Gmc 3500 Dually Lifted – Hello to all! I want to apologize in advance for any stupid or newly created questions I might ask. Most of my trucks have had leveling kits as far as the suspension goes.
Situation: Looking for tires from 33″-37″ under truck. Looking for the best possible ride for general highway driving, city streets, country roads. Hopefully it will retain the ability to handle drag as well. Nothing crazy or very common.
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I’ve heard people say in some places that an air ride is the best option for ride quality and towing capacity. So would it make sense to do a coilover up front and air bags in the rear with some upgraded shocks?
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Open to suggestions, ideas, brands, etc. Also, if there’s a better solution on the front end than a toggle setup, I’m open to ideas on the subject.
Like I said, I’m very new to this and I apologize if any of my questions seem silly.
To maintain towing capacity, airbags are required in raised driving. Depending on the wheels and trim or spacing, you can run up to a 35″ tire with stock suspension, 37’s will require some cutting or a 6″ lift.
TX_DMax17 said: If money wasn’t an option, I’d go this route. https://kelderman.com/shop/2011-gm-2500-3500-2-4-link-rear-air-suspension https://proformance-diesel.com/product/proformance-suspension-gm-11-coilover -Conversion-kit/ Airbags are mandatory in raised driving to maintain towing capacity. Depending on the wheels and trim or spacing, you can run up to a 35″ tire with stock suspension, 37’s will require some cutting or a 6″ lift. Click to expand…
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Do you have other, possibly less expensive, ideas? $4,500 rear+$7,000 front = $11,500 in parts separately is a bit much to swallow.
Or by mixing and matching a BDS 6.5″ up front with a Firestone long travel airbag and some upgraded shocks in the rear? Or something similar?
Are the King shocks similar to the best ride shocks or better than the Fox or something? I do see them on some high end builds, but most lift kits tend to only use fox shocks.
Hands down Kelderman is the way to ride quality. My F250 is on Kelderman 6″-8″ and does not ride any lifted truck I have ever owned. This is on a 37 inch Toyo M/T
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I have a Fabtech 4″ on my Denali and it rides well, but not nearly as good as the Kelderman…
As others have said, the Kelderman is probably the best for overall ride quality and all around performance, however it is expensive. I have a 2017 BDS 6.5 coilless with Fox shocks and love it. I ride a 35 with a 20 inch fuel wheel. My truck is my daily driver throughout, I think the ride quality is great, definitely better than it was. I’ve heard the BDS coil is incredible, but haven’t been in a truck with it. I have friends with an FTS lift and their trucks run very well too. I also have friends with professional lifts on their trucks that don’t ride very well, I don’t know why but the ride was really rough, like when you just turn the torsion bars to lift. My last duramax was Zone Off Road 5″ and it was pretty good, maybe it would have been better with upgraded shocks. I hope this helps.
If you don’t want to use a Kelderman, put some Deavers on the back (airbags are needed for any significant payload after that). BDS 4.5 here. 4” Deavers, hydraulics, Fox 3.0. Driving is nice.
6” procomp here for 35 years. Driving is not bad. I know that air would be tons bigger. I would go that route but don’t want to have to replace the front axle. To run ultimate airs stuff. I would only go with full air. Not a mixed game. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just personal taste. I think Kelderman is great.
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I have a cst 3-6 stage 3 kit and it runs like stock. I have a 22 and a 33. The only thing I can say is that you should use airbags for towing. I have the trems and they work fine, but I miss the full air system I had on the 1500.
Kenny_r said: I have a cst 3-6 stage 3 kit and it runs like stock. I have a 22 and a 33. The only thing I can say is that you should use airbags for towing. I have timbres and they work fine but I miss the full air system I had on my 1500. Click to expand… These timbres would drive me nuts. I would feel like I had no control. Somewhat interesting though.
LikeABoss said: If you don’t want to use a Kelderman, put some Deavers on the back (airbags are needed for any significant payload after that). BDS 4.5 here. 4” Deavers, hydraulics, Fox 3.0. Driving is nice. Sent from my iPhone via Tapatalk Click to expand… Just curious, what kind of cargo have you carried with the deaver’s?
Since they are not rated, I used them once in a while. The assigned airbags can be used to carry the load over the axle, still loaded on the ends of the leaf springs.
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Airbags are definitely needed because they ride soft. I am not worried about the strength of the leaves. They are using a military shell which should be stronger than anything I know. Deaver has been making high-end springs for a long time. I’m pulling 10k skid. I haven’t measured the weight of the tongue, but probably in the 1500 pound range.
Here is a picture of my old kit. 2 leaves go around the front bushing. I believe there is only a master page in stock settings.
Tuckin22 said: These timbral things would crack me up. I would feel like I had no control. Somewhat interesting though. Click to expand…
They work well, the only issue I have is that my front sits about 1/2-1″ higher than the rear, so I squat about 2″ due to heavy loads. It wouldn’t be a problem to park the truck with some kind of rake, but it also depends on how high you go, as I still have stock in the back.
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Kenny_r said: tuckin22 said: This timbral stuff would crack me up. I would feel like I had no control. Somewhat interesting though. Click to expand… They work fine, the only problem I have is that my front is about 1/2-1″ higher than the back, so I squat about 2″ due to heavy loads. It wouldn’t be a problem to park the truck with some kind of rake, but it also depends on how high you go, as I still have stock in the back. Click to expand… I think setting up the truck to begin with should be thought out ahead of time. But good to know about squats. So are the rears you advertised stock height?
LikeABoss said: Yes. Structurally good, but they rust instantly. Diver should just ship them rusted and save the $3.50 they spend on paint. Sent from my iPhone via Tapatalk Click to expand… Haha. It’s sad. I hate things like that or cut corners.
It took me a couple of months, but I finally got my 19′ 2500 Denali riding as good or better than my 1500. I have Cognito Upper arms and keys on the front. In the rear I have McGaughy drop shackles and a 1” block. All four corners ride Bilstien 5100, with front shocks for 4 to 6 inches of lift. The factory Rancho’s were messy and required virtually no movement when the arms and keys were installed. Factory Denali 20 tires are 295/65/20 with zero friction at full lock to lock on both sides. The truck is now a joy to drive.
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ARS1 said: Hands down the Kelderman is a way to improve ride quality. My F250 is on Kelderman 6″-8″ and does not ride any lifted truck I have ever owned. It’s on a 37″ Toyo M/T. I have a Fabtech 4″ on a Denali and it rides well but not nearly as good as the Kelderman… Click to expand… great pic we use for our companies drags for services nyc queens truck very happy with performance.
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