My new HD.....
2001 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, LS, xcab, sb, 8.1, alli, 4.10's
6" RCD lift, 35x12.5x16 SuperSwamper SSR's (10 ply), 16x10 Eagle 589's
Also, check out www.trucktoys.com
, they have a few lifted HD's in their scrapbook section.
Here is everything I know about lifts for the HD's:
There are 4 companies that make lifts for the 2500HD's - RCD, Superlift, Full Throttle, and California Super Trucks. Full Throttle has 6.5" and 9.5" kits. All the rest are 6".
Full Throttle is new. The kits are designed very well and should be very good. I have not heard anything long term on them. Check out fullthrottle.com. The 9.5" kits are rad and you can run 38's - bad ass!!! With the 6.5" you can run 36's with some rubbing. The kit is $2700 plus you need a new front driveshaft ($450) plus installation.
California Super Trucks has the best built lift. Strong one piece subframe. Excellent installation at their shop in San Bernadino. $3900 installed including new driveshaft. californiasupertrucks.com
Superlift is the same as older Superlifts. Pretty good, large company, you know they will be around forever if something goes wrong. $2300 plus installation plus driveshaft. Superlift.com
RCD was the first lift for the HD's. Smallish company out of San Diego. Great kit, good design, they have been very responsive to all of my questions and concerns. This is the kit that I have. I was out 4 wheeling and trashed a bracket on a rock, they replaced it free. $1800, no driveshaft needed. The kit is strong, and in my opinion designed better than Superlift. It maintains all stock steering components, you get no bump steer. rcdsuspension.com
In my opinion, the grades go like this:
Full Throttle if you have the money and want a HUGE truck.
CST if you have the money, live in SoCal, and want the best.
RCD if you want the best kit for the bucks.
And Superlift if you are a diehard Superlift fan with an extra $900 to waste.
My RCD kit rides great, looks badass, and has been very strong so far. I have been out wheeling numerous times from the sands of Glamis to the rocks of Big Bear.
One thing to keep in mind is that the HD's are a very heavy truck. This is important in getting wheels and tires, especially if you tow anything. The 9.5" kit will drop your towing capacity significantly, down to like 5k lbs. With my 6" kit, I can still safely tow about 7-8k lbs. Wheels should be rated at over 3k lbs each. Tires should be load range D or E (8 or 10 ply).
Have fun, the truck will kick ass!!!!!!!!
"If you're gonna go, go BIG!!!!!"