HOW MUCH FOR NOT MUCH
QI own a ’77 GMC 3⁄4-ton. It’s a longbox regular cab, four-speed 4x4 and I just bought it. I have been pricing tires for a while and I want to go with the 6-inch suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift with 35-inch mud tires. I don’t know if that is what I should be doing because I’ve never
had a lift and big tires before, and I don’t know if it’s a good combination. Also my budget is about three grand.
STEVEN R. via firstname.lastname@example.org
AYou can fit 35-inch tires with the 6-inch lift kit, and maybe even a 4-inch lift kit. Our ’86 1-ton Chevy longbed regular cab Army truck has a 4-inch Skyjacker lift kit, and with minimal trimming on the rear of the front wheel openings it clears 37-inch tires. We did this because we wanted a low center of gravity with as large a tire as possible. Most suspension companies recommend a 6-inch lift for clearing 35-inch tires on your truck, and that is probably a better idea if you are not interested in trimming the body at all. We wouldn’t recommend the 3-inch body lift at all, as it will do nothing for performance and will complicate things like fuel lines, steering column, and shifters.
Many companies out there offer a kit for your truck: Rancho, Superlift, Skyjacker, BDS, and Rough Country, to name a few. Offroad Design also specializes in this body style truck and can answer all your questions, plus it offers a shackle flip kit that may be an even better option for your truck.
Also on your budget, check out the tire and wheel deals from our advertisers, many of which offer discounts when you buy wheels and tires together. And remember, you’ll need 16- or 17-inch wheels to better clear the big brakes on your truck.