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What is the best 4" to 6" lift for a 1988 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4

Discussion in '1992-Present Chevy & GMC models' started by jsgraphic, Apr 12, 2001.

  1. jsgraphic

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    What is the best 4\" to 6\" lift for a 1988 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4

    I have a 1988 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4 and I am thinking about putting a lift on it. What is the best 4" to 6" lift I can get for my truck? Thanks
     
  2. Dip Stick

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    Re: What is the best 4\" to 6\" lift for a 1988 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4

    Depends on what tires you want, what kind of driving you do, and how fat your wallet is.
     
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    Re: What is the best 4\" to 6\" lift for a 1988 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4

    My wallet is not very fat, but I think that when the time and money are available a solid front axle swap will be done.
     
  4. Sparky87k5

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    Re: What is the best 4

    If you plan on a solid front axle conversion, you better fatten up that wallet. ORU has the kit for locating the springs, axle will cost you something and you'll need to modify steering for the solid axle connection. Then you need springs to mount everything to. If you lift it now, nothing on the front will be used again for a solid axle setup due to the torsion bars used on 88's. Major undertaking to convert, requires good mechanical skills and abilities and not for the light hearted but definitly possible. Figure at least $1500 to do using a Ford D44 axle, $2500 if you go with a Ford D60.

    A good firm grip is my idea of gun control!
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Re: What is the best 4

    $2500 and you can lift it cheaply as much as you want....not so bad in my opinion.

    My friends have spent 5000-6000 dollars on lift, tires, gears, LS rear, and wheels.

    I would not waste my money on a 4". 6" is nearly the same cost, the same work, and you'll always want more anyway, so just go 6".

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  6. Sparky87k5

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    Re: What is the best 4

    I believe I said "Figure at least $1500 to do using a Ford D44 axle, $2500 if you go with a Ford D60." This did not include tires, wheels, LS, or new gears. Key words were "at least", the more mechanical ability you have, the cheaper it gets. No ability, $4000 minimum. Able to manufacture all the required assembly, just the spring and axle costs then. Figure in new front driveshaft too. Bigggg job for small budgets.


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  7. jbissette

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    Re: What is the best 4

    Hey, when I get the money I can get this done. I talked to the wife and she was ok with it when I have the cash.

    88 Chevy K1500, 350 TBI, TH700R4, 3" body lift, 33x12.50x15 Tires
     
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    Re: What is the best 4

    I understood what you were saying. My friends payed $2500 just to have a 6" IFS kit put on. If you get a D60 from an old Ford F250 it'll probably already have good gears, but you never know.

    I think if I ever considered it, I'd at least try the straight axle route. A lot of work, but, compared to IFS lift, a lot of return on investment too, and I belive that you could do either for around the same amount of money, maybe a little more for the straight axle.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  9. Shorts

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    Re: What is the best 4\" to 6\" lift for a 1988 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4

    i found a brand new 6.5" Dick Cepek race series lift for $800 on the ORC classifieds board...worth a shot:

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    Re: What is the best 4\" to 6\" lift for a 1988 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4

    I have looked on the Dick Cepek website and found nothing for there lift kits. Do you know of a website that I can goto to look at this lift kit? Thanks.
     
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    Re: What is the best 4

    I've experienced both types of lifts on my truck and I can honestly say that the SFA was easier to install than the IFS lift. All I had to do was cut the IFS crap off with a plasma cutter then drill some holes. The rest bolted right up. The SFA will be a little more than a good quality IFS lift if you price things right. $800 for brackets, $400 - 600 for springs, $1500 for axle, $50 steering arm, $100 drag link, $50 U-bolt and plates, brake lines, driveshafts, approx. $3500.


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    Re: What is the best 4

    Chad, do you have any pictures of your truck?

    88 Chevy K1500, 350 TBI, TH700R4, 3" body lift, 33x12.50x15 Tires
     
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    Re: What is the best 4\" to 6\" lift for a 1988 chevy 1/2 ton 4x4

    I have to agree on the SFA route. Much more reliable. You get past 4" and you generally run into problems keeping CV axles alive. If you really want you same stock ride and just a little beefer image go for the 3" boddy lift and you can fit 33's easy... a 2" Body lift will fit 32's or 33's most likely.

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    Re: What is the best 4

    I could get that $1500 axle for less than $500 usually...so, I could probably do it for a little less.

    If I was a fan of that bodystyle, I'd probably be doing it.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     

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