As expected, the new GM Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups have flooded the light truck market with hundreds of thousands of 1/2-ton 4x4s that need to be lifted. We've met the Chief Engineer for GM's fullsize truck line, and trust us, he's a smart guy. But until the Silverados come from the factory with 35-inch tires we're still going to have to find ways to lift these trucks. And now that these new K1500s have been around for almost five years, Explorer Pro-Comp has taken the time to research and engineer its new bolt-on kit that doesn't use costly new cast-iron spindles. Instead Explorer Pro-Comp has gone with its traditional GM IFS lift design that drops both the upper and lower A-arms 6 inches. The result is a pretty beefy lift kit that costs less than a lot of its competitors.
We headed out to Mesa, Arizona, to see Mike Boyd at Off Road Unlimited when we heard he was going to have his right-hand man Brett Corder install the new Explorer Pro-Comp 6-inch kit on their shop truck. Brett can install an IFS lift kit in his sleep, or in a driveway, but he says doing it in his sleep is easier. We have been fortunate to get to work with the best off-road shops in the country, and we jumped at the chance to have Boyd and Corder walk us through an install.