Originally Posted by oxymoron29
Kits cost a lot more because you need a dropped pitman arm, dropped track bar bracket and dropped sway bar brackets for that kind of height. You are pretty close to maxed out in those departments right now so those need addressing if you want to go higher. Wedged rear blocks to correct pinion angle are also included in some kits which is a good idea.
Also, shocks don't increase height, springs do. Not sure if that was a typo or not on point #1. I wouldn't bother messing extensions of any sort, lift shocks from Rough Country or the like aren't that expensive.
From my experiences running 5" of lift, my rear brake line was too short so I bought a RBL60 Skyjacker piece to replace it. My front driveshaft vibrates in 4wd, is maxed right out and so I will require an indexing ring for my tcase (I have a thread on this).
If you care not about lift and just want to run 35" tires, I would seriously consider leaving the truck as is if it works and research what backspacing yields the best results for running 35" tires. You definately are not the first to run that setup.
For gears, I believe 4.10 will just barely cut it is recommended that you are in the region of 4.56 to be back where the truck was with factory tires.
Wow, good info. I could fab up track bar brackets, sway bar brackets, and wedge blocks. I have anything and everything I would need and I would feel safer doing it because I always over build things. I don't paticularly like the way blocks just stack. My version would bolt the blocks together to begin with...I would have to buy pitman for sure.
Yes, that was a typo. Sorry about that, I mean springs.
Never looked into indexing rings. Ill have to make sure I remember that if I do lift.
Leaving the lift at 3 and putting 35s would actually fit my bill better. I don't do offroading except for driving around on the farm and I think that even 35s on a 5-6 inch lift will look small. I would rather have 35s on a 3 inch to make them look more proportionate to the truck. But sure, if I am only one out of many, Ill definitely opt for for that. Id rather spend 600 for wheels and save a few hundred on a lift that I don't need. Not to mention, block fab, pitman arms, etc.
Still probably have to get pinions. I could go ahead and get them 1 set at a time so that its not one big bill. Obviously won't be able to install until I have both, but itll be more like a payment plan. Get the wheels in sets of 2 over a period of time. Then wheels are just gonna suck. Part of running big tires lol. thanks for the help.