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Old 07-03-2013, 01:54 AM
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Hey everyone, kinda new to the truck scene and I'm not sure where to go with this.. I want to put in a 4" rough country on my 2010 crew cab. I have a leveling kit and rims and tires already (18" rockstars with 35" Mickey Thompson ATZ) and I don't know whether I should or not. It's my daily driver, but I do occasionally take to the mud and get dirty. I just want to know if there is any problems or what I should expect with running a lift.. Such as being harder on tires, u joints etc. and do I need anything other then a lift? I see stuff about high angle driveshafts, is that something I will need if I'm only going 4"? And the real kicker, what's the difference in fuel going to be? I drive a hemi, not a Prius I know.. Just want to know what kind of difference I will end up with. Any and all help would be appreciated! Thanks guys
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Honestly, a leveling kit is just as hard on front end parts as a lift kit if not harder. A lift kit comes with differential drop brackets, longer spindles, and parts like that to make the suspension set up as close to stock as possible, just higher. As far as U-joints and drive shaft angles go the kit should put those within spec as well. So you should be good. Your larger tires are what will be the hardest on everything.

If you only want to go with a 4" kit I would recommend Zone over RCX. The Rough Country kit only gives you coil spacers to lift the rear while the Zone kit gives you new lift coils. That's a way better option IMO. A 3" coil spacer is definitely not something I'd put on my truck....

As far as fuel economy goes you shouldn't lose too much. Yes there will be a big of a drop because you'll be pushing more wind. But the biggest drop in fuel economy is from tires which you already have. So it won't be too drastic.
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My humble opinion, is not lifting. Especially since its your everyday driver. Yeah its fun to take her into a little mud on the weekends but I just don't think is worth it when you cant go in parking garages, cant find a buyer that will pay for what you put in, and/or lose general simplicity of driving. Plus the mpg is gonna drop. I stick with the leveling kit.
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i have only lifted jeeps. make sure kit has all you need. not sure where the cut off is "height wise" where yo start changing the geometry to u joints, universal joints just to name a few components. you will take a hit on mpg due to more wind resistance underneath your truck.
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Thanks a lot for your opinions, I never thought of the zone lift having new springs. Didn't really look into it because I know a guy who can get me wicked deals on rough country stuff. As for the parking garage issue, I don't go anywhere with my truck that I would need to get into one anyways, that's what cars are for. And I don't plan on selling the truck until there's nothing left of it to salvage anyway. But I appreciate both opinions, thanks
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Lift!!

Then buy a cheap beater car for mpg.
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I have a 4" lift on my 2010. I don't really see the ECO much on the display much any more. Stock tires without lift, I could get 20-21 mpg on the freeway. Now with the lift and 34" tires on 20" XD wheels, I may get about 17-18 mpg on the freeway. But I don't drive much anyways.
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also check brake lines to see if they are long enough for the lift you choose.
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dont forget stool or step ladder for gf/wife to get into truck now lol
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also check brake lines to see if they are long enough for the lift you choose.
Most kits come with new brackets for the brake lines to extend them down further. Otherwise they include brake lines with the kit. It's not something you have to worry about buying separately.

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dont forget stool or step ladder for gf/wife to get into truck now lol
Nah, she's gotta figure out how to get up there man! I'm putting a 6" RCX lift on my truck pretty quick and one of my friends already said that I should have a sticker made saying, "If you can't get up in it, you don't deserve to be in it"
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