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Zero To Hero - Chevy 1500 ReadyLift 4-Inch Lift Kit Install

Posted in How To: Suspension Brakes on September 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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If you own a ’07-’10 Chevy 1500 pickup, you probably understand the versatility of the GMT900 platform. However, what you may not know about the latest and most popular version of the Silverado ½-ton is that they love being lifted. We’re not talking about adding a simple leveling kit, either. These trucks take to a 4-inch lift kit like a fat kid assaulting a cookie jar—especially when the kit in question comes from industry mainstay ReadyLift.

Before: This truck is dripping with potential right off the showroom floor. The key is unleashing the vehicle’s potential without breaking the bank. Thanks to ReadyLift’s easy-install SST 4-inch lift system, you can add 33-inch tires without emptying your wallet.

With little more than some basic hand tools and a die-grinder, your Chevy 1500 can escape the confines of normalcy for head-turning, pavement-burning good looks. And did we mention the increased clearance for off-pavement prowling and room in the wheelwells for a 33x12.50 tire? Yeah, it’s pretty cool. Of course, we wouldn’t want you to simply take our word for it, so we’ve detailed the installation process at DC Customs in Ukiah, California. We’re pretty sure that once you see for yourself just how easy it really is, you will have no problem deciding that bigger really is better.

This is what our ’08 Chevy Silverado donor ½-ton looked like once the guys at DC Customs worked their magic.

Our Take
With the new 4-inch SST lift kit installed on our donor truck, the truck rode better than we expected from a bolt-on lift kit system. The supple factory ride was still present, and the ill-handling, teeth-rattling vibration we might have expected from such a modification was not. All said and done, the truck functioned properly in its lifted state and accommodated the 33-inch tires with just minor trimming to the inner fender plastics. We’re sure that the larger tires robbed a little fuel economy and performance from the torque-abundant V8, but not enough to leave our donor’s owner with any regrets. Around town, the truck is a true head-turner, and that’s what we were after.

This is the SST lift kit as the consumer would receive it. The system uses some unique problem solvers to address mechanical hurdles that other kits simply ignore.
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Sources

ReadyLift
Santa Ana, CA 92704
800-549-4620
www.readylift.com
BMF Wheels
Orange, CA 92867
888-313-2580
www.bmfwheels.com
Toyo Tires
800-442-8696
www.toyotires.com
DC Customs
707-463-2227
http://www.dccustoms.net

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