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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-11-2000, 08:28 PM
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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
things include:

Lift Type(s)
Rear Gear ratio
Locking or open rear-end
Drive shaft
Tires Size
Wheel Size

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.



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Re: my new tahoe..what to do....

Here's some good places to start looking for lifts, all of these guys make lifts in the 6" range for your truck: Nice looking but not as durable as the others
http://www.camburg Supposed to be real nice, they make race trucks so they must know their stuff I've heard good things about these guys too

Bear in mind that these lifts are all listed as being for the trucks, but your tahoe should be the same thing, so I see no reason why the lifts won't work on it too. You'll want to clear that up with the company that you decide on going with before you buy.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-12-2000, 09:04 PM
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Re: my new tahoe..what to do....

thanks shag....

If anyone has any additional info, it would be much appreciated.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2000, 11:00 AM
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If it's mostly for aesthetics forget about a locker. Once you get into the 33"-35" tire range you'll probably be dissatisfied with performance so a regear is in order. It's only 2wd so all you have to do is the rear which by far is the easiest of the two on later model GMs. It isn't necessary right away though. I would go with a 4.10:1 if you want to stay closer to conservative or a 4.56:1 if you want to get around 10-11 mpg. .. That's with a 35" tire.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2000, 01:23 PM
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I'm with gmcjim. If you are building it mostly for looks avoid a locker. Maybe go with a limited slip an ARB if you must have a locker.

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Re: my new tahoe..what to do....

I have a 6 inch Fabtech ultimate performance system. It's works really nice for me. I am running 35's with a 3 inch body lift. If your lift uses lift coil springs like mine, make sure you use a heavy duty internal coil spring compressor. I broke 4 of the ones from the autoparts stores that you rent.

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post #7 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2000, 02:08 PM
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post #8 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2000, 04:30 PM
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Re: my new tahoe..what to do....

I looked at one of those sites shaggy one has the new body style of chevy's with a pretty lift and some good ideas ...
Any other sites with the new body style I am making plans for my reg. cab 2000

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