March 4, 2010I just got a 06 extended cab z71 and I want to put a 3 inch lift on it but I don`t even know what kind to buy and where to get it. could anyone out there give me a little info.
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March 4, 2010Are you looking for a "Body" or "Suspension" Lift?
For only 3" I`d recommend a body lift. But, really it depends on how you intend to use your truck.... On road, Off road? Want to run what size tires/rims?
Any additional information would greatly help use, help you!!
March 4, 2010I`m looking for a body lift and I`ll be using it for mainly on road with a little bit of off road every once and a while. IDK what size tires/rims to put on it either with the lift.
March 4, 2010what is your budget? will you be doing the lift work yourself or will you have it professionally done?
i say you go for a suspension lift right off the bat. you will not be disappointed. go to 4wheelonline.com or 4wheelparts.com to check out the different brands of suspension lifts & body lifts.
also what helped me is when i looked at other members on this forum to see how their rigs looked after their suspension/body lift mods and what tire sizes they run.
in the end it all boils down to the tires size you definitely want to run and your budget.
March 4, 2010Since your looking for a body lift....
I would recommend the Performance Accessories brand or save a buck or two and get the Summit Racing brand (I believe it`s a private labled Performance Access. kit - advertisment/promotional pictures of kits are identical!!). I`d also recommend the rear bumper brackets and gap guards to complete the look appropriatly (assuming you have a Class Reciever hitch and don`t tow with your bumper). I also painted my frame rails and inner wheel wells with flat black paint to give it a cleaner look ( see my gallery for ideas), I also removed the lower air damb and made a transitional piece out of diamond plate. I also fab`ed a fill between the hitch and bumper to tie it all together.
Summit Racing 3" Body Kit would be my personal preference. I had a Perf. Access. 3" on my old pickup OBS 1999 model. Never had a problem, a buddy and I had it installed in a days time, using air looks and his shop. (no hoist). Easy step by step instructions, for anyone with any any mechanical aptitude.
Oh, also.... I ran 285/75/16`s with no rubbing issues and it seemed to be a "balanced" look..... but I`m sure 305`s would fit without any problems as well.
March 4, 2010Ok thanks for all the info I really like the way that looks. I`m pretty sure I wanna put that on my truck.
March 4, 2010millsfactor,
4wheelparts will be hosting the 4wheelparts truck fest in Dallas TX
Dallas Market Hall on May 15-16, 2010 & Houston, TX Reliant Center on May 22-23, 2010. if you go and purchase anything from the festival, they might have a deal where the installation labor is free or half off. depending on the price of the kit your buying. when it was her in CA this past weekend, i scored on a 3 inch body lift and they charged me half of the labor cost. just an FYI.
March 4, 2010Can I ask what the full labor cost would have been?
March 4, 2010the actual labor would have been around $600 to $700 for the body lift.
i have a question for you ClassicRed, your bumper/hitch gap cover you fabbed that up right. do you have a build thread on it? cause i`m pretty sure mine will have a gap after the body lift.
March 4, 2010No, I don`t believe I do have a build thread on that.... it was designed and fab`ed out of a piece of 3/4" think by 4" X 36" piece of black nylon materail (work scrap), about 1" tucls up behind the bumper. But the same could be fab`ed out of diamond plate material, and would look great!! I measured the width of the hitch and gap between the two (Obviously 3") then cut a 3" radius to "blend" it into the bumper so to speak. I fabbed a couple "L" shaped brackets the came up from the bottom of the hitch to fasten the "Gap Filler" to.
Any other questions feel free to ask.