More Altitude, More Attitude
Last month we introduced our '71 Chevy Suburban and equipped it with some stout axles and lockers, along with a set of 4.88 gears. For this issue's installment of Project SuperBurb, we decided it was time to revamp the Sub's tired old suspension. Dreams of lots of lift and tires big enough to run over import cars filled our heads--but then we remembered that our Burb had to serve double-duty. Actually, it has to do more than double-duty, as the idea is to build one vehicle that could serve as an awesome tow rig, a comfortable daily driver and a capable trail rig.
For those reasons we decided to dial back the lift and tire size, since towing with 40-inch mudders didn't sound like a good idea. Plus we wanted a tire size that was somewhat easy to replace. Huge tires aren't easy to find in remote areas, which is where we tend to need them.
With all that in mind, we decided on a conservative 6-inch lift and 35-inch tires. For the 6-inch suspension system we turned to Superlift. Until very recently, all that was available from Superlift for the '67-'72 Chevy crowd was the company's heavy-duty front springs. But we felt that those would be a bit stiff for our purposes.
We were in luck, as the folks at Superlift informed us that the company's softer Superide springs were going to be available for the '67-'72 Chevys. Even better, we could get the first set. So after our new suspension arrived we busted out the tools, cleared out the driveway and went about slapping the lift on the Sub. What follows are the details and results of our toil.
So what's in store for the next installment? How does 340 hp, 450 lb-ft of torque and an overdrive sound?