Regret level/lift?

Discussion in 'Lifted Supension - Z71 & 4x4' started by Peter M, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Peter M

    Peter M TYF Newbie

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    Anyone with a level/lift that regrets doing it? If so, what would you have done different?? Just looking for downsides before pulling the trigger...thx
     
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    I have a 2015 Suburban 4x2 with now 80,000 miles. at 55,000 miles I installed Bilstein 1500 Shocks front and rear.
    The front are adjustable and gave me just about 1.75" of lift, making it almost level, which is perfect because the rear of the long suburban needs to be, in my opinion at least 1/4" higher to look leveled.
    I also changed from 18" stock wheels and tires to 22" 285/45r22 Bridgstone all terrain tires. They are a very very mild all terrain tire and keep an OEM like ride.

    My experience after now a fair bit of miles, is that the ride quality is either exactly the same or better than my stock shocks were.

    I probably drop 1mpg at least but Its due to:

    PPV front air dam (shorter valance like on the cop Tahoe)
    larger and much heavier wheels and tires
    and the front level.

    I am extremely pleased. By now, there is little doubt than my stock shocks would have been pretty "tired" so the bilstein were good and are def. still really up to my liking.

    I would do it again in a heart beat.


    when you look for feedback, make sure to understand what kind of lift people got, spacers on stock shocks, longer/better quality shocks, more aggressive/stiffer tires, etc...
     
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    I also used the Bilstein 5100 to level and have no regrets. I had lowered my verhicle at first--and after awhile I regretted that. I kept hitting my head on the rear tailgate. Further, some of the roads around here are pretty rough, so I would run out of suspension travel and "bottom out" on the front.

    With it "leveled", the tahoe sits a smidge taller, but has a really good stance with the front at 1.2". I would go the levelled with Bilsteins route all over again.
     
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    thats funny, I also first lowered the rear of my suburban and kept hitting my head and ended up hating it.
     
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    I have a 2016 Yukon Denali XL 4wd 2016 with a 6 inch Fabtech lift I regret going up to the 6-inch I wish it kept it 4 inch lift I started with ,the ride quality was much better
    I can care less about gas mileage the ride quality really sucks on a 6in at least in my opinion on my setup
     
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    I installed the adjustable Bilstein 5100s (and 5100 rears) about a month ago on my 2013 Suburban with 114k on it. The ride is as good or better than stock. I put the front all the way up...I think one notch lower would probably look better and I may just put 1" pucks in the rear eventually. I would do it again.
     
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    bilstein 5100 on front ,replaced orig rough country w spacer, looks the same but rides better!
     
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    No regrets here. Started out with a suspension max 1.5” spacer setup, but have now changed it up to Fox coilovers instead.
     
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    6 inch Rough Country on 35" BFGs. After doing this I would not do anything smaller. If you're going to lift it, then actually get some clearance and go at least 6. Just a little trim behind front wheels. This is my wife's ride and she loves it. Fun to drive. If you care about mileage, being practical etc, then just keep it stock.

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