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Hey guys. I’m sure this issue has been beaten to death but I’m having trouble finding answers to my question. Thx in advance.

Just picked up a 2018 High Country 4x4 2500 Duramax. Truck is stock. Currently the truck has shitty 265/60/20 tires on it that I’m looking to replace. Hopefully with some 285/60/20’s. Is that possible with stock suspension or would I need to do a lift and tires at the same time to get the 285’s to fit?

I’d like to level out the stance of the truck. I believe it has about 3” of rake. I’d like to avoid a level kit or turning the torsion bars if possible. Wondering what my options are. I’m still a lil bit confused on the difference between a level, lift and coil over option. I’d like to keep the truck driving as close to stock as possible. I don’t do a ton of off-roading( just to get to camp at the dunes,etc)

I saw that Ready Lift has a 3” lift with Fox 2.0’s all around for a good price. Comes with new UCA’s also. It does say it comes with new torsion keys also. I’m assuming the Fox’s are ride height adjustable and that is what is adjusting the suspension? Isn’t this the same as using a level kit?

The other option was the Cognito level kit that comes with the same Fox’s and new UCA’s. It’s actually more expensive than the ready lift option and seems to come without a lift in the rear. Curious as to why? And if Cognito calls this a level kit, why does Ready Lift call it a lift kit?

Last option would be to just put some ride height adjustable Fox’s or Bilstein’s in the front and set them to 2” and call it a day. Id be ok with a 1” rake to avoid doing major suspension overhaul, save $ and keep the truck mostly stock.

I do have a 1 year bumper to bumper warranty through Chevy and then another year of drivetrain warranty that id like to keep, obviously.

Any thoughts guys? Thx.


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if you want to keep the warranty, keep it stock. moment you do any alterations to the front end, steering and front end parts warranty goes out the window

id suggest a 2" rear lowering shackle if you are adimant about leveling it.
 
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if you want to keep the warranty, keep it stock. moment you do any alterations to the front end, steering and front end parts warranty goes out the window

id suggest a 2" rear lowering shackle if you are adimant about leveling it.
^This. James hit it on the head, if you absolutely want it level take the height out of the rear VS messing with the front.
 

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^This. James hit it on the head, if you absolutely want it level take the height out of the rear VS messing with the front.

I’d like to level so I can put some bigger tires on it. Any idea what the biggest tires I can fit on stock?

I’m thinking about going with a 2” Kryptonite level with new UCA’s and Fox struts. Hoping 2” won’t mess with stock geometry too bad.


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I’d like to level so I can put some bigger tires on it. Any idea what the biggest tires I can fit on stock?

I’m thinking about going with a 2” Kryptonite level with new UCA’s and Fox struts. Hoping 2” won’t mess with stock geometry too bad.


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No clue, but I can tell you I've never been in a leveled truck that I felt rode anywhere near as good as stock. The only trucks that I've been in that were running larger tires that rode well were the ones that had front different drop lift kits.


Depending on how far you'd have to turn the bars up to clear your tire choice it can be a big deal for the front CV shafts. Leveling kits turned/cranked up are the death of CV shafts under load (IE while using 4x4).
 
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I’d like to level so I can put some bigger tires on it. Any idea what the biggest tires I can fit on stock?

I’m thinking about going with a 2” Kryptonite level with new UCA’s and Fox struts. Hoping 2” won’t mess with stock geometry too bad.


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buy a lift kit like a cognito 4" and lower it all the way, otherwise you wont get the answer you are looking for. As you already stated, you know this topic is beat to death so you know a level kit is a great way to kill steering and suspension parts from stock as well as void your warranty.

the 285 you want will fit stock with some minor trimming (if at all).
 

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No clue, but I can tell you I've never been in a leveled truck that I felt rode anywhere near as good as stock. The only trucks that I've been in that were running larger tires that rode well were the ones that had front different drop lift kits.


Depending on how far you'd have to turn the bars up to clear your tire choice it can be a big deal for the front CV shafts. Leveling kits turned/cranked up are the death of CV shafts under load (IE while using 4x4).

Is 2” turned all the way up though?


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I put over 80,000 miles on my leveled 2016 with no issues or worn parts. It was at about 2.5” with a ready lift kit. Just keys no arms. Rode good considering no arms IMO. Had to do the NorCal mod to fit 20x12 -44 with 33’s though.
 
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