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Body Lift

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by farmerkev, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 849

    Just ordered my 3" BL kit from summit. Should arrive on Friday, hopefully.
     
  2. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Now comes the expensive part new 33" tires :cool:
     
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    Not the worse, he could need 38's or 40's lol.
     
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Your gonna install a 3" body lift on a 2500 2WD Kev? Going for the pre-runner look? What are you planning to fix the factory "nose down" stance?
     
  5. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    33s on the front and 31's on the rear. Should level it off. :cool:
     
  6. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 849

    I dont know, the front sits real low, so I did hope this would pick it up, but its also picking up the rear the same level. What about running the lift blocks through a belt sander?:confused::dizzy::eek:;)
     
  7. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 849

    I hope after I finish my welding class, or atleast get enough experience with metal, I could replace the rear blocks with some c channel stock. Possibly less than 3" thick.
     
  8. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Raking the body on the chassis Kev would be a recipe for disaster to say the least. And look very cobbled at best.

    Why not do it the right way and install a set of 2" lift coils or at least a set of 2" coils spacers in the front? There's off road companies out there that make both for 88-98 GM 2WD trucks. Haven't checked lately but Dick Cepek and Procomp both had 2" lift coils...although they may actually be softer than your stock coils since your is 3/4 ton. I know Daystar makes 2" coil spacers for all the GM 2WD stuff.

    A much better alternative by far... :nod:
     
  9. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 849

    Are you saying a better alternitive to the lift, or messing with the lift block sizes?
     
  10. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    If your just looking to level it up- use the coils or coil spacers.

    If you want it taller all around AND level- use the coils or coil spacers AND the body lift together.
     
  11. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 849

    Ok, I gave it a try a while back, and we got nowhere. I am going to have a go at it again. I found an old graduate from my HS on another forum who has installed a few lifts. He has more tools than me and more experience, hes willing to help. I just dont know if I want to do it now or in the spring. Any advice on handling? I mean how big of a difference will a truck with 3" lift be in the winter compared to a truck without a 3" lift?
     
  12. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Since its a relatively stiffly sprung 3/4 ton, the body lift wont affect the handling much or introduce excessive body lean...so don't expect a great deal of change in those areas. But, when you may notice it is when you add a rather heavy load in the bed. Since this weight will be higher due to the increased center of gravity.

    The body lift by itself wont help a bit in the snow unless you also add taller tires as an attempt to gain ground clearance. Ground clearance and contact pressure are the keys to a truck that will just go in the snow, and one that will go virtually anywhere in the snow.