October 26, 2010I bought a 2000 silverado 5.3L z71 about 6 months ago... when i bought the truck it already had a lift on it. i will be completely honest right now, i know nothing about lifts which is why i need major help! i was told today that when the people lifted my truck all they did was cranked my torsion bars and put blocks on the back end and that it is putting way too much strain on my front end because instead of everything being level like it should, now everything is at an angle because of the truck being raised. anyway, so i was told that i should buy lifting spindles and this should make everything "right" again. again, since i know nothing about lifts i have no clue what i am supposed to be looking for to buy. i want about 4" of lift (which i`m not sure if that is even possible with lifting spindles). when i look i see that you can buy just the spindles or you can buy the spindles with a bunch of other stuff with it too. how do i know what i need? also, my truck has about 2 1/2" or 3" lift now... if i buy the spindles for 4" would i need to do something to my back end to raise it also. any info is greatly appreciated!!!! thanks
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October 27, 2010as a person who has done this before, lemme tell you a good piece of advice....GET THOSE BLOCKS OUT OF THERE!
ha, but seriously, it is ruining your entire suspension. cranking the torsion bars all the way is a BIG mistake. it ruins tires, ball joints, tie rods, pitman arms, idler arms, a-arms, ride quality, shock extension, increases rear axle wrap.....and the list goes on.
i had to replace almost everything listed above when i put 3" blocks under the rear and cranke t bars. there may be people on here who tell you its okay to do, but thats simply cause there truck hasnt had it happen yet (which it sounds like your truck has started to) or they refuse to believe it. simply getting an alignment wont help the situation.
I know its nice to think that you have 3" right now, and then with a 4" you could have 7" and put some gnarly tires on there, but believe me, it wont work out well in the end.
At MOST, you shouldnt ever crank your t-bars more than 1". If you want it to last, and look good, go buy a 6" suspension (4" is basically the same price, so why not go 6") and put some nice 35`s on there, its expensive, but you will be happy in the long run.
i had to learn the hard way. and that sucks.
im not trying to be a , just trying to help you out.
edit: oh, and getting ford keys to help crank the t-bars is just masking the real problem of actually cranking the torsion bars to begin with, so i dont recommend that either.
October 27, 2010as for the shackles, i cant help you, i dont have a clue about that.
but like i said, a 6" suspension is pricy, but worth it. go procomp, its the cheaper of the picks....its what ive had for 5+ years and its still going strong.
October 27, 2010Oh no, i dont want to put an additional 4"...i want to undo what is done to it now and lift it about 4" the "correct" way but i am wondering what the "correct" way would be.
October 27, 2010being that your truck is four wheel drive i dont think you can use lift spindles, thats a 2wd thing. i think if you want to do it right you need a sub frame lift. that will lower the mounting points so that control arms will be level with the ground so the ride doesnt suck.
im sure more people will chime in and help
October 27, 2010Thanks. Thats exactly why i am asking because i would hate to buy something and i cant even use it. Ok can someone please just find exactly what i need to buy online and give me the link? Lol
October 27, 2010http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lift-Kits-Suspensions-and-Shocks/Pro-Comp-Complete-Suspension-Systems.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=38&t_pt=5491&t_pl=1808&Year=2000&Make=CHEVROLET&Model=SILVERADO+1500&Engine=5.3L+V8+323+CID+GAS#ancResult
i only saw 6" lifts for pro comp, but depending on whether or not you have the auto-trac feature (auto 4wd button) it ranges from 1600-1900 for the complete lift kit with shocks.
although, i think rough country and rcx/rcd (cant remember exactly what its called is a little cheaper.
a 3" body lift will only run you about 300.....you could fit some nice 33" tires on there, it would save you a bundle. I think with a 3" body you can fit 33x11.50 or 285/75/16-17 ish area.
October 27, 2010I have 33`s (i believe) on my truck now which is why i cant go any lower than a 3". So what is the difference in a 3" body lift and what i have now? Thanks for the help by the way!
October 27, 2010Rough Country has a 4" lift for right at $1000.