it's a workaround in terminology block/spring and some are even faux spring look alike to fool enforcement
the center pin going through the spring /block/minipack is the key variable from a regular block and does enhance safety
you will also notice the mini pack has a grater spring contact area than most regular blocks then tapers down the the normal size at the spring pad
that helps stability also IMO
no endorsements just a Google images
note the block typically does not through bolt
another safe option IMO is you can also build up the spring pad if you are a competent welder
I'm interested in getting the spring pack like the first picture you posted. I'm assuming there's a divot in the top of the minispringpack for my stockers to sit in and the bottom of the springpack has a pin to sit on the pad? Or is there a replacement pin that will go thru my stock springs and into the springpack to make it into one unit?
I'm going to say that going the cheap route will come to bite you in the end. The ride usually suffers the most. Try taking a trip to your local junk yard and see if they have any x codes. They should only run you $100-$200
Like stated earlier having the bolt pass through the entire pack and lift pack is why its fine. I think you would be fine running a mini pack lift to gain a couple inches. However if your truck has the stock springs since new they are probably well worn by now and upgrading to new x-code springs would probably be the best bet, or buy the new springs coded at what they were stock and then if you still want a touch more lift add the mini pack. Personally wouldn't get used springs because springs do wear out and you could order new springs for about as cheap as used. As for a track bar I do not believe there was a difference between track bars from the factory with different code springs. A simple call to the dealership to be certain. If you add some spring packs to some x-codes though it might be worth looking into but after you lift and get an alignment they could help you decide if it is needed.
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