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Re: Suspension Lifts
I knew the wheels and tires would be a bit controversial, but part of what I am doing is for the awesome appearance. Sometimes it's worth a couple of grand simply to get the stares when people see it coming.
As for the results of the wheel and tire choice, I know that the final ratios will have to change to keep the engine near its optimal power band. I am also planning on a crossover steering system, so that is already budgeted in, as are new driveshafts.
The engine is going to get the standard carb, cam, header, and free flow exhaust treatment. I eventually would like to upgrade to a higher performance engine, even a 4.3, but I am really concerned about the balance of the vehicle with more weight over the front end. Over the past 15 years I have already found myself swapping ends numerous times and really don't think a (comparitively) lighter rear end is the answer.
Since everything with this wheel and tires selection is dependent upon clearance, and since I would rather not do a body lift, before I start spending those valuable dollars, I am really trying to figure out the best suspension components which will give me the lift and a reasonable marriage between offroad and highway performance.