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I have some questions on a drop kit for my truck.
1. the only possible kit that was reputable was a McGaughy 2/4 drop with coils in the front and a flip kit with shackles in the back but im a little hesitant for a flip kit install...are there any other options? (2008 model)
2. what are the things to worry about with a flip kit as far as towing capacity goes? and other issues?

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The flip kit is the easiest way to go and very common with no issues. It's popular because it doesn't change the suspension, you're just relocating the axle to the top of the leaf spring. You can come down 4" without a flip kit by using shackles instead.

If you're towing regularly or a heavy load then most of us would recommend installing a set of helper bags, but you shouldn't have any issues with normal towing with just a 2/4 kit.
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Ive heard some bad things about a flip kit pulling the drive shaft back like a 1/4 an inch and possibly causing a U joint t break.

the kit I was looking at is a flip kit with shackles and bump stops...im curious on why I need shackles if the drop kit already does 4 inches or vise versa.
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tack weld your perches. 7 years with my flip kit and is just fine. did lose a driveshaft though but that was 4 years later and happened the day after putting in 4.88's.
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if I can come down 4 inches with shackles only then why do I need the flip kit as well? the mcgaughy drop is a 2/4.5 so wouldn't shackles and a flip kit put me over the 4.5 mark?

also I had a question about replacement shocks...I was looking at the belltech street performance shocks but those are intended for a 4 inch drop in the rear so can I still put those shocks on the 4.5 drop? if not what are some good shocks to get for my year model truck? and will getting performance shocks help me not to lose too much towing capacity?

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I think that was a typo. You can drop 2" with shackles, not 4".

As for the shocks, I think they would work fine. Most shocks are listed for a range of drop anyway. Like a 0-2" drop or a 2-4" drop, etc. Using 4" drop shocks on a 4.5" drop will only reduce the length of extension by 1/2". Chances are you won't see quite 4.5" of actual drop out of the kit anyway.
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I think that was a typo. You can drop 2" with shackles, not 4".

As for the shocks, I think they would work fine. Most shocks are listed for a range of drop anyway. Like a 0-2" drop or a 2-4" drop, etc. Using 4" drop shocks on a 4.5" drop will only reduce the length of extension by 1/2". Chances are you won't see quite 4.5" of actual drop out of the kit anyway.
is there anyway that with that drop kit my front end will be sitting higher than m rear? that's the number one thing I don't want
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With the shackles? No chance the back will sit lower than the front. With the flip kit and springs? I can't say for certain because I have no experience with it but I would say it's unlikely. Most trucks sit 2.5-3" higher in the back from the factory so a 2/4.5" drop should put it somewhere between dead level and very slightly higher in the back. That being said, it's my opinion that trucks that measure dead level will often look higher in the front. Another factor is whether you get 4'5" of actual drop from the flip. There are enough variables that I would spend some time searching for info on that kit online. I can guarantee there are several out there already.
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With the shackles? No chance the back will sit lower than the front. With the flip kit and springs? I can't say for certain because I have no experience with it but I would say it's unlikely. Most trucks sit 2.5-3" higher in the back from the factory so a 2/4.5" drop should put it somewhere between dead level and very slightly higher in the back. That being said, it's my opinion that trucks that measure dead level will often look higher in the front. Another factor is whether you get 4'5" of actual drop from the flip. There are enough variables that I would spend some time searching for info on that kit online. I can guarantee there are several out there already.
okay ive done every research possible for about the last 2 weeks and measured my stock height right now. so far everything loos good but theres only one this holding me back and that is loss in tow capacity. I don't tow really heavy stuff but a shop that I called said he wouldn't recommend going over 500 pounds in the bed?? is that correct?? id still like to be able to haul around my 4 wheeler which is about 600 pounds so im a little worried.

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I don't know a lot about the flip kit as I opted for lowering shackles on my truck. What little research I have done pretty much seems to match what you were told....that amount of lowering will seriously affect your hauling/towing capacity. As CdnoilRAM mentioned, a set of helper bags might be an option but once again I'm not knowledgeable enough about them to help you decide. The big questions is how much weight you will be able to haul before you start hitting the bump stops and that's going to be tough to answer.

You could always consider going with the shackles and maybe even removing your overload springs. This combo should get you a true 2-2.5" drop. This isn't the 4.5" drop that a flip kit will get you but it's cheaper and will retain much more of the stock hauling/towing capacity. Forumz member ORT did this to his truck and has hauled 800 pounds in the bed with no issues.
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