Looking for Shock Recommendations on 3/5 flip kits

Looking for Shock Recommendations on 3/5 flip kits

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    Looking for Shock Recommendations on 3/5 flip kits

    Hey all,

    We lowered our '12 FX2 4 years ago on a Maxtrac 3/5 flip-kit but had to get the rear 4" rear drop kit because the 5" gave it a negative rake. We just crossed 100k miles on the odometer so it's about time for new shocks. We're still on the OEM front struts and the rear was replaced in the drop kit. Does anyone have any recommendations on great replacement struts that give a smooth ride?

    My application: Daily driver with once a month towing of 5k lbs (light duty).

    Some I've looked into...

    Belltech Street Performance: Seems like the best option at the moment though some claim they're a bit rough.

    Belltech Nitro (apparently these wear out too quickly and are harsh)

    Bilstein B6 4600: These are meant for stock height so I'm not sure how they'd fair in a 3/4 drop application with a flip-kit or if they wouldn't work at all.

    Anyone else have recommendations out there for replacement shocks?
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    Last edited by RavynX; 02-27-2019 at 02:46 PM.
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    2012 F150 FX2 Ecoboost (daily)
    Lowered on 3/4 Maxtrac flip-kit. Light-duty towing.
    '06 Honda S2000 (autox)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RavynX View Post
    Hey all,

    We lowered our '12 FX2 4 years ago on a Maxtrac 3/5 flip-kit but had to get the rear 4" rear drop kit because the 5" gave it a negative rake. We just crossed 100k miles on the odometer so it's about time for new shocks. We're still on the OEM front struts and the rear was replaced in the drop kit. Does anyone have any recommendations on great replacement struts that give a smooth ride?

    My application: Daily driver with once a month towing of 5k lbs (light duty).

    Some I've looked into...

    Belltech Street Performance: Seems like the best option at the moment though some claim they're a bit rough.

    Belltech Nitro (apparently these wear out too quickly and are harsh)

    Bilstein B6 4600: These are meant for stock height so I'm not sure how they'd fair in a 3/4 drop application with a flip-kit or if they wouldn't work at all.

    Anyone else have recommendations out there for replacement shocks?
    The easy route would be to go with the Belltech front and rear, since they also offer a flip kit.
    If your current setup uses stock front struts, I don't see why you shouldn't run the Bilsteins.
    I'm assuming the flip kit doesn't use the stock shocks, so you'd have to measure and see if Bilstein offers something for that.

    Good luck.
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    I've got the Bell Tech on my lowered 2014 Tremor and love the way it rides.

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    You can order custom length struts and shocks from Bilstein... I've done it on my old platinum f150 dropped it 5"/7", had it set at 4.5" up front and about 5.5 in rear so it has some decent rake to it.. Riding on 24s
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