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t bar ? 95 chevy 3500

Discussion in '1992-Present Chevy & GMC models' started by primerk5, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. primerk5

    primerk5 1/2 ton status

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    Ok, I ran in to a problem last night. I just got a set of 16x10 rims for my truck to replace the factory set on my 285 something tires(almost a 33") It was tearing up my centers in my tires. Well you probably know what i'm going to say next. Now the tires rub front and back. So I engaged brain into reverse and jacked the torsion bars all the way up. Now I think that there is absoluty no suspension movement up front.
    Is it possible that I took it up so far the suspension is at full drop. (my adjuster bolt wouldn't go in all the way.) If so wouldn't this mean that I could back it off a little and I would get some of my ride back without sacraficing wheel clearence? Its only rubbing on the back of my fender at the flare now. Any input would be great before I completly destroy my ball joints. Unfortunaly I hadn't planed on lifting this for a while as it is my tow rig. Looks like I may have to locate a cheap 4 in suspension. I can't body lift it cause I have a goose neck hitch in the back.
     
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    dhcomp 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Having you tbars cranked that far will destroy your CV's and other stuff in teh front end. I think you can only go .5-1" over stock before you start destroying stuff.
     
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    I run 285's on the stock rims on 2 different trucks and know countless others that do also without any problems. 16X10's are your problem IMO
     
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    Yep I run 285s on my 98 with stock rims. I didnt need to crank the bars at all to get them to clear. However I did turn them up just enough to level the front end up a bit, no effect on ride quality or tire wear...
     
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    I know that the wheels are the problem. I'm just trying to find a solution to it. It was wearing the centers of the tires. It seems no one makes a small lift with replacement upper control arms for the 3500 model because it has different ones than the 2500 and 1500 models. Any one else ever run into this??
     
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    Wearing the center of the tires? You sure the tires aren't over-inflated? Cranking torsion bars tends to give the front wheels a lot of positive camber, so that'd make the outside of the tires wear faster, not the center. I know it's a dumb question, but people have done dumber sh!t.

    Oh, I've got 285s on my 1500, with about 1/2" of T-bar lift just to keep the tires outta the fenders at full stuff. I don't know anything about 3500 lift kits, because I don't have one, but I do know that if it's your DD and you're gonna lift it, spend the extra couple hundred bucks for the best kit you can find, you'll thank yourself for it.
     

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