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Old 06-17-2018, 12:44 PM
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Thank you for the response. Any regret with the +2? Do you wish you woulda got the HD to be able to carry more in the bed?
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:48 PM
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No, I like the +2's. I have a tire rack, spare, jack, some recovery gear, and some other small things in the back. Not too much weight, I think it's a good setup.
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Old 06-20-2018, 04:31 PM
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I am about to place an order on leafs. I been going back and forth between a +2HD. And a +3SD with RPG lowering shackles to get me back to stock ride height. There is a lot of information on the raptor forums regarding +3 and it being perfect for their trucks. Any other people wanna comment on this? I am just having such a hard time pulling the trigger on these two options I mentioned.
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I guess to further explain my situation....
I am worried if I get the +3 I would reall need to crank up my front coil overs and I know that has the possibility of really negatively affecting my ride with the Icons. I just feel that the +3 will help with the additional weight of the 6.5' bed and my 36 gallon tank. And then the RPG shackles will bring me back down to stock ride height......
Jusr trying to do all my research before I make this large of a purchase...
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I decided to go with Deaver +2HD (part number from Deaver L83HD). I also grabbed some Camburg Tig shackles. And then I went with RPG bump stop kit with 2.5" fox bump stops. All should be a great combo to really sure up the rear end. The shackles are not drop shackles....they are just way stronger than stock with poly bushings. I have gotten everything in the mail except the leafs. I'll add some photos when I get things installed.
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Post pics when you take them. Im thinking of going with the plus 2 on my 18 limited, icon 2.5 resi front and back.
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Subscribing. Iím planning almost the same build but with Kings.
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:41 PM
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So....delayed post on my part. I installed everything maybe a month and half ago....4k miles ago....and I love it. Truck handles so great and I love driving it. For day to day normal street driving I have had to adjust my Icon CDCV shocks down to the softest setting because the rear springs are stiff but not over the top stiff. I know my girl friend is not a huge fan of the on street roughness but it is what it is...

I have not had anything in my bed to see if the HD springs need that extra weight back there to perform better? But I plan to this winter with some sand bags just to see how the truck handles.

Install was easy enough.....I had my buddy come over to help move the springs into place because they are heavy and awkward. I had to cut 2 bolts out because of how they were put in from the factory (the front bolts for the leaf springs). I did not drop my gas tank. The RPG kit is amazing and great quality. I did have to loosen my truck bed to get the cross member piece in place. For the front bushing bolt with the leaf springs you are ok to use the stock 22mm bolts (I had bought two new ones from Ford prior to the install). The bushings and sleeve for the front of the leaf springs called for the stock 22mm bolt. The rear of the truck with the shackles from Camburg did need new bolts. So I had to buy 4 5/8 bolts with washers and nylon nuts. I just found it strange that no where I had read did it mention needing to get new bolts. I mean the Deavers did come with 2 new bolts but they were all thread and grey and I wanted black grade 8 bolts. I will say if you install the stock 22mm bolt in the front leaf spring on the driver side (with the gas tank still in place and not dropped) you will need to cut part of the bolt down. With the head of the bolt on the outside and nut on the inside there would be no clearance for the bolt before it hits your gas tank. I am sorry but I did not take a picture of this...you just get in the moment of buttoning things up and you forget to take those pics that everyone loves to scroll through and see.

But no complaints here from either company that I got these parts with. I think i called Jeff 3-4 times at Deaver prior to purchase and he was great to talk with. He was even great on the email side of conversation post purchase. The guys at RPG were the same....great communication.

This is a doable project for anyone that has the correct tools. I think I had to buy a couple 1/2" drive deep sockets as I do not have many metric tools that go that high (I think one was a 24mm deep socket). You do need good jack stands. I used 6 ton stands on top of my little homemade wood step for the bumper. This got me plenty of height to work under the truck. And then I used three 3 ton jacks. Two for the axle and then one for the drive shaft as a precaution so the axle would not roll forward in some situations when I was installing the leaf springs. Everything got retorqued after 500 miles and it was all good. I forget my torque values off the top of my head but if someone really wants them I can find them in my garage. I will say my trucks suspension is great and I love the way that it rides.

As for my overall height gain? I would say that the Deaver +2HD did not raise my rear end at all (which is what I wanted). I even think it may have dropped it a little....but barely. My measurements were after thoughts so what I used for comparison were numbers from when I did the Icon suspension kit. Right now my front end is not cranked up at all. Meaning the adjustable collar on my front suspension is still all the way to the top and all lift that I got was maybe 2"? I honestly do not remember what stock height was because I never took it prior to doing the Icon install and once again my truck was in the air with wheels off before I realized that I did not take measurements prior to the Deaver install. My bad...

I have seen pictures of F150s that have quite a bit of front end lift with these Icons and then what I assume are Deaver +3 leafs.....and I do not know if I would want to drive that with day to day driving....I feel it could be very stiff....but that's all just my speculation...

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Stock block and leaf height. Just under 3"

Stock orientation of driver rear shackle....you need to match it for the new Camburg shackles
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