Lifting an Express or Savana....
I am interested in lifting an Express or Savana van. After talking to a buddy who was a GM Tech for seven years, I am pretty confident in the 5.3L engine, AWD, and StabiliTrac sytems. Some basic research is ongoing there, but for my purposes (passenger use only, very light towing under 500lbs, nearly all on-road use, control on snow and ice, etc.), these vans should be sufficient. MOST IMPORTANTLY, they are available in my area. I am in Alaska. Availability of vans, and reduction of serious logistical pain (inspection and payment of unseen vehicles, shipping to 4x4 builder, transport to Alaska, etc., etc.) are all issues that I would rather not deal with. If I was in the 'lower 48', things would be much different for me.
Still, I will do some mods, starting with a lift kit to get a better 'stance', ground clearance, and 30-33" tires underneath. I am aware of Boulder OffRoad and just sent them a message. Their stuff looks pretty good. Anything I should be aware of with them sending a kit to me? How about other builders? Anybody else providing kits for these vans? Reliability, durability, and functionality of the AWD and StabiliTrac systems are of utmost importance. Any other recommendations or guidance for me to consider?
Thanks very much in advance,