Ford Leveling Dominator 3.0 System, 2011-2016
The most travel, softest on-road ride and the second most off-road capability combine to make this the ultimate utilitarian setup in our 2.5″ height range. This system options full leaf springs and Fabricated Radius arms are recommended.
Base Kit Includes:
CS-FLC-05 Leveling Coils
CS-FD30SPKG-LVL-05 Carli Custom Tuned KING 3.0″ Remote Reservoir Shocks, Front and Rear with Stainless Shafts & Reservoir Mounts
CS-FFCB-08 Fabricated Coil Buckets
CS-FRSM-08 Fabricated Rear Shock Mounts
CS-FORDBBL-11 Brake Lines
CS-FCASTERSHIM-2.5 2° Caster Shims
CS-FPRB-05 Track Bar
CS-FBDF-2.5 Front Bump Drop Pucks
This is the true, Jack of all trades suspension system offering the most wheel travel of any Carli system. The Dominator rides better than any other system on the road while boasting off-road manners to rival the Coilover Bypass. No tubes to adjust or user-tunability in this system; we’ve done the hard work for you.
The truck will sit 2.5” higher in the front and have more wheel travel thanks to the taller, lighter rate coil springs that mount into the Fabricated Carli Spring Buckets. Stainless Brake Lines and an Adjustable Track Bar round off the front end geometry correction while Caster Shims improve on the stock handling. 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 F250.
This system boasts Carli Signature tuned, King 3.0” Remote Reservoir shocks so large, we 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. The massive surface area also ensures we can achieve amazing off-road performance while offering the best on-road ride of any of our systems. To fit these shocks, we provide fabricated mounts that lift the upper mounting point and position the shock away from the frame. In an effort to provide customers with the best product, we designed a custom piston to determine proper base flow rates to ensure the shock works well in the heavy duty truck platform; we then tuned the shocks based on seat-of-the-pants feel. We round off ALL our King shocks 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 shock at each corner. The purpose for which the truck’s being built does not need to be a consideration when purchasing the Dominator. On Road, it’s the best; Off-Road, it’s a monster and cycles more travel than any other system we offer. All the aforementioned with only 4 completely rebuildable shocks to maintain and stupidly simple operation with the tuning left to the experts. If it’s in the budget, this is the Carli recommendation for everyone.
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. At this level of suspension, a roll cage is also recommended if the system will be used to its full off-road potential.
Wheel and Tire: Factory Wheels SHOULD NOT be run with oversized tires. They’re known to rub the radius arm, sway bar and most concerning – Brake Lines. Factory tires and factory wheels will work without issue but we DO NOT recommend running oversized tires on factory wheels. On our 2.5” Ford Systems, we recommend 17”-18” wheels, no more than 9” wide with 5.5” of backspacing with Carli Fabricated Radius Arms or 5” Backspace with factory arms; 5” will require a bit more trimming. Tires, 37×12.5” will fit with some trimming; 35” will likely fit without trimming. 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. For more details, see our article on wheel and tire selection and tire pressures: