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    Re: Best Lift Kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flecker View Post
    Check out the post for lifting the rear end...

    I used some Ford pickup shocks with lots of travel... also used the same daystar spacer that Carbonized has listed.
    The shocks were
    2wd 2000 Ford f-150 shocks, Sensa brand part# 1214-0190. They have 9.75" travel... I forget the extended and crushed overall but they were more than adequate.

    Here:

    https://www.toyotavantech.com/forum/showthread.php?6403-Lifting-the-rear-of-your-4wd-van-Coil-spring-edition!
    Awesome thanks for the info

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    Re: Best Lift Kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krab Krust View Post
    Awesome thanks for the info

    Yip... The sensa's might be on the cheaper side, but the thing doesn't shake and rattle over every bump or nook and cranny in the road! Rides like a caddy man.

    The one upside of a bit softer shock I suppose. I know the bilsteins are all the rage, and they cost quite a few more greenbacks... but for roughly $22 bucks a shock I swear by these.

    Hek anything is better than Rancho's. Those will ride like a lumber truck ad make your fillings fal out!

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    Re: Best Lift Kit?

    So I've seen several people that have used the Aerostar springs, and invariably they say they cut 2-3 coils off (gradually)

    I seem to recall also people saying the small end bits were the first to go. Makes sense if needed to fit!

    My question is this for those that had used the Aerostar springs: The Aerostar coils are Dual rate springs, meaning they have a soft section for a nice ride and a stiffer section for heavy loads . Are you cutting the well spaced (I believe that is the soft side) coils, or the tight coils? are you counting the tight cutoffs?

    I went with the CC841's (still waiting for the Bilstien's to get here) as those are softer (should be better off road) and 18.69 inches free height, vs the CC845's I see most using, and at 20" I won't be cutting as much off.

    I didn't see the need for the 616# Load rating when I'm going to be empty or lightly loaded most of the time even when camping. If I go for a week, or with more people I tow a trailer (so finding or adapting a receiver hitch is high on my list), and that takes the bulk of the weight, so the 482# load rating should be fine for my use.
    Last edited by outlawmws; 04-03-2019 at 07:44 PM.

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    Re: Best Lift Kit?

    Are you using the Sensas on the front as well?? Is there really a solution post-torsion bar crank to allow the van a decent ride?

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    Re: Best Lift Kit?

    I used Sen Sen and am VERY happy with the results. The front's were for a Dakota, dont remember the year. They did need to be modified a bit on the lower eye to fit in the mounts on the lower A-arms, nothing a 4" grinder couldn't handle. These ride like a champ with about an inch crank on the torsion bars... will be adding another 1/2 inch or so in the near future.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CA7FJXY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The backs I used the same brand out of a 2wd F150, also forget the year but they had the max travel (right under 10" or so), and they also ride like a caddy, but are just right on up/ down travel.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CA7FSQM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    Seemed to be the magic number's for my van and the price is REALLY great.

    Last edited by Flecker; 04-24-2019 at 12:23 PM.

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