Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Wake County, NC
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Traxda Level for now with Bilsteins and new tires, Thuren later?
Yes I know I started an 11 page thread about choosing a Thuren setup for my truck - And I've decided on the Fox Shocks, Front Track Bar, and front leveling coils (2" most likely)
Yes I know its not ideal but lets be honest there are tons of guys running Rough Country/Traxda/etc any of the plethora of leveling spacers on their trucks. Ride won't change and on worn suspension components of course there could be issues. Some guys IMO push it with the larger spacers (2.5" etc) especially on the front.
I have 7000 unloaded, non-towing miles on my truck since buying it in December, and have the yellow Bilstein shocks from the factory - they are a good shock and was curious on y'alls opinions to just throw on something like the Traxda 1.5" leveling spacer, aligning it, and just getting the mild leveled look and enjoy stock ride quality for the time being, with the yellow Bilsteins I have, to buy me some time to save up for the Thuren upgrade next year? Even if I have to buy the Thuren front track bar first its not a big deal but I think I should be able to get by for a bit without it (Thuren says the front track bar is good for about 20k miles before needing to replace, I guess from stress on the bushings, if leveling the truck)
I flipped the stock Firestone Transforce tires to get rid of the whitewalls but they are just not appealing looking, and I think I will gain more in enjoyment for the time being to get something thats a better looking and more aggressive tire and maybe it might be a bit more comfortable as well with more sidewall.
I have researched high and low, I don't want rubbing and I don't want too much unsprung weight and I don't want too much drivetrain stress with a true 35" tire or even a 295/65/20 with the stock BAP wheels and offsets, so I have narrowed down to the following:
-Cooper AT3 XLT in 295/60/20 (A *touch* wider, but they tend to run narrower for their size compared to some others in 295 by checking the specs so I should have no rub, and they are about 34.1" tall so almost 3/4" taller than stock)
-BFG KO2 in 285/65/20 (34.5" height and stock width, this size now comes in the "DT" different tread which was redesigned for better treadwear and stability on the heavy duty trucks)
Not the point of this discussion but both mild upgrades in tire from the factory Firestones - Either of those tire upgrades would really transform the truck's look for the better and besides hearing from the "spend the money and do it right" crowd which I totally and wholeheartedly agree with, would I be able to get a reliable ride and look out of just doing something like the 1.5" Traxda level, at least for a year or so while I save up? Just not in the budget with a 2 month old son to do 2k+ in suspension and $1400+ in tires this year.
And yes I'm normally an "if it aint broke dont fix it" guy but with the amount of miles I put on a year (very minimal) it will take me a long time to wear the Firestones out. I don't even mind the stock size 285/60/20 if it was a more aggressive looking tire, the Firestones just make the tires look extremely small, and they are far from it.
2018 2500 Big Horn - 6.7L 68RFE - CC 6'4" - SPORT