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Camber Bolts for level kit? #7593079 08/29/19 06:47 PM
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I don't know anything about this modification. I've had 4WD vehicles all my life but ran them stock. The worst they see is sticky mud at the lease here in north Texas.
I have a new F150 with the FX4 package, 20" wheels. I'm not wanting anything aggressive, just raise the front end to give it a more level look without putting a strain on front end parts or wreck the great gas mileage I'm getting. This twin turbo ECO Boost runs great.
A dealer ship is wanting to sell me a level kit installed with an alignment for about $850.00. They tell me they go the extra mile and install camber bolts that allow for a better adjustment on camber. A local shop with a good reputation tells me I don't need them and will do a level kit install with alignment for $450.00. Both prices are for a 2" level. I've had the truck 6 months and am really happy with the ride and mileage. What do ya'll say?


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Re: Camber Bolts for level kit? [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7593423 08/30/19 12:39 AM
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I have no input, but have been wanting to do the same thing with my 2019 Platinum EcoBoost. Love the truck just wish the front was 1.5-2 inches taller. Would love to see everyone’s thoughts on this!

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Price sounds extremely high at the dealer. If it can be aligned to spec I don’t see a reason to do the bolts personally.

Re: Camber Bolts for level kit? [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7593697 08/30/19 12:00 PM
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I'm with jhenderson, if it aligns to spec no reason.

I've installed a bunch of them, never had one need camber adjustment, usually use 1.5" 'kit'.

This is what I would use, they have from 1.5" ~ 2.5" kits.
---> Autospring 1.5"

Re: Camber Bolts for level kit? [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7593774 08/30/19 01:16 PM
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That's good to know, I appreciate the feedback. Rustler, can you recommend the shop you used, and you have any before/after pic's of the 1-1/2" level? I'd like to not go over 2", if I could get the results I'm after with the 1-1/2" I'd do it. Thanks.


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I’ve used north Texas truck accessories on 121 business fair honest and good pricing.

Re: Camber Bolts for level kit? [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7594749 08/31/19 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by onlysmith&wesson
That's good to know, I appreciate the feedback. Rustler, can you recommend the shop you used, and you have any before/after pic's of the 1-1/2" level? I'd like to not go over 2", if I could get the results I'm after with the 1-1/2" I'd do it. Thanks.


I don't have any pictures, did 99% for freinds realitives & acquaintances.
Never paid a shop to install, simple bolt off bolt on installation. With hand tools jacks & jack stands easy to do with basic mechanical aptitude.
Then to the dealer, tire shop / anywhere trustable for an alignment check & toe in/out adjustment.

If you go with the source I linked to they usually give slightly more 'lift' than stated, slightly.

On a flat surface measure from ground through center line of wheel to edge of fender lip/edge front & rear.
Notate the difference, pick the kit that will give the look you're after.
To me they look best with the rear still at least an inch higher.

For me a level pickup is useless, put a couple hundred lbs in the bed or hook up a trailer you end up nose high.

AS used to have before & after pictures on their site, give them a call, always been friendly helpful folks.



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Keep it below 3" and should not have any special needs parts wise to get a proper alignment. If you spend any time off road the I would skip the spacer blocks and go with an adjustable coil over. Those spacers can stress the shocks. I went with Bilstein 6112s preassembled. I installed myself for $750 + $80 alignment. The dealer's price is way too high for what you are getting. My toe was just slightly off. I little less expense that the 6112s is to go with a 5100.


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Re: Camber Bolts for level kit? [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7620359 09/30/19 11:10 PM
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I went with Bilsteins height adjustable struts. Great ride, perfect look that I wanted. Had the shop set them at the max of 2" to the front, no modification to the back. [Linked Image]

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That looks awesome. Are you perfectly level or do you still have a little rake? I was looking at those same Bilsteins for mine....

Re: Camber Bolts for level kit? [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7620633 10/01/19 10:35 AM
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Really so close I can't tell. Very happy with the ride.


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Epic 4 x 4, $600.00 OTD. 121 in Lewisville.


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Originally Posted by onlysmith&wesson
I went with Bilsteins height adjustable struts. Great ride, perfect look that I wanted. Had the shop set them at the max of 2" to the front, no modification to the back. [Linked Image]

only 2 problems here #1 it is a Ford and #2 it is black. Like I said in a previous post I put the 6112s on mine. I replaced the whole assembly and sold the OEMs. [Linked Image]


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