Originally Posted by Krazy
Need advice on lift kits, 2.5" is cost around $150 but a 4" cost $1400, WTF ?? I'm lost
Most leveling kits are strut extension spacers as shown below. This is why they are not that expensive. A stock truck has "rake", which means it sits higher in the back than the front. This is by design to accommodate for heavy loads and towing. So the leveling kit uses a spacer on the front struts to level out the front with the back, which gives you a nice lifted look on the whole truck. Hell Bent Steel does sell a 3" leveling kit, but most people go with a 2.5" with good results. If you go much higher than that, it may put strain on your front suspension plus it may make your front end higher than the rear. Remember that after installing a leveling kit, you will need to budget yourself for a front end alignment.
HBS 2.5" Leveling Kit $69:
Some people opt to lift the rear with a similar method by getting new rear blocks. This would be done if your front leveling kit made the front higher than the back or some people like adding new blocks to maintain some rake in their truck. If you have 4WD, it comes stock with a 1 5/8" rear block, so if you wanted to get some lift on the back, you could go with a new 3" rear block. Some people also Add A Leaf (AAL) to raise their rear instead of replacing the rear block. I've heard this stiffens up your ride somewhat.
ReadyLift 3" Rear Block Kit $139:
Pro Comp AAL $100:
This is just one option to level your truck, some people also like to get replacement shocks that give you lift, like the Rancho QuickLifts
or the Bilstein 5100s
. This option is nice because they are adjustable. I am going to go with the Ranchos myself because they are running a special that includes the MyRide wireless adjustment system
free with the purchase of 4 Rancho QuickLift or RS9000XL. I like the idea of having the truck level, but adjusting it when towing or hauling.
As for lift kits and why they are so much more expensive, its because these are considered suspension lift kits. They basically include all the parts to raise/extend all your factory suspension parts. Lift kits can go from 3" and up. If you are buying a suspension lift, go with a good one so you maintain a better ride, you stay safe, and you reduce unnecessary wear and tear on your truck. One thing to remember is that when you are lifting your truck this high, it's probably not going to look right unless you spend the money to also get wider wheels and larger tires. After all that, you can plan on spending over $3k depending on if you buy used or new and if you plan on doing the install yourself.
6" Pro Comp Complete Suspension Lift $1,730:
A cheaper option to lift your truck would be a body lift, which just raises your body up from the suspension. I would suggest to go with a suspension lift, but some like their body lifts just fine. Also when you start wanting more than 8" of lift, you can start combining body and suspension lift to get the desired results.
3" Performance Accessories Body Lift Kit $350:
Just as a side note/disclaimer, I am speaking from my exhaustive research on these forums and not personal experience. As I said previously, for now I am going to level my truck with the Rancho QuickLift system, but maybe in the future I will go with a 6"-8" suspension lift and new wheels and tires. I hope this info helps a fellow F150 newbie like me.