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Finally installed lift & tires

Eight and a half months ago I bought the Skyjacker 2.5" lift and a set of 285 Trxus MT's. Since then the shop has been so full of customer vehicles my truck has been on hold. We finally decided to brush the dust off the parts and get them installed. After we finished the install we cranked the t-bars three quarters of a turn and checked the CV angles. Same as the were before the lift, truck was stock. Still have about half a turn left on the bars, got almost 3" of lift and retained the stock ride. Tires are louder than the AT's that were on it, but not as loud as the BFG MT's I had on my last truck. They also handle great both on and off road. Here are some pics.



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Re: Finally installed lift & tires

Awesome! I give props to anyone with a 2-3" suspension lift, join the club. Just enough clearance for 33"s, and not too expensive. How much backspacing do you have on those wheels? And they are Hellcats, right?
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Hey cool, that is what I hope to do to my Hoe in the next couple of months...how was install?
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Yea, they're Hellcats. 16 X 8 5" backspace. Got them because the 285's were what I planned putting on it from the start and around here you don't see to many trucks with them.
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Install wasn't bad. Working straight through it would have taken around 6 hours plus a front end alignment. If you go with the Skyjacker lift, the '97 requires new front brake lines but they come with the kit. So you will have to allow time to bleed them.

Some notes on the install. The instructions say to unload the tbars. We couldn't see why, so we didn't. Had no problems. It is much easier to replace the upper ball joints than drill them out. A set, with shipping, was $55 from GMPartsDirect . When you install the diff drop bracket it doesn't look right, in fact it looks down right wrong, until all the bolts get tightened, then everything will line up right.

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