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Cognito Install!

Today I installed my cognito leveling kit, went pretty smoothly. I didn't even have to get the "green" keys! The only issue I'm having now is with the brake lines. If I adjust them so they aren't tight when the wheel is cranked, the other side rubs the back of the wheel.

It looks great, but my 285's don't fill out the wheel wells anymore. There is plenty of room under there now! :

I'll post some pics tomorrow if I can find the charger for our camera.
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Here's a pic. After doing the install and getting it aligned it seems to ride WAY better. Maybe its just me, but it is nice! It's dirty, but I have been working like crazy and now that I have the weekend off there's a major storm coming through.

If anyone wants pics of anything specific pm me your email and I'll send 'em.

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looks good. How much $ (PM is ok if you want) and how long did it take?

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I ordered it straight from cognito, $460 for the kit and $30 for the shock brackets. It took me a whole day, there are always issues. I had to try really hard to get the new arms to fit, ended up cutting the handle on my 8 lb. sledge. Re-routing the abs sensor cable and keeping it (and the brake line) from rubbing on the back of the wheel took some time. Notice the black marks on my driveway!
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Here's another one that just got uploaded, really slow for some reason? Could be me.

There is a dip at the end of my street that I would make my old control arms bang the bump stops. Now it rides through there like a trophy truck! Although not many trophy trucks weigh 6000 lbs.
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Don't suppose you have a before picture? Also, did you have your t-bars cranked all the way before the install?

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Just searched my archives and don't have any before photos. :shrug:

I have played around with my torsion-bar adjustment quite alot before finally deciding on how to level my truck. The issue I had with just cranking the t-bars is that my upper control arms would always hit the hard stops. And they are hard, metal on metal. Another issue was the alignment, I cranked 'em up and the shop that tried to align it got it close, but not within spec. So I had it at stock height until now. I looked into the ready lift and they just offer replacement keys and shock mounts, which you can get green keys for $60 and shock mounts for $30. But that still won't change the amount of travel the upper a-arms are capable of.

The front came up 2.25 in. measured at the fenders. If I ever get the winch and bumper I want I might have to get green keys, but that's about $2000 away.
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I am pretty sure Merchant sells those also. Looks Good!
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Starting to get pretty deep in the Cognito line now that we are doing more and more lift kits.

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