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Old April 27th, 2010, 08:44 PM   #1
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Okay. So I've got this 2006 silverado 1500. Its the 5.3 liter, pretty nice truck. Z71 package, but pretty basic. Extended cab, but aproaching 160000 miles. I'm pretty sure I want it as my offroad truck. A family friend owns a scrap yard and I was ocer there today looking at axles and such. Does it make sense to do a solid axle conversion on the front? I want to run 37-42inch tires down the line. I found a dana 60 for the rear, and I belive one for the front also. Woulld those be adiquate? I need some bhonest opponions, is a 4 link okay for daily driving? How terrible can it be... does it make sense to 4 link the truck with coil springs, and lift it a few feet, swap in those axles and call it good? What kinda time is this going to take to do? How much flex can I get out of a leaf setup? What should I do for steering on the 4 link? Hydrolic?

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Old April 27th, 2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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A D60 in the front would be sufficient, but I'd look at a 14 bolt or D70 for the rear. A 4-link would also work fine. Hydrolic steering is technically illegal for road use. If anything look into hydro-assist.

Those are my plans eventually anyways.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #3
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A D60 in the front would be sufficient, but I'd look at a 14 bolt or D70 for the rear. A 4-link would also work fine. Hydrolic steering is technically illegal for road use. If anything look into hydro-assist.

Those are my plans eventually anyways.
How are the road manners of the 4 link? I dont want a TON of flex, but enough to go crawling when I would like.
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How are the road manners of the 4 link?
that is a very vague question. it all depends on how you set it up. I would just do leaf springs. its a lot cheaper, and their are a lot of people out their who have done it... not to mention lots of kits.
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If you can find the kit that Cage off road used to sell it's pretty much a bolt on solid axle swap for that truck. Cage has gone out of business but someone may have picked it up and may still be selling it. I would go with a 4 link if it was me. There are tens or hundreds of thousands of jeeps on the road and most of them have a 4 link front so it can't be bad.
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