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09-02-2011, 10:43 PM #1
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Lift and Tires for 2010 Z71 Crew cab........... please straighten me out !
I've looked and read. I've done research. But I've heard so much conflicting stuff it isn't funny. First my truck. It's 4x4 crew cab with 5.3 and stock 3:42 gears. I'm getting ready to start the mods and need to make sure I do it right.
I would love 35" tires, but I also like my stock rims, and I'd hate to have to come up with the extra money for re-gearing. I've been told some dealers sell my exact truck set up by aftermarket companies with 6" lift and 35" tires...... but I don't want to void my warranty, and I bet it would be a total dog with the stock gears.
I like the 4" lift, but would I really be limited to 33" tires ? I've been told with a little trimming I could do 35" tires with a 4" lift.
Straighten me out ! what's my best course ? yes I want 35's, but don't want to regear. so can I do 35's with a 4" lift or am I stuck with 33's ?
And can I use 35's with my 3:42 gears without putting too much strain on the trans or hating my truck because it won't get out of its own way ?
let me hear what you know and what I can do. I appreciate it.
09-03-2011, 10:05 AM #2
Ur best bet is to run 6" lift since u already have ur mind made up on what size tires u want. Yes ur tranny will hate u if u did go with 35. Like i said ur tranmission will hate u but if ur just street driving and taking your time until u get ur gears u should be fine. But u will hate how the truck feels of the line i would recommend 33 but i like the loom of 33 on a 6" lift imo
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09-03-2011, 04:59 PM #3
09-03-2011, 06:57 PM #4
I never took notice too what year his truck was well if he is running a six dpeed he wobt find it half as bad as the guys with 4 speeds will
09-03-2011, 08:32 PM #5
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Sorry forgot to mention that I do have the 6 speed trans. I like the 35's but don't really want a 6" - just my prefference. And the 35's were my concern about the regearing, not the lift. So it looks like I'll definitely be doing the 33" tires and 4 inch lift. I don't want the extra expense, or to void my warranty 80k miles early.
I see that you guys said the 6 speed with 35's would be ok for a while, but what about permenantly ? could the 3:42 with 6 speed do ok with the 35's if I never regeared?
09-03-2011, 09:15 PM #6
ive got a 2011 crew cab with just a 4 inch ready lift sst and run 35s everyday no prob yeah u gotta trim a lil and do a lil hammerin but u cant beat how 35s fill in the fendrs. i had a set of 33 12.50s and hated em from the time i got em on there so i say 35s and yes ur trans wil hold fine mine does and i give mine down the road. and i run a diablo trinty turned up.
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09-04-2011, 06:31 AM #7
Your warranty will be "voided" so to speak with a 4" lift as much as any other amount, but I understand your preference. As far as gears go, do you have to? No. But in the long run, it will take a lot of strain off of the trans. If you do go with 35's and aftermarket wheels, gears should be a consideration at some point.
09-04-2011, 09:31 AM #8
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From what I was told a lift will void the suspension portion of the warranty, which I'm not worried about. I was told that if I made changes to the drive line that my 100k warranty would be voided. I don't know about tires, but was told specifically changing gears would void it.
Balthis - which brand of 4 inch lift do you have ? how extensive is the trimming and hammering ?
Also I do have a Superchips programmer to compensate for change in tire size, but wasn't sure if it was enough to compensate for the change to 35's from the stock 32" tires.
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Not sure if it's due to a difference in year model but my friend has a Silverado Z71 extended cab with a 3" body lift and he runs 35's and they fit no problem. Although he did regear to compensate.
---------- Post added at 10:31 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:30 AM ----------
And what about rims ? Do I have to go aftermarket or can I use my stock ones ? I actually like the look of the stock rims.
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