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Old 12-23-2011, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default 1999 F150 XLT Lift Kit

Im new to the F150 forums, but not to Ford forums, Im extremely familiar with the Mustang and have done a ton of work from interior to suspension in mine. But one of my friends owns a 1999 F150 XLT 5.4 V8 and wants to do a 3-4" suspension lift, definitely no sort of body lift. I am fairly familiar with what has to be done and I have to tools necessary, but I had a few questions about brands and types:

1. Is there a suspension lift out there that does not require the use of blocks for the rear? Maybe one that offers new leaf springs or add-a-leaf?

(to my knowledge adding blocks to the rear will make the suspension less stable, similar to adding a body lift, but from the suspensions perspective. so are blocks okay or if possible should i avoid lifts with blocks?)

2. What is the best brand to get for durability and ease of install?

3. Since we are just going with a 3-4" lift, are there any other parts needed to make things work correctly?

4. The truck is a DD and is probably only goes off-road about 5% of the time or less, so it would be nice to get a kit that still rides nicely and not rough.

5. Is there any installation issues that I need to know about or problems I might run into during the install? (such as grinding, welding, specialized tools?)

Sorry about all the questions, but I want to do this the right way and not have to do it again or have anything wrong. Thanks for any imput

links, names, part numbers, and pics all help!

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anyone? now i found out she only has about $500 to spend lol, so what is the best 3-4" lift $500?? help please?
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Your not gonna find a kit without a lift block for under $500. Unless you try like Craigslist
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yeah I found that out today, so I guess it looks like we will get a kit with blocks. Which is better: blocks and torsion keys or spacers and add-a-leaf??

So far Ive found a couple of kits from:

Tuff Country:
Torsion Keys and Rear Blocks
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TFY-22916/

Add-a-leaf and Spring Spacers
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TFY-22924/

Should we also get new shocks? and/or springs?
Tuff Country suggests these for the Torsion Key and Block lift for the front: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TFY-61182/
And these for the rear for the Torsion Key and Block lift: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TFY-61302/

Also is it possible to run a 1" leveling spring spacer kit with these lifts? that would give us a 3" front and 2" rear, because the rear is already a bit higher than the front stock.

Or run the 1" front leveling kit, 2" lift kit, and 1" rear shackle lift

with this combo of 3" do I need to get any kind of driveshaft or steering extension or shackles for the rear?
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if the truck is 4x4 it will have torsion bars, 2WD will have springs...
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yeah its a 1999 F150 XLT 5.4 V8 4x4. I think I've figured everything out, but what style shock does the 99' use: studs or eyelet?

stud shock:
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TFY-61302/

eyelet shock:
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TF...Submodel%7cXLT
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stud on all 4 corners
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Dont even waste your money on the torsion keys. Alls it does is lift your front suspension beyond what it should be and puts a lot of stress on the front end. It will wear out balljoints and stuff a lot quicker. Just crank the stock torsion bars and put in a add a leaf
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How much lift will you get by just "cranking up the torsion bars"?
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You can get 2 to 2.5 inches safely
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