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Lift kit + Parking garage

Discussion in 'Lifted & Offroad Suspension' started by 2011laserblue, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    Got a quick question for you NNBS (or any body style really) guys running 6" lift kits and 35's....

    Can you clear 7'0? I know all lift kits are different, but I'm thinking now (for those of you following my other posts) I will just save my pennies and upgrade my 4" BDS suspension lift to 6" instead of the 1.5" BL (who knows, may even add that later on).

    I already understand that I should not be worried about where I can and cannot park with a big truck, but I was just wondering if you all had any experience parking these beasts in parking garages (most by me are 7'0), etc. I'm cutting it pretty close with my 4" lift and 33's.

    Thanks in advance fellas!

    --LaserBlue
  2. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator 1000 Posts

    Well I know in NYC that most garages are about 7ft high some as low as 6'9 so it may be hard with some stock vans...
  3. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts

    I had an 05' 2500HD 4x4 that had a Pro Comp 6" suspension lift, and 35" tires. I only tryed to get into one parking garage, and the attendant turned me around and would not allow me in. I also had a rollbar on it too, with 6" lights.
  4. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member 1000 Posts

    I can't speak for NNBS, but with my NBS, a 6" lift, and 34.3" tires I can squeak into 7'0 garages but would not make it into one that is 6'9".

    My OEM satellite antenna clears ... so clearance lights probably would, too. I've got 2ish inches left over to spare. However, a roll bar with lights would not make it. And if the NNBS trucks sit taller than my NBS it's going to be really tight.

    Getting into the garage is one thing. Parking in those tiny-arse spots is another. My truck is always too long for just one spot ... and while it'll fit, width-wise, if I have a car on either site of me there's no getting in or out of my truck. I look for a spot on the end of a row, as a result...
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
  5. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    Right, the long box probably doesn't help you too much. I have the same problem with mine with cars next to me..I try to find an end spot as well. That's good to know that a big truck like yours can make it. The NBS trucks sit higher stock than the NNBS? I guess I wasn't aware of that. I always thought the NNBS trucks sat pretty low to the ground....

    After doing some research it looks like I will have about an inch to spare....do you think that is sufficient? Looking at only 1" on a ruler is pretty spooky.

    Also checked out some of the ford forums on a similar topic..the current f-150's sit higher than our current trucks, and after doing some checking someone with a 6" fabtech and 35" toyo's fits into a 7'0 garage.

    It's just that every truck is different, I'd hate to go forward with this project and not be able to fit..
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
  6. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member 1000 Posts

    It's even spookier looking at it in the garage with concrete beams that close to your truck's roof. Trust me on this. 7'0" garages creep me out.

    Where are you measuring the inch from? The tip top of your clearance lights? The tip top of any roof mounted antennae? Also, if your tires are not currently brand spanking new, are you accounting for the height of them when they are?
  7. That is a close call. I have done upgrade construction on a parking garage the said 7' max but there was a couple of support beams that hung around a inch or two lower. Definitely scraped the roof of the work truck.

    I always thought NNBS sat higher than NBS but idk. I just know a Ford Bronco with 4" and 33's is about 4" from a 7' deck :lol:
  8. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    I measured from the tip top of the clearance lights @SurrealOne .
    Good call about the tires, I did not even think about that.

    RIght now I'm a little over 4" from the ceiling in my garage which is 7'0
    I did some really rough measurements few nights ago..this weekend I plan on doing thorough ones.
    [MENTION=48681]ChromeSilver02[/MENTION] , love the bronco!
  9. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Active Member 1000 Posts

    something else to think about is lights, i garage i parked in last thursday said 7'0, but my radio antenna was catching light fixtures.... also pipe brackets and so on. i wouldn't lift more if i was you.....

    Alex
  10. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    That's really interesting...I've never hit any lights/pipes with mine.

    I wanted a 6" lift from the get go...but didn't have the gears to push 35's - what I should have done was just buy a 6" kit (they were the same darn price) and ran 33's until I re-geared. I guess you live and learn...

    If I can clear 7'0 I'm gonna go up..to me there's just something about a 6" lift and 35's....
    I contacted BDS to see if they could provide me with some specs -- should make it a little easier to do the math (I hope)

    Thanks for the input though Alex, I appreciate it!

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