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2005 Z71 Suburban Lift, Here we go...
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post Jan 1 2008, 11:12 AM
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QUOTE(Full Metal Jacket @ Dec 30 2007, 01:59 AM) [snapback]161584[/snapback]

Excellent height for leg shots. wub.gif

I want a lift now biggrin2.gif


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post Jan 28 2008, 11:41 PM
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QUOTE(drwatt @ Jul 25 2007, 11:54 PM) [snapback]140566[/snapback]

This truck does a lot of soft sand beach driving and long highway miles getting to the beach. biggrin2.gif With all the gear and the general stock height of 265x70x17 wheels/tires it drags in the sand all the time. I can see my skid plate's marks in the sand at times. I need a suspension lift. I'm interested in 35"+ tire, 6"+ lift, and 17"-18" chrome wheels.

A concern of mine is affects of the 200-300lbs additional weight I put on the front end with my custom cooler/rod rack and then adding heavier tires/wheels.

A local "pro" shop recommended this package; RCD 6" lift, BFGoodRich T/A KO 35" tires, on Mickey Thompson Classic II's for $5000 installed. Deal or no deal?



I got the same lift and tires but with moto metal wheels installed for $4200 at Desert Rat in Mesa AZ.

QUOTE(z71tahoe2035 @ Jul 26 2007, 09:49 AM) [snapback]140610[/snapback]

$5,000 sounds a bit pricey to me. My Procomp lift was $1,300 and I know that RCD is right around there. My rims and tires (20 and 35's) were $2,700 so I spent $4,000 on parts, but with the smaller rims price should go down $180 a rim $720 total and tire not sure about that price maybe around $1,200. It seem that they are getting close to $1,500+ for the install, that seems a bit much to me. I installed mine myself so I can't tell you what it should cost for the install but I wanna say that I was quoted around $800 to do the job when I was looking at getting it installed.
My recommendation is to do some serious research on the internet for the parts you want then you can get a good idea of what they should cost.
If your up to it to and think that you have the ability to do it I would try to lift it yourself, Its not that hard its just time consuming and intimidating.



Here is my breakdown 17" moto metal 951 were $843, RCD lift $1599, BFG tires $928, and labor $500 alignment $79, $204 tax= $4153
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post Jan 29 2008, 05:28 AM
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QUOTE(wl2004z71 @ Jan 28 2008, 11:41 PM) [snapback]166957[/snapback]

Here is my breakdown 17" moto metal 951 were $843, RCD lift $1599, BFG tires $928, and labor $500 alignment $79, $204 tax= $4153


pics... we gotta see pics!!!


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post Jan 29 2008, 09:03 AM
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QUOTE(wl2004z71 @ Jan 29 2008, 12:41 AM) [snapback]166957[/snapback]

QUOTE(drwatt @ Jul 25 2007, 11:54 PM) [snapback]140566[/snapback]

This truck does a lot of soft sand beach driving and long highway miles getting to the beach. biggrin2.gif With all the gear and the general stock height of 265x70x17 wheels/tires it drags in the sand all the time. I can see my skid plate's marks in the sand at times. I need a suspension lift. I'm interested in 35"+ tire, 6"+ lift, and 17"-18" chrome wheels.

A concern of mine is affects of the 200-300lbs additional weight I put on the front end with my custom cooler/rod rack and then adding heavier tires/wheels.

A local "pro" shop recommended this package; RCD 6" lift, BFGoodRich T/A KO 35" tires, on Mickey Thompson Classic II's for $5000 installed. Deal or no deal?



I got the same lift and tires but with moto metal wheels installed for $4200 at Desert Rat in Mesa AZ.

QUOTE(z71tahoe2035 @ Jul 26 2007, 09:49 AM) [snapback]140610[/snapback]

$5,000 sounds a bit pricey to me. My Procomp lift was $1,300 and I know that RCD is right around there. My rims and tires (20 and 35's) were $2,700 so I spent $4,000 on parts, but with the smaller rims price should go down $180 a rim $720 total and tire not sure about that price maybe around $1,200. It seem that they are getting close to $1,500+ for the install, that seems a bit much to me. I installed mine myself so I can't tell you what it should cost for the install but I wanna say that I was quoted around $800 to do the job when I was looking at getting it installed.
My recommendation is to do some serious research on the internet for the parts you want then you can get a good idea of what they should cost.
If your up to it to and think that you have the ability to do it I would try to lift it yourself, Its not that hard its just time consuming and intimidating.



Here is my breakdown 17" moto metal 951 were $843, RCD lift $1599, BFG tires $928, and labor $500 alignment $79, $204 tax= $4153



x2. Where are your pics lol. This is why i never got a suspension lift.....4153 yet I would still love to have one.


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post Feb 19 2008, 03:47 PM
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QUOTE(drwatt @ Jan 1 2008, 01:07 AM) [snapback]161876[/snapback]

QUOTE(Full Metal Jacket @ Dec 30 2007, 01:59 AM) [snapback]161584[/snapback]

DrWatt

so now that you have had the lift for over 3 months now what are your initial reactions and pros and cons?

How does it ride?
Is it bouncy?
stiff?
rough?
almost like stock?
did it slow the truck down noticeably?
If you could do it again, would you?
Any regrets?
has the wife quit complaining?

I so want to do alift, be it a 3 or 6 inch suspension lift but im scared that it will ruin the truck or that it will ride like a beat up old pick up truck. Because then my wife will never let me forget it.

thanks, i too have a white zburban.



The truth: (I've been drinking quite a bit of truth serum tonight so here goes...)

Q: How does it ride?
A: I really like the way it rides, feels very confident on/off road. Several long trips and no one complains, a buddy said it was a lot smoother than he expected.

Q: Is it bouncy?
A: There is a frequently travel back road I take and it sometimes feels bouncier than it should but not anything drastic by far... Overall no.

Q: stiff?
A: No.

Q: rough?
A: Hell no.

Q: almost like stock?
A: if not better.

Q: did it slow the truck down noticeably?
A: Yes, but Justin's tune helped a lot. I really wish I had Justin's tune before the tires/lift to see how different it was, because his changes, simply make it drive differently and for the better. Added exhaust and makes it sound faster than it is. wink.gif

Q: If you could do it again, would you?
A: Yes, slightly smaller tire size. I did quite a bit of trimming, bumper, bumper trim, and a bit of body in wheel well. ohmy.gif But I do load this truck up, with over 200lbs of gear hanging off the front and rear...

Q: Any regrets?
A: I wish hadn't gotten aluminum wheels, the salt air/water I drive in on the beach makes it impossible to get shiny again.

Q: has the wife quit complaining?
A: No, she hates it. Won't drive it anymore, which I think is a good thing. wink.gif


Additional notes:

1. With large tire size, you need to baby the power steering a bit. It'll turn'em but I don't think it will last forever.
2. I find myself using the trailer mode to run around downtown, less shifty.
3. Additional height makes cleaning the hood and roof a PITA. Loading the roof rack, becomes a challenge.
4. I get a lot compliments.
5. Excellent height for leg shots. wub.gif

Feel free to ask anything else...



Dr WATT Thank you SOOO MUCH for your answeres.. I have been looking for your reply but forgot what it was under so after spending 2.5 hrs looking around the site I found my question and your awesome answers!
So from what I read, the only reason NOT to get the lift is because the wife will be happier! Ha! for that alone I think its worth it..

We all know we cant live with out them however to know that after a good argument you can climb up into your burban and have her look at your lifted rear as you pull away would be priceless because you know they would be thinking !*@%$@*%$*&%@$ and then as they saw the truck they would add more !*$%)@&%$)*&!%$)&!%)$

LoL. as you can probably guess, Im going through some static with the wife right now.. But I am now going to plan on how I am going to get my Burban lifted..

THANK YOU DR WATT.. If all else fails, I will say a Dr freind of mine said it would be good for my ego ! yahoo.gif biggrin2.gif thumbsup.png


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post Feb 19 2008, 06:10 PM
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QUOTE(obert272 @ Dec 30 2007, 12:34 PM) [snapback]161613[/snapback]

vette mods? You make me sick! lol. Yours would look sick with a suspension lift eppie.

obert, I don't know how the vette would look with a suspension lift.


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post Feb 22 2008, 06:48 PM
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I'm still having some rubbing, mostly only when I've got her fully loaded. I'm gonna try adding new keys on Monday. I'd rather not have a body lift and I don't care if the front sits up a little higher. Verified today that the torsion bars are already turned up all the way. I hope the keys will be enough.

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post Feb 22 2008, 06:52 PM
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QUOTE(drwatt @ Feb 22 2008, 07:48 PM) [snapback]172487[/snapback]

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I'm still having some rubbing. I'm gonna try adding new keys on Monday. I'd rather not have a body lift and I don't care if the front sits up a little higher. I hope the keys will be enough.



Where you rubbing at? It looks nice the way it sits now. I agree on not having the 3' body lift..


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post Feb 22 2008, 06:57 PM
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QUOTE(Full Metal Jacket @ Feb 22 2008, 07:52 PM) [snapback]172490[/snapback]

QUOTE(drwatt @ Feb 22 2008, 07:48 PM) [snapback]172487[/snapback]

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I'm still having some rubbing. I'm gonna try adding new keys on Monday. I'd rather not have a body lift and I don't care if the front sits up a little higher. I hope the keys will be enough.



Where you rubbing at? It looks nice the way it sits now. I agree on not having the 3' body lift..


Passenger side rear outside corner of the fender well, corner of the cab hitting on corner of a sandwich of sheet metal. After my recent trip, its rubbed the paint off and its really annoying!


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Go for Ford keys and you can add SuspensionMaxx coil spacers to keep her level... I'm not a fan of nose up!

Have you trimmed on the passenger side too?


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[color="#000099"]SOLD 2008 LT2 Suburban LTZ 20" tires & wheels, 17" DVD monitor, GPS unit, XTreme Catch-All Floor Mats, 6,000k HID H11 lows, 6,000k HID 9005 highs & 6,000k HID 5202 fogs


SOLD... 2003 Z71 Suburban Corsa Sport catback, AEM Bruteforce CAI, BlackBear Custom tune, PA 3" Body Lift, Ford keys, SuspensionMaxx 1.5 inch rear spacers, Bilstein 5100 shocks, Gap Guards, Pro Comp 6001 Wheels 17x9 with 4.5" BS, 35 x 12.50 Mickey Thompson MTZ's, 410 gears, swapped in 2nd row captains chairs, Denali Cluster, XTreme Catch-All Floor Mats, Sylvania Silverstar Ultra Hi & Lo beams, Sylvania Silverstar 893 Fog lights, hi - low - fog all on at same time mod, Thule 65" rack & bars, (2) Thule ski boxes, Thule hitching post 4 bike rack, rear shock bolts flipped, windshield fluid heater, 35% tinted driver/pass windows, Pioneer 8" 500W subwoofer, 2001 Burb sub box, Rockford Fosgate 325 Amp, MTX RE-Q, 10.2" Audiovox DVD monitor, FM remote starter
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post Feb 23 2008, 12:04 PM
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QUOTE(skidad62 @ Feb 22 2008, 09:10 PM) [snapback]172512[/snapback]

Go for Ford keys and you can add SuspensionMaxx coil spacers to keep her level... I'm not a fan of nose up!

Have you trimmed on the passenger side too?


I've trimmed a lot. I've have to cut the part of the cab to get it away, which I'm not going to do. Since I put alot of weight on the front, I think it'll level out.


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Man I love the pole racks & lights on the cargo rack up front. I may have to add that to my cargo rack.


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QUOTE(BlkHoe03 @ Feb 23 2008, 01:08 PM) [snapback]172642[/snapback]

Man I love the pole racks & lights on the cargo rack up front. I may have to add that to my cargo rack.


I've attached a "flyer" from the guy who built my "cooler" rack as the they call it. I call it a rod rack.
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Added the Ready Lift kit's keys and cranked it up another 1.25" for now. No rubbing when I back up but ride is stiffer. But honestly I like it stiffer. It doesn't look any higher to me.


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Must have pics....!!!


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[color="#000099"]SOLD 2008 LT2 Suburban LTZ 20" tires & wheels, 17" DVD monitor, GPS unit, XTreme Catch-All Floor Mats, 6,000k HID H11 lows, 6,000k HID 9005 highs & 6,000k HID 5202 fogs


SOLD... 2003 Z71 Suburban Corsa Sport catback, AEM Bruteforce CAI, BlackBear Custom tune, PA 3" Body Lift, Ford keys, SuspensionMaxx 1.5 inch rear spacers, Bilstein 5100 shocks, Gap Guards, Pro Comp 6001 Wheels 17x9 with 4.5" BS, 35 x 12.50 Mickey Thompson MTZ's, 410 gears, swapped in 2nd row captains chairs, Denali Cluster, XTreme Catch-All Floor Mats, Sylvania Silverstar Ultra Hi & Lo beams, Sylvania Silverstar 893 Fog lights, hi - low - fog all on at same time mod, Thule 65" rack & bars, (2) Thule ski boxes, Thule hitching post 4 bike rack, rear shock bolts flipped, windshield fluid heater, 35% tinted driver/pass windows, Pioneer 8" 500W subwoofer, 2001 Burb sub box, Rockford Fosgate 325 Amp, MTX RE-Q, 10.2" Audiovox DVD monitor, FM remote starter
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On my second rear U-joint since the lift with only 60,000 miles. I did a tune thinking the rumble I was feeling was engine related, it was u-joint going bad.


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Wow, talk about digging up a thread from the past, 2008, many people I had actually forgotten about. Blast from the past.


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That reminds me... biggrin2.gif


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