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EZTundra77

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About EZTundra77

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    Esmin
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    MI
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    2017 Chevy 3500HD 6.0 CCLB SRW 4x4
  1. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    I see your point. I wasn’t referring to more down the road repairs on the lift components. But the change in geometry does affect wear at some point for driveline parts. And a lift means bigger tires. Those alone are gonna burn through u joints, drive shafts, 1/2 shafts, cv joints, etc. maybe not until 150k. But sooner than if you left it stock.
  2. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    A lot of guys run lifts and love them. Lift kits can consist simply of shocks and blocks. Or on the other end of the spectrum, they can consist of top shelf coilovers, bulletproof control arms and torsion bars, etc. The ride quality varies a lot from one kit to the next. Generally, if it's a really stiff ride, it was designed for towing in mind. You want that stiffness if you have a 15k lb. trailer attached. Your half ton was originally geared more for a smooth ride. My '17 3500 had a pretty smooth ride from the factory. And I did NOT want to lift it. I wanted to keep the stock Geometry. So even though I chose a bigger tire (295/70/18), I chose to try them bone stock and they fit! So I went in the opposite direction and I'm still happy with the ride quality. If your tires cleared with your previous suspension and you like the ride quality better, you could switch back to that set-up. Your suspension and drivetrain will likely last a bit longer without the lift also. Just my 2¢ Like I said, there a great lift kits out there. I'm not knocking them. But they do cost money. Upfront and in the long run too. And not much looks cooler than 37" mod boggers on a truck with a 8" lift.
  3. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    I was shocked at that too. My Mickey T Baja MTZ p3 feel like they are magnetically stuck to the road. Like a buch of thick suction cups. I love it.
  4. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    A lot of guys run lifts and love them. Lift kits can consist simply of shocks and blocks. Or on the other end of the spectrum, they can consist of top shelf coilovers, bulletproof control arms and torsion bars, etc. The ride quality varies a lot from one kit to the next. Generally, if it's a really stiff ride, it was designed for towing in mind. You want that stiffness if you have a 15k lb. trailer attached. Your half ton was originally geared more for a smooth ride. My '17 3500 had a pretty smooth ride from the factory. And I did NOT want to lift it. I wanted to keep the stock Geometry. So even though I chose a bigger tire (295/70/18), I chose to try them bone stock and they fit! So I went in the opposite direction and I'm still happy with the ride quality. If your tires cleared with your previous suspension and you like the ride quality better, you could switch back to that set-up. Your suspension and drivetrain will likely last a bit longer without the lift also. Just my 2¢ Like I said, there a great lift kits out there. I'm not knocking them. But they do cost money. Upfront and in the long run too. And not much looks cooler than 37" mod boggers on a truck with a 8" lift.
  5. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    Do the taller rims give better towing manners? Maybe more responsiveness?
  6. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    I believe rake is important if you tow. Leveled trucks look cool too. 5" is a hefty lift so it's not surprising it feels stiff. You also have tall rims. Looks like 20" or 22". not much rubber to give cushion there. Good for street cornering though.
  7. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    Nice rig. I just fit that same size tire on a bone stock ‘17 3500 4x4. Hard to believe the ride height between the 1500 and the 3500 is that much different.
  8. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    You take way better photos than I do. Very nice suspension.
  9. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    Sorry I can only post 1 at a time due to resolution. 1 more: These are 295/70/18 (34.5" x 11.8") Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ P3 on stock 8" wide HD chromed aluminum wheels on a bone stock '17 3500 HD 4x4 CCLB 6.0. The only mod was removing the lower valence. No turned keys. No level. No shock or wheel spacers. No rub on full steering lock in wither direction., even when driving. Between the valence delete and the bigger shoes, I lost about 1MPG. Sitting at 11 MPG combined and I'm good with that. I know it doesnt make the numbers of a 6.2 but it's a cast iron block with a compression ratio that just begs for boost. I'll get some better close ups of the clearances.
  10. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    Here's another. This is exactly the width I was hoping for. Flush to the outside of the fenders/quarters. Not sticking out.
  11. 2014+ Suspension Lifts

    Heres pics with the new shoes:
  12. I am in on another thread that has like 3000 replies and lots of back and forth, which is great because that's how I learn. But I finally got the answer to my question. I wanted 295/70/18 MT Baja MTZ p3 on my stock 2017 3500 HD 6.0 4x4 SRW CCLB. I kept hearing guys running 305/60/20 or 305/70/18 with some rub on full lock. Some had levels. Some just had turned keys. I didnt want turned keys or a level. I want rake with stock geometry. The only mod I have done was removing the lower valance. Well I was at discount tire today for them to patch a tire and I got to talking to the service manager who gave me a very fair quote including certificates, but he didn't have the MT's in stock. I told him to mount a single 295/70/19 Nitto Ridge Grappler on the front and by God, that thing fit like a glove. I had 1/2"-1" clearance all around. Full lock. No rub. No trimming. I was pleasantly surprised. I had him order the MT Baja's. So for the record, you can fit a 34.5" x 11.8" mud tire on a bone stock '17 3500 w/ 8" w rims and NO RUB As long as you remove the lame air damn. I wanted to stay at 295 so I could stay in Load Range E1. 305's are almost all E2. And the MT's have a 129 index to boot. I will post pics once they are fitted.
  13. OK. so the plot thickens. I was up at Discount Tire Today to have them fix a puncture. And of course, I start talking to them about bumping up. The guy gives me an amazing quote including certificates, but he doesnt have the MT Baja MTZ P3. I tell him if he mounts a different brand 295/70/18 and they fit, I'll order the MT's. He put a 295/70/18 Nitto N/T on and that sucker fit like a glove. I had 1/2" clearance at least at full lock. So the MT's are ordered. Im blessed with a very cool wife.
  14. I realize the stock intake is already a cold air intake. I’m looking at cheap kits that offer a smooth, non ribbed main pipe and a larger filter element. I’m not expecting big gains. I just wonder what is meant by “intake noise”. The sound difference on my sequoia after I put in the TRD CAI sounded more like an exhaust note. It just made it a little more throaty somehow. I don’t know what is meant by “intake noise”
  15. If it works, I'll buy you a beer. (Domestic bottles only, offer only good in southeast Michigan)
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