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Old 11-27-2018, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smooth Riding Rear End

Ok so I think I'm pretty well nailing down how to go about this lift for the smoothest ride.

Vehicle: 2017+GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD Standard Bed

Suspension Upgrade:
1. BDS 6.5" Coilover (W/Factory Mount Single 9500 Steering Stabilizer+Carrier Bearing Drop Kit)

2. Deaver 6" Lift Rear Springs (Emailed the site checking to see if the 1999-2010 spring will fit a 2017+ truck since 2010 is as far as the website goes)

3. Sulastic Shackles (Depending on how high I set the front end to and how much rake I want may add the Lowering Kit to achieve the more leveled look)


Please Chime in on my thoughts:
The Deaver Springs come in a 2", 4", and 6" lift option. Since I'm putting a 6.5" lift on the truck the 6" Deaver Springs + the factory rake of the pickup + Sulastic Shackles 1.5" lowering kit should get me pretty close to level correct?

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Old 11-27-2018, 03:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like a good combo to me, I looked into the T bar delete/coil kits before.
The only thing I didn't like was the loss of weight rating since I tow too.

As for the saulastic, I was told they don't alter ride height? Then again I was told they were not available as of 3-4 months ago, I hope this has changed!

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Sounds like a good combo to me, I looked into the T bar delete/coil kits before.
The only thing I didn't like was the loss of weight rating since I tow too.

As for the saulastic, I was told they don't alter ride height? Then again I was told they were not available as of 3-4 months ago, I hope this has changed!
From what I've read the Sulastics don't change the ride height BUT they offer a kit to drop the suspension by 1.5"
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I, too, have sought a nice ride.

On my 2015 I have a 4.5 BDS up front. In back I have 4” deavers, sulastics, airbags with daystar cradles.

Two things to keep in mind. The deavers are much softer. I don’t think I have any more rake than a truck with a 3” block as they compress more. (Pointing down a hill in the pic.) Second, you will need airbags if you haul or tow.







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I, too, have sought a nice ride.

On my 2015 I have a 4.5 BDS up front. In back I have 4” deavers, sulastics, airbags with daystar cradles.

Two things to keep in mind. The deavers are much softer. I don’t think I have any more rake than a truck with a 3” block as they compress more. (Pointing down a hill in the pic.) Second, you will need airbags if you haul or tow.







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Insane looking truck man. Clean and aesthetic.

We have thought about the airbag situation but at the moment don't have many worries about hauling anything heavier than a small trailer with a Can Am Commander on it up to a decent sized dump trailer with grass clippings in it. And pretty short distances to. We figure if the need arises we can add in an airbag setup later.

On the Deavers, did you get yours straight from the Deavers website? When I looked there and it said they only went up to the 2010 year.

With the sulastics drop kit, we will probably put the 6" deavers on, see how the truck sits and if it needs the drop we can add in the drop kit from there.
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Thanks. I got them from CARiD. Other places wanted up to $100 each to ship. Free shipping there. They were not “in stock” and “ships in 24 hours” as stated. I called a few days after I ordered and they shipped them then. Otherwise seemed like the best deal.


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Thanks. I got them from CARiD. Other places wanted up to $100 each to ship. Free shipping there. They were not “in stock” and “ships in 24 hours” as stated. I called a few days after I ordered and they shipped them then. Otherwise seemed like the best deal.


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Just went and checked their site. They only go up to 4". Do you think there are any major differences between the 2010 rear suspension and the 2017s?

The Deavers website has 6" deaver springs but the title says 1999-2010
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I’m guessing the 2010 won’t fit but have no measurements.

You could do a 4” leaf + 1” block and skip the drop shackle. I read my sulastics would add about 3/4” lift but again didn’t measure as I did everything at once. A bit less arch will ride better too and a 1” block is reasonable.

Or you can order custom from deaver. I’ve done that and cost was about the same as the production ones although paid a bunch to ship. I also waited a couple months for them.



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