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Ok I'm new here and this is my first post ....

I have been reading ALOT of lift posts here and I just can't seem to find the exact answer I'm looking for.. Here are the options I'm thinking about... I am stuck between the 6" fabtech with the dirt logics 2.5 coilovers or the cognito 7-9" lift with bilsteins... Now before everyone chimes in on FTS, I have pretty much ruled them out for now... I use my truck as a truck on and off-road...
My main question that I have yet to see answered is WHY is cognito "better" than everything else??? The prices in the two mentioned above seem to be about the same... I have a 2012 crew max z71 with the 5.3 and I will be putting 35s on either 20x10 or 20x12

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Everyone "claims" there lift is the best because thats what they have on there truck that they could afford. Lifts are all opinions and opinions are.... well like ... you know.

I was in your shoes last week also. I came on this board asking the same questions you have today. I got a lot of opinions from RCX is the best to Cognito... those opinions came from people running those kits. Also got info from people saying one kit was better than the other while they had no experience with neither. Some jump on the bandwagon of the most expensive is the best .. kind like my dick is bigger than yours deal.
Well I wanted to know what was the best for me so I called each company and talked to them to see what each kit offered. Then I made my decision based on the pros and cons vs what I wanted.

At the end of they day you can rest assure you made the best decision based on facts rather than opinions.

But this board is good for general help topics .. but asking questions like this will always be based on personal opinions.

Just my 2 cents
 

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I haven't had experience with either lift but I have read TONS of information of several lifts. From what I have read I would say the Cognito is the better of the two.It is a very good quality lift and since you are into off-roading as well I would go with it. But like I said I have never had experience with either lift. Thats just based off what I have read about the two.
 

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Thanks for the replys!! I have called a couple of them so far... Chickennoodle if you don't mind me askin, which one did you end up choosing??
 

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go with cognito you wont be disappointed
 

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I'm sure I won't be disappointed with either kit but I'm looking for reasons as to why cognito is so much "better"..
Thanks..
build quality, and design
 

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Thanks for the replys!! I have called a couple of them so far... Chickennoodle if you don't mind me askin, which one did you end up choosing??
I chose the FTS 7" with Bilsteins. My biggest concern was a true lift that would not push the wheels out as much as other lifts as I will run 20x12 -44 they will stick out enough just by themselves. I didnt want the front lift of other company's sell as they tend to push the front wheels out much more. I didnt want to run rear spacers either. I dont "off-road" like you seem to do I only see mud in the fall and winter when its time to hunt. So I was not looking for a "off-road suspension lift"

Another deciding factor was when I talked to each company FTS had the best customer service. I called them back like 3 times with questions and every time I talked to the same person they were very helpful and understanding. They were flat out awesome IMO. I spent $2,225 shipped and could have gone with any suspension company really. But for my needs FTS was the one.

Factory ride or better is what I was going with also. I was at first leaning BDS with Fox ... but after talking with them there kit was just not going to work as there was a lot of cutting and grinding... more than any other kit so far. I wanted a bolt on kit basically. FTS kit only has one cut to make (like most) and thats it. Also FTS came with new tie rod ends and BDS has you cut your stock to length ... that I did not like.

RCX .... was a complete waste of a phone call. Its priced low for a reason.
 

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I chose the FTS 7" with Bilsteins. My biggest concern was a true lift that would not push the wheels out as much as other lifts as I will run 20x12 -44 they will stick out enough just by themselves. I didnt want the front lift of other company's sell as they tend to push the front wheels out much more. I didnt want to run rear spacers either. I dont "off-road" like you seem to do I only see mud in the fall and winter when its time to hunt. So I was not looking for a "off-road suspension lift"

Another deciding factor was when I talked to each company FTS had the best customer service. I called them back like 3 times with questions and every time I talked to the same person they were very helpful and understanding. They were flat out awesome IMO. I spent $2,225 shipped and could have gone with any suspension company really. But for my needs FTS was the one.

Factory ride or better is what I was going with also. I was at first leaning BDS with Fox ... but after talking with them there kit was just not going to work as there was a lot of cutting and grinding... more than any other kit so far. I wanted a bolt on kit basically. FTS kit only has one cut to make (like most) and thats it. Also FTS came with new tie rod ends and BDS has you cut your stock to length ... that I did not like.

RCX .... was a complete waste of a phone call. Its priced low for a reason.
u tell them you are a part of this site? you get a huge discount if you do
 

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u tell them you are a part of this site? you get a huge discount if you do
I did get a discount. It was the shipping that killed me LOL .. CA to IL not cheap

He dropped the price down to compensate for the shipping.
 

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go with cognito you wont be disappointed
I agree with this statement and I have a Fabtech lift. Not a bad kit I'll admit but Cognito makes a better kit for sure; so does McGaughys and Full Throttle Suspension. And whatever you do... don't take advice from the newbies on here lol. If they've only been a member for a year or so or don't have high post counts, chances are they're an internet mechanic when it comes to these lift kits lol
 

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If I had the $$ I'd choose Cognito every time. They look better to me
 

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I agree with this statement and I have a Fabtech lift. Not a bad kit I'll admit but Cognito makes a better kit for sure; so does McGaughys and Full Throttle Suspension. And whatever you do... don't take advice from the newbies on here lol. If they've only been a member for a year or so or don't have high post counts, chances are they're an internet mechanic when it comes to these lift kits lol
The only thing about cognito is its pretty steep.... how would the FTS lift do offroad??? I have read nothing but bad about mcgaughys customer service... The cheapest place I have seen the cognito lift is like $26something or so... Would the mcgaughys kit with bilsteins be better than the fts offroad wise?? I have been reading these forums for a while and it seems that mcgaughys don't give you all the needed parts and such.... Like I said before, I use my truck on and offroad and I want something that is going to hold up without draining the bank...

Thanks for the replys!
 

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Any of them will be fine so long as you're treating the truck like a baja truck or rock crawler lol. The Fabtech isn't bad either, I am just disappointed in mine due to the powder coating coming off in some places but that could be fixed with some new PC. Bilsteins would be my choice of strut for any of those kits unless you wanna buy coilovers. I just like Cognito because I feel like the overall quality is better and it seems they really take pride in their products. Hell I called them once and had a guy help me out on the phone for like 20 minutes trying to help me figure something out; I had called to buy a part and found out I didn't need it after all so I have a lot of respect for somebody who will be honest with their potential customers instead of just selling them a product to get them off the phone. Not to say that any of the other brands don't have the same ethics cuz I've had Fabtech help me out before on the phone, but I just wish I'd have gone with Cognito for the extra quality they put into their products
 
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