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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by aaf815, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. aaf815

    aaf815 Registered Member

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    i already have rancho 4" suspension lift with 35's. i want to lift it more so i could fit some 38's. so how many inches should i lift it so i could clear 38's?
     
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    kind of depends on how you feel about cutting the fenders...... I run 6" skyjacker springs all the way around with a 2" body lift and trimed the front fenders for full flex with 38" swampers. I wouldn't want it any taller
     
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    i will cut the fenders but not a lot. is their any other way of lifting beside body lifting?
     
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    38's will fit under a 4"lift trim some and adjust ure bump stops
     
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    If you don't use you truck hard cut the rear edge of the fender and lower the bumpstops to limit uptravel. There are a few other was to get small amounts of lift, like longer shackles and zero rates but other than bigger lift springs and body lifts you don't really have too many options
     
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    cut the fenders :hack:
     
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    aaf815 Registered Member

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    how big do i need the leaf springs to be so i could fit 38's with out trimming the fender to much?
     
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    IMO 6" springs, but its kind of a trial and error thing, find a 38 and stick it on there and decide what you want it to look like..... how much trimming you are willing to do vs. hom much flex you are willing to sacrafice

    Remember that a body lift will actually get the body away from the suspension and tires.... less cutting and limiting of the suspension travel
     
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    so if i get a 3 inch body lift with the 4" suspension lift i already have. it makes a total of 7 inch of lift. do you think 38s fit if i have a 7 inch lift with some fender trimming? and yea i willing to sacrafice flex.
     
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    Get a zero rate from ORD and move the axle forward an inch and then cut no more lift. Do this you probably won't have to cut much and won't lose much flex either. I also think the back would be fine with oh so minor cutting Also depends on the 38s like swamper radials are not nearly 38" tall on a truck
     
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    My flexy suspension setup nets about 5" of lift, and I have a 3" body lift and clear 38's with only mild fender trimming. The tire has never contacted fender since I trimmed, even on a pretty healthy 4-rated trail.

    Mike
     
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    i have a flipped shackle in the rear, and some pretty HD 4" springs up front.

    4" + 3" Body lift and I've only hit the inner fender flexing it-- I think if you have the soft springs, you'll hit a lot , but with the harder springs you should be ok with very minor trimming. here are some pics of my blazer with 38's flexed. also depends if you're going to be hopping curbs or climbing hills...

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    im thinking about putting tuff country or skyjacker 6" leaf springs for the front. which on should i go for? and for the rear ill put a 2" add-a-leaf ? so it will 6" all around. which brand should i get for the 2" add-a-leaf ?
     
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    I really like both Tuff Country and BDS. Add-a-leafs will make the rear stiffer. Personally for the rear I'd go ORD 4" Shackle flip + 3" lift springs. I like the rear slightly higher then the front, and on a K5 with the topper on it sits level.
     
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    instead of getting a new spring in the front can i add a leaf in the front? because i already have a rancho 4" lift kit springs in the front and i have 4" block in the rear.
     

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