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."

Any rubbing?
"The tires rubbed, but after some minor trimming it is all good now."

Gas mileage?
"The gas mileage is around 12 city, 15 highway."

Overall thoughts?
"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

Tools Needed:
Impact gun, assorted sockets and wrenches, mallet, MIG welder, prybar, flat-head screwdriver, ratcheting tie-down

Parts Used:
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)

Total: $7,510.00
(Does not include tax, shipping, or installation)

SOURCE
Nitto Tire
6021 Katella Avenue
Suite 250
Cypress
CA  90630
877-565-8448
http://www.nittotire.com
Bulletproof Suspensions
1316 Agate Avenue
Suite E
Mentone
CA  92359
909-389-0444
www.bulletproofsuspension.net
Discount Tire Direct
24350 N. 20th Drive
Building C, Suite 134
Phoenix
AZ  85085
800-589-6789
www.discounttiredirect.com
Fox Racing Inc.
18400 Sutter Boulevard
Morgan Hill
CA  95037
888-369-7223
www.foxhead.com
Ekstensive Metalworks
1804 Sunny Drive
Houston
TX  77093
281-442-1050
www.ekstensive.com
Kik Clothing
12144 Beaverbrook Street
Lumberton
TX  77657
281-770-7270
www.kikstore.com
BMF Wheels
1401 N. Batavia Street
Suite 107
Orange
CA  92867
888-313-2580
www.bmfwheels.com