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Well, joined a little after I’ve done a few minor things;
-Borla Attack Muffler single dump in front of the passenger rear wheel (absolutely beastly)
-K&N Black Hawk cold air intake system
-Blacked out Badges for disco points
-Ronin Bullet antenna, cuz ‘murca
-method 305 17’s 0 offset with BFG AT’s 35x12.5 (hopefully no spacers needed)
-Camburg KINETIC UCA heim joint and uniball cup (max caster is required when aligning)
-KING 2.5” shocks all around with compression adjusters on all four reservoirs
-clear bra and ceramic coated, because… well… Alaska.

Solo garage install for the UCA’s and shocks took about 8 hours in total. Biggest pain was mounting the reservoirs (there was a factory document inside the frame blocking a hole for the mount… lol)

Everything torqued to spec which probably took the longest, especially to reach the third bolt on top of the front shock buckets…

Tires and wheels will be put together and balanced tomorrow for pick up, and I’ll be bringing it to get the alignment Wednesday.

Have to get the wheels and tires on at the house since the stock set up is this 👌🏻 close to rubbing at static height…

Should be all good to go Wednesday and I’m pretty excited to get it going and dial the shocks in!
 

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Here’s a little bit of the progress, started by setting up the UCA’s to spec
compressed the coils to turn about 9 times over to get the desired ride height (5 full left turns = 1” height)
Wrapped most anodized parts for install in painters tape to help save it from scratches or dings during install
Always takes a little longer for the first side but it wasn’t too bad - hardest part was getting the the third bolt on top of the shock bucket - there is a plastic mount on top of both sides for wires n such
Then the upper went in, followed by the shock, which made getting the upper arms torqued to spec WAY easier.
Then getting the uniball greased up and sealed with the o-ring cap.

Rear end was substantially easier, the one main “frustrating” part was getting the reservoir between the bed and the frame and cutting out the felt for it to pinch mount on the rear two (replaced) bolts that hold the fender liner in.
 

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Sitting pretty level at the moment, but it’s only been dropped from the floor jack, so it will be interesting to see how it sits after the alignment 🤙🏻
 

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Wheels and tires are put together with GM TPS sensors! Putting them on when I get home from work and hopefully won’t need wheel spacers. Not holding my breath… lol
Method 305 17’s 0 offset, BFG 35x12.5’s
 

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Wheels and tires are put together with GM TPS sensors! Putting them on when I get home from work and hopefully won’t need wheel spacers. Not holding my breath… lol
Method 305 17’s 0 offset, BFG 35x12.5’s
Don't forget your sawzall!
 
Don't forget your sawzall!
None needed! lol they cleared the rotor by only a space calipers could measure 😂😮‍💨 the fitment is absolutely perfect with the wheel and tire combo. Just a smidge of rub to eliminate too! I don’t understand it, but somehow these kind of things just work out for me… couldn’t be happier with the result 🤘🏻
 

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None needed! lol they cleared the rotor by only a space calipers could measure 😂😮‍💨 the fitment is absolutely perfect with the wheel and tire combo. Just a smidge of rub to eliminate too! I don’t understand it, but somehow these kind of things just work out for me… couldn’t be happier with the result 🤘🏻
whats a smidge of rub?? i like your setup but dont wanna cut or modify.
 
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Looks sick! If I do aftermarket wheels, they will definitely be 17's. Well done!
Thank you! Not a single person was able to let me know if they would fit, but with some hard headed commitment, I was excited that they did! I had 1/4in spacers on standby just incase.
 
A smidgen of rub = a lot of rub when you're off road!

Trimming was the best mod I've done and I can run the setup I want. These front wheel wells have a very poor design and specs for an off road rig. The rear wheel well is actually larger.
 
whats a smidge of rub?? i like your setup but dont wanna cut or modify.
Nothing that engages any wheel well with… gusto. It’s more like the tread skims across the front and back of the well, but only on the front left. Should take less than a half hour to clear everything at bump (full compression) on both sides
 
A smidgen of rub = a lot of rub when you're off road!

Trimming was the best mod I've done and I can run the setup I want. These front wheel wells have a very poor design and specs for an off road rig. The rear wheel well is actually larger.
Trimming it will be the least amount of work I’ll have put in to this entire project, and I absolutely agree. They could have done A LOT better with the wheel well! The front caster is also supposed to be close to maxed on this as well, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she handles, the drive to get the alignment was nothing less than a tease… I cannot wait to rip in it
 
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Chevy's are like a bush, they all look and perform better with a little trimming!
 

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That’s a wrap… for now. 100% preforms as I believe it should have from factory… not a minor difference, I was really hoping it wouldn’t be. It truly was worth the time and effort. Leveled out with suspension, added 3” of wheel travel (safely without fear or worry of CV fail) and full adjustable compression in all four corners to handle any terrain. Could not be more happy with this build.

More minor modifications to really complete what I’m going for, may be a while, may be sooner rather than later! We will see
 

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