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2 wheel drive - lift or lower?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by divorced, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. divorced

    divorced 3/4 ton status

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    I have an 89 chevy 2 wheel drive shortbed that I will begin working on soon. It has a 350 tbi, 700R4, and 3.42's w/ G80. It currently has a 2" body lift and 31/10.50x15 tires. Originally I had planned to lower it, but then I found this deal (Deal 1). What would be cooler, lowering it or raising it and running 33's? (If the 700R4 doesn't work with the 33's, I have a th350 that I could swap in.) Has anyone ever used a 2 wd lift kit? How well did or didn't it work?
     
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    I'ld say stock hieght with 60's series tires all around.. Sweet.
     
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    There is no reason what so ever that it would not work with the 700R4. As a matter of fact the trucks computer would prefer to keep it that way /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif Whats gonna be the problem is the 3.42 gears. I would step up to a 3.73 or 4.10. Another thing would be to get some heavyduty balljoints if there is such a thing for 88-98 1/2 tons.
    If I did anything to My 96 C-1500 it would be to put in a prerunner kit and a rear locker.
     
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    I'ld say stock hieght with 60's series tires all around.. Sweet.

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    This would be cool, but my daily driver is a 95 with 275/60x15's.
     
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    I think 2wd trucks look cool with the rear at stock hieght, and the front lower 2".
     
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    Put it in the weeds. Air bags are nice to set it on the ground when you park it but you have to hit the same PSI everytime to get it to align while driving. But if you don't c-notch the frame you didt go far enough /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif.

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    Since it's a shortbed...go 4/6 and lower that thing.

    If it was a longbed I'd say lift the front to level it.
     
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    Put it in the weeds
     
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    I would say lower it a little... but dont do like HUGE wheels or anything like that. but get a nice set Im really not a fan on lifted 2wd trucks because there prettymuch useless unless your going to to do like pre running or somthing like that. But if you WANT to lift it Just stick a sfa in it and run 35's /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Thanks for everyones ideas. I'm still kind of undecided. The truck will be a DD and occasionally see a mud road or two (if lifted). It would be cheapest to just leave it alone /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif, but what fun is that?
     
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    Is this your truck? It looks exactly how I have mine pictured in my head. It's clean and nice looking without a bunch of gaudy crap on it.
     
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    Put it in the weeds

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    I'd leave it stock height and hang some 31-10.50 or 33-10.50 A/T's on it. Use a rubber mallet to move whatever sheetmetal out of the way of the tires, trimming only when absolutely necessary. Then I'd pull out the coils and work out what needs to happen to get more travel out of the front. You can get more travel from stock parts, don't need some long arm kit. Look into the 3/4t suspension parts (BJ's etc.), they may be adaptable and offer more travel than the 1/2t parts. This is true of the next earlier gen trucks. Cycle the suspension and get to to move easily. Hang some Z71 rear springs under the rear. Use the Figure 8 shaped bumpstops from a first gen Nissan Pathfinder. Would NOT put Rauncho's on it. Try some Bils 5100's or 5150's. They're nice for a DD b/c they have rubber eyelet bushes instead of spherical bearings (not noisey).
     
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    asking what would be cooler is a personal question.
    If it was my truck I'd lower it, if you want a 4x4 sell it and buy a 4x4. Lifting 2wds is gay imo.
     
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    lower it bro, then you have a big and a small one. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    I'd cast my vote for Lower /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Is this your truck? It looks exactly how I have mine pictured in my head. It's clean and nice looking without a bunch of gaudy crap on it.

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    Not mine just did a little google search to give a visual image of how good it could look if lowered /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Since it's a shortbed...go 4/6 and lower that thing.

    If it was a longbed I'd say lift the front to level it.

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    TIM WTF HAS HAPPENED TO YOU?!?!?! /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif

    i agree though, 4/6 and maybe a set of 17s.
     

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