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  1. The front ride height is now around 36.1”, about a .5” increase. I’d set the number on Ranchos on five in the front and six in the rear, and if you’re driving on awful roads 4 and 5 respectively.
  2. I’ve made this conversion with a 2015 Denali. It’s been a process but I can tell you exactly what needs to be done and what to expect. I’ve swapped out multiple strut and shock combos but it’s still cheaper then replacing the magna-ride components. The problem with the 2015 suspension is it’s the first year and they lower control arms where trash. GMC refuses to acknowledge it but I hope a lawyer takes them to court. Like you I had low miles, 53k, and all of the struts went out. Struts, others will argue, but go with the RS Ranchos. Reason being is the Denali suspension is completely different from the base Yukon. Add that most conventional systems are designed for the Yukon which generally have 20’ wheels all the while most Denalis have 22’, wheel size matters. The Rancho RS works because you can super tight, float like an old caddy, or go off road with ease. Plus the struts are thick. You need to understand if you try a different then expect different ride heights. With 22’ factory rims your everyday strut and shock has lowered my front way past normal ride height and I’ve had it raised too high. Trust me, go with the Ranchos, I’ve done this conversion. If there is another Denali guy that’s has a different opinion I’d be happy to listen but the POS suspension we got is not as simple as the others went to believe it is. Next is the deletion kit, use a simple plug and play. Don’t try to splice the wiring. I did replace my lower control arms as well, the balm joints went out due to the magn-ride locking up. Also, the 2015 LCM’s suck. My car doesn’t ride exactly the same as before but the Rancho gives me multiple settings which I like. feel more comfortable off road with the conventional struts and replacing my conventional system in the future will be tremendously cheaper long term. I asked myself do I really trust this magna-ride system to last more then 50k miles again? The magna-ride history has proven the conversion is worth it. Magna-ride is too complex and just a dumb idea for a massive vehicle that just wants to be like the other GMs. I say to GM, if I wanted a luxury track SUV then I’ll get the MB GL550 but I want an American SUV that doesn’t require $500 OEM aftermarket struts. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM STRUTMASTERS. They are without a doubt the trashiest, low quality, and fraudulent product and company out there. They struts are just awful and their springs just don’t fit the measurements. The deletion kit is not a kit, it’s a handbook on how to splice wires and what fuse to remove. If you don’t want to go my route then speak with a truck nerd at your local aftermarket store. Bounce ideas off of them because they convert trucks, the Denali’s system is a bit unique. Btw, the factory front ride height should be 35.9’, everything below that will make your ride look toe heavy and you won’t clear parking lot curbs.
  3. I just converted my 2015 Yukon Denali 4x4 from the magna ride to conventional struts and shocks. I went with the Rancho RS 9000’s and they are awesome. I was seeking a very soft riding which it has as well as a tight and responsive ride when I’m on the highway. I’ve set them on 1 for some off road use but I normally set them at 6 in the front and 5 in the back. I have yet to haul everything with major weight but when I did crank it up to 9 the rear end was very tight. Note: that trash magna ride locked up my two front and rear passenger struts and my lower ball joints. In addition to completely changing out the system I threw on some new lower control arms, nothing crazy but they needed to be replaced.
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