Rough Country's New 4-Inch Suspension Kit Helps Transform Our Chevy
We couldn't take it anymore. Whenever we looked at our buddy's '95 Chevy Suburban 1500, we got nauseous. We love Suburbans, but this specific rig was a pimped-out model, which included horribly bulbous fiberglass running boards and a repelling collection of chrome. It was time to bestow a little Four Wheeler love on this poor, citified truck. With that said, we constructed a simple plan that would improve the Sub's off-highway abilities and give it a whole new rugged look-all without spending a fortune.
Our first call was to the folks at Rough Country Suspension. They recently redesigned their 4- and 6-inch kits for the '88-'98 GM 1/2-ton and six-lug 3/4-ton trucks and SUVs. The new kits are quicker and easier to install, and among other things, the new design reduces the number of brackets significantly. We chose the 4-inch kit. This would allow us to fit up to 33x12.50 tires (the 6-inch kit fits up to 35x12.50s), which would help improve ride height without screwing up the rig's gearing.
We opted for a set of Dick Cepek Radial FC IIs. These are great all-around tires because their tread pattern is part all-terrain and part mud-terrain. With a self-cleaning tread, siped tread lugs, an extra-wide footprint, and Sidebiters for added traction and sidewall protection, they're great for the daily-driven rig that sees a wide variety of terrain. We mounted them on a set of rugged, 16x8 Allied Daytona five-spoke steel wheels-black, of course.
Before we installed the suspension, wheels, and tires, the owner of the truck began the transformation by removing the lame chrome wheel-lip moldings and the hideous running boards. He also removed the chrome front bumper and painted it black. He then mounted up a new Westin brushguard and Westin lights, which according to plan blend very nicely with the now-black bumper. We'll have a full install story on these two Westin products in the April '08 issue.
What follows is an overview of the installation of the major components in Rough Country's new kit.