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Things to do when you have 8" of lift?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 84gmcjimmy, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

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    Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    Hey, Im going to be getting a 8" lift when the funds are here, and I was wondering what things I have to do for it, like for steering correction and all that. And <font color="red"> Please </font> tell me who makes them and where I can purchase/do these things. Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    If you're NOT planning on doing crossover steering, get everything from Skyjacker as they have all the right pieces for steering correction along with longer brakelines. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    Do yourself a favor, just stick with 4" or 6" and avoid the steering and driveline issues that 8" brings up.

    Front driveshafts HATE lifts over 6". Hell mine hates the 7" I've got.
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    sorry, but whats cross-over steering? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

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    Do yourself a favor, just stick with 4" or 6" and avoid the steering and driveline issues that 8" brings up.

    Front driveshafts HATE lifts over 6". Hell mine hates the 7" I've got.

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    Why do they hate lifts over 6"? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    Angles.
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    okay, but how do people with larger lifts than 8" deal with the vibration from bad angles? Isn't there some way to fix it? Thanks for the replies though /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

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    Do yourself a favor, just stick with 4" or 6" and avoid the steering and driveline issues that 8" brings up.

    Front driveshafts HATE lifts over 6". Hell mine hates the 7" I've got.

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    Or you could just man up and buy some real drivelines. I have had over 15" of lift in my trucks and ran front driveshafts at highway speeds. Shop for those at high angle driveline.
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    Do they make driveshafts for 8" lifts? Or do you have to get them to make them custom according to your drivetrain? Thanks.
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    Yes, you're right, that is always an option, one which I'm going to probably do eventually.

    With 1/2 or 3/4 ton axles though I see no need for 8" of lift. That's enough to clear plenty of tire, which will absolutely destroy any 10 bolt or D44 front with nearly any wheeling.
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    When I get the suspension to 8" of lift, I will have D60 and 14bff. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    Do they make driveshafts for 8" lifts? Or do you have to get them to make them custom according to your drivetrain? Thanks.

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    So will they? (Sorry If im inpatient /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif ) Thanks for the help /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    i have an 8 in. lift. i'm using skyjacker softrides for springs . steering unless you don't really wheel it do a crossover, you can get away with a drop draglink and steering block but the minute you start flexing it out on the trails you'll lose steering input. mine is from ord. the front shaft will be your last hurdle, get a good quality one, i got mine from tom woods it has a 35 degree c.v it has been in for over 1.5 years with no problems.
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    Just wondering why 8" lift ??? What do you plan on doing with your truck ??? I've got 6" lift and it's questionable if I want to play on the rocks. Good thing rocks arn't my thing. With 6" my center of gravity is pretty high. Getting off at angles is kinda scarry, feels like it could tip over pretty easy. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    HAD shafts rock, I run them. I still dont recommend any more than 6" of lift though. Unless you plan on specializing in VERY deep mud and want to run 44" or larger tires, I dont think tall lifts are good for much in a practical sense.

    At any rate, driveshafts from HAD are built custom to your specs/requirements... so when you call you'll need the measurements from axle yoke/flange to t-case yoke/flange.

    What tire size do you plan on running? which axles? what gears? what t-case? more info would help us help you...

    j
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

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    Do they make driveshafts for 8" lifts? Or do you have to get them to make them custom according to your drivetrain? Thanks.

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    So will they? (Sorry If im inpatient /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif ) Thanks for the help /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    [/ QUOTE ]Yes, you have to have custom shafts built specificaly for your vehicle. For the rear I would get a CV style joint for the top and a regular 1350 joint at the bottom with say a 4" tube. With the front you will need an aftermarket high angle CV and you might need to remove some material from the crossmember to make it fit. This may sound crazy for a sec but you may not need to actually lengthen your front shaft. From what I have heard a D60 pinion sits 5" further back towards the t-case because of the bigger housing, with an 8" lift that would be like having a 3" lift on your front shaft and should be OK. But I would say you might as well spend the money and upgrade your front to 1350 also why your at it.
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    All axles put the pinion in the same location. The shaft isn't different because of the '60.

    In fact, the '60 in itself adds lift, so it effectively shortens your shaft.
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

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    HAD shafts rock, I run them. I still dont recommend any more than 6" of lift though. Unless you plan on specializing in VERY deep mud and want to run 44" or larger tires, I dont think tall lifts are good for much in a practical sense.

    At any rate, driveshafts from HAD are built custom to your specs/requirements... so when you call you'll need the measurements from axle yoke/flange to t-case yoke/flange.

    What tire size do you plan on running? which axles? what gears? what t-case? more info would help us help you...

    j

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    I plan on running 38's, with D60 and GM14bff, NP205 t-case, 5.13 gears, and I want to run 8" for clearence for the tires and ground clearence with the axles, should I just go 6" if 8" is too tipping? I will be trimming fenders. Thanks for the replies, keep 'em coming /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

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    HAD shafts rock, I run them. I still dont recommend any more than 6" of lift though. Unless you plan on specializing in VERY deep mud and want to run 44" or larger tires, I dont think tall lifts are good for much in a practical sense.

    At any rate, driveshafts from HAD are built custom to your specs/requirements... so when you call you'll need the measurements from axle yoke/flange to t-case yoke/flange.

    What tire size do you plan on running? which axles? what gears? what t-case? more info would help us help you...

    j

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    I plan on running 38's, with D60 and GM14bff, NP205 t-case, 5.13 gears, and I want to run 8" for clearence for the tires and ground clearence with the axles, should I just go 6" if 8" is too tipping? I will be trimming fenders. Thanks for the replies, keep 'em coming /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif

    [/ QUOTE ] If you're not afraid to trim the fenders, go with a 4" lift to keep your center of gravity lower. 6" will work though. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    Re: Things to do when you have 8\" of lift?

    For 38s I wouldn't try doing it with less than 6".
     

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