The right lift kit for an f150?

Ok, so I really do not want any of those "well it depends on what kind/brand of lift you want, or how much you want to spend" answers. I have an 06 F150 5.4L 4X4 XLT extended cab medium bed truck. I am going to lift it in the next couple of weeks but need some help. I want to clear 37 or 38" tires and I need to know what exactly it is going to take… How big of a lift will I need (i don't want any more that a 2" body lift and would prefer to do an all suspension lift), and if I will need anything else, such as a longer drive shaft, etc… Will this be possible on about a 00 budget, including lift, wheels, tires, and labor. I am not looking to put any ridiculously
expensive wheels or tires on it. I am looking for any and all ideas if you truly know what you're talkin about. Thanks

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3 Responses to The right lift kit for an f150?

  1. THE RIGHT ANSWER June 7, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    f150 are expensive to lift with the front ends, but an 8" lift from fabtech are the best I have seen and they come complete, that will hold a 36 for sure, you might be able to get a 37 but with the body lift you could, You should be able to get the lift , labour and wheels for that but tires that big really add up, buy the complete kit and you have to shim the drive line but that is it, longer brake lines, but comes with the kit. It is not a back yard lift though unless you really know what you are doing , get pros to put it in and good luck will be great when it is done

  2. Cody C June 7, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    Well, first off you need to decide what you're going to use your truck for. If you'll be doing some hardcore pavement pounding and mall crawling, just about any 6" or 8" kit will do you fine. If you actually want performance off-road I would look in to Fabtech's Performance 6" kit, which comes with Dirt Logic 2.5 coilovers. Most other kits you'll find will come with a spacer that mounts between the spring perch and the stock coilover, those are junk. You have everything in order otherwise, except you forgot gears, if you put 38s on stock 3.73 gears, you'll have some serious trouble.

  3. william June 7, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    i have a 2001 f150 2wd and i was soooo close to putting a 6 inch fabtech suspension lift on it!which cost 1240.00 by the way!new tires will probably run you about 200.00 a tire so you have to be smart about this and actually do your research and shop around! the research that i did showed me that in my opinion a fabtech lift is the most popular!$5000 totally clears it and you should have a problem what so ever!i was given an estimate of $800 to get my suspension lift installed!