Everyone around here seems to find the lift they purchased to be 'the best', most everyone will have little to no issues with their chosen brand... leading them to their opinion. My preference is Rize Industries, but it takes a bit more $$$ than most want to spend. Its my personal opinion Rize offers the best quality, but you will pay for it. I won't express my opinions on other lifts after having handling them and seeing how they hold up over time because most here don't like to hear it... I won't ever run anything but Rize Industries, personally, because I have ridden in other trucks lifted with other brands and there is no comparison to how a Rize lift handles and how smooth it is.
I have installed and/or been around most every lift at some point in the last 5 year since lifting mine. Either I have installed it, seen it at shows or SEMA, or watched someone abuse it at demos... You have to identify your needs, how you use the truck, and how much you want to budget for the lift/wheels/tires/gears and how much you want to budget for extras (i.e. coilovers, piggyback shocks, leaf packs, etc, etc..) assuming you want/need these extras. If your just looking for a mild lift, some offroading and a lot of pavement pounding a 6" is probably for you. If you want extra ground clearance, good looks and have the extra coin to drop an 8" plus lift might be for you.
For most lifts you will not need a welder or plasma cutter. 95% of the time you just need a sawzall to cut a small piece off a front mount. Nobody said a plasma wouldn't make it easier!
Of the lifts you mentioned Fabtech and Procomp are the most popular brands, Skyjacker and Superlift seem to be secondary choices for most folks.
Last edited by FX4life; 12-12-2010 at 01:19 PM.