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Need tad more lift... ideas?

Ok, my setup is in my sig but for a quick run down on the front:

3.5" Fabtech drop hangers (3" lift)
4" Deaver springs
3" extended rear shackles (approx. 1.5" lift)

Now, my lift has been a step by step process. First Fabtech drop hangers then Donahoe mini-pack, then added x springs, then replaced springs with all new 4" deaver pack and finally an extended rear shackle to attempt a nice level look. Still, the front end sits a tad too low. The shackles were said to be a 1.5" lift and they did appear to be 3" longer, but still, I didn't get the truck where I want it on the front.

Anyone have an idea for an inexpensive way to get maybe another inch? For 3 bills or so, I'd consider some Donahoe drop hangers that should give me another inch but the full kit appears to be very pricey, more than i want to pay for an inch. Can I use my 2" mini-pack with my 4" Deavers with longer u-bolts? If the front then appears a tad high then, I'll do the final adjustment at the rear, plus I have air in the back, not a prob there. I really like the idea of the mini-packs and not sure why they wouldn't work, should fit in there okay, just longer u bolts, maybe that's the prob, the u bolts. I'm also considering fabbing up some even longer (maybe 4" total) rear shackles, but don't want to create issues with leaning and body roll. The truck steers easier with the longer rear shackles and helps fix the caster problem the front drop hangers produce. If I can get the 2" pack in there, I'll relevel the rear and maybe go for some 40's, which is what I'm geared for. :

Anyways, any help is appreciated.

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Is your hanger kit the old style that uses the stock rear shackel and moves the mount to the bottom of the frame?
What have you done for the pitman arm and track bar?
What is done to the rear?
It sounds like you need to step back and start over. I would get a set of 4.5 hangers and the correct 8" drop pitman arm and track bar drop.
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dude, got all that covered. I have the dropped pitman arm, adjustable track bar with a small drop bracket, sway bar disconnects, driveshafts; all the goodies to run the lift I'm at plus some. Main goal here is to level the front up.

Fabtech's drop hangers are new front spring hanger mounts that simply move them down some to aquire a 3" lift. They do nothing to the rear shackles.

Rear is:
5" Deavers
3.5" blocks
Airbags

and the rear still steems to sit an 1.5 to 2" higher than the front.

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Ok, my setup is in my sig but for a quick run down on the front:

3.5" Fabtech drop hangers (3" lift)
4" Deaver springs
3" extended rear shackles (approx. 1.5" lift)

Now, my lift has been a step by step process. First Fabtech drop hangers then Donahoe mini-pack, then added x springs, then replaced springs with all new 4" deaver pack and finally an extended rear shackle to attempt a nice level look. Still, the front end sits a tad too low. The shackles were said to be a 1.5" lift and they did appear to be 3" longer, but still, I didn't get the truck where I want it on the front.

Anyone have an idea for an inexpensive way to get maybe another inch? For 3 bills or so, I'd consider some Donahoe drop hangers that should give me another inch but the full kit appears to be very pricey, more than i want to pay for an inch. Can I use my 2" mini-pack with my 4" Deavers with longer u-bolts? If the front then appears a tad high then, I'll do the final adjustment at the rear, plus I have air in the back, not a prob there. I really like the idea of the mini-packs and not sure why they wouldn't work, should fit in there okay, just longer u bolts, maybe that's the prob, the u bolts. I'm also considering fabbing up some even longer (maybe 4" total) rear shackles, but don't want to create issues with leaning and body roll. The truck steers easier with the longer rear shackles and helps fix the caster problem the front drop hangers produce. If I can get the 2" pack in there, I'll relevel the rear and maybe go for some 40's, which is what I'm geared for. :

Anyways, any help is appreciated.
Run over to a local heavy truck spring shop. Have them pull the front springs, add a leaf and re-arc them. You'll easily pickup an inch or two. Tell them exactly where you want to be and they'll hit it. I have had it done several times now.

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Ok then if you have done nothing to the rear of the front spring then your
3" hanger is only getting you about 1.5" of lift. Look at the DR kit picture.It lowers both ends of the spring. So with what you are running you only have about 7" of lift. Not 8 1/2. why not just put a shorter block in the rear? that would solve your problem. OR the DR 4.5 hangers will get you 1.5 in the front. Pretty simple.
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ive got some 6" deaver springs for sale if you would like them. if you want to keep the 4" springs, i would suggest picking up some 4.5" full traction hangers. you can buy them hangers/shackles only, and they run about 350 bucks. id do the springs for the same price...

also, fyi, im running the same 5" rears with 350 block, and it sits level with 10.5" up front...

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