Originally Posted by zidaro
Your intentions are what should dictate what product/mod you go with- period. Start us off with some idea of how and where you plan on using your truck. Desert, Rocks, Sand, Whoops, Mud, Snow, Fire roads, Curbs. Mild, Wild? you get the picture. How often you "off road" and how much street miles, is it your only rig?
$2500 can go along way toward a great suspension but then what? You gonna run around with your bitchen boingers and new big rubber with stock gears, jump your truck or crawl big rocks with stock axles and tranny. Rollcage???
Good Point! I only have one truck and have only done very minor off roading with it in sand at the beach and forest roads. I have climbed a few mountain passes using "high" clearance 2wd rentals like stock jeep commanders and trailblazers. I have two additional rides for all non offroad transportation I may need.
Anyways, I want something that can handle moderate 4x4 roads in the mountains with relative ease. About twice a year I like to go to the Colorado and take the truck to do mountain climbing. I need something for minor rock crawling, stream crossings, and relatively steep climbs.
I live in Kansas so the truck has to ride reasonably well at highway speeds for hundreds of miles to get to my off road destination.
Since it's only a 4 cyl, I don't see the point in sinking a whole lotta dough into it, but it's a great truck and so if I am going to replace the suspension on it anyways, I just need an idea what to do that is a logical upgrade. I may add more as I learn more about what is needed.
I like the idea of going with coil overs and UCA's up front and a pair of new leaf springs and shocks in the back. Or maybe that is overkill for my needs?
I am still hazy on increasing the wheel/tire size. currently, I have the 30x9.5 R15's (stock of course). If I go up to the larger tires say 32's with R16 wheels will that mean I have to re-gear the front and back diff?
Let's see, I am looking at currently from the reccomendations above:
coil overs w/ camburg UCA's $1500
Bilstein 5100 Rear Shocks $149
5 leaf rear Spring Set $459
diff drop ????
New wheels and tires???
I really Appreciate the comments!