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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2004, 01:52 PM
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After the lift

Ok so I got the 6" superlift on the Silverado and the
315/75R16 next comes making a few changes to accomodate
the lift.

- Replace full sized spare with 315/75R16 spare
Things went well, there was planty of room between
obstructions (hitch reciever, exhaust pipe, ...)
and the larger tire.

- Chevy jack no longer reaches lift points by about 10"!
I have recievers front/back and a hi-lift jack, that will do
for now. But lifting closer to the proper lift points would
be better. So I guess I get the welder out and re-enforce
the Manik side steps? Any other ideas?

The new spare does hang down about 2 inches lower that the
original which makes it a debris target. I will attach
a 36" piece of aluminum diamond plate under it to protect
it. Whil I am at it might pick up a little more to cover
the plastic gas tank.

- The head lights are now 10" higher and point up much more
(7"lift in front and 5.5 in the back). Anyone know how to
adjust the headlights. I can't find any info on it, and they
do not look adjustable!

'03 1500
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Re: After the lift

Congrats on getting all that done. I've got a 96 GMC so I assume they're different. On mine I have to go into a couple of holes on top of the light under the hood with an hex wrench. I don't remember what size. Look there, maybe they're the same.

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Re: After the lift

for the jack, find a good bottle jack and carry a good little block of wood (2"-4" thick) to place the jack on. then use it under the Aarm like normal. I use a bottle jack and it work just fine.

as for the headlights, there should be adjustments on them. like posted above, the 88-98(9s) have that hex shaped rod...usually 8-10mm in size. those sit in the radiator support. check to see if you have something similar.
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Re: After the lift

toss the spare in the bed, you never haul anything anyways. atleast I dont.

bottle jack is the best Idea.

headlights are adjustable but I cant remember how they are adjusted, its been awhile.
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The spare tire in the bed is cool until you catch some air; strap it down at least.
The good thing about having it in the bed is that you can use it as a raft when you try to cross too deep of water.
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you talking from experience??? [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Unfortunately, yes. In my younger days, I didn't know better than to stop driving into the water when the headlights went under.
It was a long walk to civilization, and didn't want to do it with wet clothes, so rode the tire.
Again, had I been smarter, I wouldn't have been wheeling alone in the first place.
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Re: After the lift

I carry a 2.5 ton floor jack in the toolbox and lift from the axle/lower control arm. It has a maximum lift of 24", so it does just fine for changing spares, but if you were in some goo it would probably sink and you'd be screwed... As far as the spare, definitely the bed. Keep ground clearance to the max, and you can always put it back under if you need the bed space.
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