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Thats funny, what coincidence. Just in and out at the beginning and end of summer for me too. About 100 miles each way to the cabin. What do you have? I have a Mastercraft.
Axis T22. I don’t think it will be a big deal as long as you have your hitch height good and everything. You’re going to do the front spring swap to the rear and replace fronts with Belltech? Some people are doing all four wheels with the Belltech and using spacers, but if you plan to tow I wouldn’t. The front to the rear swap gives you a little more height in the rear so it will be fine.
 

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Axis T22. I don’t think it will be a big deal as long as you have your hitch height good and everything. You’re going to do the front spring swap to the rear and replace fronts with Belltech? Some people are doing all four wheels with the Belltech and using spacers, but if you plan to tow I wouldn’t. The front to the rear swap gives you a little more height in the rear so it will be fine.
Yeah, Belltech up front and swap front to rear, like yours. I actually prefer the rake look and think your set up is perfect. Where did you take it to get done? Just a local shop? If you don't mind how much was the labor? Thanks man, appreciate all the help.
 

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Yeah, Belltech up front and swap front to rear, like yours. I actually prefer the rake look and think your set up is perfect. Where did you take it to get done? Just a local shop? If you don't mind how much was the labor? Thanks man, appreciate all the help.
No problem, you’ll have to send pictures when you’re done. It seems to continue to settle somehow for a while and becomes a little more even across, but still has a rake which I do like too. It pretty much mimics exactly factory look, just about 2.5” lower. My opinion the lowering is absolutely necessary if you’re throwing 24s on it. When I had the wheels on before lowering it looked pretty weird. Ha. There’s a before/after picture in this thread somewhere I can resend if you can’t find it. I used a 295/35 with no rubbing and you can use a 305/35 if you want a bit more meat. I don’t believe those could possibly rub. I also already have 30,000 miles on the tires and they have quite a bit left in them. Wouldn’t be surprised if I get to 60k. Some people have worried about the alignment with the lowering but my shop got it pretty close to factory and just rotate the tires at oil changes and no issues with any weird tire wear. As far as what to expect to pay, I think around $500 is fair I guess? It is a decent amount of work and will take a shop with proper tools probably about 4-5 hours. Then the alignment maybe another $100, so great if you can get it all done at the same place. So if you can get it done and aligned for between $450-6 you’ve done fine. Good luck!
 

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No problem, you’ll have to send pictures when you’re done. It seems to continue to settle somehow for a while and becomes a little more even across, but still has a rake which I do like too. It pretty much mimics exactly factory look, just about 2.5” lower. My opinion the lowering is absolutely necessary if you’re throwing 24s on it. When I had the wheels on before lowering it looked pretty weird. Ha. There’s a before/after picture in this thread somewhere I can resend if you can’t find it. I used a 295/35 with no rubbing and you can use a 305/35 if you want a bit more meat. I don’t believe those could possibly rub. I also already have 30,000 miles on the tires and they have quite a bit left in them. Wouldn’t be surprised if I get to 60k. Some people have worried about the alignment with the lowering but my shop got it pretty close to factory and just rotate the tires at oil changes and no issues with any weird tire wear. As far as what to expect to pay, I think around $500 is fair I guess? It is a decent amount of work and will take a shop with proper tools probably about 4-5 hours. Then the alignment maybe another $100, so great if you can get it all done at the same place. So if you can get it done and aligned for between $450-6 you’ve done fine. Good luck!
Thanks for all the info. Rims are backordered and won't be here for a month or so. I'll have to call around and see who can do it and how much. Have you had any issues with the tire pressure sensors? I just heard there might be an issue with aftermarket sensors. Or did you use the ones that came on your factory rims?
 

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Thanks for all the info. Rims are backordered and won't be here for a month or so. I'll have to call around and see who can do it and how much. Have you had any issues with the tire pressure sensors? I just heard there might be an issue with aftermarket sensors. Or did you use the ones that came on your factory rims?
Yeah, I ended up switching the factory ones into the aftermarket. The aftermarket sensors can be programmed, you just need to find a shop that has the most recent software in their scanning tool. That was the problem when I got my truck that nobody had the ‘21 software yet. So you can see if they can program the aftermarket ones or just switch them over. If your wheels aren’t coming with tires already mounted and balanced they shouldn’t charge you very much to take the factories out and put them in there. You could also just drive around the old fashioned way like I did for a while and you’ll know you have a flat when you hear it. Haha.
 

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Yeah, I ended up switching the factory ones into the aftermarket. The aftermarket sensors can be programmed, you just need to find a shop that has the most recent software in their scanning tool. That was the problem when I got my truck that nobody had the ‘21 software yet. So you can see if they can program the aftermarket ones or just switch them over. If your wheels aren’t coming with tires already mounted and balanced they shouldn’t charge you very much to take the factories out and put them in there. You could also just drive around the old fashioned way like I did for a while and you’ll know you have a flat when you hear it. Haha.
One last question, what height/length lugs do you have? They didn't have black lugs from where I ordered my wheels. I know I need closed acorn conical lugs in 14m 1.5 but not sure on the height.
 

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One last question, what height/length lugs do you have? They didn't have black lugs from where I ordered my wheels. I know I need closed acorn conical lugs in 14m 1.5 but not sure on the height.
I am not sure the answer to that. If you just enter 21 tahoe lug nuts in Amazon you’ll get the right ones. That’s where I got mine. Like $60 I think.
 

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When you get the springs they come with 1/2” spacers. Up to you if you want to use them. I didn’t use any and this is how it sits. It has. 1 3/4” rake like this. I wouldn’t use more than one 1/2” spacer, but it’s up to you. If you like less rake then use one and be 1 1/4” on the rake. When it’s driving it actually comes up a bit in the front so I chose no spacers.
Thinking of doing this to my 22 Tahoe RST I just picked up.
Does lowering like this put the running boards too close to the ground?
Would I still be able to tow a 5000lb boat with this setup? I would probably need the same rake that you have so that the back end doesn't sag when towing. Just curious if lowering the back end like this compromises the ability to tow at all.
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Thinking of doing this to my 22 Tahoe RST I just picked up.
Does lowering like this put the running boards too close to the ground?
Would I still be able to tow a 5000lb boat with this setup? I would probably need the same rake that you have so that the back end doesn't sag when towing. Just curious if lowering the back end like this compromises the ability to tow at all.
Thanks!
Hello, I have towed a 4,400 pound boat, only about 30 miles twice. I don’t think you want to tow halfway across the country if that’s something you need to do but you wouldn’t want to do that with any lowered vehicle. So if you’re just towing to the lake in spring and back out in fall you should be fine. There are some lowering kits now from a couple different manufacturers that you could look into that may be more tow rated. But yes, I have towed and didn’t have an issue. A little bouncier but the ride overall is a little bouncier than factory, although I have 24s and the lowered truck. It would be nice for someone with the factory 22s to be able to help answer.
 

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Hello, I have towed a 4,400 pound boat, only about 30 miles twice. I don’t think you want to tow halfway across the country if that’s something you need to do but you wouldn’t want to do that with any lowered vehicle. So if you’re just towing to the lake in spring and back out in fall you should be fine. There are some lowering kits now from a couple different manufacturers that you could look into that may be more tow rated. But yes, I have towed and didn’t have an issue. A little bouncier but the ride overall is a little bouncier than factory, although I have 24s and the lowered truck. It would be nice for someone with the factory 22s to be able to help answer.
Thanks Dave. I decided to go with the adjustable Belltech struts all around. Should be installed by end of next week. I will post pics and my driving experience with them. I changed my mind after reading the post about highway sway with the coil swap method. I tow a 5000 lb boat anywhere from 1 to 3 hours each way almost every weekend in the summer depending on where I take it. Love your Tahoe. Looks fantastic.
 

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Thanks Dave. I decided to go with the adjustable Belltech struts all around. Should be installed by end of next week. I will post pics and my driving experience with them. I changed my mind after reading the post about highway sway with the coil swap method. I tow a 5000 lb boat anywhere from 1 to 3 hours each way almost every weekend in the summer depending on where I take it. Love your Tahoe. Looks fantastic.
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Thanks Dave. I decided to go with the adjustable Belltech struts all around. Should be installed by end of next week. I will post pics and my driving experience with them. I changed my mind after reading the post about highway sway with the coil swap method. I tow a 5000 lb boat anywhere from 1 to 3 hours each way almost every weekend in the summer depending on where I take it. Love your Tahoe. Looks fantastic.
Curious to see when you get yours done. After seeing other posts with the struts I think I am going that route too. Funny you asked Dave that cuz I asked him the same too since I pull a boat.
 

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Curious to see when you get yours done. After seeing other posts with the struts I think I am going that route too. Funny you asked Dave that cuz I asked him the same too since I pull a boat.
Here are the after pics. Lowered it 2" all the way around. Still has a 3/4" rake similar to the stock rake, but I wanted to keep that since I tow a boat. Haven't driven it yet (I pick it up later today). Will let you know how it drives after I have some time with it.

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Here are the after pics. Lowered it 2" all the way around. Still has a 3/4" rake similar to the stock rake, but I wanted to keep that since I tow a boat. Haven't driven it yet (I pick it up later today). Will let you know how it drives after I have some time with it.

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Looks great, need to get mine done too. Out of curiosity what did the labor cost you? Looks like it needs to still be aligned, any idea where you're getting that done? Struggling finding a place for my 24s.
 

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Looks great, need to get mine done too. Out of curiosity what did the labor cost you? Looks like it needs to still be aligned, any idea where you're getting that done? Struggling finding a place for my 24s.
The guy I use has connections all over town, so he took it to one of his friends that owns a used car dealer and repair shop to align it because he has a brand new automated alignment system. He charged me $300 in labor to do the tint (2 windows, taillights, blinkers) and install the Belltech struts. Charged me another $75 for the alignment. It did still need an alignment when those pics were taken. How can to tell that from the pics?
 

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The guy I use has connections all over town, so he took it to one of his friends that owns a used car dealer and repair shop to align it because he has a brand new automated alignment system. He charged me $300 in labor to do the tint (2 windows, taillights, blinkers) and install the Belltech struts. Charged me another $75 for the alignment. It did still need an alignment when those pics were taken. How can to tell that from the pics?
Wow, that's a great deal. In the bottom pic I could see there was a negative camber (top leaning in) on the front wheel.
 
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