my new tahoe..what to do....
2 Weeks ago, I bought a 1997 2DR 2WD Tahoe. It has 39.5k miles on it. It is
a beautiful truck, but is completely stock except for the K&N F.I.P.K. I
installed this past weekend.
I would like to install a 5" - 6" lift on the truck, but here is my dilemma:
I have a rudimentary knowledge of auto mechanics, and I don't have the tools
or time to undergo serious projects on my day-to-day truck on my own. To
put it plainly, I have never done a modification of this caliber. With that
in mind, I need to gather as much info a recommended setup, cost it, and
have it done all at once (or over 2 weekends, or whatever) at a local shop.
I want to lift the truck (as indicated above), in addition to getting rid of
the stock alloy wheels and tires. Based on the research I did on the web,
it is not quite as easy as blocking-up the truck and driving away. There
seem to be a whole slew of factors that need to be accounted for before,
during and after applying the lift. Based on what I gathered, some of those
Rear Gear ratio
Locking or open rear-end
And probably more. Aside form the fact that I don't even know where to
begin; my biggest problem is that all the sites out there seem to geared
towards owners of 4WD trucks. My truck being a 2WD SUV, I am finding it
difficult to find projects, tips, etc., that are specific to my application.
Keeping in mind that functionally, this lift is mostly an aesthetic one. I
want to find a balance between it being a cost effect and good quality lift
that looks good too. I just want to do it right the first time!
What I am basically looking for is specifics: where to start, what brands to
look into, and what hardware I will need, what my options are.
Any help is appreciated.