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I'm sure this has all been covered before somewhere, but I haven't found any exact answers. Post links to any threads or anything that might help me out if you don't feel like explaining any of this.

I have a stock sv 4x4 cc and I want to lift it a little. Mainly for aesthetics, as I don't do any serious offroading. I am looking at a 2" spacer for the front and either a 1.5" shackle or block in the rear.

1) From what I have read, a 2" spacer in the front does not require any other parts or modifications besides camber bolts. Is this correct?

2) Eventually I would like to add airbags to the rear, are blocks or shackles compatible with airbags?

3) I know blocks and shackles will wear out the leaf springs faster. From what I've read that's the only con with them for a 1.5" lift anyways. Is one better than the other for 1.5" of lift?

4) Will this set the truck about level? Doesn't have to be dead level, just don't want the front higher than the rear w/o a load.

Sorry for the nooby questions, I'm new to the whole lift thing.
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I've read them, didn't see anything pertaining to the airbags with shackles or blocks, from pictures I've seen blocks look like they aren't an issue with airbags but I'm not sure about shackles.

Also it says lifts OVER 2" MAY require camber bolts, so does a 2" lift need them?
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I've read them, didn't see anything pertaining to the airbags with shackles or blocks, from pictures I've seen blocks look like they aren't an issue with airbags but I'm not sure about shackles.

Also it says lifts OVER 2" MAY require camber bolts, so does a 2" lift need them?
I have the 2 inch front lift and 1.5 inch rear blocks on my 2013. You definitely need the camber bolts on the front with the 2 inch lift if you want proper front end alignment.
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I have blocks & bags in the back. The blocks seamed to be the easiest way to lift the back while still being able to haul varied loads. With the bed full of camping gear, 4 bodies in the cab & the popup hitched on, additional support was mandatory. I like trees but I don't need to see the tops of them while loaded to max GVWR at night, specially in deer country!! It was all bolt in, no fabricating spacers for the bag brackets as would be required with AAL or shackles. Mine sits + .5" in the rear as built, canopy installed. Welcome, congrats on your new ride BTW
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Don't know your trucks info, you should put it in your sig. My 2011 has 2" spacers up front and did not need camber bolts. I would buy them, get it aligned and install if needed then return if you dont.

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Don't know your trucks info, you should put it in your sig. My 2011 has 2" spacers up front and did not need camber bolts. I would buy them, get it aligned and install if needed then return if you dont.
What year did they stop putting the adjustable camber bolts in from the OE build?

I just installed 2" spacers on my 16 and have not yet had the chance to get the alignment checked.

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2013 black sv 4x4 4.0 v6 auto crew cab short bed, am I missing anything important there?

I did put it in the sig...idk what happened. I'll add it again when I get on a computer.

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1) From what I have read, a 2" spacer in the front does not require any other parts or modifications besides camber bolts. Is this correct?
I think you and have likely read the same info here and there... My take on it which could be entirely wrong is that with 2" or less you may or may not need to add camber bolts as that 2" is likely to only cause half a degree or less change in camber to which you may or may not still be within spec... Honestly I can not tell one bit that I've installed a 2" lift in the way it drives, we did a 1,200 plus mile round trip the day after the install...

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I just installed this kit a couple months back. PRG Products Great kit easy to install. As easy as pulling apart a leaf pack and putting it back together can be.....

As for the camber bolts. yes I got them as well and installed them and had a dealership do the alignment. Didn't want to burn any tires off.

I like the add-a-leaf better than blocks or shackles. I've run both on 4x4's in the past. Shackles spread the leaf out and don't give true lift along with making the truck not carry weight as well, I tend to overload it a lot..... Last load was about 4,000 lbs of floor tile....

Blocks can slip out under extreme load / torque. Just need to make sure you torque the u-bolts down properly and actually get under there and re-torque them periodically.

Adding air bags for load leveling would be simplest on blocks I think. Due to the simple nature of the blocks you can add a similar amount of "blocking" to one end of the air bag mount. I've sold tons of air bags back in my day working at Summit Racing. But I have yet to put any on a personal truck. I've worked on them on semi trucks but that's a bit different.

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