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 Post subject: '02 Chevy Z71... feelin' the itch
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:47 pm 
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Hey guys... I'm feeling the itch to get some vertical growth out of my z71 short bed, short cab, and I've heard a few things.

First, I want bigger tires (up two sizes, maybe, keeping the stock wheels), and a good 2-3 inch lift would be sufficient. Plus, this should keep me from doing drastic drivetrain work.

I've heard "dude.. crank up your torsion bars and slap some blocks in the back."

I looked online and it said: "dude, don't touch your torsion bars--get a real lift."

Does anyone have any suggestions? I want it to ride nice (well, as nice as a truck rides anyway--which, oddly enough, is pretty good).

So... bottom line... torsion bars or no..? If not, what brand of lift is the best for these trucks?

Cool. thanks for the help!

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Two size bigger tires, 2-3 inches of lift,not changing
your ride quality,independent susp. , spells
body lift . Its not all bad I did it on a 88 chevy I had
It looked good and fitted the tires I wanted.
Just my two cents.

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Hopefully House will pipe in, he was showing me a really nice kit for about $500 that will net you about 3" of lift, I can't remember who makes it, its probably been a year ago when he was showing me.
There are good systems out there, try to avoid a body lift if possible.

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kennedy wrote:
Hopefully House will pipe in, he was showing me a really nice kit for about $500 that will net you about 3" of lift, I can't remember who makes it, its probably been a year ago when he was showing me.
There are good systems out there, try to avoid a body lift if possible.


I disagree, a body lift on a street truck is totally the way to go :-) Especially a new truck with no rusty body mounts. 3" is a great kit and only about $130 i think. You'll want to get the "rubbery" black outs for your fenderwells (to cover the gap between frame and body) but there's nothing wrong with a body lift on a full size truck. Body lifts on jeeps is another story.

I say body lift and some of these
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A body lift also gives the body of the vehicle leverage over the frame when in an accident. I have seen pics of the frame stopped fine, body flew off and people in the cab were killed. And why do body lifted trucks end up wit cracked or bent body mounts? Leverage.


I would find a small suspension lift and go that route. I have seen somewhere that they aremaking new torsoin bar keys that provide lift and maintain factory ride quality. Maybe it was Super Lift?

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Tuffjarhed wrote:
I would find a small suspension lift and go that route. I have seen somewhere that they aremaking new torsoin bar keys that provide lift and maintain factory ride quality. Maybe it was Super Lift?


F-150 torsion keys...gives you about 2" i think. check ebay...

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Chuck wrote:
Tuffjarhed wrote:
I would find a small suspension lift and go that route. I have seen somewhere that they aremaking new torsoin bar keys that provide lift and maintain factory ride quality. Maybe it was Super Lift?


F-150 torsion keys...gives you about 2" i think. check ebay...


I had heard torsion keys were a good option. I believe there are some aftermarket ones out there specifically for the lift. Not just F-150s. I hadn't thought about how a body lift could react in an accident. Yikes.

I don't mind spending a couple hundred for something that won't cause undue wear and tear on the truck, or be a safety concern. It looks like torsion keys might be the ticket.

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