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Discussion in 'Lifted & Offroad Suspension' started by 1500chevy4x4, Jul 15, 2012.

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  1. 1500chevy4x4

    1500chevy4x4 New Member

    Hello i have a 2003 chevy 1500 ext cab 4x4 all stock
    i wanted to put on a 6 inch lift with 33 in tires if i put all that on would there be anything else i would have to do so that my truck could handle all that? like differential or axles? or what about gears?
    thanks a lot!
  2. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    You'll want a programmer to compensate for the speedo error you introduce with the larger diameter tires. You'll want to beef up the brakes because bigger diameter tires translate to fewer revolutions across a given distance than smaller ones, which results in less opportunity for your brakes to do their jobs in that distance. (i.e. Beef up your brakes, increase following distance, or both!)

    You might consider regearing (both front and rear diffs; you have to do both if you regear since you have a 4x4) to handle the bigger, heavier tires -- because depending on your current gear ratio the truck may feel like a dog off the line ... and may well downshift on mild inclines at highway speed (where it doesnt, today). You'll need a tuner that can tell the truck you have different gear ratios if you choose to regear ... else you'll have idiot lights on.

    And last, a custom tune -- to recover some of the mpg you'll lose due to the mods you're making.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  3. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    Everything that man ^ said is true.
  4. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    I would agree with what [MENTION=50075]SurrealOne[/MENTION] said. The thing I would suggest is to either go with a 4" lift for the 33's or go with 35's if you get the 6". I say that because for me the 33's will look small with the 6" lift. just my 2 cent.
  5. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I tend to agree with [MENTION=40941]aloxdaddy99[/MENTION] on the sizing; 33's w/ 4" or 35's with 6" is about spot-on in terms of them looking 'proper'.
  6. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    Ok now I agree with them two ^ ^^
  7. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 Rockstar 4 Years ROTM Winner 100 Posts

    exactly what the 2 above said is the best thing to do, i definitely agree with the 6" and 35s or 4" and 33s, it gives it the proportional look instead of the "cencal" look. but this is just my opinion tho as well.
  8. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    Holy hell you're back. Good to hear from ya. Not to hijack but how's Afghan?
  9. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 Rockstar 4 Years ROTM Winner 100 Posts

    yea i been busy here, didnt have a whole lot of time to get on when i first got here.. afghan is alright, every ****ty thing i thought it would be lol.
  10. 1500chevy4x4

    1500chevy4x4 New Member

    if i put 35's on would i have to do anything else because of the extra tire wait or just stick to what [MENTION=50075]SurrealOne[/MENTION] said

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