New here, some 2wd lift questions
Howdy all! I've been registered here for a while and usually just browse but I have a few questions....
I've got a 1996 2wd XLT 4.0 Auto. I recently moved to MN from NJ and during the winters it can be a bit difficult to get around. What I would like to do is some sort of lift kit and larger tires for some better ground clearance.
I've looked at both body and suspensions lifts and not sure if I should go with one over the other, or even both.
I will have 5 weeks from June to July where I can be without the truck and I plan on removing the bed, rust proofing and painting the frame and replacing all the bushings (the ride is getting a bit bad after 200,000 miles).
I figure if I'm doing all this it wouldn't be a bad time to do it all. I will need new tires and rims since I only have the stock 14" right now. I also realize I will need to re-gear the rear-end (currently 3.55 - this I will get professionally done).
I don't mind spending the money to do it right the first time but funds aren't completely unlimited. I was wondering if anyone could help recommend pretty much anything and everything. Links to purchase on-line would be helpful too.
I'd like to be able to clear 33" tires, maybe larger but I don't really do any off-roading (that might change after doing all this). This is my daily driver but I'm not putting many miles on it these days so MPG isn't a terrible concern.
I would like to avoid major modifications to steering components, things that can more quickly damage parts (like ball joints) or anything that needs to be welded.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give. This is site is awesome and has helped me much in the past.