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Old October 10th, 2009, 10:20 AM   #1
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Default Leveling kit anyone ever used one

I have a 98 chevy 1500 4x4 looking to get a leveling kit for it but not sure what one would be the best idea. Also i have a 7 1/2' snow way on the front the main reason for doing so.
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Old October 10th, 2009, 12:21 PM   #2
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Here is what we use and sell, I do alot of these. Very nice and ride well.
http://www.readylift.com/c-46-ck-150...-6-lug-15.aspx
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Old October 11th, 2009, 12:59 PM   #3
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ready lift is a waste of money go to the dealer and buy ford torsion bar keys and it does the same exact thing heres the part number XL3Z5B328CA

heres my truck with ford keys and 35's


the ford keys work for all 4x4 silverados/sierras 88-07 classic
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Old October 11th, 2009, 07:26 PM   #4
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Why won't chevy torsion keys allow for 35" tires ready lift only allows for 32" have you had any problems with the ford ones? Did you install them yourself its problly the same as installing chevy torsion keys. Bad ass truck by the way.
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You can only crank the bars so much then the upper control arms hit the control arm stop. Which basically means you won't have any suspension travel and it will ride very rough. You may also need new shocks because the up travel should stop before the arm stops take over. You may be able to run 35's but there is a limit on what you can do with the stock front end without a lift.

The only issue you might have is getting the stock keys out. They along with the torsion bars are rusted in place and take work to free up.

I've heard about the Ford keys before but forgot about them.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #6
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I personally dont like leveling kits because all your doing is cranking your torsion bars. If you want to clear bigger tires go with a body lift (doesnt look the best but gets the job done) or a 4" suspension lift.
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I've seen a couple kits that have a new upper control arm and a small diff drop to get away from the huge cv angles. The only problem I had with those are the arms are typically a fuzz short and couldn't align it right.
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mine is ford keys barely cranked... still have travel and on stock shocks. the z71's u can get away with stock shocks and 4x4's u must change

my cv angles are pretty good and i actually think the ride got better stiffer, its a really easy install just go spray them every night for a week straight before with pb blaster and be prepared to use ur BFH or air hammer to get them out, never use heat on them tho

also make sure u use a good gear puller otherwise this can be really dangerous
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mine is ford keys barely cranked... still have travel and on stock shocks. the z71's u can get away with stock shocks and 4x4's u must change

my cv angles are pretty good and i actually think the ride got better stiffer, its a really easy install just go spray them every night for a week straight before with pb blaster and be prepared to use ur BFH or air hammer to get them out, never use heat on them tho

also make sure u use a good gear puller otherwise this can be really dangerous
Could you take a picture of the front a arms and possably the CV shafts. Going with the ford keys should hold up to plowing i assume.
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