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Old 04-17-2009, 06:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2000 Escalade 4x4...Need 2"+ Lift

Hey guys, I just picked up a 2000 Escalade 4x4 for my wife. She is already asking about larger rims/tires. I think it would look good with a 33" tire. Anyway I am having trouble finding a lift kit. This truck is still the old style truck that still has the true selectable 4x4, not the AWD the later models have. It is a factory rear leaf setup along with the '96+ Vortec 5.7 engine. Since I only need a few inches I planned on rear blocks or add-a-leaf to get the back up.

I figured the 1999 Tahoe/Yukon lift kits would work, but can anyone confirm this?

Any help is welcome and thanked in advance.
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does that truck have air ride? If it does I believe the only thing the lift kits say is that you will lose that. Other than that, I always stay away from blocks but for a street rig, you can use them in the rear. The kit you get will most likely have blocks in the rear and maybe a torsion key or something like that for the front.
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does that truck have air ride? If it does I believe the only thing the lift kits say is that you will lose that. Other than that, I always stay away from blocks but for a street rig, you can use them in the rear. The kit you get will most likely have blocks in the rear and maybe a torsion key or something like that for the front.
No air ride on my Escalade, didn't come out until the 2002 model, so no worries there.
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No air ride on my Escalade, didn't come out until the 2002 model, so no worries there.
Any 1995-2000 Tahoe/Yukon kit should fit it.
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blocks in the rear and crank the tbars
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Super cheap lift by using block ands cranking the torsion bars. Not worth spending the extra money on a lift kit if your only going for 2''.
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If you crank the T-bars it will ride like crap. Why not a body lift?
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Old 04-19-2009, 07:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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tuff country builds a 4" kit that will fit 33s perfectly. Dont crank the tbars, its supposed to ride like a, well, cadillac
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If you crank the T-bars it will ride like crap. Why not a body lift?
Ah, a body lift on a Cadillac. I'm from southern Arkansas and even I think that's redneck.
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I would do a set of leveling keys for the torsion bars and blocks in the rear. Or go with a ful kit. Don't crank the torsion bars, that really rides like crap. Makes the front end really bouncy.
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Why did you buy a Caddy if your removing the suspension? Isn't that 90% of what sells a Caddy?
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Why did you buy a Caddy if your removing the suspension? Isn't that 90% of what sells a Caddy?
No, MTV gansta image sells the caddy. Same with the big rims.

I'd definaly use blocks, and keep the rims small and get big rubber instead.

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Ah, a body lift on a Cadillac. I'm from southern Arkansas and even I think that's redneck.
You are thinking hockey puck body lift. I'm talking real body lift, with bumper brackets and urethane gap guards. Still cheaper than a suspension by two-thirds, and it clears the tires he wants (she wants?).
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I would do a set of leveling keys for the torsion bars and blocks in the rear. Or go with a ful kit. Don't crank the torsion bars, that really rides like crap. Makes the front end really bouncy.
Do leveling keys wear out the ball joints like cranking the torsion bars do?

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Why did you buy a Caddy if your removing the suspension? Isn't that 90% of what sells a Caddy?
Naw, the smokin' price is why I bought it. Plus its the last year Escalade's got a true 4x4 selectable transfer case (vs the AWD crap).

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No, MTV gansta image sells the caddy. Same with the big rims.

I'd definaly use blocks, and keep the rims small and get big rubber instead.
I just planned on using 285/70/17 (33") tires on the factory 17x8 rims.
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