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Old 04-07-2007, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Pre 88 Chevys' Running 44"s - Post Up

I've gone through all of the "Important : Show a picture of your chevy" photos, and still have not been able to make my decision. If you have a pre 88 chevy and are running 44"s (Super swampers preferably) please post up some pics.

All I really need to know is the amount of lift (body, suspension etc) and some pics.

I can't decide if I want to run 44"s with 8" of lift or 10". I will probably go with 10" simply because I am going to swap a classic body onto the frame eventually and I don't want to hack it to pieces. However, the stance is very very important to me so I need some photos.

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Old 04-07-2007, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think you should run 6" I did.

And I didn't even have to cut that much... it' just a firewall.
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Old 04-07-2007, 03:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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RE:pre 88 chevy's running 44"s

hey dude,my dad told me he had 11 inches of lift and he was running 44"s on his truck.most chevy's ive seen running 44"s usually have 12" superlift springs and sometimes a 3" body lift.If you run 44"s with only a 12" lift,you will probably have to cut the fenders.the 3" body lift will eliminate this.this is all second hand info,so im not guarenteeing its right.
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Well take it from someone who actually has run a 12" superlift (myself), and a 3" body lift, and don't do it.

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Not the best pic but.....

6" springs 3" body lift.

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I think you should run 6" I did.

And I didn't even have to cut that much... it' just a firewall.
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Old 04-07-2007, 05:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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im too much of sissy for 44's, so the k30's 39.5's will have to do for now. 6" susp and 3" body

my k5 has 9" susp and 42's in this pic
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Old 04-08-2007, 10:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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trust me on this one, even with a 12" kit and a 3" body lift, you will hit the fenders under hard use. I even managed to smash in the firewall a little.
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im too much of sissy for 44's, so the k30's 39.5's will have to do for now. 6" susp and 3" body

my k5 has 9" susp and 42's in this pic
Did you have to cut/rotate the knuckles on that K5 ? What brand did you go with, how did you get the lift (shackles /springs/blocks etc) and how is the ride? Any reccomendations?
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i have an 86 chevy with 44's

3inch body
8 inch suspension but with shackle flip and longer shackles i makes around 12 inchs of lift i still had to cut the fenders some to , for some reaosn i cant find the attachment button to post a pic.
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I have 12 inch superlift springs front with 1 inch of shackle and maybe 1/2 inch from the dana 60 (the tubes are bigger around than the old 44) and the rears are 8 inch superlifts, 4 inch shackle flip, 2 inch angle lift blocks along with a 3 inch body lift and bushwacker cut out flares take about 2 inches front and rear of each fender well and the 44 inch swampers still hit the fenders when I stuff the nose into a rut or ditch. I am going to move the front axle forward a little before the 49's go on. And save some time, get hydro crossover steering the first time. And if you are going to run superlifts, get dual shocks. Rear driveline angle is fine, front is fucked. I didnt turn the knuckles or anything on the 60, The angle of the d-line is bad at the transfer case end, front axle is running stock caster. I am going to lower the engine and tranny a few inches when the 455 goes in, along with a nw adapters doubler kit which will rotate the transfer case 4 inches down so I can actually wheel it without the horrible noises from the front driveline.




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Did you have to cut/rotate the knuckles on that K5 ? What brand did you go with, how did you get the lift (shackles /springs/blocks etc) and how is the ride? Any reccomendations?
the front is 8" BDS springs, with a 1" zero-rate offset 1.5" for more driveshaft length to help the angle. the front axle just has 5* shims on it. i was running the stock driveshaft with a 1350 conversion u-joint. i was eventually going to run a custom shaft to help the angle, but the 1" offset zero-rate really helped. the rear was 4" home made shackle flip and 5" lifted 64" springs from a newer 1500. the truck ran down the road perfect up to 70mph and made several long (250miles each way) road trips w/o any problems as well as tore up trails with ease. if you want to run 44's definitely move the front axle as far forward as possible, to both help prevent hitting the firewall when flexing and give the driveshaft more length to help the angles. anything else let me know
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This is my 86 burb
Before I went rocks i had superlift 12'' front springs Superlift 8'' rears and offroaddesign.com shackle flip hangers heavy duty shackles front and rear. I had to cut the back of the front fenders out and ran 16.5x10 wheels with 4'' backspacing i think. I could turn lock to lock without hitting and i could stuff them pretty good before rubbing. I did have a nasty hole i hit and the rear tire slammed the passenger rear fender. Oh well. It rode very well where i could eat a burger and steer with my knee. BUT i also had crossover high steer and pretty true tires.
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Here is a before pic :foff:

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thanks!! Just wait..getting more done to it..will post a build on it soon.
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My 88 K5 has a shackle flip, 52's up front, a 1 inch ORD body lift and I run 44's. I would run it this low all the time. A little trimming of the fenders and I was good to go.

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im too much of sissy for 44's, so the k30's 39.5's will have to do for now. 6" susp and 3" body

my k5 has 9" susp and 42's in this pic
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