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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:44 PM   #1
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I recently purchase a 2004 Suburban 2500. It had some nice upgrades already, but I want to improve on it quite a bit. I am rather new to this and have been doing alot of research. I will list what the truck already has and what I would like to do to it. Please let me know your opions on the upgrades.

Thanks, Jim

What is has:
- 8.1L with a Whipple Supercharger
- Autoride
- 22" Mazzi Wheels with Goodyear tires (chrome starting to pit and peel)
- 3.73 gears
- Exhaust upgrade from the manifold back
- Crazy sound system with 5 tv's (my kids like it!)

What I want to do:
- 4.56 yukon gears
- BDS 6" lift with new leafs in rear
- 35x12.50 Toyo Open Country AT tires and chrome 18" or 20" wheels (mostly driven on road)
- Headers (not sure long or short)
- 42lb fuel injectors (because I already get terrible mileage)
- Westin Bull Bar w/PIAA Lights

I was thinking about having the suspension and headers done at Diversified Creations in Brighton. Not sure where to get the gears done. I think I will have the old rims powder coated and make them my winter wheels. I would like chrome for the new set, but not sure which ones. I am leaning toward MT Classic Locks. I will do the transformation some time in the summer. Please let me know you thoughts on whole package and and what I should or shoudn't do. All opinions are welcome.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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Nice truck. 8.1 with a whipple , I think burnout videos are needed ASAP !
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:49 PM   #3
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What motor is the 8.1? and i wouldnt run that big of rims if you plan
on lifting it i think it looks rather shitty.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #4
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Maybe when the snow melts.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #5
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What motor is the 8.1?
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:52 PM   #6
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yea just figured that out thanks.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 05:49 PM   #7
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What size do you recommend?
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What motor is the 8.1? and i wouldnt run that big of rims if you plan
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Old January 8th, 2010, 05:53 PM   #8
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i just but a 6.5 bds lift on my truck and i loove it! check out my build
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Old January 8th, 2010, 07:09 PM   #9
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Sounds nice tire choices get a bit slim with the 20"-22" range last I looked but its been a while plus if you are going to do sand which is one of the only places I'd take a big beast you are going to want some sidewall.
Anyway sounds sweet I like suburbans
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Old January 8th, 2010, 07:11 PM   #10
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That's a pretty truck!
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Old January 8th, 2010, 10:08 PM   #11
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very sharp truck
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:32 PM   #12
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17 or 18 inch rims at the most! sell those rims on 8 mile. i bet they will go fast for a good chunk of change. otherwise it looks very nice, congrats!
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #13
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must be an ex-driveby/bank robbery get away vehicle. 8.1 with a charger - hang on tight. You can definitely get to the next red light ahead of the other guy.

Sweet ride. BTW
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Old January 9th, 2010, 01:26 AM   #14
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What size do you recommend?
Depends what size rotors you have u might have to run atleast a
17" rim.... but if not i would run prolly 15's or 16's look nice
not to big and tires are pretty cheap compared to bigger rim
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I think with that kind of power 4:56 with 35's will be quick , but might be too much. And you RPM's will be high on the highway
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Your truck looks great. How do you like the ride? Any extra noise with the BDS Lift? (Rattles, etc.) I take it you would not recommend shop in Fenton.
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Old January 11th, 2010, 06:48 AM   #17
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personally, I would choose another gear mfr.
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Old January 11th, 2010, 05:34 PM   #18
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Diversified Creations will take excellent care of you. They can do your gears too. They are one of only a few truly first class shops around. Post up with what you do!
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Kinda like how it looks right now!
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Your truck looks great. How do you like the ride? Any extra noise with the BDS Lift? (Rattles, etc.) I take it you would not recommend shop in Fenton.
It rides better than before! no noises but if i had extra cash i will go from blocks in the rear to springs. They gave me a good price and actually only charged me about 700 for labor but they bought my tires and rims that were on it and knocked off 250. The only thing i didn't like to much was how they said it would be done in 2 days and it ended up taking 9 days and everyday they came up with an excuse when i got there to pick it up. My total cost was about 4600. Your looking at about the same depending if you install it yourself or not.
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