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8-10" of lift and 35s looks gooooooood....

For those that have not seen it when I posted it on the Nation....

So I have been relatively busy the past week and a couple days.

A little back story first though. I decided to do a ball joint flip in order to soften the ride and ended up deciding to flip the tie rod end as well. Well, I drilled it out and just tried to tighten it as far as I could go. That didn't work so well and caused a lot of problems with the steering. I couldn't drive the truck over 50 mph with that setup. Had to have it towed in and have a couple alignments in order to get it roughly where it would handle okay, but couldn't get it right.



So, that set off the next phase.

With the help of Darek (kerad11), I put on a 3" PA body lift, which I picked up off Cody (swamp_rat) about a year ago, last Friday before the meet I held up here.





Then I dove into the rough install.

A 5" CST lift for the Z71. Holy shit was that some work. The hardest damn thing was taking all the stock shit apart. Spindles and hubs gave me the most problems. Then the rear sub-frame didn't have the holes drilled in the correct place so I had to fix that problem.

Well, it took me about a week of working on everything in order to finish it up with the spare time that I had. Felt really bad for the wife since the truck was where all my time went.




I finished that install up Friday and had to wait until Sunday since no shops could put on my new tires. So in my driveway it sat...



Until I made a call this morning to a couple guys at meineke that have ALWAYS helped me out in a bind.

They fixed my brake line which wasn't tight enough - apparently I wrench on the truck like a weak little girl because I couldn't get it tight enough.

Then I made another phone call and I was able to get someone to mount the tires and do an alignment. They told me they could balance them but the hood on their machine couldn't close with the new rubber and they never called me to let me know.



And if anyone has seen the Mud Grapplers, they have two sides to them, one has little reptile like pattern on then and the other side doesn't. They mounted the reptile pattern out and I didn't notice until I was already gone. Not too worried about it since it works and isn't that noticeable.

So now I have to make an appointment to have the wheels balanced on Monday.

So yeah, I need to do some better measuring, but I am about 46" in the front and 45" in the rear.

The setup is as follows:

3" PA Body lift
5" CST Z71 lift
1-2" torsion crank
2" shackle
18x9 Gear Alloy Flywheels with a +10mm offset
1.5" wheel spacers
35x12.50-18 Nitto Mud Grapplers

I am going to figure something out to level it out in the back, but it's not that noticable.

I have been waiting to do this for 4 years now. Cannot describe how happy I am with it all.
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Re: Something wicked this way comes...

Lookin good man, got me wanting to lift mine.



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The truck looks very mean and strong!

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Re: Something wicked this way comes...

freakin awesome man. almost looks like a late 90's tricked out burban with the hard top. youve done a ton of work and it looks amazing

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looks like a monster truck with those tires!




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Yeah, I am happy to say the topper finally sits right on the truck and everything looks proportionate.
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Very nice truck man. Pretty soon it'll look a little something like this...




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Here are some more shots that I took today.

The tread... it'll grow on me since I don't want to pay to have them remounted...


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Then I met up with Darek...





















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dude truck looks freakin mean as hell!
I like the tread imo




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damn she is tall. go run over a couple prius's!

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holy crap man, you are right about that CST lift. i just put mine on this weekend and it took me 12 hours. so much for it bein a bolt on kit. i dont think one thing lined up! guess they need to redesign it??? but it still looks good. ill have pix of mine as soon as i can figure out how to load them. i did the 5" CST lift and 33x13R18 tires.

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WO frikin OW that awesome blurred! ? bout the tie rod flip cause that mod is on my to do list. did you ream the hole out to accept the tie rods taper? if so what degree or what tool number did you use?
as always your rig is inspiring dude! :)

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I just used a drill and reemed as much as I could till it fit. I suggest you NOT do that.

They have a tie rod flip kit that you drill the entire thing out and then put the metal shim in there and have it welded in.

Pretty dicey if you ask me. I know that I won't do it again if I ever have the chance.

I suggest staying away from it unless you know exactly what you are doing. I didn't and learned a hard, expensive lesson...
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Oh I know, the taper is there for a reason, do you have any info or links on the kit? Thanx :)

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Not really sure where I saw the kit at. I just did a search for TRE Flip kit and looked at as much as I could...

Finished the bumper and the skid plates. Not exactly what I wanted to do but it will work out once I find some D-Rings that will fit in the tow hook spots.



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wow.. amazing!


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Thanks, finished the gap guards last night as well and gave it a wash.

Last thing to do is find some black d-rings somewhere...

And paint the hood...
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Re: 8-10" of lift and 35s looks gooooooood....

how does it run with the tall ass lift and 35's? does it push them tires pretty good?
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Gas guzzler. Acceleration is down, but I drive like a damn grandpa anyway.

Don't really drive on the highways, but I can hold 70 without much trouble.

It'll just take some getting used to. Would be nice to have 4:10s, but a tune will compensate for a majority of it.
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