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2003 SSV Lift and Leveling Questions

Discussion in 'Lifted Supension - Z71 & 4x4' started by GatorBite, May 18, 2020.

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    GatorBite TYF Newbie

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    I recently purchased a 2003 SSV and I am looking to get some part recommendations so I can get a set of tires (most likely 285/75 R16) under the truck without rubbing. This is an initial build on the truck and I plan on doing some light wheeling and beach running.

    I don't know what the suspension differences are between the SSV and the LS/LT/Z71 models, but I have seen on several parts websites, when looking at shocks, that some say they are not for the police model. I am assuming that the SSV sits lower to the ground than the other models which means shock length needs to be considered. Are there other suspension differences I need to be aware of? I would like to use Bilstein 5100's, just not sure of which ones because of possible suspension differences.

    What offset do I need to get for the wheels or can I run the stock wheels?

    Can you guys provide links to the parts that you would recommend using (hopefully based on personal experience) for the following list?

    Torsion Keys
    Bilstein 5100 Front Shocks
    Bilstein 5100 Rear Shocks
    Rear Coil Springs (I don't really want spacers if I can avoid it)
    Electronic Locker

    Also, will I need limit straps for the rear to keep the coils in place if I am in a situation where one of the rear tires is off the ground?

    Rich
     
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    I was hoping someone would know if there was a difference between the suspensions. I really did not want to have to deal with the dealership........Oh well. Maybe I will swing by tomorrow and get their input.
     
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    Here's the real deal. I am looking to do a similar solid axle swap to the Rosco P Drivetrain articles on the FourWheeler Magazine/website. after running through the numbers, I am coming up with about $13k in parts:

    Front Axle (Ford 05+ Dana 60)
    Rear Axle (Ford 05+ Sterling)
    Hydro Boost Conversion
    Rear Rod Ends
    Rear Rod Inserts
    Front Rod Ends
    Front Rod Inserts
    Tubing for Links and Panhard Bars
    Wheels
    Tires (probably just 35x12.50) (maybe clearenced for 40s) Either which way I plan on extending the wheelbase of the truck
    Front Coilover Mounts
    Front Coilover Towers
    Front Axle Panhard Bracket
    Front Frame Panhard Bracket
    Front Coilovers
    Rear Panhard Bracket
    Rear Frame Panhard Bracket
    Rear Lift Coils
    Rear Shocks
    Front Drive Shaft
    Rear Drive Shaft
    Crossover Steering
    Rear E-Locker
    Front E-Locker
    Bump Stops
    Limit Straps

    The plan is to do some basic upgrades right now and start saving up for the suspension parts over the next 2 years or so. Then maybe in the future do a Duramax/Allison swap.

    Does anyone see any glaring items that I am missing in the above list?

    Has anyone relocated their windshield washer reservoir, rear AC/Heat unit or gas tank hose? Or added a subwoofer to a SSV?
     

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