So we all know there are a million threads on this forum of "I wanna fit (insert tire size) what kinda lift do I need" threads so I figured why not make on generic thread where people can get all the info they're looking for all in one place.
First off lets start with what kinds of lifts there are out there:
1. Spacer lifts (generally frowned upon)
The link below is to the Camburg website explaining the disadvantages of spacer lifts:
Manufactures: Toytec, Revtech,
2. Springs Lifts - Replacing the stock springs with new springs and reusing the factory struts to gain lift and front weight capacity.
Manufactures: OME (Old Man Emu), Eibach
3. Strut Lifts - New Struts are used in place of the old ones to gain lift using factory springs or can be combined with aftermarket springs to create even more lift.
4. Coilovers - A complete new assembly replacing both stock struts and coils, come completely assembled for easy installation and depending upon which brand are adjustable, rebuildable, and come with available reservoirs.
Manufactures: Toytec, Fox, King, Icon, Camburg, Sway-A-Way, Walker Evans
5. Drop Bracket Lifts - Consists of a new front crossmember and extended spindles, dropping the front diff (if 4x4) down to generate lift
Manufactures: Fabtech, Pro Comp, RCD
6. Long Travel - Consists of widening the stance with extended upper and lower control arms:
See mjp2's write up:
7. Spindle Lifts - For 2WD only, consists of new spindles providing lift (vary depending on brands)
Now that the basic suspension setups have been stated next the amount of lift will be covered. Most people pick the amount of lift they want because they are looking to run a certain tire size. These are the tire sizes and lift amount in general:
30-31 (265/75R16) - will fit with stock amount of lift (with possible slight rubbing) for those who want to just level out their truck most would recommend Bilstein 5100's (approx. 0" to 1.75" lift)
32-33 (285/70R17) - will require at least 2" of lift (unless you want to trim) for an inexpensive option most go the route of Bilstein 5100's and OME springs, for those who want a better ride quality and off-road ability a completely new Coil-over is recommended. (Are usually adjustable front 0" to 3") Most would not recommend going over 3" due to ride quality, also a new set of UCA is recommended to keep alignment.
35" (315/70R17) - For those wanting to run 35's most will say you need a 6" DB lift kit, this has been proved not be true, can be done with a 3" Lift but does require trimming. (is easily done with a 3" lift if stock fenders are replaced with Fiberglass Fenders) Also, almost all of the people running 35's with 3" lift are running aftermarket front bumpers.
Check out the following links for more info on 3" and 35's:
37" - For those wanting to run 37's I suggest checking the following links for info:
PLEASE, I know there are guys out there that know a lot more then I do but I figured this was a start, so please feel free to PM me any misinformation or anything you feel I should add.