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    Talking hey

    While I'm not new to trucks, I am new to Chevy trucks. The last pickup I had was a 2000 Dakota R/T, and I put most of my attention into modifying the motor. Needless to say, with all the power it was putting out, it was worthless nearly half of the year (the wet/icy half).

    This time around, I went with an '04 Silverado Z71.. and I'll be focusing my efforts on the suspension components more so than go-fast mods. I've already got a leveling kit (Torsion Keys) and new Bilstein 5100 shocks on-hand, but had to postpone installation due to a faulty 2-jaw gear puller. Last errand of the night was to purchase a new gear puller, so the truck should be sitting nice and level come lunch time tomorrow.

    After my wife forgets about how much I spent on the leveling kit and shocks, I'll be able to proceed with my plans. Now, I just need to figure out what my plans are! At this point, I leaning towards another 3" of lift via a body lift, but the jury is still out on that. After that is done, I'll start looking at wheel/tire combinations.

    Anyone have suggestions on the most cost-effective way to achieve another 3" of lift other than body lift?

    TIA, and we'll be seeing ya around.
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    Last edited by Squee; 04-26-2010 at 09:57 PM.

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    Eddie Z71's Avatar
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    Hi, and welcome to the site! Nice looking truck! There are a bunch of members I have seen who have done these mods. I have a stock Tahoe. I haven't done anything like that, but when I do I know someone here will help me to get it done right. This is a new post, so I think you will get some great feedback on this! Good luck! I hope your wife's forgets alot faster than mine does!
    Last edited by Eddie Z71; 04-26-2010 at 10:15 PM.
    Eddie , 2000 Chevy Tahoe Z71 (old style)

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    Welcome to the GMTruckClub!

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    Welcome, nice truck.
    Pavement sucks... :grrrrrr:

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    Welcome aboard, nice looking rig.


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    Welcome to the club and congrats on the new ride.

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    Welcome to the site! Nice truck.
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    welcome to the site.
    2K Bowtie Silverado xCab 5.3L
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    Well, the truck is now level... but it didn't come easy. Yet another 2-jaw gear puller failed on me. The first actually snapped, but the screw on the replacement stripped while installing the final torsion key.

    With all the stress of the gear puller, the lips on the cross-member were bending slightly. Due to this bend, the torsion key was going in cockeyed. Rather than try and fix the problem when I first noticed it, I just tried to muscle past it. I mean, hell, I only needed the torsion key to raise another inch before I could get the adjusting bolt pad back into position.

    After I realized it wasn't going to budge any farther, I started making calls trying to find the GM Torsion Bar Unloading Tool(the correct tool for the job). Two shops in town not only knew what I was talking about, but had the damn tool on hand. However, both were quite reluctant to let me throw down a $200 deposit and rent it, even with a guarantee of getting to do my alignment after I was finished.

    So, what is a guy to do, you ask? I had to sit around and wait for the wife to get home seven hours later, all the while my truck is sitting on jack stands in my driveway. Then I was able to exchange the stripped gear puller for another, use a make-shift shim (don't ask!), and try again.. with success. I'll throw some pictures up tomorrow after I check and adjust the ride height again, then get it aligned.

    If this is how working on the Silverado is going to be, I want my Dakota back!!

    EDIT: Oh, and thanks for the warm welcome.

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