November 3, 2011Hey guys, Im thinking about lifting my 88 k1500 with some 3" keys up front and 2 inch blocks in the rear. I was wondering if I could fit 35 X 12.50s under it? I have a set of the 1973-87 steel rallies on it for more backspacing. This things no jem and its primary use will be hunting and field work, so Im not afraid of trimming the fenders and front bumper. Im concerned with rubbing on the frame or inner fender. Any ideas?
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November 3, 2011well, personally, the biggest keys i have seen are 2 inch. i am actually getting a set in today, and a 3 inch body tomorrow that i will be installing this weekend with 35x12.5r17s on my 96. i think i may test fit them after the 2 inch, and depending on what everything is like after that, i may return the 3 inch body if i don`t need it. but i am 90% sure i will. But, if you are willing to do some cutting, i think you could get away with it. i`m using a set of h2 rims i picked up with the tires. one thing you might want to check with the 73-87 rims, is whether or not they will fit. if they are 15s, i don`t think they will fit. my 96 is a 1 ton, and the 16s on it now barely fit. so i`d double check the rims you plan on using will fit on your truck, if they are 16s, then they`ll fit, if they are 15s, they might not. when ordering your lift kit, i`d check out suspension connection, they are out of utah, and have some of the best prices i have seen. My 2 inch suspension and 3 inch body only ran just over $600 shipped. with shocks and the rear bumper kit. and i know you can get a 4 inch suspension for under $1200, free shipping, including shocks. should be able to squeeze 35s in with the 4 inch, so just throwing out some more options for ya. i`ll be taking pictures of my lift this weekend as we do it, so stay tuned to the forums and you`ll see my truck and how that turns out. welcome to Chevy truck world!
November 3, 2011they don`t make 3" keys for the 88-98 trucks
the biggest is 2"
but you can get that much lift just cracking the keys that are on the truck now
the lift73-87 rally wheels fit jsut fine on the 88-98 k1500 trucks and the c1500 if its the 5 lug
i have a set of rallies on my 95 truck right now and there are no issues
you will have to trim to slip a set of 35`s under that truck without the body
November 3, 2011Ok. Ive had the rallies on the truck for a few weeks already. In my opinion they just look alot better then the stock aluminum ones. Ive been checking on Ebay and theres quite a few kits that advertise the 3" keys. Am I misunderstanding something? When I put a rust free box on it 7 of the 8 bolts were so rusted that they broke off in the old box, so Im pretty leary about touching the cab bolts for a body lift. Thanks for the info guys!
November 4, 2011read the description. they are 2 inch re indexing keys. If you read the description they all say 2-3 inch lift keys, or 1-3 inch lift keys. meaning you can adjust it to 3 inches, or down to 1 inch depending on where you put the bolt. i`d be willing to bet all of those 3 inch keys are just 2 inch keys that you crank and than you have 3 inches. always read the description in an item on ebay, the titles can be misleading. its like reading the fine print in stuff you sign
November 4, 2011Good call Loki. I went back and looked at some of those auctions and thats exactly what those keys were. Id love to stuff a 4 or 6 inch lift under it, but I cant bring myself to spend that much money on a $1000 truck. I guess when I order that lift and tires Ill get some sawzall blades too. Thanks alot for all of the info. I grew up wrenching on and rebuilding muscle cars and street rods, but Im pretty new to this truck thing. Ill put the pic of it in my avi after I get it installed and maybe ask some more stupid questions.
November 4, 2011if you don`t want to spend over $1000, here is another option. i don`t know where you are located but check craigslist, if you are in the pacific northwest, check out this kit. $600, full 6 inch fabtech lift. could be worth a visit to idaho if you live within a few hours of it. if i had a half ton i know i`d already have picked it up. lol.
also, depending on what needs to get moved, another option to cutting is a sledge hammer, if you don`t need it to look pretty, my buddy just kinda bent his fenders to fit a set of 265/75/16s onto his 80s s10. sawsall will probably make it look alot cleaner though. lol.
November 4, 2011Im in northeastern Iowa. Ive been checking craigslist for tires but not for a lift. Ill have to take a quick look. It never occured to me to look for the lift since that key and block kit is only like $160 on Ebay. For the 2 or 3000 miles I put on this thing a year and the condition of the truck even that seems like too much to my wife. Im going to have to pay more for the tires then I did the truck.
November 4, 2011...you might be a redneck when you spend more on the tires for your truck, than you did on your truck....but ti`s okay, i`m right there with you. i got a set of BFG 35s on hummer rims sitting in my garage that are going on this weekend. that plus the lift and the odds and ends i`ve done to my truck in the last month or two would be alot more than the value of my truck if i had a shop do it all. lol
November 4, 2011Get yea a 3inch body lift, cut your fenders for the 35s. or get a 6inch rough country lift, comes with shocks and everything you will need for a grand. The keys are a complete waist or time and money.
November 7, 2011I might not have to do as much trimming as I thought. My truck had that ugly rubber strip that ran along the body line but the box that I put on didnt. I thought it looked pretty stupid so I ripped the rest of that rubber off this weekend. When I did those little chunks on the front fenders all of the steel below that rubber strip just disintergrated. I think it must have just been one big piece of paint and nothing else. lol. What a crusty p.o.s.
November 7, 2011well, i`ve got good news and bad news for you from my key replacement. the good news, is the 5 ton puller is at autozone, might be at napa but i didn`t check. its about $30. that is for relieving the tension on the torsion keys, than removing the bolt, than slowly in a controlled manner letting off all tension. that is easy and only takes a couple minutes. the bad news, is my 96, the keys were rusted onto the torsion bar and i couldn`t get them to budge. if you have a large air compressor with at least 120 PSI capacity with an air chisel and a torch, you might be able to get it. i talked to a local shop and we are going to work out a deal for me helping him and doing most of the work. sine he has the high capacity compressor and a good air chisel.
that being said, a 3" body lift is around the same price as the 2" suspension kit, requires no trimming, and isn`t that hard to install. My truck is the diesel which all the body lifts say "will not work for diesel" thats a load of BS because it does, you just need to pay attention to your turbo and watch you coolant lines. With the 3 inch body, i easily fit my 35x12.5s on h2 17s. so there is another option, is going for the body lift. Looks good too, but it still takes around6 hours to do and you will need to have a few buddies to help you, while the torsion key lift you could probably do by yourself. Look for pics in the thread i`ll be starting on it here a little later today.
a third note, when it comes to trimming. on the front, in front of the tire and behind the bumper on the very bottom of the fender, there is a plastic trim piece that can be removed with 3 screws. the bumper may need to be removed when you do this to give you access to the screws. or if you remove the bumper and the trim piece between the bumper and grill, you might have enough access to get in there. possibility of being able to squeeze up there without removing anything else. one screw is mounted to the inner fender/wheel well, the other two are bolts and are vertical up into the fender.
hope this helps, any questions feel free to ask, if i end up getting those keys in before i notice you do, i`ll let you know how i end up doing it.