The Chevy 2500HD is a great truck. It's available with a big-block V-8 gas- or diesel-powered engine and is built tough as nails in multiple cab and bed configurations. Heck, you can even buy one from your dealership with a navigation system and TVs built into the interior. Along with that refined interior and tough build come two small drawbacks - a tough-as-nails ride quality and nose-down stance. Wouldn't it be great if you could lift your HD so that it had a level stance and improved ride characteristics at the same time? You can, and the folks at Full-Traction Suspension can prove it. The guys gave us a call and we toured their Bakersfield, California, facility, checking out the cool new products. One of those new products was a 6-inch suspension lift system that actually improved the ride quality of GM's 2500HD pickup. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, check out the photos of the quality parts used throughout the lift kit and our driving impression, and you'll see why we're so impressed by this kit.
Driving ImpressionsThe unloaded 2500HD will kick your butt all over the cab when you drive the long-wheelbase heavy-hauler across a rough section of road. This truck is built to carry a heavy load, and when it's unloaded, the stock spring package and shocks are too stiff for the daily commute. We found that the Bilstein shocks had just the right amount of rebound and minimal compression valving, which gave this HD a smooth, comfortable ride. The lift kit didn't seem to alter the steering feel, and there were no audible squeaks or rattles from the suspension. In a nutshell, the truck drove and handled slightly better than stock, but with a more plush ride. The wheel and tire package was attractive, and we were impressed by how quiet the tires were. The tread pattern also didn't keep the truck from tracking straight down the road and didn't want to grab any groove or rut in the pavement. Since the tire diameter was slightly less than 35 inches, which is a 3.5 inch increase over stock you might want to consider regearing the truck to keep the speedometer reading correctly. We certainly didn't notice any adverse affects from the heavier-than-stock rolling stock, and the truck's acceleration was still up to par. If you do choose to regear the rearend, a 4.56 ring-and-pinion will bring things back in line.