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Re: 2002 xtreme 4.3L s10 to lifted with 33 mud tires
Fabtech shocks will last longer than Rancho though but I'd still prefer Bilsteins, can't beat lifetime warranty that does well on and off road.
I see you have traction bar, they will make off roading not as good because they prevent flex. If you're doing ANY offroading, you need to remove them.
I remove brake line mount from frame and removed bracket which gives me room but the moment you start lifting coil or offroading hard where tire goes nearly full left or right at or near full droop, it's stretching it. Longer brake line is a for that.
I'm getting brake line made this week or next when I get the time. I can get you quote on it plus shipping. SS DOT, in either clear, blue, red, maybe smoke or black if available.
I highly recommend NOT to install coil spacer, unless you want to break something and possibly injurying yourself. It's not for first timer install or even some lift coil spring install on it.
Add a leaf will stiffen your rear even more, great for hauling loads, not so great if you don't haul loads.
Wait until you flip the leaf first, you may leave it as is if height is high enough.
MOOG balljoints are recommended, otherwise Extreme Duty(blue boots) from other local auto store is a must.
If you already bought suspension parts, likely they're already lifetime warranty from local auto store, especially tie rod joints, balljoints, idler arm, center link, bushing. Even torn boot would mean replacing the joint because they are exposed to dirt and grinding will occur if not happened and damages the joint.
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