...the end of the bracket being cut off...
...and the final result.
At the top of the picture is the new coil-spring spacer, and Derrick is installing the fac
It is quite apparent that the new Fox bypass-reservoir shocks are a huge upgrade to the fa
The final product of the rear suspension after the lift has been installed.
To upgrade the rolling stock, a set of 20-inch BMF Novakane wheels were mounted inside a s
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
The installation of the kit was a bit more than what we expected. With the cutting of the differential and the fabrication of parts, this isn't really a kit that the average shadetree mechanic could install in their driveway. But if you want a solid, well-built lift kit that will give your SUV an upgraded ride and stance, Bulletproof is the kit to go with. We talked to the owner after the lift and this is what he had to say:
How is the ride quality?
"It rides like a Cadillac; those Fox coilovers are awesome."
"The tires rubbed, but after some minor trimming it is all good now."
"The gas mileage is around 12 city, 15 highway."
"Gets a lot of looks, very fun to drive, and rides really well."
There you have it, the owner is thoroughly pleased with his lifted Tahoe. After the wheels and tires were added, the Tahoe stood right around 46 1/2 inches high, which is about 11 inches higher than stock. Not bad for an 8-inch lift and 35-inch tires.
To see how we squeezed more power and reclaimed some of the lost MPG out of the stock 5.3L engine, check out next month's issue where we installed an AEM intake, a Corsa performance exhaust, and an Edge CTS programmer.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 12 hours for a professional shop
Degree of difficulty: Advanced
Impact gun, assorted sockets and wrenches, mallet, MIG welder, prybar, flat-head screwdriver, ratcheting tie-down
Bulletproof 8-inch lift, Fox coilovers $4,350 ($2,550 with no shocks)
Nitto Trail Grappler 35x12.50x20 tires $340 (each)
BMF Novakane 6 20x9 wheels in Death Metal Black $450 (each)
(Does not include tax, shipping, or installation)