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Rough Country 3.5” Lift???

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So I am new to the forum and have already learned a ton. I just bought a new 2019 Chevy 2500HD Duramax Crew Cab Z71 LTZ. I would like to raise the front end to level it out but I am afraid of the ride that a leveling kit will leave me with. I also want to run stock wheels (20”) and tires. So my question is, what do you think about the RC lift, and will my truck look stupid raised that much (3.5”) with stock wheels and tires? Any advice will be appreciated!!!

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So I am new to the forum and have already learned a ton. I just bought a new 2019 Chevy 2500HD Duramax Crew Cab Z71 LTZ. I would like to raise the front end to level it out but I am afraid of the ride that a leveling kit will leave me with. I also want to run stock wheels (20”) and tires. So my question is, what do you think about the RC lift, and will my truck look stupid raised that much (3.5”) with stock wheels and tires? Any advice will be appreciated!!!

On stock wheels and tires? I think they will look undersized. Maybe 33’s on stock wheels? I had 34’s and it looked great.


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13 hours ago, Waaazooo said:


On stock wheels and tires? I think they will look undersized. Maybe 33’s on stock wheels? I had 34’s and it looked great.


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See that’s my hold up. They don’t look undersized on the back end and all I’m really doing is gaining that same height on the front end. I just dont know what to do. 

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See that’s my hold up. They don’t look undersized on the back end and all I’m really doing is gaining that same height on the front end. I just dont know what to do. 

That be the case. I would just lift the front a few turn with your torsion bars.. you can just lower it if you don’t like it.


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37 minutes ago, Waaazooo said:


That be the case. I would just lift the front a few turn with your torsion bars.. you can just lower it if you don’t like it.


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This.

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14 hours ago, Waaazooo said:


That be the case. I would just lift the front a few turn with your torsion bars.. you can just lower it if you don’t like it.

I agree with this as well. If you're going to keep the stock size tires, then I would just crank the bars a little. Then, add some shock extensions and get the front end aligned...and be done. That's what I did, and I'm very pleased. 

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9 hours ago, Big Whiskey said:

I agree with this as well. If you're going to keep the stock size tires, then I would just crank the bars a little. Then, add some shock extensions and get the front end aligned...and be done. That's what I did, and I'm very pleased. 

I have heard nothing but terrible things about doing this. Ride quality and wearing out front end parts. My dad did this with his 2012 Duramax and he says it rides terrible. My stock tires are 31.5’s so when it comes time to replace tires I could always go with 33’s or 35’s. Was just hoping someone could chime in on if they have done this approach too. 

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3 hours ago, Ranger2014 said:

I have heard nothing but terrible things about doing this. Ride quality and wearing out front end parts. My dad did this with his 2012 Duramax and he says it rides terrible. My stock tires are 31.5’s so when it comes time to replace tires I could always go with 33’s or 35’s. Was just hoping someone could chime in on if they have done this approach too. 

If you crank too much, then yes, it will ride terrible. When the shocks are maxed out, and the UCA's are too close to the bump stops, things go to crap in a hurry. However, if done in moderation (2" or less), it isn't bad at all. In addition, that 3.5" kit is basically a glorified leveling kit anyway. I wouldn't recommend going much over 2.5" with it if you want to maintain a decent ride. 

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I was happier with the hand spun level kit than with my 3.5”.

The. I wanted 35” tires.. then I did the 3.5” level. It drives well, the ride quality is good. The shocks are noisy


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Best bet is new keys, turn the torsion bars, add shock extenders.  I have not lost any ride quality and no parts are wearing out.  Just cranking the TBs is only going part way and the ride will suffer, the new keys keep the TB bolts in the same spot.  I went 2.5 and it sits just right, 285.65.20s fit perfectly. This is rear then front, I did nothing to the rear. Notice the trimmed front valence.

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Oh man, I hope this doesn't turn into another leveling keys vs cranking factory keys thread......but leveling keys are a waste of time & money, unless you can't get enough lift out of the stock keys. Twisting the torsion bars to increase the ride height is still twisting the torsion bars, regardless of how much bolt/threads you have showing.  

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