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Old 11-07-2017, 02:16 PM
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Alright everybody, Iíve been doing some research on lowering my 2012 FX4 that currently has a 6 inch Rough Country lift with Bilstein 5100ís set at 1.5Ē (7.5Ē total). It has 37s and 20x12ís.



I honestly am getting tired of the big tires, the rough ride, and the slow acceleration from having such a big truck, and want to do something different.

Iím wondering if it would be worth selling and removing my lift kit and wheels, and having a lowering kit installed. Iíd be going with a 3/5 drop on 22ís or 24ís. I know itís a big leap going from a 7.5Ē lift to a 3/5 drop (10.5Ē difference ), but I would love to switch it up and possibly have a little better ride also.



I just would like to hear peopleís opinions on this situation. Thank you in advance!
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:11 PM
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Are you planning to get rid of the bull bar, roof rack and huge tow mirrors? Those all pretty much destroy the lowered truck look and feel.
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:13 PM
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Are you planning to get rid of the bull bar, roof rack and huge tow mirrors? Those all pretty much destroy the lowered truck look and feel.
Yes, the grille guard, cargo rack, and back rack will all be taken off and sold. I would be lowered on new wheels and thatís all.
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The main thing with the fx4 is that you will have to change your driving style if you go below 2" in the front due to the transfer case hanging so low. I used the 3.5/4 Belltech on mine. Just slow roll over bigger speed bumps and into off camber driveways. You will learn pretty quick. I came out of a 02' F250 with a 6" lift and 35's. I enjoy driving this truck just as much as the big one. FWIW, I ended up being 4" lower in the front, and had to raise the rear with 1.5" lift shackles.

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The main thing with the fx4 is that you will have to change your driving style if you go below 2" in the front due to the transfer case hanging so low. I used the 3.5/4 Belltech on mine. Just slow roll over bigger speed bumps and into off camber driveways. You will learn pretty quick. I came out of a 02' F250 with a 6" lift and 35's. I enjoy driving this truck just as much as the big one. FWIW, I ended up being 4" lower in the front, and had to raise the rear with 1.5" lift shackles.

I love your truck! It looks awesome! Itís an FX4 correct?
Thank you for the advice also! I love the look of lowered trucks, and would like to do it with mine. Instead of a 3/5 drop, I might go with a 2/4, that way I donít run into any issues right away.
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Sorry to be so late checking back. Yes it is an FX4. Thanks for the kind words! The first time I lowered it, I done the 2/4 kit using Bell Tech struts that they make for the 4x4. In the rear I used the BT 2" shackle and removed the 1.25" block. I will try to find a pic of that setup and post it.
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:51 PM
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I think most 6" lifts require frame cutting to install the drop down bracket. You may have to have that piece welded back in. I had looked into when I had my lifted Platinum, a local shop was going to do it but I ended up trading the truck in.
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