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Old 02-09-2016, 10:59 PM   #1
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Just got a 2010 f150 5.4 scab xtr model. I like to think I am somewhat mechanically inclined but forgive me if this is a stupid questions anyways.

The previous (original) owner had an extra leaf put on the back, so the rear is upgraded and equivalent to a 3/4 ton suspension. Ive noticed that the back end sits up a bit higher than stock, maybe an inch or inch and a half higher. It gives it a bit more rake than appeals to me so I was thinking of raising the front end a bit to level it out. However I would really like to avoid altering the suspension with a levelling kit. The truck is mint and I plan on having it for a long time, would like to avoid the added stress.

My question is, is it possible to lift just the front end of the truck a few inches with a body kit? or does the kit have to always used on both the front and back ends?
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That just sounds like a bad idea... I would just do a normal level (spacers or struts) or remove the AAL.
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I would just remove a leaf or two in the back.
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When you say body kit do you mean body lift?
If so, then no. A body lift actually I bots the body from the frame and has spacers. If you do this the cab to bed lines won't match.

A 2" front spacer will be fine and not add any serious stress to your steering or suspension.
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When you say body kit do you mean body lift?
If so, then no. A body lift actually I bots the body from the frame and has spacers. If you do this the cab to bed lines won't match.

A 2" front spacer will be fine and not add any serious stress to your steering or suspension.
Im so torn.. I understand now after looking into it more that what I mentioned earlier wouldnt work. The 2" spacer is very tempting however I have read so much online about the excess wear on cv joints, ball joints etc. im sure you've read it all too. On the other hand there are so many guys out there running levelling kits/spacers without major issues. Cant decide whether its just the non-response bias coming into play or if it really does cause serious issues on alot of trucks.
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Im so torn.. I understand now after looking into it more that what I mentioned earlier wouldnt work. The 2" spacer is very tempting however I have read so much online about the excess wear on cv joints, ball joints etc. im sure you've read it all too. On the other hand there are so many guys out there running levelling kits/spacers without major issues. Cant decide whether its just the non-response bias coming into play or if it really does cause serious issues on alot of trucks.
Take most of what you read with a grain of salt. I've been running leveling kits (strut spacers) since 2006 and never had a CV or ball joint failure.
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Just got a 2010 f150 5.4 scab xtr model. I like to think I am somewhat mechanically inclined but forgive me if this is a stupid questions anyways.

The previous (original) owner had an extra leaf put on the back, so the rear is upgraded and equivalent to a 3/4 ton suspension. Ive noticed that the back end sits up a bit higher than stock, maybe an inch or inch and a half higher. It gives it a bit more rake than appeals to me so I was thinking of raising the front end a bit to level it out. However I would really like to avoid altering the suspension with a levelling kit. The truck is mint and I plan on having it for a long time, would like to avoid the added stress.

My question is, is it possible to lift just the front end of the truck a few inches with a body kit? or does the kit have to always used on both the front and back ends?

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Why would you put this image instead of trying to help.

Sorry his/her question is below your standards for a valuable question.

The person thought enough to ask it, if you don't want to answer it that's fine. Move along
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Im so torn.. I understand now after looking into it more that what I mentioned earlier wouldnt work. The 2" spacer is very tempting however I have read so much online about the excess wear on cv joints, ball joints etc. im sure you've read it all too. On the other hand there are so many guys out there running levelling kits/spacers without major issues. Cant decide whether its just the non-response bias coming into play or if it really does cause serious issues on alot of trucks.
2" spacers are fine, it's when you get into the 3" that severe wear due to poor angles come into play. But a body lift will not work in sections.
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I agree with the others, add a 2" spacer up front. But please dont think because an extra leaf spring was added, that the rear is the same as a 3/4 ton truck.
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