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I have been looking into lift kits and am saving up for the deal....and I saw on a website where they are selling a Spindle lift kit for fractions of the other kits. Is it just that they are missing some nessessary parts???? I am just new to the whole lift idea and am curious what this is.

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A spindle lift basically consists of a new lower cross member that will relocate the lower control arms a predetermined distance 4-6" depending on lift. Then a new spindle is used to span the now larger gap between the upper and lower control arm. Most only drop the differential 4.5" and kick out the lower control arms to keep funky angle to a min. a spacer is added to the axles due to them being too short now. Because of this design the front track width is made wider. A larger tire on stock rims usually will not work because the factory backspace causes the whell or tire to rub on the upper ball joint. Also to get full height the cv axles can be at extreme angles.

 

On a full drop upper and lower control arms are dropped the same amount, diff is dropped the same also. Problem is the driveshaft comes into play with the full drop.(and some spindle kits) Absolutly nessacary with autotrac. May or may not be with regular manual shift t-case.

 

Hope some of this makes sense. :cheers: There are great kits in both designs.

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if you are looking at 2WD spindle kits (you weren't specific), the lift spindle is nearly identical to the stock one with respect to ball join and tie rod locations, but the hub location is moved down 3-4". These do not change the geometry of the front suspension and keep factory ride very well.

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I have a 4WD, I am wanting just enough to be able to clear 33 in tires and want the look of a bad ass truck. I think 6 inches is more than I need, but 3-4 inches would be great. I want to be cost effective, but the last thing I want to do is go cheap and get some crap that wears out in a year or two. Do they make these spindle for 4WD???

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I have a 4WD, I am wanting just enough to be able to clear 33 in tires and want the look of a bad ass truck. I think 6 inches is more than I need, but 3-4 inches would be great. I want to be cost effective, but the last thing I want to do is go cheap and get some crap that wears out in a year or two. Do they make these spindle for 4WD???

 

 

 

Check out this website

http://www.cognitomotorsports.com/01-05_GM...ling_system.htm

 

they sell a 2-3" leveling kit...read the very bottom of the site..you can fit up to 33x12.5" tire on a 8" wide wheel

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The lift costs $1300 but I got it on sale for $1150. The rear is lifted using blocks but I will soon upgrade and get the leaf springs

 

 

 

 

 

Why? I had blocks on the back of my solid axle chevy for 2 years. The lift was 6 inches, I wheeled it exstensively and never had a problem with the blocks. Especially if the truck stays onroad. People always knock the blocks but its alot cheaper than blowing $400 on new springs, and they worked great. Sorry to rant, just hoping to save you some money. :D

BTW, the truck does look kickass

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