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  1. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall

    I thought I would do a write-up on getting an extra 2 inches out of your truck without doing anything crazy.

    All you need is this:

    Factory GM Part Numbers:

    4- #11588351 (1-Ton U-Bolts)
    2- #15712451 (2 inch blocks)
    2- #15592573 (Green Keys)

    I chose to replace my shocks because mine were long overdue:

    Bilstein Part Numbers:

    2- F4-BE5-E381-TO (Cognito Motorsports GM K2500 Fronts)
    2- F4-BE5-B514-HO (GM K1500 6" Lifted Rear Zinc Shocks)

    Either way, if you have green keys, your shocks are what is limiting your front end right now. Loose the factory shocks or put the shock mount extenders and you will get alot more out of them.

    Here is the difference:
     

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    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall

    So, the before:
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  3. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall

    Here is how easy it is

    You need the torsion key tool:

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    First jack up the front end so there is no weight on the keys
    Use the torsion key tool to take the load off the keys
    Back out your torsion key bolt
    Slide the bolt retainer out through the side
    Then unload the keys
    Once you get the keys unloaded, just slide your trosion bars foward (they will slide out of keys)
    Put the new keys in and revese this process
     

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  4. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall

    For the rear end:

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    Support the truck to the frame so the the suspension can droop
    Put a floor jack under the pumkin

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    Unbolt your u-bolts
    Let the rear axle down

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    Put the blocks in and your 1-ton u-bolts on
     

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  5. jcool

    jcool #78 A(ACLU) FNG

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    about how much did that cost you to do? I have already turned my tbars up 1.5 inches so I would be just doing the blocks in the rear so really I guess thats the cost I need
     
  6. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall

    Overall project took me about 2 hours on a creeper in my garage:

    Very happy with the way truck looks now

    Just always remember to get truck alligned after all is said and done.

    Overall cost:
    Bilstein shocks: $400 w/shipping
    Ubolts: $23.46 x 4= $93.84
    Green Keys: $34.59 x 2= $69.18
    Blocks: $27.22 x 2= $54.44


    $217.46 w/o shocks
    $617.46 w/ shocks
     
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  7. jcool

    jcool #78 A(ACLU) FNG

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    you mean I can't do my redneck alignment?:wtf:
     
  8. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall

    that's what I got right now.

    Thats the one where you need a 6-pack right:

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    The more you have, the srtighter it looks :yikes:
     

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  9. jcool

    jcool #78 A(ACLU) FNG

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    you are sooo spot on my friend....
     
  10. got-h2o

    got-h2o HillBilly Pimp

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    Looks great. Howz it ride??
     
  11. Mad Maxx

    Mad Maxx See, what had happened was... Staff Member Moderator

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    Damn, that's a pretty good difference, more than I though before seeing the bigger pics.

    Nice work!
     
  12. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall


    I never realized how much the factory shocks suck.
     
  13. Dura-Ration

    Dura-Ration No Obuma

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    Man, That Looks Sharp!
    :hurray:
     
  14. MattZ71

    MattZ71 Tennessee Diesel's Mod

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    I LOVE IT...thanks for the write up!
     
  15. Will

    Will Boobies make me happy

    Nice write up Phil. Truck looks good.
     
  16. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall

    Thanks guys, It is a huge change, should have done it long ago
     
  17. 12ga diesel

    12ga diesel Jack of all, Master of none

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    Nice work and a nice write up Phil. I also found it to be a bigger difference then I thought after seeing your pics. So the Bilstiens are the way to go huh?
     
  18. HemisAreSlow

    HemisAreSlow FREE!!!

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    will this still work if you have a 3500 srw? or will I have to buy even bigger u bolts?
     
  19. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall

    You will have to have even bigger u-bolts, I don't know if maybe ones from a 4500 or 5500 might work?
     
  20. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 Just a speck on the wall

    Sorry dave, yeah, the bilsteins are awsome damn thing rides like a caddy now, my old shocks were bad.

    I love um, but they are expensive!!!!!!!!!!
     

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