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Do I have to get a lift?

Postby MacAttack » Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:39 am

I have a 02 Silverado Z71 and the front end sits lower than the rear. I was planning on getting a 6in lift for it, but I had other things that I needed to pay for, and then I went back to college, which is where I am at. I am also about 5,000 miles away from needing new tires, maybe sooner depending on when the snow hits. I wanted to put bigger tires on it since I am replacing them anyway. So any suggestings to lifting that front end I would appreciate it.
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Postby 98ramtough » Thu Sep 28, 2006 11:37 am

You can raise the tortion bars in the front to level it out. I wouldn't suggest it though. It can give you up to about 2", but you need an alignment and its not good on suspension etc. It could give you clearance for 285s with some minor cutting.
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Postby DUNCANGOOOSEKILLER » Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:03 pm

YOU CAN RUN 285'S WITH NO PROBLEMS BUT A LEVELING KIT WILL MAKE IT LOOK BETTER :thumbsup:
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Postby gone winchester » Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:34 pm

You can run 285's on thereno problem my buddy has them on his 01 Z71.
You can get a Readylift leveling kit for 229 takes about 30 mins to install and will allow you to run tires up to 33". Also has a lifetime warrenty against defects.

What size tires will fit on my 06 Silverado? I just have the base 4x4 model. I wonder if 285's will fit without hitting. Thanks guys.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:28 pm

Just go w/ the 6" lift if anything. I think leveling kits look kinda dumb... I like the slightly tilted look.

And if you get the big lift, you will be talkin bout some 37's instead of 33's :cool:

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Postby MacAttack » Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:29 am

The problem with getting the 6in lift is $$$$$. I am back in college and decided to keep my truck so now I want to mod it so I don't look like one of those punk kids who's dad bought them their truck. (I'm not saying all of them did, I just know of a few).

Winchester - does your body have that Readylift on his truck? If so, could you possible post a pic.
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Postby gone winchester » Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:36 pm

No he doesnt, the 285's fit on there stock. It looks nice. He just sold it yesterday and bought a Crew Cab 4x4 Duramax.
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Postby MacAttack » Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:18 pm

I guess 285's are bad, but I was hoping to get 33'', I might have to ask around about that leveling kit, thanks.
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Postby gone winchester » Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:05 pm

Welcome :salude:
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Postby FEATHERBUSTER » Sat Sep 30, 2006 7:18 pm

go with the leveling kit it will allow to run 33's with no problems. The only problem with the 6 inch kit is that once it is on it is on for life. due to the fact of having to cut off one of the front differential mounts and about 1" off the drivers side a arm bracket. I usaully suggest the leveling kit to my customers who want a bigger tire than stock but don't want to go to high. shoot me a pm if you have any questions. :thumbsup:
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Postby dx1187 » Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:49 pm

MacAttack wrote:I guess 285's are bad, but I was hoping to get 33'', I might have to ask around about that leveling kit, thanks.


A 285/75 R16 is a 33" tire. It's diameter is 32.8". Just food for thought. If your torsion bars will allow adjustment, you shouldn't have to raise it enough to really put a strain on your front suspension. Or at least no one around here has had to. My brother has a 2006 Chevy 3/4 ton 4x4 that he got almost 4 inches of rise out of the torsion bar adjustment alone. He's not running it there because THIS would be a tremendous strain and a piss poor ride. 285's will fit fine. I had them on my 2004 Chevy. Trade the Chevy and get a Ford....I have a 2005 F-250 clearing 34's with no lift and room to spare!!
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Postby gone winchester » Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:35 pm

FEATHERBUSTER wrote:go with the leveling kit it will allow to run 33's with no problems. The only problem with the 6 inch kit is that once it is on it is on for life. due to the fact of having to cut off one of the front differential mounts and about 1" off the drivers side a arm bracket. I usaully suggest the leveling kit to my customers who want a bigger tire than stock but don't want to go to high. shoot me a pm if you have any questions. :thumbsup:


How far are you from Norfolk? Im stationed there I might have to look you up and get a kit for my truck. :thumbsup:
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Postby FEATHERBUSTER » Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:33 am

We are located about an hour from norfolk. give us a call and we will see what we can do for you and your truck.

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Postby bigjonks » Sat Nov 04, 2006 9:46 pm

Hey don't waste your money on a "leveling" kit it does nothing more than turn up your torsion bars DON'T waste your money on that, plus they are a pain in the ass to install just turn them up and if you want it higher than 285's with is a 33" 11.50" then do a body life for now might not be the coolest but it's cheap and looks a little better as long as you fill the gaps
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Postby ASUBaseball » Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:07 pm

Something my buddy did to his '00 that was really cheap was went out and bought torsion bar keys for a ford f-150. They were about 30 bucks from the ford dealership, and we just jacked up the front and replaced the chevy ones with the ford ones (i know ford parts on chevys isnt exactly a good thing to think about). The design of the ford key makes the chevys sit up a little higher than normal, then you can adjust to your liking further with the adjusting bolts. we just did that then had it realigned and the truck still tracks on the road perfect, a couple sets of tires have been run on it and theres almost no uneven wear whatsoever. You can look it up on fullsizechevy.com I'm pretty sure.
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Postby JSODEP5338 » Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:38 pm

Bilstein recently came out with a new adjustable height shock I think its the 5100 series. Anywhere from 0 to 2.5 inches of lift up front. Way better than a leveling kit and i think their only like a hundred bucks a piece.
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Postby asutton13 » Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:03 pm

It is simple the 285 will fit no prob with the torsions turned up, it might cause problems with the cv's but not until about 100,000 miles


Ive had three chevys and torsions turned on all three and NO PROBLEMS as of yet I ran 285's on all and the last set of tires I bought were the bf g a/t 295s and they scrubbed a little


I went online to ebay and bought the torsion keys (2.5" front lift) for 30 dollars and replaced the factory keys on my truck then I put 3 inch block under the back (chevys come with a factory 2 inch block in the back anyways so I only gained an inch in lift on the back) (20$ autozone)

Truck rides great, looks great, and no more scrubbing and I just placed 35 bf g m/t on it 2 weeks ago and they fit with no scrubbing

The whole lift cost 50 bucks!
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Postby bgoldhunter » Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:26 pm

I'm not a big fan of cranking the bars to gain lift, but it can be done. IIRC, the green keys are the one to get if you get them from the Chevy dealer.

I would much rather crank the bars than put on a body lift, though.
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Postby ol' yeller » Thu May 03, 2007 11:01 pm

I'm running 285/75/R16's on my stock ride height '96 Chevy Silverado 4x4. I can turn the wheel lock to lock and they don't rub. My advice would be to talk to a tire dealer and ask them. They'll have more experience than most with what will or will not fit on your truck. Also, you might be able to work out a deal with the tire shop to where they'll mount the bigger tire on a wheel and try it out on the truck. If it rubs you get the next smaller size and they still sell it as a new tire.
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Postby ol' yeller » Fri May 04, 2007 9:52 am

I found this picture of the tires on the truck a minute ago. I don't think I could go one size bigger without it rubbing.

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