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I am looking to buy a 2004+ Crew cab, long bed Duramax. I have been watching eBay, autotrader, etc... Some of the trucks I see look like they are sitting really low, they are all 4x4's. I know that the length of a CC, LB is going to make them look lower, but some really look low. Are there different options from the factory in terms of truck height? Most of the low ones are on 245 tires. Trucks on 285's look much better. Just wondering what you guys had to say.

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Well, you're looking at a 27 or 28" diameter tire versus a 32" diameter tire for starters. Add to that the fact that at the very least the torsion bars have to be cranked to fit 285's which will raise the front end considerably and you have quite a bit of difference. There has to be a little bit of differences though. My brother's 2004 LB7 sits 1-1.5" lower than my 2004 LLY on the same size tires.
 

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I've noticed my truck sits quite a bit lower than most others with 285's because I haven't cranked tbars at all.


It'll vary quite a bit w/ just cranking tbars.

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My 04 sits the lowest of 5 Duramax's in the family. It's way low, even with the 285/18's on.
 

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I am on the stock 245's w/ no tbar crank. I agree they seem to sit quite low. I plan to crank the tbar and go to 285's soon.
 

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I feel that this is one area that Ford and Dodge have done a better job. At least in my perception. Their trucks sit much higher in the stock form. I also understand that GM is possibly focusing on a different group of people who are buying their trucks. I don't want to offend anyone, but I suppose the older group who retire and buy an RV and pickup don't want to have to step up into their tow rig. Unfortunately that means that I have to modify their trucks for additional ground clearance. Oh well, life goes on.

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Here's what my truck looked like when I got it...


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Then I cranked the t-bars and ditched the fugly nerf bars that were already rusting. (westin brand sucks) Here's how it sits now on 245's-


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Chris611;1568211; said:
I feel that this is one area that Ford and Dodge have done a better job. At least in my perception. Their trucks sit much higher in the stock form. I also understand that GM is possibly focusing on a different group of people who are buying their trucks. I don't want to offend anyone, but I suppose the older group who retire and buy an RV and pickup don't want to have to step up into their tow rig. Unfortunately that means that I have to modify their trucks for additional ground clearance. Oh well, life goes on.

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Yeah it sucks...makes me want to put a cheap body lift on, but then too much of the frame shows. :ThrowUp: You do see a lot of old guys driving Chevys...their brittle bones like the smoother ride and more comfortable seats. Sat in a ford and dodge at the auto show last year and it was like sitting on cardboard. :rolleyes:
 

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yeah but mods are a fun hobby to have but I cranked mine six turns and threw some 285s on her she looks alright but want to lift her up four more inchs. i will agree my neighbors dodge does have a great stance on it with 33's on the truck but then I would own a dodge my father would disown me my girlfriend would break up with me I would loose my firends who wants that
 

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Chris611;1568211; said:
I feel that this is one area that Ford and Dodge have done a better job. At least in my perception. Their trucks sit much higher in the stock form. I also understand that GM is possibly focusing on a different group of people who are buying their trucks. I don't want to offend anyone, but I suppose the older group who retire and buy an RV and pickup don't want to have to step up into their tow rig. Unfortunately that means that I have to modify their trucks for additional ground clearance. Oh well, life goes on.

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The other factor is liability. The higher the truck sits, the more apt it is to roll. GM being the ultra conservative company that it is, would typically take the much more conservative approach and keep them as low to the ground as possible.
 
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