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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-01-2006, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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adding a leveling kit - do it yourself project?

I am half way mechanically inclined - do brakes, rotors, shocks, and other typical maintanence. I wanted to know if I got a 2.5 fabtech leveling kit - could I do this myself in the garage or should I pay someone to do it?
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meant to include...

I am asking about my 06 4x4 screw
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I did my own on my 04. After finding that every bolt was super loctited, and torqued to 1 billion foot/lbs, I would gladly pay someone to do it.

One of my friends recently bought a new truck and asked me. I flat told him NO.

If you are super cheap, you can, but unless it is a much easier job than it was when I did my 04, I wouldn't.
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The coil spring leveling kits are so easy I would do it yourself! Undo the shocks and sway bar links and let the axle down. Remove stock spring and insert new.

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i would do it myslef, my brother 06 dodges leveling kit is really similar to the newer fords, just jack it up, put the frame on jackstands, drop the frontaxel, put the spacers or springs in and put it backtogther, a lil more complicated than that but it took us about 5 hours, would have taken less if we would have done it before
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yea, they're very very easy to do. Just be sure to have a few decent tools, just good ratchets and stuff. Not sure what all they're 2.5" kit includes but it is a simple job; just follow the instructions and take your time. Afterwards, you'll be like, wonder why I ever stressed about that.

As squatch said, the coils are simple, leafs are simple to but coils are very easy. We just put a DR 4.5" kit on an 07 F250 and it took about 4 or so hours.

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sredish, how do you like that 4.5 kit?? think it would work ok towing??
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I recently put a DR 4.5 my on my 05' by my self, well me and my buddy. its really a lot easier than you would expect. we did it in like 6 hrs start to finish. the only lift kit that I had put on before that was my jeep and that was like 6 years ago. so I say ya go for it!

I really like my DR 4.5 right now I still have the stock wheels and tires too hahaha it look’s funny but ride's like a dream! I wouldn’t be afraid to tow with it. here is a picture of my truck backed up to my 40 ft horse trailer.


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If your doing your own brakes and other things then your well qualified. I did mine in my garage w/ no problems. Easy install.

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Yeah you should be able to easily do it... I installed a complete 3.5" hanger lift on my truck and there was a lot more to it than what you are doing. I was working in a gravel driveway w/ only half of the correct tools...

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