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My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

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My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby broterman [OP] » Aug 04 2012, 1:55am

After a lot of research and saving, I finally purchased a 4 inch BDS suspension lift. It was installed yesterday and I couldn't be happier. I had the lift installed by one of BDS's recommended installers and it took about 10 hours.

Lift: BDS 4 inch lift and upgraded with Fox 2.0 shocks, replacement leaf springs instead of rear lift blocks, differential brackets, and traction bars.

Tires/Wheels: Goodyear Duratrac 295/65/18 and XD Monster 18 inch wheels.

I have about 5 hours of seat time after the lift and this is what I have noticed so far. I bought the tires at discount tire and they inflated the tires to 40 psi. Once the tires were installed I had to drive about 150 miles to get back home. Of course with the 4 inch lift you do feel a bit more top heavy but the tires felt mushy. The tires were slow to respond in cornering and lane changes. Once home I found a post in the forum that recommended running the tires at 46 psi. Once I changed the psi it made a world of a difference. The tires feel solid and responsive. I am going to continue to play with the psi to find the sweet spot. The tires do stick out about 2 1/2 inches in the front about about 1 1/2 inches in the rear. I am planing on installing bushwacker fender flares soon so hopefully that will help. The ride is a bit stiffer but much better than I was expecting. Over all I am very happy with the lift and tires. The tires do rub the front and rear of the wheel well splash gaurds but not too bad. I am probably going to do a NorCal fender mod unless anybody has a better suggestion. I measured the highest point on the truck, the antenna, which was 7 feet. The next highest point is the roof at 6'8''.

Here are a few before and after pictures.

Pre-lift:
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Post-lift:
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Wheel well measurements: The front went from 36'' to 41'' and the rear went from 38 1/2'' to 43''

Pre-lift front and rear:
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Post-lift:
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Re: My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby tjbev21 » Aug 04 2012, 2:05am

looks amazing
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Re: My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby StarsnBars » Aug 04 2012, 2:30am

Looks great. BDS is the way to go. Nice lift build you did.
I just got the exact same size DuraTrac tires on my truck this week. I started out at 50 psi all the way around. Not enough with a HD sitting on them. Bumped up to 55 psi, alot better, but still alittle mushy. Bumped again to 58/60 psi and the truck feels perfect. Good control, responsive, etc. Granted my truck is heavier than yours, but try 55 to 60 psi and you will be surprised in the difference.
As for the inner liners, you can get some heavy duty long zipties and cut 2 small slits, side by side in the liners key areas you rub. Climb under and attach the ties and pull back the liners by attaching to harmless bracket, hole in frame, etc. I did this on my old truck and never had another problem with liner rub.
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Re: My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby Black out » Aug 04 2012, 7:14am

Looks goooooood man
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Re: My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby CKURTZ7 » Aug 04 2012, 7:28am

that looks great man. let us know how it does offroad...tryin to figure out which lift to go with.
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Re: My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby justlkn » Aug 04 2012, 8:27am

Looks AWESOME!! I am jealous!
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Re: My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby broterman [OP] » Aug 04 2012, 3:23pm

StarsnBars wrote:As for the inner liners, you can get some heavy duty long zipties and cut 2 small slits, side by side in the liners key areas you rub. Climb under and attach the ties and pull back the liners by attaching to harmless bracket, hole in frame, etc. I did this on my old truck and never had another problem with liner rub.
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Awesome idea. I'll have to give that a try!
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Re: My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby BlackZ71Silverado » Aug 05 2012, 1:40am

Looks REALLY GOOD, you made the right choice going with a BDS kit, can't beat their quality or customer service.......Curious about the ladder bars though since you went with extra leafs for the rear lift.. Did you just buy them for looks? Should not have to worry about axle wrap without really tall blocks back there.
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Re: My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby StarsnBars » Aug 05 2012, 6:39pm

Here is a pic of the zip tie job to get a idea
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Re: My 4 inch BDS lift with pictures

Postby gmctruckguy » Aug 05 2012, 8:29pm

Looks very nice man! Need some fender flares now to cover those wheels.
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