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  1. Just so I understand leveling a truck 2017 Silverado 2500HD correctly, as a lift kit is not an option. I’ll be changing the stock 20” rims and going with aftermarket tires and rims with an A/T tire. Possibly 33” to 34” x11-1/2” wide. i don’t do any off roading, and towing. City and highway driving is all I do. Just so I understand all the reading I been doing. I crank up the stock keys about 1-1/2”, don’t go to far otherwise the ride starts to get effected. Just don’t go max. If the height isn’t reached, then by new keys with the index off set. UCA’s help with the gimble angle, bump stop issues. Will these help with a smoother ride? I’m looking at Cognito, Kryptonite. Shocks like the Bilstein 5100 with shock extenders seem to be popular. They are stiffer then stock, but make the truck feel not every bump on the road, and help smooth out the ride. Is their a better shock for city/ highway driving for the 2500’s? before spending $1k on leveling the truck, I just want to make sure this is the correct way. Im after the smoothest ride, with a aggressive look, long term lasting. I bought the truck new, and it only has 12k miles, we plan on keeping the truck for a long time. We love the truck. Right now I’m running all 4 tires at 50psi. It was shaking our teeth out at 70psi Looking to buying something quickly so I appreciate any feedback
  2. Hey guys, I've been looking around a few different companies and looking at different lift kit options. Just wondering if you guys had any experience/knowledge that you guys wanted to share. I would love any input. Ive been looking at lifts In the range of 7-9" kits. I dont need a great offroading kit because I plan on keeping my truck a little bit more towards the show scene rather than offroad. I plan on putting 37" tires with 22x14's rims. As for offset im not decided yet. Looking to figure out which kit will best fit me and provide a good ride, with good dependability behind it. I have looked at the Cognito 10" lift & love the way it looks and I love the features it comes with. Im a huge sucker for fox shocks, I absolutely loved them on my last truck. However, the Cognito kits go for anywhere over $5,000 depending on what options you add to your kit. Because of this, I started leaning more towards the McGaughys 7-9" lift. The price is a lot better for this kit, I've seen them around $2,500 range. Although, I also checked out a BDS 8" Coilover kit which comes with the fox shocks and fox coilovers. My last truck had BDS suspension on it & it put up to the constant beating I put on it, great kit overall. The 8" BDS kit falls more around the midpoint between Cognito & McGaughys. If you guys have any previous experiences with any of these companies, I would love to hear any good/bad stories. Also, if you guys have any recommendations for other companies im all ears! Thanks
  3. Got the Fox 2.5's and the Cognito UCA's installed. Wanted to post this since I had a hard time finding good information about it myself. I have the aluminum stock upper and lower control arms so everyone made it seem you could only get so much lift out of those. Not true. I got the Cognito part specifically for the aluminum UCA's. From my understanding, the difference between aluminum and steel UCA's is the length of the bushings and bolts that connect the UCA to the frame. I mounted the ball joints underneath the control arm and have had great results. The shocks I have are the 2.5 Factory series Coil-over IFP. The ride is amazing, it looks great, and I am shopping for the rear shocks now... Definitely the correct way to do a leveling kit, well worth the cost. Fox # 883-02-028 adjustable 0-3" Cognito # UCAK100045
  4. RE: 2014 - 2018 Silverado/Sierra 1500 Wondering if any one has installed Readylift or Cognito UCA's with their leveling kit. Did you have to cut off the service perches/bump stop? If not have much clearance do you have between the UCA and the stop?
  5. Hey Everyone! I am new to the forum. Just picked up my first Silverado a month ago! Its a 2004 1500 extended cab. Has a fabtech 3.5" lift on 35s. When I bought it I found out the idler and pitman arm were gone. I guess its common that they wear fast on these trucks. Did some research and saw a lot of good things about the Cognito pitman/idler brace kit. So I decided to replace the idler, idler bracket, pitman arm, inner and outer tie rod ends, all Moog, and install the cognito kit. Installed everything. Followed the instructions to a T. Went straight from the lift to the alignment rack. After all was said and done the braces hit the drag link on full lock turns both left and right forcing the drag link downward. Was just wondering if anyone might have had a similar issue? I have the stock center drag link so it shouldn't mess with the kit. All I can think of while driving is the pitman arm stud getting stressed and snapping on me while coming down a mountain haha! I will most likely take the kit off but I'd like to avoid throwing $250 down the drain! Any suggestions would be much appreciated gents! Thanks!
  6. First time poster, long time reader. I am looking for some specific info, as I can't seem to find it thru hours of searching and reading. I have a 2016 double cab all terrain, 5.3, 3:42's, factory 20's. I am going with a 2.5" front leveling kit with 2" rear blocks. The front end is a combo of blistering 5100's set at the .75 setting, motofab upper 2" spacers, and diff drop kit. Rear is getting bilsteins, shock extensions, and 2" block kit. I am running the factory 20's with 285/65R20 Nitto Terra Grappler G2's. I haven't started anything as I want to have all the right components and get it done right the first time. My question is - Can I run cognito uca's (ball joint as I am in the northeast) without tire rub? I know I may rub the sway bar. The cognito instructions say "larger tires will not work on factory wheels'". Isn't this one of the reasons for me uca's? Aftermarket wheels run almost the same offset to fit correctly in the 14+ trucks. Do you think the rub would be a lot? Could I possibly run a 1/4" wheel spacer and clear it? Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. I really don't want to run uniball units, as I live in the salt region. I would like to eliminate the future wear and tear of the upper ball joints, and the possibility of failure. Thank you Rob
  7. It's been a few years since I've been active with lifting GM trucks, but I was very well versed when I was. I'm back with a Yukon XL 2500, because although my Commander is a 7 seater and has the 5.7L, it just doesn't have room for my family+cargo, nor the towing capacity for a good sized travel trailer. I did my research and will be ordering my lift very soon (as soon as a friend of mine buys my Jeep). Not looking for a massive lift or a show rig, just some better clearance for 33s, which i'm already running with some carefully done trimming. .... so here's what I've come up with: I want NTBD. For the 2500's, there aren't many options. But that's OK because I want to go with one of the better quality kits for this rig. It seems like the Cognito 4-6" NTBD is the way to go. Yes, I could also use the cognito NTBD adapters with other lifts, but then the price is right there if I would have just ordered the Cognito from the start (that option seems better for those with kits already installed and want to get their bars tucked away). I already have adjustable Fox resi shocks that'll work for the rear. I want adjustable shocks for the front, which means i'm limited to ordering a custom set of Fox's, or going with Rancho 9000XLs. To keep the initial costs down, I think I'm going to put on the Rancho's and keep the stock UCA's for the time being. So the UCA's... I want to get the Cognito boxed UCA's, since I really don't want to snap a stock balljoint (i know they're a weak link on these vehicles) when i'm down at OBX riding on the beach. But due to the travel they allow, they must be paired with the Cognito spec'd Fox shocks which are designed to limit suspension travel (or limiting straps). Since we're not going to OBX this summer, I figure the UCA upgrade with Fox shocks could wait until next year, and I can add the C/D adjuster to the front Fox resi shocks. Well, that's the plan.... anything I may have missed? Are there other options i've overlooked? Thanks
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