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Old 08-30-2020, 02:14 PM   #1
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To Lift or not to lift

Hey Forum, I would like to get youíre thoughts on both the pros and cons and what to expect if I did a lift on my new SMB. Iím considering a 3 inch lift on my 2008 GMC Savana Dura max diesel SMB. The main reason for this is to do a bigger off road tire. The tires and height it currently sits at drives great and looks pretty cool so Iím a little concerned that If I lift it and go to 35 tires and custom fuel wheels what this could mean to steering and drivability. Any input or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 08-31-2020, 08:17 AM   #2
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Nice rig. Quigley 4x4? Already have a lift?

I lifted my 2008 Quigley with no lift and have no regrets. 33” tires though. Upgraded my rear springs, shocks, and tie rods as well. Weldtec Designs did mine.
https://weldtecdesigns.com

Boulder Offroad for the lift as you are in CO?

Not asking the same questions, but here is a thread I started a while back about this:
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/fo...mpg-20822.html
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Old 08-31-2020, 09:56 AM   #3
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What size tires are you currently running? Mines a short wheelbase like Marrets, but I lifted mines and found the ride to be better in the front and don’t feel like it compromised stability at all. I did upgrade the shocks at that point so it likely offset the left.
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Hey WhitH, my van currently has LT265/75 R16.
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Old 08-31-2020, 10:25 AM   #5
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You can easily get enough lift to run a 33 ish by just changing out your torsion bar levers/keys in the front and by adding a small block in the rear. Contact Quigley for your build sheet and ask them the GM part number for the front levers/keys. I posted the info in my thread when I did it. I can look it up if you cant find it. I would suggest though if you’re willing to spend a little, going to custom rear leaf pack as Marret suggested from Weldtec. You can also go whole hog and get the full front lift kit as well.
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Thanks again Whit, I actually have my quigley build sheet I’m going to forward them what you said and see what they say.
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What I like about Weldtec's lift is the lift being accomplished with a longer knuckle and revised subframe for the front differential/suspension instead of lifting by torsion bar. Definitely not cheap and many do the lift through the torsion bar route.
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Thank you for all the good info.
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As a person who has lifted pretty much every vehicle I've owned, I have to ask: why do you want to lift it? Why do you think you need 35" tires?

If it's just for cosmetic reasons, I still won't argue with that, just curious if there is a performance shortfall you're trying to overcome?
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All cosmetic all about resale and I have decided on only a 3 inch lift and 33 tires. Thanks for you’re advice and input I really appreciate it
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