How To: Setup Auto Ride for Lifts

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  1. SlickA70

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    Great info guys I just want to clarify a few things before I buy a lift.

    I have a 2007 Escalade EXT AWD/Z55, I want to buy the RC 3.5" lift for an 07 Avalanche 4WD.

    I will have to:
    - Extend front ride control sensor wires or notch the spacers to make the plug fit
    - Extend level control rods all around, either with the threaded rod or with the coupler
    - The kit comes with rear shock extneders so that should keep the shock where its meant to be.

    Few questions:
    - Will the RC upper control arms work for the EXT if they are meant for an Avalanche?
    - The kit will lower the transfer case, will this effect the AWD?

    I want to get this all right before I do anything, don't want do spend for a Skyjacker kit either (wife lol).

    I also have 100% new suspension at all 4 corners (shocks, springs, bump stops) and would hate to mess something up.

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    The upper arms should work as long as they have a mount for the lower ride height rod. The diff drop shouldn’t affect the awd but slightly possible. The only issue you might run into is front driveshaft because of new u joint angles but I highly doubt it
     
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    Thanks for that info, do we know any companies selling autoride shock extenders that would fit up to 3" of lift in the rear?

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    Only people I know for 3” would be fabtech and think I priced them out around $400 so not worth it. Maybe get rough country ones and make new metal sides then weld them in for the extra length.
     
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    Sounds about right, I've decided to go with the 3.5 RC lift for the better UCA.. dont want to stress out the rest of the suspension with a spacer lift.

    I'll also extend the autoride links, notch out the front strut tower for the sensor if need be as well.

    At least I'll have the proper style rear shock spacer and with minimum effort get everything to work properly... I hope.

    1. I measured the factory height on my EXT, I'm at 36.5" up front and 37" in the rear with the bags empty. The RC lift is 3.5 f / 1.5 r... that should level it out when the bags air out correct?

    2. Has anyone ran 35s with this kit? My front fenders liners dont exist from the truck being lowered for 12 years so I imagine only the rear fender may rub?

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    I think you will be good with that lift. You can still hook up the rods just need to be longer so the sensors are at stock angles. Take some pics before you start the lift so you can match it afterwards.

    Yes you should come out completely level with those measurements.

    Don’t think but one person and it was a lot of cutting. Really depends on wheels if stock or not. Then how wide of 35” you want. Your Escalade front bumper helps to not rub tires but the rear fender corner could be a problem.
     
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    Okay thanks for the info, I saw your other thread about the threaded rods so I will do that.

    I'm running 20x9 +18 on 275/55/20, lifted I'll run 33x12.5x20... I'd love to avoid rubbing haha

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    Yeah get some all thread rod from local hardware store.

    Tires won’t rub with that wheel on a level kit. Post pics when you get it done
     
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    Hi, read through but still have a couple of questions. Have a 6" fabtech on 2011 ltz w z55. When I got the original lift back was not level so shop rotated rear ride height adjusters to raise rear.

    I just got new OEM shocks / struts and now back is sitting higher. Does anyone have a picture of the adjuster in stock position?

    Also, the front in stock position would be helpful. I believe fabtech keeps it stock and I dont need extension but would like to double check. I've seen the pics in the thread but can't see it very well.

    I'm going to try the dealership lots this week.

    Thanks in advance.

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    The fronts are slightly below level and the rears are just above level. No perfect position but close and make each side equal. Find a stock Denali in town and look at it to match yours
     

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