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Old 01-01-2007
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Some more ideas for bigger tires.

What do you guys think on this idea. For an extra inch would it be plausible to add some 1" steel blocks under the lift blocks for some extra lift? This is one more idea I have cooked up in order to get some super cheap tire clearance.

My next idea, which I have actually had rolling around in my head since the beginning is fender modification. I'd be shooting to fit 35's. The rear is the easy part to get clearance since the tires don't steer in and out but I absolutely do not want tire rubbing in the front. I would be willing to take a cutting wheel to my fenders if I can come up with something tasteful to do in order to clear those tires.

I don't really think the home built lift is going to happen unless I can manage to get my hands on a 98 or similar year front frame clip with the suspension off of a wrecked truck or something. The biggest issue with it is that I can't disassemble my DD while still needing it so I have nothing to get measurements or fit parts to in the mean time. From what I am seeing, dropping the subframe would be fairly easy to accomplish assuming I can actually get something to work on. Essentially the only thing that would do is lower the mounting points of everything but instead of making dropped brackets as I had originally intended I would just fab a new length of frame 6" or so underneath and attach all the stock hardware to that. This is why I need another frame clip that is not attached to the rest of the vehicle.

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The gray indicates original frame, the blue is new steel and that other thing is the front crossmember.
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#1. It's never a good idea to stack blocks.....just buy a set of 3" blocks, or 4" blocks. Or add a chevy lift shackle.

#2. Pretty much your diagram is what the aftermarket does to lift IFS trucks. Drap bracket, lower arms attach to the drop, and bam, you got lift.

Good luck!!
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I should have been more specific when I posted about the 1" steel plate under lift blocks I meant for a 3"PA body lift. Sorry for the confusion.
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stacked body blocks is jus as bad an idea as stacked suspension blocks

3"BL and glass will clear 35's
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