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Trying to get a project going...

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jhall22guitar, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Ok, so I am trying to make a project out of my truck now that I will be commuting to my new college via the train down the street so I wont need my truck, and if I do need a car for the day I will be able to borrow my younger brothers car.

    My truck is a 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab Work Truck with the 6'6" bed. it currently has 145,XXX miles on it. I want to make it run for as long as possible, so yes I get the oil changed every 3K Miles. Now the truck stock seems to be low, and it seems to be the model since it is a 2WD truck.

    My goal is to jack it up, put some 35's on it (or something to make it look nice). I dont have much experience with this so I was wondering who might have some input on kits to use. I was looking at doing a 2.5" leveling kit and a 3" lift. Any ideas on who to get them from?

    Other ideas to make it run good and long?
  2. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    The second paragraph doesn't make much sense.
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,108

    Jacking it up with big tires will beat on everything, especially on a 1500. So i would advise against this if you want to make it run as long as possible.
  4. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Sorry about the 2nd paragraph, studying for finals for two days has my brain in mush.

    How bad would a leveling kit be? I'd like to make my truck as high as the new stock 1500's, mine is about 3" lower it seems.
  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,108

    Leveling kit isnt the worst. Most problems come with heavier wheels and tires. They tax the brakes, weak chevy front ends, transmissions, bad fuel mileage, makes the engine work harder.

    Don't ask how I, and probably everyone on here know. It seems like a no brainer in high school and turns into a money pit.

    If you really just want a little lift, level it, and go up 1 size in tires to an all terrain.
  6. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    whats the point of jacking up a 2wd truck just to drive it around on the pavement and wear the tires expensive tires and non heavy duty parts anyways just gonna cost money

    i would do a leveling kit to lift it up a bit
  7. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    True, if I get the leveling kit I will keep the 17's on my truck, no point in going bigger, its the same my dad has on his 2011 1500. I wish I could get a 4WD but college is a drain on the bank account haha.

    Who makes a good leveling kit? I saw one yesterday for $99 that had a 2.5" for the front, but for an extra $100 you could get 3" blocks for the rear, I feel like that would make it look more like it was a higher truck than just the 2.5" in front?
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,108

    I would hit the chevy forums for those answers. Traditionally blocks are the cheap way out. I did an add a leaf for the same price and gained a little payload. A true leveling kit only raises the front though.
  9. gallihersnow

    gallihersnow Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Leave it stock.
  10. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    I like how the ford guys come in the chevy forum and say that chevy front ends are weak. :laughing:

    Pics of your truck would help. If I was you I would keep the truck low. Get some factory 20's. You can find them fairly cheap if you keep a lookout.
  11. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,108

    Not a ford guy if thats directed at me, i just happen to own one currently. But i have owned a lifted IFS truck and theres no doubting the hell its put through with big tires.
    If you think an ifs on a 1/2 ton truck is super heavy duty then keep laughing all the way to the mechanic.
  12. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    Big tires put stress on all front ends no matter if it is ifs a sfa.
  13. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I hate being so low, bugs me for some reason haha, I might try the 20's that will bump me up at least.

    Side note: the last fords my family owned blew a transmission after 5 years and under 75K, and my Dads old F150 was 6 years old under 90K and blew the engine (2004 I think?) So he got it rebuilt by the Ford Dealer 5 times before it worked again, then sold it to them and they gave him a credit for it without realizing it had a rebuilt engine :laughing: They just happened to have a VERY low miles GMC on the lot and he took it haha. Thumbs Up No problems since.
  14. CR128VT

    CR128VT Junior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 25

    Rancho makes a bolt in kit with adjustable gas shocks, springs and leveling block for like $210 each.
  15. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    20's will not give you any more height if you use the stock size 275/55/20. Just gives you a better look.
  16. damian

    damian Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    You need a thinner girlfriend and try attending some college parties, and cancel your subscription to big truck magazine.