Hope this helps if your trying to decide to wait or not. Remember, Fabtech has to say they haven't approved the kits for 02 because they haven't tested it out enough. I know enough about trucks and suspension and did the testing for them... it works!



njquad2by
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8/01/2002
09:18:23

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At this point, the 2" coil is not engine specific, you get the same spring for a 4,6 or 8 cyl. I got the impression that when the 2" lift is approved for a 2002, they will have a stiffer spring for a V8 quadcab. At least I hope so. I doubt I would get 2" out of the current springs.



Wolf
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8/01/2002
11:16:54

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They dont ask for your engine size when you order... i heard somewhere that with a 4 or a 6 you get 2" but with the 8 you get about 1-1/2...

I just ordered it today, so i should be slaping it in, in a couple of weeks when it gets here... i didnt feel like paying an extra 70 bucks to get it in 3 days ;) but ill tell yall all about it when i get it in... ill probably take some pics of the installation so you can see it for yourself...

Wolf



Chris
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8/01/2002
12:48:39

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Does anyone know if you can put 3" lifted coils on instead of 2" without the extended A-arms. I was just wondering because I cant afford A-arms.
You can get the 2" and 3" lifted springs outside of Fabtech. They both cost $119. The same place sells longer shocks for $44.
www.truckn-store.com




Wolf
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8/01/2002
13:10:36

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I dont think that would work... for a couple of reasons 1 the 2" lift coils are already pushing the tires down closer to the limmit and 2 if you go longer then an extra 2" it might put your tires at a wierd angle where the tred would be worn faster on the outside of the tire... i could be totaly wrong and it might work just fine but id put my truck on the ground take a messurement and then lift the truck up to where the tires are off the ground then lower it to where they are just touching the ground then take another messurement... that should show you if 3 extra inches is even possible... if it is then id lower the truck enough to where it would sit if the 3 iches was in place then see if my tires would ride flat on the ground or not....
Wolf



Chris
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8/01/2002
15:20:04

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Thanks. 2" will be good enough to level her off. I already have the 3" body lift and am happy with the rear tire clearance.

My friend has a 4 cylinder reg cab and it seemed to sit about a half an inch higher than my club cab with a V8 before the body lift. We were thinking that they may use the same spring on all of the models.



TallQuad
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8/01/2002
20:45:06

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In case there is some confusion, the coils ARE rated by engine size. I'm not certain but I'm sure the same goes for the 2" coils.
Hope this helps.

http://jcwhitney.com/product.jhtml?CATID=162466&BQ=jcw2



NJQUAD2BY
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8/01/2002
22:11:32

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"YES, YOU ARE CORRECT, THE 2" BASIC KIT IS NOT ENGINE SPECIFIC."

direct via email from Tony @ Fabtech. I don't know who I talked to on the phone the other day, but he seemed to think the 2" coils may be engine specific later on this year.



NJQUAD2BY
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8/01/2002
22:13:02

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"YES, YOU ARE CORRECT, THE 2" BASIC KIT IS NOT ENGINE SPECIFIC."

direct via email from Tony @ Fabtech. I don't know who I talked to on the phone the other day, but he seemed to think the 2" coils may be engine specific later on this year.



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