I would really recommend that you check out http://lorenzindustries.com/ , http://thecarlisuspension.com/ and http://thurenfabrication.com/home.html before going with the blocks. THe blocks are inexpensive but I think in the long run you would be happier with one of the other suspensions.Lorenz claims you can run 35's with his springs in the front. I had for a while on one of my Dodge's and really liked them. I have been going to put them on my 94, but my 33's cler fine.
I am looking forward to seeing pictures of your truck when it is done.
Yes, all of those companies make great products.... IF you are running an unloaded truck. I checked into all of them and none of them really could give me answers to what would happen with my truck loaded up with our FWC (full time) and gear. Lots of "well umm...". As it was, I got the truck scaled (total and front/rear axle weight) and had National Spring build me a custom set of full leaf packs (got rid of the crappy factory blocks) and coils. Not only does it handle the weight correctly, the ride is awesome. Without the blocks in the back, all the rear end wheel hop is gone (freeway and dirt road driving) but I also get good articulation even with the factory sway bars.
With the factory springs (especially the rear) I sat about an 1" off the overloads. Every bump I would get the famous "helper slap" when they would engage. Road like total crap.
Nothing off the shelf it going to work. You need to get things setup for YOUR rig. BTW, my weight loaded up comes in just under 8,500 lbs. so we are very close in weight.
Good point on the rear leafs. I should have stated on the front end. I have wanted to do what you did in the back, but have not followed through since I am thinking about changing trucks again.
lift kit woes
I have been looking into the lift that is needed to run the 35 inch tires. It really seems like the leveling kit simply won't allow proper articulation. I have been told from a reputable shop that I will need to run around a five inch lift. as such I am thinking of moving to the 33 inch tires instead.
From an offroad stand point does anyone think that is a problem for jungle runs in central America?
It's a significant investment to make the larger tires fit and fit right. I am starting to think it isn't worth it.
For the same cost I would almost be able to fit lockers front and back. I also think that the 33s would be better for my 3.54 gears.
Decisions, decisions, but still having fun with it.
33s it is!
I have decided to go with the 33s I just won't need the 35 inch tires to do what I intend to. This truck is not a hardcore wheelin rig. It is going to be my home for a while and if I can't make it through an obsticle with the 33s and lockers, maybe I shouldn't have been there in the first place!
my final choice was 285 75 16 Duratracs. I have chosen a flat black rim that is 8 inches wide.
next up, bumpers and tire carriers and maybe the lockers? I had the Dif guy trying sell me on a detroit locker for the rear. I had intended to go arb, I'll keep churning that one a while.
here are some pics.
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Nice choice. I agree, I debated the 33"/35" tire size and in the end went with the 285/75-16 option. 35's just add a lot of extra expense to the life and wear on parts. It just wasn't justifiable given where we likely would go. So far it hasn't been a problem for us. Overall width of the vehicle has been more of an issue (minor) than lack of height. A nice benefit of keeping it lower is that I can reach all my pop up latches without needing to use a step stool. :)
Looks good!!!! I would love to have your rig even with ours being very similar. :)
Attachment 96803 This is our 2002 Cummins 4X4 CX Tiger, it is a cCummins. I like the extended cab on yours. Having a heavy front bumper is key. The ability to survive a deer strike at highway speeds is important. Protect the intercooler and the radiator.
Which rims did you get? Those look nice. Are they steel or aluminum?
Originally Posted by ed604
the rims are aluminum made by Ion 16 x 8
mike.. your rig looks almost identical to mine, wow!
fyrles.. I actually like the wheel base of your rig it looks a little shorter, mine is a little long. the extended cab section is only good for small low storage.
I am trying to figure out if I am going to make my own bumpers or buy the aluminess ones. I have to figure out if I am going to go with one locker or two? Also, I have to try and figure out if I can get the grey water tanks hung a little higher.
Thanks for the info on the rims. They look nice on there with the Dura Trac's. I'll be interested in hearing your impressions on them, I'm seriously considering getting a set when my current tires wear out.