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What is the best Lift

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by djohnson, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. djohnson

    djohnson Registered Member

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    Tax time is here and I haven't done any work on my 89 K5 all winter due to lack of funds. Finally I will be able to lift the truck. My buddies drive Jeeps and they can get around things that I have to go over so I need more clearence.

    What is the best lift?
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    I want a 6in lift. I tend to beat on my truck a little (understatment) so it has to be something very durable. I will also be installing it my self so the easier to install the better (I have acess to every tool I need and have some experence wtih lifts on Jeeps).

    What else am I forgetting? To go up 6 in does anything else need to be replaced, I know of a couple things but I am sure I am missing something.
     
  2. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    for springs, most will tell ya Tough Country or BDS.. some 6"ers up front with maybe some H.D shackles...

    best bet out back will prolly be a combo of a shackle flip and lift springs. it'll ride better and flex better than just springs..

    you also need to extend your brake lines and more than likely driveshafts...

    check out http://www.offroaddesign.com/ for all ya need...
     
  3. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    he took the words out of my mouth
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    And for anything else for the love of god hit the SEARCH BUTTON!
     
  5. stockk5

    stockk5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    welll for 6" lift.. springs are your best bet up front.. *i have a set of 6" for sale) annd for the rear a shackle flip with some springs is your other option for the rear. Right now i have 8" of lift w/ stock driveshafts.. yet my perches were moved a bit for the angles!
     
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    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    BDS and Tuff Country get a lot of mention around here, but I think SkyJacker offers what could be the best quality "off the shelf" springs there are. The only thing better would be custom made springs by a company such as Alcan.
     
  7. odoa3

    odoa3 1/2 ton status

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    I bought the 6 inch BDS for the no questions asked warrenty. If you beat on the truck, that could save you some money down the road. I did springs all around, and now kind of wish I would have done a shackel flip in the rear. I had to do longer brake lines and drive shaft. As for ease of install, it was pretty easy, other than getting the wrong u joints for the rear. I swapped axles at the same time and they shipped me the 1/2 ton instead of the 1 ton u joints.
    Good luck
     

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