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THE MOST PERFORMANCE OUT OF ANY BOLT-ON FORD SUSPENSION SYSTEM YOU CAN GET, PERIOD! The Unchained is a purpose built kit. 3.0" 2-Tube Front Kings and 4-Tube Bypass rear 3.0" shocks are paired with fabricated coil buckets, 4.5" lift multi-rate coil springs and Full Leafs in the rear for unsurpassed off-road capability from a bolt-on suspension system. A roll cage should be considered at this level of suspension.
If you're looking for the best on road ride offered by Carli with a huge boost in off-road capability, grab a Dominator. If you're after a suspension that will allow more off-road performance than the chassis to which it's bolted, this is your huckleberry. With the Unchained Suspension System, we recommend a roll cage and axle truss. This system is far more capable off-road than even the Coilover-Bypass System.
For those unfamiliar, a bypass shock has external tubes with one-way check valves that are fully adjustable to allow users to tailor the amount of fluid that bypasses the piston/valving on either the compression or rebound stroke within the effective range of the bypass tube. Typically, there will be a tube surrounding the compression zone at ride height that will allow fluid to freely move around the piston giving a supple ride. Once a large hit is encountered, the piston will move upward closing off the port, thereby forcing all fluid through the valving which substantially increases the shock's resistance in this secondary zone. This acts as an internal bump-stop of sorts and gives tunable progression to the shock making it the perfect dual purpose setup.
Conversely, on the rebound side, Carli normally specs tubes that are oversized and deep in the travel stroke to allow a high volume of oil to bypass ensuring the shock shaft comes out quick enough to maintain contact with the ground (doesn't get hung-up in the bump-zone after a large hit). As the shock extends and closes off the rebound tube, all the valving on the rebound side engages to slow the shaft as it reaches maximum extension, top-out. Simply put, the larger the shock diameter, the more capable the setup; the more tubes and "zones", the more adjustability; the larger the tubes, the more fluid can flow around the piston and the more valving you can run to increase the stopping power in the "bump-stop" or "top-out" zone.
The truck will sit 4.5" higher in the front and have more wheel travel thanks to the taller, Progressive Rate Coil Springs that mount into the Fabricated Carli Spring Buckets. Radius Arm Drop Brackets reset the pivot point and keep the travel linear for the best ride while Sway Bar Drop Brackets reset the sway bar engagement point. The included Bump Stop Drops protect the shocks from over-compressing while the Adjustable Track Bar centers the front axle and Stainless Brake Lines firm up braking and ensure there is enough line for the newfound travel. To round off the front end, you'll also receive Caster Shims to tighten the steering.
The rear is outfitted with a Full Progressive Spring Pack requiring no block to achieve proper ride height; thus, travel is extended and wheel hop/axle wrap minimized at the cost of 15% less load capacity than a stock F-250. If capacity is a concern, upgrade with Long Travel Airbags to restore the payload capacity to that of a SRW F-350.
This system boasts Carli Signature tuned, King 3.0" 2-Tube Front and 4-Tube Rear Piggy-Back Bypass Shocks so large, Carli needed to fabricate custom mounts to fit them; as the old adage goes, there's no replacement for displacement. The 3.0" shock has a piston surface area 45% greater than a 2.5" King and 126% larger than a factory 2.0" shock making it far more efficient in all situations. Additionally, as explained above, they've added bypass tubes to this pinnacle off-road system. The massive surface area and bypass tubes ensure you'll achieve unmatched off-road performance while receiving a civil controlled on-road ride. To fit these shocks, included are fabricated mounts that lift the upper mounting point and position the shock away from the frame while the standard bump stop extensions were shortened to allow for more up-travel to compliment the additional down-travel from the longer shock. In an effort to provide you with the best product, Carli designed a custom piston to determine proper base flow rates to ensure the shock works well in the heavy duty truck platform; the shocks were then tuned based on seat-of-the-pants feel. ALL of Carli's King shocks are rounded off with shafts machined and polished from a solid piece of 17-4 Stainless. Unlike King's standard shafts, there is no coating to wear off, weather is far less likely to hurt them and if there is a small chip, you can round the edges with emery cloth to ensure the seal housing isn't damaged as they're not brittle like the stock, hardened shafts. The shocks are finished with King oil good to -55° F. Note that all King shocks are built with a plated steel body. If subjected to inclement weather for extended periods, we recommend wrapping your shocks in 3M to provide a moisture barrier that's replaceable.
Aesthetically, there will be one huge bypass shock at each corner. The purpose for which the truck's being built should be a huge consideration when purchasing the Unchained. On Road, it's great; Off-Road, extreme caution should be taken as this system is far more capable than the truck. Being bypass equipped, you can expect to hear clicking from the opening and closing of the check valves in the external tubes of the shocks. On the bright side, the suspension is tuned by Carli but fully adjustable to the your preference. You can turn tubes for more float and ride comfort or engage more valving for better control and off-road performance. From Carli, these shocks are setup with a wide open rebound and neutral compression.
As with the Coilover Bypass, it's recommended that users purchase a Differential Guard for axle protection, High Mount Steering Stabilizer to keep the steering as controlled as the suspension and Fabricated Radius Arms for strength and Limit Strap mounting. Again, at this level of suspension, a roll cage and axle truss is also recommended if the system will be used to its full off-road potential. On the 4.5" Bypass equipped Ford Systems, we recommend 17"-18" wheels, no more than 9" wide with 4.5"-5" of backspacing with a 37", E-Rated Tire. The more rubber, the better the small bump compliance will be at proper inflation pressures. The ride will firm up as you go larger in wheel diameter.IMPORTANT NOTES:
- WHEELS: Carli Recommends a 17"-18" Wheel, no more than 9" wide with 5" of Backspacing on 4.5" Lift Systems.
- TIRES: 37", E-Rated Tire Fitment is Recommended. Recommended unloaded Tire Pressure 45F/40R
- RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATION: Carli 4.5" Systems are Designed and Tested on Vehicles with 17"-18" Wheels with 37", E-Rated Tires. Stock wheels and tires or running a larger wheel diameter will result in a stiffer ride.
- LEAF SPRINGS: Full Replacement Leaf Spring Option Requires NO BLOCKS to achieve level Stance.
- REAR DRIVESHAFT Trucks equipped with a 2 piece driveshaft will require CS-CARRIERDROP-F to ensure proper driveline angles.
- ManufacturerCarli Suspension
- Carli Tuned KING 3.0" 2-Tube Front Shocks
- Carli Tuned KING 3.5" 4-Tube Rear Bypass Shocks
- Stainless Steel Shock Shafts
- 4.5" Lift Multi-Rate Coil Springs
- Fabricated Coil Buckets
- Fabricated Rear Shock Mounts
- Brake Lines
- Radius Arm Drops
- Dominator Bump Stop Drops
- 1 Degree Caster Shims
- Adjustable Track Bar
- Sway Bar Drop Brackets
- Full Progressive Spring Pack
- Carli has made the rear leaf springs optional for those already running Carli's Progressive Full Springs
- Block eliminating, Full Progressive Springs Pack
- Includes new U-Bolts and Rear Bump Stop Drops
- Provides a 1/2" rear high stance on 4.5" systems
- 37" tire fitment
- Carli has made the sway bar drop brackets optional for those that already have provisions for lowering the factory sway bar in place.
- Shock Diameter 3.0"
- Front Lift Height 4.5"
- Rear Lift Height on F-250 3.5"
- Rear Lift Height on F-350 2.0"
- Tire Size Up to 37"
- Front Travel 12"
- Rear Travel 12"
- Most Offroad Oriented Carli System
- Unsurpassed Control
- Unsurpassed Bottom Out
- Controlled On-Road Ride
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