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    If all that was done to lift it was use different keys then you could easily buy stock ones or aftermarket ones to lower the front end some. Most lifts I have seen involve a lot more modification of the suspension and control arms. From what it looks like the front suspension looks totally stock minus the keys.

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  2. #12


    I thought stock chevy suspension comes with springs instead on the actual shocks?

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    So you think it was a torsion key lift? I think there might be 2-4 inch lift, stock there is 8 inch clearance my truck with tires has 18.5 with 18 for tires and them muddying tires

  3. #13


    I would assume most stock chevy trucks and burbs come with all shocks and/or air suspension, not springs.

  4. #14


    The 2003 trucks were torsion bar not coil spring. So yes I think they installed a 2-4 inch kit but cranked it up to further increase the clearance, yet that likely only made the CV angle worse. In theory you can try to crank your keys down to reduce the height.

    I know they're different years, but this is what my CV's look like with no load. My truck rides at a factory height. When loaded the CV is pretty much horizontal.

  5. #15


    Yea from the pics it looks like they used lift keys and cranked it as high as they could.
    Before investing money in parts try cranking the torsion bars down some.
    Before making any adjustments park the truck on a flat surface, measure from the top of the tire to the bottom edge of the wheel well, make a note of the measurements.
    Crank the torsion bars down in equal increments on both sides, the amount of turns will be guess work, Id probably start with two or three turns.
    Drop the truck back down on a flat surface and check the measurement on both tires, then check the angle on the cv's.
    This gonna be trial and error to get the right tire clearance, keep the measurements equal from side to side, and get the cv's to an angle they can survive with.

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    Thank heavens for pictures!

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