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    Good lift kit?

    A friend asked me about lift kits for a new chevy 1/2 ton. Couldn't really tell him a whole lot since I am a toyota guy. Any suggestions? This wouldn't be for a hardcore trail rig. Also not looking for the cheap lift springs which feel like you've welded the axle right to the frame. I have experienced a vehicle which mounted the axles to the frame with rubber blocks.

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    "New" as in what year??? Most Chevy trucks that are '88 or newer are IFS and simply don't have leaf springs on the front, and expect to pay big money for a suspension lift.
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    Yes, new as in ifs. I think it is an '04

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    A majority of the IFS lift kits re-use the factory torsion bars (springs) and therefore the ride quality is unchanged. Expect to pay around $2,000 just for the lift and either quite a bit more for labor, or a long weekend if he installs it himself.
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    Thanks for the info. What about the rear springs? (no blocks)

    I know from toyotas that some springs will give you lift and a very harsh ride in the back with no articulation. It is very apparent in those because the back is so light anyways.

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    I will preface this by saying I am by no means an expert, but --

    I watch Trucks! and all those fun shows religiously, they always use Skyjacker or Fabtech. Prices for a GM look like around $1500-$2000 from what I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R9R
    I watch Trucks! and all those fun shows religiously, they always use Skyjacker or Fabtech.
    Hmmm, I wonder if Skyjacker & Fabtech just might be sponsoring those shows....
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    Little things like that


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    BDS, Skyjacker and Fabtech seem to be the most popular for IFS trucks. Like was mentioned before, they're around $1500-$2000 for a six inch set up. I was looking into lifting my F150 and it's going to cost upwards of $5K to get it done. That's including new wheels and 35" tires, along with new gears. If you're going to lift, spend the money and do it right.

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    Well Skyjacker is probably the cheapest and Fabtech could be on the other end of the spectrum as a very high quality kit. No clue though just guessing.

    I don't have any experience with IFS lifts. I didn't bother to pay out that kinda money when I had IFS on my truck. If its an onroad truck and a nice one doing IFS lift becomes worth more. Other than that, yeah long weekend, but shouldn't be to big of a deal especially with things like impact wrenches.

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    I've had luck w/ BDS and Skyjacker in the past, but I would say one of the best suspension systems would be Rubicon Express...do they only make stuff for Jeeps?
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