Wheelchair ramp conversion made driver side lower. Can I only lift driver side?

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    I have a 2019 Yukon XL with magnetic ride suspension. It has a conversion done to it where it has a wheelchair ramp and I can drive from my wheelchair. The conversion added about 500 pounds on the driver side and the Yukon does not sit level because of that. The driver side is about 1.5in lower than the passenger side. They did a 3 inch body lift in order to do the conversion. I want to lift the driver side so that it sits level. Can I lift the driver side front and rear only and it not mess with the geometry of the suspension?
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    Very cool. I have a friend who's looking for a Silverado do do that to.



    If you raise the drivers side up, would the ramp still go all the way down to the ground?

    Personally, I would lower the passenger side to make it level. You can do that with adjustable shocks up front and a different spring in the rear... or just bag the whole thing...
     
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    Yes, the ramp has enough play to still make it to the ground if I raise the driver side. I want to raise it because the driver side tire already rubs when turning. Can you even lower the passenger side like you suggested with it having a 3in body lift? Sorry if it's a dumb question. I'm not too familiar with suspensions.
     
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    The body lift has nothing to do with the suspension. Technically, you could have a 12" body lift (takes your body off the frame) and have no suspension lift.

    So, to raise up the drivers side, you could get a 3" suspension lift kit, and only add it to the drivers side. Very doable, but I foresee issues with alignment
     
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    I dont see why you couldn't just put a 1.5” coil spacer in the back and leveling kit in the front, just on the drivers side. Those would basically get the rig level from side to side again.

    However, the coil springs will always be compressed more than the passenger side. I think you would be better off with some type of custom coils springs front and rear (on the drivers side, of course). I would think the vehicle may drive a bit funky with the current setup, with there being that much weight added to just the one side.

    Interesting none the less! Keep us updated!
     
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    I guess i would see what is thrown off first, did the drivers suspension actually sag or did the body lift blocks compress too much due to the weight?
     
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    i agree on the coil spacers for the front. worth reserarching & definitely a cheaper option, if so.

    do you have autoride on rear? if so u could possibly just change the size of the autoride link rod on that side


    & very interesting setup. havent ever seen that style.
    i saw one for passenger side, where both doors were connected & it slide out to the side as a whole unit & then lowered down.
     
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    I wouldn't recommend raising the vehicles normal ride height using the air shocks. But thats just me.

    Better to use the coil spring as the ride height, then the air shock for when it is loaded down (like using the stock spring with a properly sized coil spacer).
     
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    Dude, that is cool!

    I think I’d be more inclined to see if you can get some heavier-duty coil springs all around to reduce the sag or convert to air.
     

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