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Time for a suspension upgrade and I need to tap into the depths of wisdom found on this board! I am planning on doing the install this October and I want to make sure that I have all the required parts and tools as well as all of the “non-required but makes your life a hell of a lot easier” parts and tools. That’s where you guys come in. I’d like to get your input on a checklist of everything that I should do to the truck, including anything that I might as well replace while I am at it, as well as a heads up for pitfalls I should expect on this job. This is only my 2nd suspension install but I am not looking for “how-to-install” instructions (I have already checked those threads and they are great) but I am more looking for an updated list of tips and pitfalls.

Here is the intended plan with my list of questions thus far…

My X - 2006 OR – 75k

Front Suspension:
Radflo 2.0 Coilovers
PRG UCAs
PRG spacers
PRG cam bolts
2005 LCAs

Questions:
-I am looking to gain 2-3” lift over stock and want to maximize both upward travel and downward travel without too much strain on the components. My thinking is to get my lift from the spacers so I can maximize travel with the coilovers. Thoughts on what the best combination of spacer lift/coil lift is?

-I have heard all about the nightmares of getting the stock LCAs out of 2006+ X’s and I am just hoping I don’t have to cut mine out but any last words of advice?

-Any bushings, bearings, nuts, bolts etc, etc that I should inspect/replace while I have the front suspension apart?



Rear Suspension:
Radflo Rear Emulsion shocks
Deaver 2” AAL
PRG Adjustable Shackles* (if I decide to go up to a 3” lift)

Questions:
-Do I need shims? Do they add any lift?

-Any pitfalls removing old shocks, adding a leaf, replacing shackles?

-Any bushings, bearings, nuts, bolts, etc, etc, that I should inspect/replace while I have the rear suspension apart?



I am sure I have forgot to ask about many specific things so feel free to chime in if there is something important I should know about. Many thanks fellas!
 

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Start spraying everything with PB Blaster. EVERYTHING. It helps a ton. Shims don't add lift, they help with the vibration when you driving around 25-45 MPH. You're gonna need an alignment after the lift as well.
 

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There is soooooo much on this and I have read pages of people talking on it. Now that I am finally looking at a suspension upgrade I want to ask for favorite suggestions. I have a 14 X all stock and the rears are shot. I'd love a 3"-ish lift up to 4" to allow more constant weight with strength to add more (RTT, Water, gear etc.). I am not looking to add a winch but eventually an upgraded ft bumper, already have a new rear w swing arm and above listed equipment.

In the past I almost left this group as many posts were for first gen and responses to previous posts have been poor at best. I hope to receive some good invite and info this time.
 

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You’ll have to cut out the LCA. Get a Diablo blade for your reciprocating saw.
 
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I am looking at LCAs on my 2010 OR. Checked last night. 3 of the 4 bolts are seized. I sprayed with PB BLaster. Hope that at least 1, if not 2 more can be broke loose with impact but not giving much hope. Have new LCA's on order to complement my soon to be installed SPC uppers.

I plan on using a cutoff wheel in my 4 1/2" Grinder to do the deed on the bolts.

No, No I am not looking forward to it.

My brother pointed out...if access to cut the bolts out is restricted by the lower control arm. Cut it away(the control arm). Said 'you're replacing it anyway!!
 

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There is soooooo much on this and I have read pages of people talking on it. Now that I am finally looking at a suspension upgrade I want to ask for favorite suggestions. I have a 14 X all stock and the rears are shot. I'd love a 3"-ish lift up to 4" to allow more constant weight with strength to add more (RTT, Water, gear etc.). I am not looking to add a winch but eventually an upgraded ft bumper, already have a new rear w swing arm and above listed equipment.

In the past I almost left this group as many posts were for first gen and responses to previous posts have been poor at best. I hope to receive some good invite and info this time.
One heck of a thread revival!
I actually have a thread where I'm trying to decide on components for a 3" lift too - here.
Maybe you'll find some useful info there, maybe not. It's mostly me just talking myself in circles I think. But I'm getting close to figuring out exactly what's needed for my goals.
 
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