Chevy Suburban Skyjacker Suspension Lift - Lifting Old IronPosted in How To: Suspension Brakes on May 1, 2010 0) (
Ever since our economy took a nosedive the staff here at Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road has been preaching the economics of DIY projects and budget builds. Why? We want to see you out on the trail. Doing the work yourself saves a boatload of money in labor costs since the average shop mechanic and fabricator charges $90-$100 or more an hour. In theory, the cash saved on labor for a full suspension install could purchase a bunch of tools or a great set of wheels and take a big dent out the cost of tires.?>
We love old 4x4s big and small, so when we ran across this '71 K10 Chevy Suburban we had to work our magic by lifting it with a functional suspension and adding some performance off-road wheels and tires. We called Skyjacker Suspension for a 6-inch leaf spring suspension, and the guys at Dick Cepek for some cool new DC-2 wheels and 35-inch-tall Mud Country tires. We then spent a warm sunny day in the driveway installing the suspension and thinking afterward that if we had paid someone to do the work for us we would have spent well over $1,000 in labor. Instead, we picked up some extra parts and had fun driveway-wrenching with a friend.?>
So our advice to you is to do the work in your driveway if you can, and invest the savings back into your 4x4.