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Old 04-22-2013, 08:24 PM
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Not sure whether to go with a 3 inch body lift or the 3-2 torsion key and block suspension lift. I know the suspension is a whole lot cheaper, and that's what I want to get. I'm trying to clear 33x11.5x17 terra grapplers and 17" 0 offset wheels. I have a 2002 quad cab 4x4. I know that the body lift will have no issues with the tires, but not sure about the suspension lift I've looked around and can't find much with other people doing the 3-2 and 33s. I've also heard that other issues come from cranking torsion bars.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:30 PM
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Body lift is going to cheaper than a suspension lift. Cranking your stock keys with a 3" bl will give enough clearance for 33"s.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:37 PM
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i had cranked bars and 3 inch body lift in mine and ran 33's with no problem.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:17 PM
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How about getting the aftermarket torsion keys and cranking them up 3" and then putting 2" blocks under the leaf spring in the back? I've seen a couple of these kits that say it will clear 33s
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Anytime you lift the front end remember to get a wheel alignment.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:27 PM
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torsion keys don't do anything for our trucks. bump stops hit before we can bottom out keys. and I fit 33's on my truck with no block in the back and 2 inch tbar crank. But I could not turn. the body rubs terribly on the tires so the body lift is required.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:44 PM
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I did both the bl and new keys with add-a-leafs and have never had the tires rub at full lock or at full articulation. New polyurethane bushings up front help as well.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:32 AM
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Anyone running ONLY the 3" torsion bar crank with aftermarket keys and 2" blocks in the back and fitting 33s? I saw a YouTube video where a guy did this and was able to put I believe 33x11.5 tires but not sure about his wheels what offset
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:57 AM
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I run 285s with just a tbar crank in the front and some trimming. I have the aftermarket keys now and 1.5" blocks and it didn't help a whole lot but they don't scrub on everyday stuff now, just under hard flex with the wheel turned.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:10 AM
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I run 285s with just a tbar crank in the front and some trimming. I have the aftermarket keys now and 1.5" blocks and it didn't help a whole lot but they don't scrub on everyday stuff now, just under hard flex with the wheel turned.
What is your complete tire size, and wheel offset and how much rubbing do you get in the front and the back?
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:38 PM
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285x75r16s on stock wheels. Like I said not much up front if any during normal driving but offroad I can get a little. None at all out back
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285x75r16s on stock wheels. Like I said not much up front if any during normal driving but offroad I can get a little. None at all out back
What offset are your rims, because I know that offset can have a big impact on rubbing on the bumper
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:24 AM
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Tirerack says 25mm of backspacing. I have no idea. You will not rub on the bumper any if you just trim the front valance to the contour of the fenders. The inside fender well is where it will scrub
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Tirerack says 25mm of backspacing. I have no idea. You will not rub on the bumper any if you just trim the front valance to the contour of the fenders. The inside fender well is where it will scrub
Ok thanks what size engine and gear ratio do you have and have you noticed a decrease in power with 33s?
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:41 PM
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4.7 with 3.55 gears and auto. I did notice a little bit, but I think more so bc I have 10 ply mud tires on it now vs. the 265 bfg ats.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:48 AM
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3 in body is gonna be about 300. i got a 6inch suspension and 3 inch body, i can tuck 38s... but i just helped a buddy put a 3 inch body on his dak and he is running 33s. doesnt look to shabby, needs to be bigger though
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:53 PM
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hey, i have 3in body lift, with 315/70/17, i have 1/8th gapping between wheels and bumper, should i go with leveling kit or new torsion keys and crank em?
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:06 PM
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Well save yourself the money and crank the keys. I'm not sure how much adjustment is left in your stock keys, but you can get a lot of adjustment out of just cranking your keys. So buy new torsion keys and crank them or just crank your keys now and you will be set! Here's another idea for a couple extra cheap inches, buy a 2 inch bigger shackles for the back and buy your aftermarket bigger keys and crank them, that's what I'm going to do to set a couple more inches out of mine to bring it to 11 inches of lift
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:32 PM
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You wont get a full 3" out of cranking the tbars, keys or not. I did cut my bumpstops in half to allow for more room to move but it could cause problems with the CVs later
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:37 AM
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I just meant crank the keys if he needs to level it out after te body lift. No your not going to get 3 inches out of your keys. But I did just crank mine and I Gotland easy 2 inches out of my keys. But I basically have a whole new bigger front end on my truck from my lift and all the drop brackets and everything.
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