The new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups are visually a breath of fresh air. The bold body design is daring while being distinctly identifiable. But as with any new pickup, there are always aspects of the vehicle that need to be improved. One of the popular aftermarket upgrades are suspension modifications to alter the stance and overall appearance of the truck. This is where ReadyLift® Suspension comes in.
ReadyLift® is the number one requested manufacturer of mild lift and leveling suspension systems for pickups and SUVs. Each vehicle suspension system application is designed with the goal of providing the truck owner with an affordable mild lift system that is easy to install while maintaining the factory ride. And each kit offers the truck owner the opportunity to upgrade to larger, more stylish wheels and tires. With the current economy situation, more and more consumers are discovering that mild lift and leveling kit systems save hundreds if not thousands of dollars over super-tall full-blown suspension lifts that kills fuel economy and ride.
The new GM half-ton pickups, while innovatively stylish, offer some unique challenges for both truck owners and suspension manufacturers. The most noticeable is the issue of the front end of the GM trucks sitting considerably lower in the front as compared to in the past. As more and more consumers are discovering, these trucks look much better sitting at a level stance, which can also offer the opportunity to up-size to a larger tire size to amplify the appearance changes as well as increase the usefulness of the vehicle.
Challenges with the new suspension design somewhat limit the ability to lift the front suspension without sacrificing ride in the process. ReadyLift® has just designed a new mild lift system (66-3085) for the new coil-over strut-equipped GM half-ton pickups that doesn’t change the factory ride while raising the front end up 2.25” from stock which is the perfect height to level the truck. For those who tow or haul with their trucks and still want the mild lifted look, ReadyLift’s new 66-3003 3” lift rear block kit includes an OEM design iron 3” rear lift block that replaces the factory 1” block and puts the rake back into the truck’s stance. This combination of kits is the perfect Tow Package for the GM truck owner looking for a lifted stance, but still wants to retain some rake for towing or hauling.
The components for the front include ReadyLift’s popular aluminum strut spacer that installs over the factory studs without having to cut the studs off or swap the struts from side to side. An additional billet aluminum spacer installs under the lower strut mounts between the strut and the control arm. This combination provides 2.25” of front lift without sacrificing that important ride quality.
Installation is easy enough that most consumers with mechanical knowledge can complete the installation. An alignment will be necessary upon completion. This ReadyLift kit provides enough lift to clear up to 33” diameter tires. The 66-3085 and 66-3003 kits are sold separately.
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