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Make my rig more Off Road friendly

Ok guys, I have searched tdg and didnt find what I wanted so im starting a new thread. I attached a few pics of my truck so you can see what im working with. I want to make my truck more off-roadable. It currently has a 4.5" suspension lift with blocks in the rear yet it has very little suspension travel. I have been looking around and thought about swapping the dana 60 out of an 05+ superduty, but just dont really want to do all that. I saw that full traction makes a pretty good coilover suspension kit, anyone using it? Or is anyone using any other kit like it? It is my daily driver yet also my weekend toy. Rarely do I get the chance to be able to really wheel it. I am wanting to do a suspension makeover here in the spring and want to kind of start planning it now. I know a lot of you guys know way more than I do so Im turning to you for help. Let me know what you guys think and if you have done something like this, pics and your opinions would be awesome. Thanks
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Check with Tank, he may chime in on his own. Remember, vehicles are a compromise. The more offroad friendly you make your truck the less hiway friendly it will be. With the money it would take to make a really good offroader you could probably get an old beater & build a dedicated offroad truck.
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Ya, I understand what you are saying. I just want to make it better for off-roading, not just a pavement princess. Im just wondering what is out there to make it better without spending a ton of money. Thanks

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What brand of lift?? Is it a spring lift in the front or is it a hanger drop kit??
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What brand of lift?? Is it a spring lift in the front or is it a hanger drop kit??
Im pretty sure its a hanger drop kit. I didnt buy or install the lift, when I bought the truck it was already on there and I have yet to mess with it much.

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01 Silver PSD, 4.5" lift, 315 BFGs with 16 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs beadlocked, BTS Trans, Banks Exhaust, TS chip, aFe intake, wicked wheel, TJM Front bumper with Mile Marker winch, Snorkel, 8 Off road lights, Recon Smoked Cab Lights, BD digital gauges with banks egt gauge, 20% on fronts, 5% on backs and 50% on windshield - SOLD

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i'm thinking that 1 place where you could get a lot of bang for the buck is with some kind of lockers front and rear, minimal highway change but go a lot further offroad.now if you have to have more ground clearance for deep mud then a lift and big tires are in your near future an then bigger gears to make em turn, but it still comes down to 4x4 with 1 front an 1 rear pushing or 3 or 4 depending if you lock the rear or front too

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what type of offroading?

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I would lose the hangers and put springs on every corner. That would create more travel instantly over the stocker springs.
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i'm thinking that 1 place where you could get a lot of bang for the buck is with some kind of lockers front and rear, minimal highway change but go a lot further offroad.now if you have to have more ground clearance for deep mud then a lift and big tires are in your near future an then bigger gears to make em turn, but it still comes down to 4x4 with 1 front an 1 rear pushing or 3 or 4 depending if you lock the rear or front too
Looks like your rig is already set up for "off-roading." As mentioned in the previous quote - I would definitely look into lockers and/or a front LS. Also, depending on what type of terrain you encounter the most, I would look into more aggressive tires. The BFGs are ok but there are some more aggressive AT tires and mud tires on the market. One caution - more aggressive the tread pattern the quicker they will wear especially with a full locker and full-size truck.

FWIW - my experience with tires and a rear Detroit Locker. The BFGs were slicks by 40K miles, ProComp ATs slicks by 55K miles, ProComp Extreme ATs 60K+ miles.

Of course, the tire wear depends on your driving style AND I continually adjusted the air pressure for what I was using the truck for - carrying my slide-in camper, towing, off-road, street driving, etc.
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I have a selectable ARB air locker in the for sale section. Open for daily use, fully locked when you need it...
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