July 17, 2005I have a 05 Silverado K1500 (non Z71) with a 4.8 5-spd. I have been looking at some kits online that come with the torsion bar lifts and the add a leaf rear lift, (not keen on the rear block system). 3 questions, First-how much strain will this put on my front axles? I looked at the angle on the axles stock and I dont know if that much angle will hurt them or not. Second- If not hard on the axles and I install them, what comes next...i.e. Can I get the front end lined up right, and what kind of ride/performance/dependability can I look forward to? Last, if I do go forward with this what size tires can I put on comfortably? I dont want to sound all cautious and stuff but this is my first new truck and I just dont wanna screw it up.
Forums : Suspension : 2.5 Suspension Lift for 05 Chevrolet (833 Views)
January 6, 20062.5" will only clear 33x12.50's on a late model chevy. Basically, you just have to ask yourself what you want, because there is, as always, many tradeoffs. If you want the lift wheels and tires, go for the 6" and do it right. If you really only want 33's, I'd say get the rancho kit because its only about 4 inches and looks pretty good over 33's. I have a 6" superlift and a 3" body, and no drivetrain issues or suspension problems at all. To be honest with you, I dont really think my ride quality has suffered very much at all because I went with dual front shocks, and HQ shocks all around. The blocks in the back are fine for me. If your ride quality suffers at all, you just have to deal with it. Thats the tradeoff. Im not sure which 2.5" suspension lift you found, all I know of is a torsion bar key kit, which can give you 2.5" and there's a 3" skyjacker. The torsion bars are something you dont want to really mess with if you want to keep your ride quality and the skyjacker kit is over $1000 for the kit alone, plus you keep a bunch of the factory components in the suspension which weren't designed for lift or the abuse they will take. I was told by 4 Wheel Parts that the old 3" kit for a 99-up GM was the most returned kit they sold which is why it was pulled from the market. Good luck with whatever you decide to do