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8"s too much?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by chevy_tuff, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. chevy_tuff

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    8\"s too much?

    hey i own a 1980 chev 3/4 ton and was wondering if i should go with 6 or 8"s lift, i dont want er to be too tippy as i am putting either 38 or 40" tires on. i also have bushwacker cutouts. would 6"s clear the tires, thanks for the help.
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    I would go as big as you can! Remember you gain width too with the big tires, plus tall trucks are cool. On 40's it would be a 12" lift for me. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    All depends on how you plan on using your truck. I have 6" lift and it feels like it's going to tip over on certin trails, but feels fine normally.
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    I have 6" and 38.5s and I'm hoping I can get it lower.

    8" isn't too much but it's more than is necessary for anything smaller than 44s.

    I have considered trying to run 44s on 6".
     
  5. m j

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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    if you want to chop the hell out of your body panels then 6" can be made to work
    if you dont like it cut then close to 10"
    8" suspension and 2" body for wide 38s or 40s
    do not buy a lift kit
    get someone who can use longer then stock springs for lifting
    4" lift rear chev springs in front should lift ~8"
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    I think it'd take more like 12" to keep wide 38s off the fenders.

    I rubbed with 9" VERY easily before I hacked it. Now with axle relocation I get by just nicely with 6".
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    This is 38's and 6" lift & 2" body and fender trimming. I am going to remove the 2" and go with 1' ORD body lift.
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I have plenty of room for 42's!
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    42s will eat that pretty fender
    the axle moves back a long way on compression
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    All he has to do is hack it further. He has plenty of lift as it is.
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    Depends on how much you want to trim the fenders.

    I run a 4.5" lift and a 1" body lift. (rear springs on the front) with 40" tires. I think 42"'s will clear. Maybe.

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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    That last pic isn't even close to fully flexed, is it? [​IMG]

    That's all she wrote for the passenger front shock on mine. Still could compress further on the driver's side and the rear had tons to go.
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    What's your wheelbase? How far are your axles moved? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    hard to tell on yours but it looks like axle relocated forward a fair bit

    with major reconstruction any tire can be made to fit
    but that isnt the topic is it?
    if you convert to a link suspension you could keep the tire off the firewall easier
    if you remove all the front sheetmetal and hack the rad support and widen the track or narrow the frame and relocate the steering box ...
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    His front axle is moved forward quite a ways. 4-4.5".

    Mine is only 1.5" moved forward.
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    No its not. In fact the issue might be if the dropped steering arm is going to hit the springs. I might have to lower the bump stops there. I plan on taking it out next week for a real test. If there is a problem, I will start a new post about it.

    The front axle is moved forward 3.25" through 2" on the longer springs and the rest on redrilled spring packs. The rear axle is stock but I plan on moving it back about 1.5" when I change out the springs.

    I know this isnt standard but I dont believe he was for or against cutting on the fenders.

    I know on my old truck, 10" of lift and 38" tires and uncut fenders, I could hit the fenders when flexing around.

    In this case I lowered the truck as far as I could and still run the tire. It came down 3.5" total.
     
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    Re: 8\"s too much?

    I did the exact same thing. I was at 9" and I brought it down quite a bit. I'm hoping the new bumpers will bring it down even more.
     

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