Levelling or 3” lift that rides as close to stock as possible

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So it’s been just over 1 month since the Readylift 4” SST lift kit install, and new wheels on 35” 12.5 tires and so far it’s been great. No creaking, noises, not super harsh ride, pretty close to stock I’d say, the rear Bilstein shocks seem to handle large dips and bumps well, more so at higher speeds (roads an highways) and around town isn’t much different than stock, maybe as many have said it feels more ‘planted’ or solid and assured feeling now.

Only issue I’ve had is that they installed the rear shock top mount extension pieces on the outside of the frame area instead of inside as they were supposed to be. I swapped them out to the correct side of the frame myself, easy enough to do in about 15 mins myself.

Over all I am very happy with this lift, I know a lot of people will say “should have done this - should have gone with that” blah blah blah, but are they actually PAYING for it? Paying for the kit or the labor? No, so in the end it comes down to what you want vs what you can afford vs what is available at the time (back orders, delays due to Covid etc.) and it’s YOUR truck, you do what you’re comfortable with. Sure single dudes can afford to go get Fox shocks, 8” lift with full diff drop brackets etc. etc. but I have bills, 3 kids to feed, other things in life to take care of so the SST 4” Readylift kit fit perfect for what I was looking for, and I’m 100% happy with it.
Do you have before and after pics of it?
 
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deciding on 2.5 or 2.8 would depends on how your truck sits now. I measured all four wheel wells and decided to go with 2.8. Here is a pic of my truck at 2.8 with the stock 17“ wheels and tires to show what it looks like. I’m giving a before and then after pics.
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The 5100’s gave it a firmer, not harsher, ride that I like over the oem units. Then when I went from the passenger tires that came on it to truck tires the ride got firmer again because the sidewalls of the tires have less flex in them, but can handle loads much better.
That’s what I noticed, firmer not harsh. Feels solid now, more capable. I was going to go with the Bilstein front adjustable shocks to get it levelled or a slight ‘lift’ by almost 3” but then for a similar cost and after seeing the Readylift 4” truck photos with the 20x9 +1 wheels I really liked that look more. So I went with the 4” lift, max I could do with the truck if I wanted it to still fit in our garage.
 
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This topic describes what I hope to accomplish perfectly. I want to keep my stock 20x8 wheels and ideally run a 295/65/20 tire. What I am considering doing is a 1.5" body lift and 5100's. Looking for feedback for flaws in my plan.
 
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This topic describes what I hope to accomplish perfectly. I want to keep my stock 20x8 wheels and ideally run a 295/65/20 tire. What I am considering doing is a 1.5" body lift and 5100's. Looking for feedback for flaws in my plan.
From what I understand, body lifts are a pain in the &$$ and not great, better and less intrusive to do a level or level/lift to 3-4” than mess with all that goes into a body lift. But, it’s your truck, your decision in the end.
 

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Thanks for the reply. On such an old thread I didn't know what to expect. Granted body lifts aren't for everybody but I had a combo body/spacer lift on a Frontier I had and never had an issue. With 5100's @ 2.1 and a 1.5 - 2 inch body lift I get approximately 4 inches of lift for around $500 without compromising the suspension geometry and stay on budget.
 

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This topic describes what I hope to accomplish perfectly. I want to keep my stock 20x8 wheels and ideally run a 295/65/20 tire. What I am considering doing is a 1.5" body lift and 5100's. Looking for feedback for flaws in my plan.
For a few months I was running almost what you describe wanting. I had the eibach pro truck lift (front and rear) along with a 1.5" body lift. The eibach pro shocks are basically 5100s but the kit comes with lifted springs as well for a little bit more lift. I had it cranked higher than that 2.1 mark so I needed UCAs as well but I can't imagine that you would if you stay at 2.1.
Overall I was completely happy with my setup and only just recently switch the front to icon coilovers- but that was because I wanted to, there was nothing wrong with the truck at all before the icons either. So you should be happy with your setup. Only thing I would consider would be changing your rear shocks to bilsteins at the same time you install your fronts.
 

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I raised the back of my truck with TGC 1” spacer, and a 1211 rear spring. It raised the back about 2 inches and a nice ride. If you wanted 3” I’d put a 2” spacer with the 1211 springs
 
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