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Old 05-28-2012, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2012 Fabtech 4.5 inch lift pics w/review.





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I finally got my truck back from the shop and figured how to upload these pics. I Installed a Fabtech 4.5 inch lift w/bilstein shocks. I also went with one for steering stabilizer instead of two. I decided to toss the 1 inch blocks that were included in the kit for the rear and order a set of 4 inch blocks from topguncustomz.
I've put 500 miles on it since I've had it back. No issues yet. No vibration or funny noises. The engine is louder however, I suspect at stock height being close to the ground, it muffled the engine noise. Steering is GREAT! I expected worse. It rides “almost” as good as stock.
Power loss was minimal. I do not feel the torque off the line anymore, but oh well. As for fuel mileage I am extremely impressed! 14.5 before lift. 11.9 after. All driving in town with some highway miles. All number were hand calculated of course. Tires are 35X12.50R20 Toyo MT. Great tread. I really don’t hear them on the highway.....yet!

Biggest disappointment came from my dealer who charged me 400 dollars to reset the TPMS sensors and set my Speedometer to read correctly with the increased tire height.

I get at least 4 complements a day on how it turned out. Trust me pics don’t do it justice! Any questions let me know!!!

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Old 05-28-2012, 11:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sick truck, now just delete it and get your power and mileage back
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Truck looks bad , tire look amazing on it too.
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Looks nice man. I've got the same lift and shocks on mine. I did have one problem though. When I bought the lift, I told the distrbutor that I wanted to buy the shocks somewhere else because the kit had the crappy white body ones in there. I called Fabtech and asked for their shock dimensions for that kit and then ordered bilstein shocks in the same lengths. Well, a couple months later I noticed that one of the rear shocks was broken off and the other one was leaking. Turns out that Fabtech had given me the wrong measurements for the rear shocks- 2 inches shorter at full extension. The second time I called them, they gave me the correct dimensions but I ended up having to pay for them because I didnt buy the shocks from them and it wasnt their fault.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What kind of wheels are those??
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Looks nice man. I've got the same lift and shocks on mine. I did have one problem though. When I bought the lift, I told the distrbutor that I wanted to buy the shocks somewhere else because the kit had the crappy white body ones in there. I called Fabtech and asked for their shock dimensions for that kit and then ordered bilstein shocks in the same lengths. Well, a couple months later I noticed that one of the rear shocks was broken off and the other one was leaking. Turns out that Fabtech had given me the wrong measurements for the rear shocks- 2 inches shorter at full extension. The second time I called them, they gave me the correct dimensions but I ended up having to pay for them because I didnt buy the shocks from them and it wasnt their fault.
Figures, I had the dirt logic 2.0 orginally ordered, but heard bad things about them and the price was way too high. I ordered through blistien. I told them I needed the shocks for a 6 inch lift. Not sure what spec they sent but they work great and I saved a thousand bucks over the 2.0.
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What kind of wheels are those??
Pro comps. 1032 Series I think. Made of some kind of new power coated chrome. At least that's what they said on the phone. They do come with a 3 year finish warranty. I went in the shop dead set on BMF wheels, but everybody's got them now. When I found out they are painted rims with a clear coat, I knew i would chew through them in a year while driving in the snow.They are really cheap compared to 6 years ago when I spent a grand EACH on 20 inch Weld racing. I picked them up for around 310 a piece.
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Pro comps. 1032 Series I think. Made of some kind of new power coated chrome. At least that's what they said on the phone. They do come with a 3 year finish warranty. I went in the shop dead set on BMF wheels, but everybody's got them now. When I found out they are painted rims with a clear coat, I knew i would chew through them in a year while driving in the snow.They are really cheap compared to 6 years ago when I spent a grand EACH on 20 inch Weld racing. I picked them up for around 310 a piece.
What size, offset and backspacing are your rims? any rubbing anywhere?

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Make sure you have initial front ride height measurements I went through 3 sets of coils from fabtech due to pretty bad sagging. The hard parts are some of the best made and double check your axle side control arm mounts are not bowed in fabtechs crush sleeves are notoriously narrower and make putting any thing else in there includuding stock arms a living hell. Keep the control arms well greased and that will make them last longer. Lastly keep that drop track bar tight at the crossmember attachment unless welded and double check both the track bar bolts.

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I did the same kit and noticed more engine noise as well. Ill post pics when i get back home. Im thinking of going with taller blocks on the rear since it does look a bit off.
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What size, offset and backspacing are your rims? any rubbing anywhere?

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Dude I have no idea about the offset or backspacing. All I know is they are 9 inches wide and 20 tall. Yes I do get a little bit of rubbing when a crank the wheel, but it's almost nothing.
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Update on mileage.

Disappointed. I've run 2 tanks of fuel in her over the last month and I'm getting a little over 11mpg now. Nowhere close to 14 I was gettting. I have changed my driving habits though. I do more in town driving after I bought a different house.

I'm think of deletes now.
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