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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2001, 06:46 AM
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Lifting my truck without a kit?

I have a 99 stock burb 4wd and would like to lift it a bit higher than the stock height. However, I do not want to go to a full blown lift kit. What would be the best way of achieving this? I have heard I play with the springs but if I do this what kind of ride will I have? I do not want to start playing around only to end up causing a horrible ride or mechanical issues. Any thoughts?

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Re: Lifting my truck without a kit?

MUVOVER,

I had a 97 3/4 Ton 4x4. This is what I did. I went to the torsion bars on the front and gave them 3 cranks each. Went to the rear and installed a 2" block and new U-Bolts. 285/75R16's would fit without rubbing. I put 175,000 miles on this set-up without any abnormal wear.

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Re: Lifting my truck without a kit?

About how long and how much did that take? I apologize for not knowing much about lifting vehicles. When you say 3 cranks on the torsion bars, does 1 crank equal 1 full turn?

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Re: Lifting my truck without a kit?

1 crank = 1 full turn

Muvover, Does your truck sit level? or is the front lower than the rear?

3 turns is very minor. probly = 1/2" or so.
Might bring it close to sitting level though.

All these trucks start life sitting a little different, some require more turns and some less.
You can safely turn you torsion bars up enough to make it sit level without causing damage to the front suspension, and with out ruining the ride. The ride will definitly be firmer, but most people feel that they start out to mushy to begine with.
No new shocks or blocks will be needed, so this is FREE ![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
(Also you will be able to run 285/75 tires on your stock wheels)

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Re: Lifting my truck without a kit?

Muvover.... I hate to change subject, but I would like to see a picture of the front of your rig. I found a ranchhand front end replacement for $750 installed, however I thought it would look like the one on their website (has a euro bar). The one I found doesn't have one. I was a bit disappointed to hear that but if it still looks good then I'll still get it. So, got any frontal shots?

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Re: Lifting my truck without a kit?

You may or may not consider this a "full blown lift kit". I just installed a 3" Body lift to my 99 Burban. Looking at it I don't think it sits too much higher than stock. The kit only cost $125 from 4WPW, and I installed myself. A 2" kit wouldn't be that bad. It would give you the higher than stock look.

Just a thought.

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Re: Lifting my truck without a kit?

Muvover,
In the pic you poeted it looks like your burbs front is sitting level if not a tad bit higher than the rear, wich means somones more than likely already cranked the T-Bars. so i wouldnt recomend it, measure the front and rear to see how its sitting if the fronts higher then drop your bars a few turns and but a 2" or 3" body lift on.
Measure from the center cap to the center of the fenderwell, I think it should measure about 22"s with the bars cranked and about the same in the rear.
Im just rambling now so I better quit.

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Re: Lifting my truck without a kit?

kid's right. it looks that way to me too. maybe they did it to compensate for the added weight the new bumper brought with it.


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Here's the front....



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thats one hell if a vbumpwer


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