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Username Post: Removing lift kit        (Topic#347114)
Chevy Joe 
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09-12-17 07:57 PM - Post#2707527    

So...I just bought a 1985 Chevy K10 pickup with I believe a 4 inch lift on it and 33X tires, and I'm thinking of removing the lift for the following reasons:

1. I don't like the way the truck handles. There's a delay between steering input and truck response. I think this is partly due to slop in the steering box and worn steering components, but also due to the lift.

2. Several components in the front suspension/steering need to be replaced to reduce steering slop (as mentioned in #1) and I'm thinking it's more expensive to replace these components with the lift in place. (extra shocks, and maybe non-stock components?)

3. The current 33X tires are expensive to replace. 31X tires or even stock tires are much less expensive.

I honestly don't care about the added height from the lift, and don't plan any aggressive off-roading. I bought the truck for hunting, fishing, and maybe towing a small boat or trailer. It needs to be able to handle minor off-roading and some snow, and I've been able to do both of those with vehicles at stock height in the past.

I know absolutely nothing about lifts or lift kits so it's likely I'm overlooking other pros or cons to having my truck lifted. At any rate, I have no idea how to go about removing this lift kit, or even if maybe there's some reason I shouldn't remove it that I haven't thought of.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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09-12-17 09:03 PM - Post#2707530    
    In response to Chevy Joe

Im for keeping it lifted
I would deal with all the worn parts 1st,with that small of a lift most of the components will be stock,springs,shocks,drop ped steering arm will be aftermarket,the rest will be stock replacements
If you have dual front shocks,ditch them for good single ones
What size tires are on it now? 33s are not alot more then 31s if they are a standard size (you want expensive try buying 38s )
15inch wheels are getting to be more expensive due to the lack of demand,might be worth it to price out some steel 16s or 17s and a 285/70r16 or 17 (something that measures out to a 33x10.5 to 11.5)

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Edited by 2plus2 on 09-12-17 09:05 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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09-13-17 06:50 AM - Post#2707549    
    In response to 2plus2

Before you remove it, replace the steering coupler (aka rag joint). Don't try a parts store cheap rebuild kit or part. Order an original replacement from Lares. Lares 205 should fit. ts-f...

I've done to several trucks. The joint over time is really sloppy even when all other components are new.

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09-13-17 08:03 AM - Post#2707556    
    In response to gchemist

Order a catalog from You'll find nice diagrams of suspension components.

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Chevy Joe 
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09-14-17 04:25 PM - Post#2707657    
    In response to gchemist

About that sloppy steering:

Yes, I plan to adjust the box a bit, once everything outside the box has been tightened/verified, but I've read a few articles now about swapping out the steering shaft with a Jeep Cherokee XJ steering shaft. It replaces the rag joint with a universal joint. Everything I've read says this tightens up the steering, which is my goal. Are there any downsides to this mod? For example, wasn't part of the purpose of that rag joint to soak up vibrations being transmitted to the steering wheel? Will the u-joint do the same?

P.S. - LMC Truck catalog ordered, thanks!

Edited by Chevy Joe on 09-14-17 04:26 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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09-16-17 07:05 AM - Post#2707807    
    In response to Chevy Joe

Sell it!! For the most part, lifted trucks are junk. See several guys spend tons of money fixing them only to have problem after problem.

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09-23-17 01:30 PM - Post#2708639    
    In response to elcamino

Long ago, I went to 245/75-16s. As mentioned, 15s are gonna go the way of the Dodo bird. That said, you won't have any problems finding 31x10.50-15s for some time.

The 245s are a smidgen taller and a smidgen narrower or taller than 10.50s.

One of the reasons that I went to them was I could get the half worn out tires, at work, when they switched to M&S tires for the winter.

FWIW, your truck came with (in some versons) 235/85-16s, which are almost 33s, but much narrower...and they came on a stock truck.

Advertise your kit on CL saying that you want to swap to a stock height. There will be a dummy out there who wants your L-kit.

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