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Old June 10th, 2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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94 K1500 affordable suspension lift options.

The truck I just purchased has a 3" body lift to accommodate 33" tires. I hate the look of the body lift. What are my options for suspension lift that won't break the bank? I don't want to drop $1500-2k on a lift kit.

I understand that cranking the torsion keys are frowned upon but how bad is it really? Could I get enough out of it to clear the tires without effecting the 4wd ?

Rear Blocks? Yes or no?

Rear helper springs maybe?
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Old June 10th, 2010, 11:01 AM   #2
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Send manyjeeps a pm he has a lift for your truck it's on a truck right now but the truck has never been on the road and he is parting the truck out.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #3
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You shouldn't need a body lift to put 33"s on that pickup. My brother's 97 tahoe didn't have any issues (except front mudflaps) with 33"s on it.

Take the body lift out, stay away from blocks by all means necessary. Helper springs or add-a-leaf in the back and if you need to, give the torsion bars a little bit of a turn.

This tahoe has helpers in the back, because EVERY gmt400 suv I have dealt with (and half tons for that matter) sags. I picked up the 3 leaf helpers from JC whitney (2500#?) and put them on. Torsion bars are set at factory height.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 03:18 PM   #4
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Send manyjeeps a pm he has a lift for your truck it's on a truck right now but the truck has never been on the road and he is parting the truck out.
"Toomanyjeeps"? Thats all that came up when i searched.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 03:22 PM   #5
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You shouldn't need a body lift to put 33"s on that pickup. My brother's 97 tahoe didn't have any issues (except front mudflaps) with 33"s on it.

Take the body lift out, stay away from blocks by all means necessary. Helper springs or add-a-leaf in the back and if you need to, give the torsion bars a little bit of a turn.

This tahoe has helpers in the back, because EVERY gmt400 suv I have dealt with (and half tons for that matter) sags. I picked up the 3 leaf helpers from JC whitney (2500#?) and put them on. Torsion bars are set at factory height.
Thanks.... this sounds like the best/cheapest route.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #6
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I have airbags in the back of my K1500 and with the torsion bars jacked up I could easily clear 33's. This lift will cost you less than $200 and it looks better then a body lift!
The only problem is the ride is ROUGH! You will have no give in your suspension if you turn the torsion key to far and it is not a fun ride if you go offroad.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 03:00 PM   #7
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"Toomanyjeeps"? Thats all that came up when i searched.
sorry it's manyjeep
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Old June 13th, 2010, 03:11 PM   #8
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i know a buddy used ford f150? torsion keys in his 99 to level his lift out. idk if that would work on yours.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 11:13 AM   #9
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I have airbags in the back of my K1500 and with the torsion bars jacked up I could easily clear 33's. This lift will cost you less than $200 and it looks better then a body lift!
The only problem is the ride is ROUGH! You will have no give in your suspension if you turn the torsion key to far and it is not a fun ride if you go offroad.
thats what I hear. Do you think it would be cured with longer shocks? I could see the shock reaching full extension before it dampens rebound sufficiently on big bumps.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 06:07 PM   #10
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That might work. I just lowered mine a little to stop the rough ride. I did get a really squeeky ride for a week or two after lowering it. I figured the squeek came from the shocks being extended for a few years and fixed it with some WD40 and a trip through my favorite mud hole.

I think the rough ride comes from the tension on your torsion bar and not the shock extension. I am sure there is someone on here that knows more about it then I do.
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