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Front suspension lift

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5blazerus, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. k5blazerus

    k5blazerus 1/2 ton status

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    I am thinking about lifting my truck just a bit more. In the front I have 6" lift using skyjacker front springs and Hill shackles. What I was thinking to lift the front is to drop the front spring hangers like 3.5" to 4" I would be doing a custom spring hager drop that would be done right. Dropping the front spring hangers will make the pinion point up alittle. Then I was thinking about ditching the hill shackles that are 8" in length and making some that are 10" in length and make them just has strong has the hill shackles and maybe stronger. With that new longer shackle it would help point the pinion back down helping with the pinion angle. By using that set up if done right would there be any problems that I may incounter. Any feedback on this would help me out. I am trying to go higher by retaining the ride of the 6" springs.
    Colin
     
  2. COCHEV

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    Re: shackles

    hey,
    if you drop 4" in the front you will get 2" lift at the axle. i'd go more like 2-2.5" drop in the front and do a zero rate and keep your hill shackles (unless you want to give them to your ol' buddy Jason /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif)
     
  3. k5blazerus

    k5blazerus 1/2 ton status

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    If I build new shackles you will be the first in line for the hill shackles.
     
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    Why do you want to be taller? Why not use a body lift?
     
  5. crazykev4x4

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    body lifts suck
     
  6. k5blazerus

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    I am trying to stay away from a body lift. The reason why I want just alittle more lift is so I can fit the tires I want to run next. I know I will have to do some fender work to.
     
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    What tires do you want to run?

    And I used to have your opinion on body lifts until I installed one.
     
  8. k5blazerus

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    I want to run 38.5 tsl. Right now I am running 36 tsl. At full compression when flexing the tires rub pretty good but not bad. Right now the front sits alittle higher then the rear becacuse I installed a dana 60 and I have a hill shackle installed. I have a 4 inch block That I plan to use for the rear or maybe buy a flip kit. But my goal is to run 38.5 tsl and no rubbing.
    Colin
     
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    Sounds pretty good. by the way what did you do to mess up the body so bad on that red pickup /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gifany more pics of it?
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I want to run 38.5 tsl.

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    He is lying. he wants to run 39.5s. and what he really should do is get some 42s, which are almost as big as 44s so whats a couple more inches. its not like you can't cut your fenders sense you flopped it on its side /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif come on, colin go for it! its only money /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    I run 38.5" TSLs. I have 6" of suspension lift and a 3" body and I'm still going to have to cut my fenders pretty good to get them to fit.
     
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    I'm still going to have to cut my fenders pretty good to get them to fit

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    you say that like its a bad thing /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    y5mgisi just click on my CK5 sig and look at the pictures.
    Colin
     
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    Jason if I went 42 tsl I would have to regear to 5:13 and then I would have a perfectly good set of 4:88 gears just sitting around. 42" tsl would be cool be cool but not cool on my wallet. But keep it up and I might just go 39.5.
     
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    But keep it up and I might just go 39.5.


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    that's all i was hoping for /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I knew you were going to say that.
     
  17. K5MONSTERCHEV

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    I have had this idea for a while and am going to do it sometime. Since I am going to replace the front spring hangers, why not drop them down. I was going to drop it down a few inches, and have it heavily braced up. I have the Hill shackles also, with the hanger drop my pinion will point back up! I was only going to drop mine around 2" and use those lift blocks they call add a leaves. Oh, and I have a 1" body lift, but other then that, Yeah body lifts suck!!
     

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