New Tahoe Owner....needing answers!!!
I just recently bought a '97 Tahoe, 4dr, 4wd. I am looking to put a small lift and bigger tires on it. Are there any suggestions on what places to look for cheaper parts? Also looking to do some cosmetic with brushguard and fender flares. I am completely open to any new suggestions.
Stock Tire and Wheel Size
Would anyone be able to tell me what the Stock Tire and Wheel Size is for a 97 Tahoe. I am in Iraq, and I had my wife buy the Tahoe. I am wanting to know the stock size so that I can go ahead and by the new tires and wheels and have them shipped home. Also, if anyone has any recommendations for a type of tire for a simple 2" Body Lift.
lift answers for the guy in iraq from a guy in iraq
i find it pretty funny that you are in here asking the same questions i was a while ago. since then i have done alot of research on my tahoe as well (97 4 door) and with the help of alot of freinds in high places i have this following list of components that work perfectly in all aspects.
as far as the lift goes, pro comp makes the best engineered lift for the tahoe by far, there best lift is actually there largest wich is the 6 inch. this lift comes with 4 shocks and add a leaves in the rear. if you have the auto track (98 or newer) you will have to get the new drive outputs for the front. some of the additional components to this lift are not nessecary but i would highly reccomend them regardless of what kind of use. these include the dual front shock set up with hoops, steering stabilizer package and the rear traction bars. the front shock set up will save your angles and geometry sag and lengthen your tire usage after time, the steering stabilizer set up will benefit you on the off road hits and any possible tire sway at high speeds and the traction bars are a must even on dry pavement to prevent axle wrap and spring stress on fast take offs and other high torque applications.
this set up will comfortably fit 35x12.50x17 tires mounted on 17x9 wheels without any fender trimming or wheel backspacing.
as far as gearing goes i would go with a swap to 4.56 gears in the front and rear. this will pu tyou at about 2800 rpms at 60 mph with the 35 inch meats, which is a very nice set up for freeway and gives you great response out of the hole as well off road.
while you are digging into the differentials i would reccomend slapping in a eaton electric locker on the rear. it will save you in the long run on install costs and it will make a huge difference on off road and poor weather traction. there is currently nothing you can out in the front end due to its small size and weak components but the locked rear will make a off road monster out of the rig.
the best place (and cheapest) i have found for all of these comonents is 4 wheel parts wholesalers www.4wheelparts.com
trust my advice, i have bought all of the components listed and used them already on leave and for the price of 7100.00 for lift, shocks, hoops, bars, tires and wheel mounted and balanced, gears and a locker you cant go wrong. if you want more links or info drop me a line