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Old 05-14-2005
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Advice on lift and tires

My birthday is the 31st and my parents said I can get my lift and tires for my truck. I want to get the 3" spindle lift for sure, but I don't know what brand. Than for the back I was thinking add-a-leafs. I want the truck to sit level so I'm not to sure on what I'd need. For the tires and rims I want to get the Mickey Thompson Baja Claw Radials I'm thinking 33 x 12.50R15 with 15 x 7.5 Axis Regulators. This is what I plan on getting but I just need to know if it will fit and look alright. Any help would be appreciated as I am gonna be ordering most of this in the next couple of weeks.
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Rims will fit with the right backspacing. Lift - Doetsch(Sp?), that way if you have to run stockers, you can.
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I'm using the Doetsch and they're pretty good.

15x7.5 rims? Odd size. 15x8's are more common. I can't see why you wouldn't be able to run them though.

One thing: you're going to lose a lot of "oomph". You're going from 29" stockers to 33" without regearing and the most likely gearing you got from the factory in a 3.0 2WD is 3.73 ratio which is pretty weak for 33's. 4.10 or 4.56 would be better. As long as you know, your 3.slow is going to be 3.slower, lol. I have a 3.0 also and I regeared to 4.56 but that's a lot of extra expense and work. Just something you have to think about.

Spindles are not a "simple" bolt on. You have to address the brake lines, grind on the lower a-arms a bit, etc. Read all the posts you can find on here about spindle installation before you get them. Otherwise there could be some unpleasant surprises!

They're a real good way to lift a 2wD, though. I love mine and with a 2" torsion bar crank also I fit 35's with just a little adjustment of the flares (and my front valance is removed also). 33's are a "slam dunk".

With 35's, 2" crank, and the spindles I have 16" between my front crossmember and the ground!
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hey chris IM me sometime ..well have to meet up and talk about it one weekend when i am down there..I think ill be down next weekend!
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hey chris IM me sometime ..well have to meet up and talk about it one weekend when i am down there..I think ill be down next weekend!
Alright thats cool man just tell me when your down here. I have no idea how to do anything with the suspension, so I was gonna take it to B&C Offroad, my dad's friends shop, and he's gonna hook me up with the wheels and tires and put on the spindles and put everything back that was takin out when it was dropped.
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