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Go­ing the Ex­tra Mile and Sav­ing Gas While we get There

THE RE­CENT RUN of lifted-style tech ar­ti­cles in the last few is­sues of Street­trucks mag­a­zine is no ac­ci­dent. We’ve seen the pop­u­lar­ity of tech ar­ti­cles about daily driv­ers sky­rocket when pub­lished along­side pages of full-blown cus­tom fab­ri­ca­tion tips and tricks. Street­trucks

read­ers seem to like a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing, which lends it­self well to spe­cial edition books like C-10 Builder’s Guide and F-100 Builder’s Guide. Be sure to check out one of those if you’re a hard­core fan of ei­ther truck model. You’d be sur­prised to see how much con­tent we can print and how much knowl­edge you can gain, but first, let’s get back to the project at hand.

The lifted truck in­dus­try has a ten­dency to fo­cus on bolt-on brack­ets and up­graded coil springs, since those are usu­ally on full dis­play and pow­der-coated in wild col­ors. What doesn’t get brought up enough are the ad­di­tional steps that any truck owner should take af­ter in­stalling a lift kit of sig­nif­i­cant size. The fac­tory driv­e­train of most mod­ern trucks is de­signed specif­i­cally for the orig­i­nal over­all wheel-and-tire size; so, big­ger wheels and heav­ier tires will ob­vi­ously change the gear­ing, which in turn will change the speedome­ter, shift points and the gas mileage. Un­for­tu­nately, the fix for these is­sues re­quires parts, la­bor and ab­so­lutely zero vis­ual im­pact. We un­der­stand how tough it can be to spend a chunk of cash on parts that will never be seen when you could eas­ily buy some strik­ing vis­ual ap­peal for the same dollar amount. That said, if you want your lifted truck to last as long as in­tended, and you also want to spend your pay­checks on some­thing other than gas and trans­mis­sions, this ar­ti­cle is writ­ten specif­i­cally for you.

This was the case for Ni­cole and the ’11 Chevy Sil­ver­ado mall crawler she re­cently had lifted. A struggling trans­mis­sion and an un­told num­ber of fill-ups were enough to make any­one throw up their hands in dis­gust, so she called the crew at Farm­boy Cus­toms in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, for some tech­ni­cal ad­vice. Luck­ily for her these guys are pros, and they’ve done this type of job a hun­dred times. With­out any fur­ther hes­i­ta­tion, she or­dered a set of 4.56 gears from Yukon Gear and Axle along with the mas­ter in­stal­la­tion kit and a posi-trac rearend for a lit­tle ex­tra trac­tion.

While the truck was on the lift and main­te­nance was on his mind, Mark Wether­ing­ton, lead tech at Farm­boy Cus­tom, floated the idea of up­grad­ing the brakes to ac­com­mo­date the in­creased ro­ta­tional mass. Af­ter scan­ning a few prod­uct op­tions and price quotes,

Ni­cole chose EBC ro­tors and pads, as well as a Hyper­tech Max­en­ergy 2.0 power pro­gram­mer to re­pro­gram the fac­tory com­puter. To com­plete the post-lift main­te­nance pack­age, a new set of tires from At­turo were slapped onto the Moto Metal wheels, and she was out the door for a test drive. Now the truck uses its power more ef­fi­ciently and isn’t as thirsty for fuel.

Check out the steps in­volved in this sin­gle-day parts swap, and de­cide for your­self whether the price of the parts is eas­ier to swal­low than the price at the pump.

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