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Hey Guys...I bumped the front up close to 2 inches...now it looks like a dog dragging its ass sometimes. I guess I need to lift the rear 2 inches as well. I've read a bit about options, but I want the EASIEST option(read: takes the least amount of time) or perhaps the cheapest. But not insanely stupid either(im not stacking blocks)...I don't offroad it much at all, so don't need any hardcore lift kits. I've read about some of the options...but they werent all that detailed. I need to know what I need to get at the junkyard or from a local store here...part numbers/prices would be helpful, as would in depth instructions. I can build an engine with my teeth, but suspension work at all is new to me oddly enough.


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try searching for posts about the belltech 6400 shackles other members say they give 1.5 to 2" of lift
 

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Add a leafs will probablly be easier than a shackle, but a little more$
Or find a 4 inch block and longer u bolts, easier yet
 

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that i can do...but where do i get a 4 inch block? I'd like one that wraps like the stock 2 incher...
 

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try a lcoal 4x4 place, or maybe a advanced auto/ autozone place would have them
 

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if you already have a factory block in the rear i wouldnt stack another one. i have stacked blocks on my truck now and im trying to get rid of them.
 

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My credo
Shit Happens...Then You Die.
Just throw on a pair of Monroe air shocks...about $75 at NAPA.
 

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Ok guys i narrowed it down to 4 inch block or the belltech...money not being an isssue between the two...which do you recommend?
 

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Shackles. Rides better and won't get axle wrap like the 4" blocks are likely to induce.
 

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Ditto for the shackle, It'll actually give you gains in suspension travel without negative side affects.
 

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I would also use the shackle
 

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Absolutely the shackle, they are cheap, easy, stronger than the stock ones, it will ride better, flex better and you wont get the axle wrap that you would with a block.
 

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Putting shackles in my 07 this weekend.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. Put the 6400's on yesterday.
I did wish I knew in advance that eating and passing a bowling ball would be easier than getting the old shackles off. Hours upon hours of hammering, twisting, wd40,and at one point cutting...finally the the ol girls off. I'm guessing a torch would have helped or am I missing some amazing trick? New ones went one in a matter of minutes....good ol rust.
In the end, I did like the result...
Thanks so much guys.
 

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how much did it help?
 

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