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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2005, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Chevy 8\" lift

I want to put an 8 inch lift on my k20, and i want to find out how realistic is this for a daily driver? Its a long bed, so rear driveshaft angle does not concern me, but the front one does. I am going to be locating the front axle an inch and a half farther forward w/ offroad design add a leaves to get enough length, and tire/ fender clearance.
My plan for the lift is to have something that rides good, that flexs, and can still haul a$$ down some fire tracks etc. A basic all around truck. So to get the best of both worlds (lift height and comfort/ performance) this is what i plan to do:
Rear:
4" Shackle flip
4" Tuff Country springs

Front:
6" Tuff Country springs
1" Hill Lift shackles
1" Add a leaves

For shocks im going to run 14" travel bilstein 5150 shocks, and use ford f250 shock towers to mount them.

I figured by using shorter springs id get a better ride, articulation, and still have the height i wanted. What do you guys think? Does it sound good, or am i going to be kicking my self in the but cause my truck has turned into one big vibrator?

Thanks alot guys!
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Re: Chevy 8\" lift

8" is pretty tall, what size tires are you going to run? It seems like a good plan to me though. I think that 8" lift springs would be too stiff and wouldn't flex that much.
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Re: Chevy 8\" lift

I plan on runnin 35's, like 14 15 inches wide.
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Re: Chevy 8\" lift

That will look just a little funny with that much lift. You can run 35's with 4" and very little trimming so you are going to have a lot of wheel opening.
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Re: Chevy 8\" lift

I guess i like things a little differant. Ive always liked room between the tires and the body. I hate it when it looks like when you go over a bump your tires gonna rub. I know 4 inch is planty for 35's but wide ones would be tight, besides like like that big look. But about the driveshaft angle, should it be ok?
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Re: Chevy 8\" lift

what do you have for a tranny and case? But anyway i have a friend that has a 8" lift on a chevy his does fine he only has a 305 in it. Now I have 12" of lift on my chevy and 38s and like you say the tires are small for the lift but they look bad a$$ but i have that lift on mine and drive it everyday and a cop clocked me the other day at 120 did i mention i was in 2nd gear and i am a crazy SOB you have to be to put a 12"lift on a chevy.

If it were me i would go with an 8" on your truck but i will stick with the 12"
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Re: Chevy 8\" lift

i have a 400 backed by a 208. i plan on switching to a off road design doubler, and a sm465. the list of upgrades will kinda go like this:
1. new motor (just got, will be installed in about a week.)
350 locally built, 375 hp, 475 ft lbs @ 2750
2. lift & tires
3. locker rear, discs in rear, limited slip up front, front superior axles, cmt u joints, 4.10s all the way around
4. crossover steering & hydraulic assist
5. rear axles
6. Tranny and transfer case
7. paint (flat black with brushed aluminum everything. rims, phantom grill mirrors etc.) It should look bad a$$

It should be pretty freakin awsome when im done. Hope to have it all done withn the next year and a half or two. Im gonna do all the work myself. The hardest part is finding time. i work all the time so i can try to afford it all, but that leaves me with little time to install the stuff. oh well once i get enough money i can slow down a little at work.
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Re: Chevy 8\" lift

LOL - welp I can definately say you don't have kids! I see that being a pretty hefty bill! Sounds cool though! Good luck with the build up and hopefully we'll all be here when you get it done so we can see the finished product!

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Sounds like an awesome rig in progress. I know what your saying about tire/lift combination and I understand what your going for look. Definitely to each his own and your truck should be built to your own liking and use. I have a similiar big wheel well look to my trail rig, but mine was accomplimshed through "Body by Sawzall" [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: Chevy 8\" lift

Nope definatly no kids, I'm only 17. The hardest part is finding time. Being a full time high school senior and working 35-40 hours is tough! But hey its worth it, i choose to work that much so i can have the things that i enjoy. the reason why im doing it in steps i cause of 1. money and 2. i want to do it right the first time. I could have put on a block lift cheap paint all that stuff, but it wouldnt be the truck i wanted. So i just had to find ways to pull it off thats all. And in case your wondering, yes i will do the entire install myself. Thanks for the replys guys!
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