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Old 08-30-2012, 09:54 PM
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so first off i dont know very much about suspension parts, but i have a fabtech kit that came with 3" spindles, UCAs, ball joints, coils and in the rear came with shocks and aal. So after a few years of cruising pretty "mild" trails ive noticed my ride has become very harsh even over small bumps in the road. so my question is if i want to replace these shocks with some better coilovers which would fit this kit? and what brand is good for the price? i dont really know any specs on the coils, i just assumed they were stock length because i dont think i get any more travel out of them vs stock. also would it be possible to buy longer shocks that would fit? i know that you need a larger UCA, and im assuming the one that came with the kit is larger than stock? i just want something better than fabtech.. i dont do any crazy off roading i just want something capable off road and more comfortable on road so if any one can point me in the right direction thanks.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:16 PM
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Default Re: suspension/coilover questions

with the coil front end it's going to be a LOT of work to put a coilover up front. the entire coilbucket on the frame needs to be cut out and then plated back in, and shock hoops built to hold the top of the coilover. and then it's going to be stock control arms, stock ball joints, and way more money spent than it's worth.

coilovers new will be around 1k ish for a 2.5x 6 or 8" long with springs.
install, unless you can do it yourself will be around $1800.

so you're in it 3k and still have a weak stock lower arm and fabtech upper.

you can see in the pic below how the stock coil bucket on this guy's frame was cut then plated back in:
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:01 AM
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yeah i get what youre saying and for that kind of money im better off just buying a mid travel kit or something
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Let me rephrase my original question, what are my options that will use the stock coil bucket?
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www.btf-fab.com. i have the same kit. uses a stock spindle, lift spindle, or he offers a fabricated spindle with a dana 35 hub (older 4x4 ranger hub, keeps 5x4.5 lug pattern).

4.5" wider per side, uses a lower ball joint and a uniball on the upper arm with a machined adapter pin that slides into the stock ball joint hole on the spindle.



or he offers a uniball upper control arm that is similar to your fabtech one but has a uniball over the spindle, with the same machined adapter pin.
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Cool that's about what I was looking for and btf seems like a good place to go on a budget. Thanks for the info
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Cool that's about what I was looking for and btf seems like a good place to go on a budget. Thanks for the info
On a budget ? Lol the upper control arms alone are 600 a pair.
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Compared to other big companies they dont seem that pricey
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