Rough Country Lift Kit

Discussion in 'Lifted & Offroad Suspension' started by erskine, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. psu7104

    psu7104 New Member

    I just ordered the rough country 3" for my 2004 2wd silverado, I've had experience with a fabtech 4" on my old 1994 GMC 2wd, and it was great. I would have gone with Fabtech again if it were not for the money issue. Me and a friend of mine put a small 2in rough country lift on his 2wd dodge ram a few years ago, the olny problem we encountered was that they sent the wrong nuts for the rear u-bolts so we had to go and find them, but he is still satisfied with it, and I know for a fact that he has ridden that truck pertty dang hard since then.

    As for the install time, it shouldnt take you more than 4 or 5 hours if you have any mechanical experence at all at least on the newer chevys you dont have to get into the wheel bearings. I had to on my old GMC that was not fun.
  2. jbrown

    jbrown New Member

    Has he or anyone else that may read this had any bad experience after riding on the kit for a while?
    I know that I am not going to be doing offroading in my truck other than to pull into the back yard to have the beer and more seats out there and to park at the stadium for tailgate parties, I will however be using this to do some highway driving from time to time that may be from 300-500 miles.
    Any input?
  3. poncho08

    poncho08 New Member

    Me myself been a fan off bds becouse if anything that breaks on the lift thay replace the parts for free
  4. jerrynino

    jerrynino New Member

    my tires rub and i have a 17x9 wheel... (285/70) the reason why they rub is because of the rim width or so i was told and improper backspacing which i dont know what it is :no:
    anyways i have the leveling kit from rough country, do you guys think if i remove this and install the 3'' lift it will help eliminate the rubbing?
  5. bjackson

    bjackson New Member

    I put the 2" leveling kit on my 07 NBS and my 285/65/18 didnt rub but the rear of the truck set low, then I installed a 1" lit in the back. It looks a lot better but now my tires rub a little when I cut it double. I think a 3" be be perfect..
  6. Pete95Sierra

    Pete95Sierra New Member

    is this the kit you have? and where does it rub?

    and yes the 3" kit comes with a 3" coil spacer for the top of the strut and a 1.5 block for the rear. this will level the truck anyway so just take out the front leveling it you have now and install this new one. i bet that will solve your rubbing problems. it will also give your truck a much nicer stance with the lift
  7. jerrynino

    jerrynino New Member

    well it actually rubbed in the front and back but i cut off a piece of the inner plastic and that solved the majority of the problem, on certain slopes it still rubs a bit though and i wanna get rid of it completely... i think ill go with this lift as soon as i pay off the tires :glasses: which should be in the summer
  8. Pete95Sierra

    Pete95Sierra New Member

    sounds good man, luckily its pretty cheap anyway!! keep us posted

    oooh just realized I hit 2000 posts :gasp: :great:
  9. jerrynino

    jerrynino New Member

    congrats on your 2k posts!
  10. 07 redrado

    07 redrado New Member

    i have 285/70r17 maxxis buckshots on stock wheels and have never had it rub. and i have the fabtec 2" leveling kit. it is all about the backspacing and offset of the wheels. but i like the look of the 3". i kind of want it now
  11. psu7104

    psu7104 New Member

    I installed the 3" over the weekend, It looks great and I had no problems with the kit itself it went on really good. The problem I did have was with removing my old driver side spindle it was firmly stuck to the lower ball joint, We tried everything from a pickle fork, hammer, ball joint press, and even a torch it would not come off, so we just decided to replace the ball joint to get the spindle off, so out comes the drill and chisel's. It took at least 6 or 7 hours to remove the dang rivets holding the ball joint in, but once we got them out it only took me an hour to get the final spindle on and have it off to the alignment shop. Over all it kit itself went on with out any problems and it looks great, now I just need to save up for some bigger tires.
  12. Pete95Sierra

    Pete95Sierra New Member

    pics please :happy:
  13. jerrynino

    jerrynino New Member

    pics please x2
  14. psu7104

    psu7104 New Member

    Heres the best I can do with posting them, forgive me I'm new at this, forum posting stuff.

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  15. Pete95Sierra

    Pete95Sierra New Member

    looks awesome!! what size tires are on there?
  16. psu7104

    psu7104 New Member

    For now its just the stock 245/75 R16 BFG All terrain's, I love the tires got over 50,000 miles on them and still plenty of tread left. I plan on going a little bigger and wider the next time I replace them which will be a while as I am a college student and I just spent what I saved up on the lift. I just couldn't stand my truck being so low anymore so when I found that lift so cheep I jumped on it and put it on. Can you blame a guy for wanting to sit up tall while driving.:mdr:

    I did the same thing to my first truck, an 1994 GMC half ton 2wd, I put a 4" Fabtech lift on it and had some 31x10.5 R 15 Big O X/T Big Foot Tires,

    Here's Pic of my old 1994 GMC Before I sold it, If I could get it back I would at the drop of a hat.
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    And, Heres my Silverado right after I got it. As stock as it comes,
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  17. Pete95Sierra

    Pete95Sierra New Member

    thats a nice 94 GMC man I know your pain. you have no idea what i would give to have my GMC back. i miss it every day. thank god i love the jeep i have now or i would really kick myself, i wish i could have both tho, but hey im only 21. i got a lot of life to find another
  18. tigersdl65

    tigersdl65 New Member

    are you serious? fender wells must get smaller! I run the same exact tire on a 1996 1500 silverado Z71 and with a few tortion bar turns no rubbing with no lift of any kind.
  19. darthz7109

    darthz7109 New Member

    side view

    do the 305/60r18
    stick out past wheel wells? if so how far and could u post pics . trying to find the right size for the look i want b4 i drop $2000 on rims and tires. thanks
  20. darthz7109

    darthz7109 New Member

    305/60

    thought rims needed be min 9" for a 305/60r18's?

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