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2004 2500HD to stock 2004 1500 height

2004 2500HD to stock 2004 1500 height

Postby dbeast420 [OP] » May 19 2015, 9:27pm

My wife is disabled and has trouble getting up in to my '04.
What would be the best route to go to bring it down to a more manageable height for her.
I wouldn't mind going down to a stock non HD height since i don't foresee myself doing any heavy hauling or towing.
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Re: 2004 2500HD to stock 2004 1500 height

Postby getmore » May 20 2015, 2:16am

First off, I can guess that money might be an issue, or sentiment, so I will understand if this solution doesn't work for you: I say sell it for a 1500.
If you aren't hauling or towing then you'll have a truck without a possibly compromised suspension, that will be working as designed, and still give you the ride you need. It'll also give you better fuel economy.

Another possibility is to consider air shocks for the front, and crank the torsion bars down, until the truck is as low as it will go. Hook up a system that will dump the air when she needs to get in and out, and reinflates when you are ready to drive, bringing it back to proper ride height.
You would likely have to trim the bump stops as well, since they are almost touching at stock height.

Smaller tires will also help lower the truck.

If you don't have them, I think you probably need side steps or running boards. You might be able to add another step somehow, if you are creative.
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Re: 2004 2500HD to stock 2004 1500 height

Postby bengreen79 » May 20 2015, 11:42am

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Re: 2004 2500HD to stock 2004 1500 height

Postby djentlemanjoe » May 20 2015, 12:34pm

some regular steps will do you some good. as for lowering it decranking the torsion bars will only do so much as the height of a 2500 vs a 1500 is created by the lower control arm dipping lower.
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Re: 2004 2500HD to stock 2004 1500 height

Postby getmore » May 20 2015, 11:37pm

Joe, don't forget the extra 2 inches of frame height.
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Re: 2004 2500HD to stock 2004 1500 height

Postby Copperhead » May 21 2015, 12:09pm

My 2015 2500HD, the rake was so much, that I got a set of McGaughy's shackles for the back that took out 2" of rake and made the pickup a little bit more human friendly. That would be an option for the back and if one needed even more, remove the blocks under the leaf springs on the axle and lower further.
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Re: 2004 2500HD to stock 2004 1500 height

Postby djentlemanjoe » May 21 2015, 12:12pm

I wonder if a leveling kit for 2500s would fit your needs. that very well might drop it to 1500 height. I'm only experienced with lifting not lowering though.
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Re: 2004 2500HD to stock 2004 1500 height

Postby djentlemanjoe » May 21 2015, 12:24pm

lowering* not leveling kit
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