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Towing/off-roading suspension decision

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Scutterborn, Mar 25, 2020 at 8:26 PM.

  1. Mar 25, 2020 at 8:26 PM
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    I have a 2014 CM 4x4 with 112k and I spend half of my days on fire roads, the other half on highways. (I’m a surveyor) I also tow my boat once a month or roughly 1500 mi a year. I currently only have a 2” spacer leveling “kit”. My problem is this: I need to replace my rear shocks and I’m going to do all 4 corners. I’m leaning towards 6112/5160 over to Fox 2.5. The 5160s, long term, require at least 1” of lift. I’m ok with that. Naturally, this is where I fell down the rabbit hole...
    Now I’m looking at the CB+2 and Firestone air bags with daystar cups. I don’t usually get into anything too crazy when I’m out in the field. I do like to be prepared though. Advice? Suggestions?

    I’m not looking to get crazy with anything. I just want to be more comfortable and safer out there. I run a 50ish gallon fuel tank and a Yeti in the back permanently. My gear weighs less than 50lbs. Let’s say 550lbs permanent weight in the bed.
     
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    If your running airbags, I would always install the daystar cradles. Simple piece of mind from not tearing the bags.

    6112/5160 combo is pretty nice. I enjoyed the improved feel and dampening.
     
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    What does the boat weigh? Any 1/2 ton needs bags if you tow much. They are tuned for soft ride more than towing since they have become more popular. IMO I would do shackles and bags w/ 5160 out back & 6112 up front no shims. I would consider pulling off the sway bar if you spend that much time off road, with heavier springs it will minimize body roll. But it will be considerably better on the rough stuff
     
  4. Mar 26, 2020 at 4:29 AM
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    The boat weighs no more than 3500lbs or so with the trailer. It will sag the rear by 3” though.
     
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    It must be very nose heavy, I pulled a smaller bobcat on an 18 ft 10k capacity trailer that weighs 8k total and it sits just about level or 2 inches lower
     
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    I’m spitballing the drop. Could be 2” or so. Either way, I’m not having it.
     
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    I've heard guys complain about the 5160's harsh ride, but no personal experience; my 5100's in rear ride very nice. The 6112's do sound like a nice easy choice that most guys like - but I would personally try to keep the lift notch around what you have now roughly 2-2.25" max lift - unless you want to go down the rabbit hole of replacing upper control arms.

    Are you happy with 2", or where you trying to get up to 3" front lift or more?
     
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    I am perfectly fine with the look of a 2”/0” setup.
     

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