I removed the front sway bar and my flex increased but not as much as I wanted. I got 3" longer shocks then the old OME nitro charger shocks that came with my 2.5 Heavy lift and got a LOT more flex. If I ditched out the rubber factory bushing on the frame end of the front control arms for some heims then I could probably get even more flex but the ride would suffer. Make sure you realize that as you increase flex you will probably need longer brake lines. Mine looked like a banjo string when I added longer shocks. They were ready to snap.
Ok, I have an equally as ignorant question as my original post.
Regarding lifts....other than being able to add larger tires and allow for more flex...there are no other benefits, correct?? (Obviously, there are the negatives, worse gas mileage, worse handling, etc)
Regardless off how high you jack up your vehicle up, your axles (rear sway bar) will always restrain you (regarding clearance), so with the increased height from the lift you can go from say 35" tires to "37," which gives you 2" of gross lift but only 1 inch of axle lift....correct??
I have been considering a lift but I just bought 285/75 duratracs (about 3 weeks ago) so it will be a long time before I upgrade tires. Looking at the "flex" part of it, other than pulling the front sway bar bolt, there is most likely nothing more I will invest into getting greater flex-meaning long travel shocks, etc.
I went "Rock-Crawling" for the first time, (not many rocks around here) and loved it. My lowest clearance areas appeared to be the rear sway bar and the spare-tire. (Next time spare will be in the trunk).
Lastly, I am assuming sliders will be the lowest point, by design, on a vehicle.
So, help me out...will a lift do anything for clearance if I keep my tires??
The biggest issue I have is high centering the truck. That is basically do to the length and the frame height. Adding lift goes a long way in dealing with that issue.
As far as handling goes, done properly the truck should handle just fine. Take the time to address all the issues associated with lifting the truck and then select a good shock/springs and it will perform as good on road as any stock truck possibly better when considering the extra weight you will likely be carrying.