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Old 03-30-2009, 06:29 PM
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Need help before I buy!!!

I need to put a body lift on my 69 Chevy C-20 truck. I put 33's all around, and the front tires rub when I hit a speed bump or turn hard left.

Has anyone out there done this before on this kind of truck with this size tire? I'm not sure whether a 2 inch lift will give me the clearance or if I need a 3 inch. I want to keep this as subtle a lift as possible!!!

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Old 03-30-2009, 07:09 PM
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if 4x4 then its a K-20 not a C-20

body lifts on these trucks are really simple easy the hardest part is blasting loose rusted body mounts

33" will only need 2 or 3" body lift to clear the rear bottom of the fenders on sharp deep ruts when turning the wheels far

thats all

or just trim the fenders down there a little bit

no biggie

if its an offroad fishing truck then it wont matter one bit if the fenders are trimed a little bit

i have had many stock height old chevy trucks 67-72 and 73-up with 33" x 12.50 on them and they alwyas only rub a little bit down there on the sharp deep turns
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Not a K-20...I've built this thing from the ground up...I know I need a body lift and how to do it...just not sure if the 2 inch will give me the clearance for the 33's. Trimming fenders and all that is not an option, paint and body work is done...Just looking to see if someone else out there has done this on these trucks with this size tire and how much of a lift they needed.

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oh ok so it really is a 2wd?

hmm

well i that case you may need to body lift it for sure

a good 3" then is about what it should take to allow clearance

howcome you want such big tires on a 2wd that wont be great for the balljoints and suspension in general you know.

are you gonna use good moog or better balljoints and TRE's and such ?

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A pic would be nice, and where do the tires rub?
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If you can get by with 2" or less I think putting blocks underneath the leaf springs would be ok for the front or rear. Especially if it's not going to see a ton of highway driving. I wouldn't go any higher than that on the front, and I'm assuming it's got front leaf springs.
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A pic would be nice, and where do the tires rub?
Here's the pics. Rubs on the passenger side when I turn left. I measured from the frame rails to the inner fender on both side and the front of the cab is off by a 1/4 inch. Not enough to make a huge differance in the tire clearance. The body mounts are also bad and am going to replace them when I do the body lift at the same time. When I hit a speed bump or a dip in the road, the driver side rubs on the inside top of the fender and cuts into the tire. The truck does need new shocks as well, the ones on there are cheapos that give it way to soft of a ride.

I think correcting the mis-alignment in the front of the truck, new shocks, body mounts and a 2 inch lift will be enough to let these tires clear. What do you think?

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Looks nice Chris! I agree a 2" lift, with new body bushings, and heavy duty shocks should be enough. The new body bushings alone should add close to 1/2" clearance.

Just don't do one of those 'California' lift's. You know the type where it costs so much to live here, you can only afford to lift 1/2 of the truck.
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Looks nice Chris! I agree a 2" lift, with new body bushings, and heavy duty shocks should be enough. The new body bushings alone should add close to 1/2" clearance.

Just don't do one of those 'California' lift's. You know the type where it costs so much to live here, you can only afford to lift 1/2 of the truck.

Thanks! No cali lifts here, I'm bummed by the fact that I even need to lift any of the truck, I like the way it sits right now...

Did you get the link to photobucket I sent you for the start to finish slideshow? If not here it is...and for anyone else that may want to check her out!

http://s246.photobucket.com/albums/g...view=slideshow
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Nicely done Chris I'll bet those pictures don't do it justice.

If your ever out here in Lakeside with it, stop by, and we can have a cold one.
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