Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions
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SUPERLIFT SUSPENSION SYSTEMS
300 Huey Lenard Loop Rd.
West Monroe, Louisiana 71292
Phone: (318) 397-3000
Sales / Tech: 1-800-551-4955
FAX: (318) 397-3040
www.superlift.com
Superlift 6” lift system for 1999 - and - newer
1/2-TON CHEVROLET SILVERADO AND GMC SIERRA 4WD
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
INTRODUCTION
Installation requires a professional mechanic. Prior to beginning, inspect the vehicles steering,
driveline, and brake systems, paying close attention to the suspension link arms and bushings,
anti-sway bars and bushings, tie rod ends, pitman arm, ball joints and wheel bearings. Also check
the steering sector-to-frame and all suspension-to-frame attaching points for stress cracks. The
overall vehicle must be in excellent working condition; repair or replace all worn parts.
Read instructions several times before starting. Be sure you have all needed parts and
know where they install. Read each step completely as you go.
NOTES:
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The rear lift is sold separately and includes separate instructions.
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A new front driveshaft is required if the truck is equipped with an Autotrac transfer case; refer
to step 24.
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A special tool is required to load/unload the torsion bars (step 2). Other special tools are
recommended to detach/attach the pitman/idler studs. Refer to the factory service manual.
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Front end realignment is necessary.
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This system utilizes the stock torsion bars, which normally yield the best ride quality. But, if the
“final product” ride and handling seem too soft, heavier Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
bars can be installed. Generally, heavier torsion bars are only needed to compensate for the
extra weight of a winch or snowplow, or when the truck is subjected to extreme off-road use.
Also, wider tires and wheels proportionally increase the leverage on the bars, which results in
lower ride height and a “spongier” ride. GM offers torsion bars with various rates that are
heavier than stock. Your vehicle’s existing torsion bar rate can be identified by a 3-letter code
stamped into the bars’ ends. The code is also on an adhesive tag wrapped around the bars.
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An arrow on diagrams indicates which direction is toward the front of the vehicle.
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A foot-pound torque reading is given in parenthesis ( ) after each appropriate fastener.
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Do not fabricate any components to gain additional suspension height.
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Prior to drilling or cutting, check behind the surface being worked on for any wires, lines, or
hoses that could be damaged.
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After drilling, file smooth any burrs and sharp edges.
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Prior to operating a torch or saw, protect any heat-sensitive components located in the
immediate area by covering them with a water-saturated cloth. Most undercoating are
flammable but can be extinguished using a water-filled spray bottle. Have a spray bottle and
an ABC rated fire extinguisher on hand.
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Paint or undercoat all exposed metal surfaces.
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Prior to attaching components, be sure all mating surfaces are free of grit, grease,
undercoating, etc.
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A factory service manual should be on hand for reference.
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Use the check-off box “‰” found at each step to help you keep your place. Two “‰‰” denotes
that one check-off box is for the driver side and one is for the passenger side. Unless
otherwise noted, always start with the driver side.
PARTS LIST … The part number is stamped into each part or printed on an adhesive label.
Identify each part and place the appropriate mounting hardware with it.
PART NO
DESCRIPTION
NEW ATTACHING HARDWARE
(Qty.- if more than one)
(Quantity)
55-01-3280...................upper control arm bracket, front, . (1) 9/16” x 3-3/4” bolt
driver side
(2) 9/16” USS washer
(1) 9/16” nyloc nut
(1) 7/16” x 1” tab bolt
(1) 7/16” nyloc nut
55-02-3280...................upper control arm bracket, front, . (1) 9/16” x 3-3/4” bolt
passenger side
(2) 9/16” USS washer
(1) 9/16” nyloc nut
(1) 7/16” x 1” tab bolt
(1) 7/16” nyloc nut
55-03-3280...................(2) lower control arm bracket,...... (2) 5/8” x 4-1/2” bolt
front
(4) 5/8” USS washer
(2) 5/8” nyloc nut
55-04-3280...................front crossmember....................... (8) 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolt
(8) 7/16” nyloc nut
55-35-3280...................upper control arm bracket,........... (2) 7/16” x 1-1/2” bolt
rear, driver side
(1) 7/16” x 2” bolt
(1) 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolt
(4) 7/16” nyloc nut
(1) 3/4” x 1” spacer sleeve
55-34-3280...................upper control arm bracket,........... (2) 7/16” x 1-1/2 “ bolt
rear, passenger side
(1) 7/16” x 2” bolt
(1) 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolt
(4) 7/16” nyloc nut
(1) 3/4” x 1” spacer sleeve
55-07-3280...................lower control arm bracket, ........... (1) 5/8” x 5-1/2” bolt
rear, driver side
(2) 5/8” USS washer
(1) 5/8” nyloc nut
(1) 9/16” x 3-1/2” bolt
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55-08-3280 .................. lower control arm bracket,............(1) 5/8” x 5-1/2” bolt
rear, passenger side
(2) 5/8” USS washer
(1) 5/8” nyloc nut
55-39-3280 .................. differential drop bracket,...............(1) 9/16” x 4” bolt
upper, driver side
(1) 9/16” nyloc nut
55-10-3280 .................. differential drop bracket,...............(2) 9/16” x 1-1/2” bolt
passenger side
(4) USS washer
(2) 9/16” nyloc nut
55-11-3280 .................. rear crossmember ........................(4) 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolt
(4) 7/16” nyloc nut
55-41-3280 .................. centerlink......................................(2) 9/16” x 2” bolt
(2) 9/16” stover nut
55-13-3280 .................. C.S.S. link ....................................(2) 9/16” x 3” bolt
(2) 9/16” USS washer
(2) 9/16” stover nut
(4) bushing half
(2) 3/4” x 1-3/4” sleeve
55-15-3280 .................. torsion bar drop bracket, ..............(8) 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolt
driver side
(8) 7/16” nyloc nut
55-16-3280 .................. torsion bar drop bracket, ..............(8) 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolt
passenger side
(8) 7/16” nyloc nut
55-17-3280 .................. driver side kicker brace ................(1) 1/2” x 2-1/4” bolt
(optional)
(1) 1/2” nyloc nut
(1) 9/16” x 4-1/2” bolt
(1) 9/16” nyloc nut
(1) 1-1/4” x 1” spacer sleeve
(2) bushing half
(1) 3/4” x 3” sleeve
55-18-3280 .................. passenger side kicker brace ........(1) 1/2” x 2-1/4” bolt
(optional)
(1) 1/2” nyloc nut
(1) 9/16” x 4-1/2” bolt
(1) 9/16” nyloc nut
(1) 1-1/4” x 1” spacer sleeve
(2) bushing half
(1) 3/4” x 3” sleeve
55-19-3280 .................. (2) rear bumpstop extension ........(2) 7/16” x 1” bolt
(2) 7/16” nyloc nut
55-20-3280 .................. (2) lower shock mount brace ........(4) 1/2” x 2-1/4” bolt
(4) 1/2” stover nut
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55-21-3280...................(2) lower shock mount ................. (2) 1/2” x 6” bolt
(2) 1/2” nyloc nut
(2) 3/4” x 1” sleeve
55-22-3280...................upper shock hoop, ....................... (1) 1/2” x 6” bolt
passenger side
(1) 1/2” nyloc nut
(1) 9/16” x 4” bolt
(1) 9/16” nyloc nut
(1) 3/4” x 1-1/2” bolt
(1) 3/4” nyloc nut
55-23-3280...................upper shock hoop, ....................... (1) 1/2” x 6” bolt
driver side
(1) 1/2” nyloc nut
(1) 9/16” x 4” bolt
(1) 9/16” nyloc nut
(1) 3/4” x 1-1/2” bolt
(1) 3/4” nyloc nut
55-24-3280...................front skid plate (optional)
55-25-3280...................differential skid plate.................... (2) 7/16” x 3-1/2” bolt
(optional)
(2) 7/16” x 2-3/4” bolt
(4) 7/16” USS washers
(4) 7/16” nyloc nut
55-26-3280...................(2) rear emergency brake ............ (2) 3/8” x 1” bolt
cable drop bracket
(2) 3/8” nyloc nut
stock rear brake line bracket ....... (2) 1/4” x 1” bolt
(2) 1/4” nyloc nut
55-27-3280...................rear upper control arm brace,
driver side
55-28-3280...................rear upper control arm brace,
passenger side
55-33-3280...................(2) anti-sway bar drop bracket..... (4) 10mm x 60mm allen head bolt
55-37-3280...................(2) anti-sway bar end link, front ... (4) 1/2” SAE flat washer
Grease upon installation
(4) 7/16” SAE flat washer
(2) 7/16” stover nut
(4) bushing half
(2) spacer sleeve
85088 ...........................(4) shock absorber, front ............. (4) shock boot, yellow
(4) hardware pack and cable tie
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85161........................... (2) shock absorber, rear...............(2) shock boot, yellow
(2) hardware pack and cable tie
0034 ............................ Superlift badge .............................alcohol wipe pad
00461........................... decal, "Warning To Driver"
FRONT DISASSEMBLY
1)
PREPARE VEHICLE...
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Place vehicle in neutral. Raise the front of vehicle with a jack and secure a jack stand
beneath each frame rail, behind the lower control arms. Ease the frame down onto the
stands, place transmission in low gear or “park”, and chock the rear tires. Remove the front
tires.
2)
UNLOADING THE TORSION BARS…
WARNING: Be extremely careful when loading and unloading the torsion bars; there is a
tremendous amount of energy stored in them. Keep your hands and body clear of the
adjuster arm assembly and the puller tool in case anything slips or breaks.
‰‰ Mark the torsion bars to indicate their indexing in relation to the lower control arms and
adjusting arms.
‰‰ A special torsion bar puller tool is required to unload the torsion bars. Use the tool to load the
torsion bar, then remove the adjusting bolt and nut block. Unload the bar, slide the adjuster
arms out of the crossmember, then slide the torsion bars fowrard (into the lower control
arms).
NOTE: Because of the extreme loads generated by the torsion bars on these vehicles, a
standard two-jaw puller tool tends to bend the "lips" of the crossmember (which it uses for
attachment) and may pop out of place. We have had the best results using a C-clamp type
puller tool. If one cannot be found locally, this tool (PN J-22517-C) is available from the Kent
Moore Tool Group in Roseville, Michigan (800/345-2233 or 313/774-9500).
3)
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TORSION BAR CROSSMEMBER…
Remove the two bolts that attach the crossmember to the frame and set the crossmember
aside. The stock crossmember mounting brackets (which are riveted to the frame) must be
removed, but this will be performed in a later step.
4)
BRAKE CALIPERS…
‰‰ Unclip the brake hoses from the upper control arm.
‰‰ Remove the two bolts securing the caliper to the knuckle. Leave the brake hose attached to
the caliper, and using mechanic’s wire, hang the calipers out of the way. Take precautions to
ensure the brake hose isn’t stretched or pinched.
‰‰ Unplug the ABS wire from the connector located at the top of the frame rail and unclip the
wire from the upper control arm.
5)
AXLESHAFTS…
‰‰ Remove the six bolts that attach the axleshaft to the CV flange on the differential.
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6)
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DIFFERENTIAL…
Disconnect the electrical plug and vacuum tube from the differential.
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Position a jack underneath the differential housing and place just enough pressure on the
jack to support the differential’s weight.
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Unbolt the driveshaft from the differential yoke and tie the driveshaft out of the way. Retain
all the factory hardware.
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Remove and discard the factory rear crossmember.
‰
Remove the driver side lower differential bolt and the two differential bolts of the driver side,
followed by driver side upper differential bolt. Carefully lower the differential to the floor.
7)
CENTERLINK…
‰‰ Using the appropriate puller tool (refer to the factory service manual), remove the tie rod end
from the knuckle.
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Remove the nuts on the pitman and idler arms, and using the appropriate puller tool, remove
the centerlink assembly. Leave the tie rods attached to the centerlink and set the assembly
aside. Retain all the factory hardware.
8)
SWAY BAR…
‰‰ Loosen the threaded rod inside the tie rod end links and remove the bushings, rod, and tube.
Set these parts aside. Unbolt the swaybar from the frame but retain all factory hardware.
9)
CONTROL ARM / HUB ASSEMBLY…
‰‰ Remove and discard the front shocks.
‰‰ Support the control arm assembly with a jack. With the help of an assistant, remove the bolts
that hold the lower control arms to the frame followed by the cam bolts for the upper control
arms, then carefully lower the assembly to the floor.
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10) TRIMMING THE FRAME…
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[DIAGRAM 1] Cut the driver side lower differential mount using a torch or similar tool
following Diagram 1.
‰‰ Remove the rubber compression travel stops from the cups on the underside of the rear
U.C.A. frame mount. Grind or cut the cups for these travel stops until the underside of the
U.C.A. bracket is flat.
‰‰ Grind the front and rear edges of the extension travel stops (located under the front U.C.A.
frame brackets) until the edges are flush with the sides of the U.C.A. frame brackets.
‰‰ Using a small ball peen hammer, knock out the factory cam alignment pins in the U.C.A.
frame brackets. The pins come out easily if they are knocked side-to-side.
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Grind 1/4” off the tip of the ball stud on the pitman arm to gain clearance between the stud
and the differential.
‰‰ The stock mounting brackets for the torsion bar crossmember are attached to the frame with
rivets. Using a or cold chisel or an air chisel only, remove the rivets and set the brackets
aside. The brackets will be reused, so take precautions not to damage them.
ASSEMBLY
11) ANTI-SWAY BAR…
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[DIAGRAM 2] Position the anti-sway bar
drop brackets (55-33-3280) against the
frame according to the diagram and install
the anti-sway bar body in the factory position
with the ends inverted – or switched – so
that the sway bar body steps down instead
of up. Install and tighten the supplied 10mm
x 60mm bolts (52). The end links (shown)
will be installed in a later step.
12) CENTERLINK…
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[DIAGRAM 3] Install the factory centerlink in
the Superlift centerlink (55-41-3280) using
the provided 9/16” x 2” bolts and stover nuts
and tighten (82 lb-ft). Note that the L-shaped
bends in the factory centerlink point toward
the rear of the vehicle.
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Attach the centerlink assembly to
the idler and pitman arms using
the factory hardware. Note that
the C.S.S. tab (the tab in the
middle of the centerlink) should
face the front of the vehicle.
Tighten the factory hardware (46
lb-ft).
13) DIFFERENTIAL DROP
BRACKETS…
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Look at the passenger side
differential drop bracket (55-103280). Looking from the side of
the bracket, you will notice it has
a taper in it; the “tall” end of the
taper should be positioned
forward (toward the front bumper),
while the “short” end of the taper
should be positioned rearward
(toward the rear bumper). In other
words, the mounting face for the
differential should be more or less
parallel with the ground. Attach the “10” bracket to the factory passenger differential bracket
using the original hardware. Do not tighten at this time.
‰
Install the driver side upper differential drop bracket (55-39-3280) using the supplied 9/16” x
4” bolts, washer, and nyloc nut. The bracket should be installed so that the scalloped edge
faces forward. Do not tighten at this time.
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With the help of an assistant, raise the differential assembly into position and secure the
driver side upper mount using the factory hardware. Secure the passenger side of the
differential to the “10” bracket using the two supplied 9/16” x 1-1/2” bolts, four USS washers,
and stover nuts. Do not tighten at this time.
14) FRONT UPPER CONTROL ARM BRACKETS…
The following steps are performed one side at a time. Start with the driver side.
‰‰ Loosely slide the driver side upper shock hoop (55-23-3280) inside the U.C.A. frame mounts.
‰‰ Install the driver side front U.C.A. bracket (55-01-3280) using the supplied 9/16” x 3-3/4” bolt
and nyloc nut.
‰‰ Rest the inner plate of the “01” bracket against the bottom of the frame. In some cases,
there is a 7/16” hole already present in the frame that lines up with the hole in the “01”
bracket. If not, mark the location of the hole in the “01” bracket on the frame, remove the
bracket, and use a 15/32” bit to drill out the marked location.
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‰‰ Re-mount the “01” bracket and install the supplied 7/16” x 1” tab bolt through the through the
drilled hole and bracket. Install the 7/16” nyloc nut and tighten (37 lb-ft). Now tighten the
9/16” bolt (82 lb-ft).
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Repeat these steps on the passenger side for the “02” and “22” brackets.
15) FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARM BRACKETS / CROSSMEMBER…
‰
Install the driver and passenger front L.C.A. brackets (55-03-3280) in the factory frame
mounts using the supplied 5/8” x 4-1/2” bolts, 5/8” USS washers, and nyloc nuts. These bolts
should be installed from the rear. Do not tighten at this time.
‰
Locate the supplied bushings and sleeves for the C.S.S. link (55-13-3280) and lubricate
them with a silicon-based grease, then install the bushings and sleeves in the link.
‰
Install the C.S.S. link (55-13-3280) on the front crossmember (55-04-3280) using the
provided 9/16” x 3” bolt, USS washer, and stover nut. Do not tighten at this time.
‰
‰
Position the front crossmember between the “03” brackets so that the tab for the C.S.S. link
is facing the rear (refer to Diagram 3) and attach the crossmember to the “03 brackets using
the provided 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolts and nyloc nuts. Do not tighten at this time.
Slide the C.S.S. link into the mounting tab on the centerlink. Insert the supplied 9/16” x 3”
bolt, USS washer, and stover nut and tighten both ends of the C.S.S. link until the bushings
swell slightly.
‰
Tighten the 7/16” bolts for the front crossmember (37 lb-ft).
‰
Tighten the 5/8” bolts for the “03” brackets (112 lb-ft).
16) REAR LOWER CONTROL ARM BRACKETS / CROSSMEMBER…
‰
Install the driver and passenger rear L.C.A. brackets (55-07-3280 and 55-08-3280) using the
supplied 5/8” x 5-1/2” bolts, washers, and nyloc nuts. Do not tighten at this time.
‰
Position the rear crossmember (55-11-3280) so that the tab on the crossmember lines up
with the lower differential mount on the driver side. Insert the supplied 9/16” x 3-1/2” bolt and
washer through the hole the the rear L.C.A. bracket and the differential mount, then thread
this bolt into the welded nut on the crossmember. Do not tighten at this time.
‰
Adjust the rear crossmember so it can be attached to the “07” and “08” brackets using the
provided 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolts and nyloc nuts and tighten (37 lb-ft).
‰
Tighten the 5/8” bolts for the “07” and “08” brackets. (112 lb-ft).
‰
Tighten the 9/16” lower differential bolt (82 lb-ft).
‰
Now tighten the 9/16” passenger side differential bracket bolts and the 9/16” driver side
upper differential bracket bolts (82 lb-ft).
‰
Reconnect the differential wiring and vent hose. The additional length needed can be
supplied by relocating the retaining clips for these items and/or separating them from the
wire looms.
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17) CONTROL ARM / HUB ASSEMBLY…
Perform the following steps one side at a time. Start with the driver side.
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Knock out the plastic inserts in the slots of the upper control arm cam bolts.
‰‰ Install the driver side rear U.C.A. bracket (55-35-3280) on the rear leg of the upper control
arm using the factory cam bolt. Hand tighten only.
‰‰ Using a floor jack, raise the control arm / hub assembly into position and insert the legs of
the lower control arm into their new locations. Insert the factory hardware and hand tighten.
‰‰ Insert the front leg of the upper control arm into the “01” bracket and install the factory cam
bolt. Hand tighten.
‰‰ With the jack applying upward pressure, line up the “35” bracket flush against the flat plate
on the frame (where the compression travel snubber cup used to be).
NOTE: The cam bolts in the upper control arm must be in the exact same adjustment
position, either all the way “in” or all the way “out.”
‰‰ [DIAGRAM 4] Drop a plumb bob from the original cam pin hole on the rear U.C.A. frame
bracket. The cam pin on the “35” bracket must line up with the plumb bob. After making the
necessary adjustments to the location of the “35” bracket, scribe marks for the three holes on
the faceplate and one hole on the backside of the bracket.
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IMPORTANT: The vehicle must be level when following the plumb bob procedure. The
original cam pin holes and the cam pins in the “35” bracket must line up perfectly using the
procedure described above. If they are misaligned, it will be difficult to obtain proper front
end alignment after the installation is complete.
‰‰ Remove the cam bolt holding the front U.C.A. leg in place and lower the assembly down with
a jack. Use a 15/32” bit to drill out the four holes for the “35” bracket.
‰‰ Insert the 1” thick spacer between the factory frame bracket and the rear leg of the “35”
bracket. Loosely install the provided 7/16” x 2” bolt through the rear leg of the “35” bracket,
the spacer, and the frame bracket as shown in the exploded view of Diagram 4. Do not
tighten at this time.
‰‰ Position the upper control arm brace (55-27-3280) over the “35” bracket as shown in
Diagram 3. Install the two supplied 7/16” x 1-1/2” bolts through the “35” and “27” bracket,
followed by the remaining 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolt. Do not tighten at this time.
‰‰ If not alreay in position, install the driver side shock hoop (55-23-3280) in the original upper
control arm frame mounts.
‰‰ Install the supplied 9/16” x 4” bolt through the “27” bracket and the rear leg of the upper
shock hoop. Do not tighten at this time.
‰‰ Tighten the 7/16” bolts for the “35” and “27” brackets (37 lb-ft).
‰‰ Raise the jack and reinstall the upper control arm into the “01” and “35” brackets using the
factory cam bolts. Snug the bolts for now.
‰‰ Repeat these steps of the passenger side using the 55-34-3280 and 55-28-3280 brackets.
18) KICKER BRACES…
NOTE: The kicker braces
are sold separately with this
suspension system. If kicker
braces have not been
purchased, proceed to step
19.
‰‰ Install the appropriate
bushing halves and sleeves
into the back of the rear
crossmember. Mount the
kicker braces (55-17-3280
driver side and 55-18-3280
passenger side) to the
crossmember using the
provided 9/16” x 4-1/2” bolts
and nyloc nuts. Do not
tighten at this time.
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‰‰ [DIAGRAM 5] The kicker braces mount to existing bolt holes in the transmission
crossmember close to each framerail. Line up the end of the kicker with the appropriate hole
in the transmission crossmember, and after removing the factory bolt, install the supplied
1/2” x 2-1/4” bolt, 1-1/16” spacer sleeve, and nyloc nuts. Tighten (27 lb-ft).
‰‰ Tighten the 9/16” bolts until the bushings swell slightly.
19) BRAKE CALIPERS…
‰‰ Reinstall the brake calipers using the original hardware and tighten to factory specs.
20) TIE ROD ENDS…
‰‰ Reinstall the tie rod ends in the knuckles and tighten (33 lb-ft).
21) AXLE SHAFTS…
‰‰ Reinstall the six bolts that retain the CV axle to the axle flange on the differential and tighten
to factory specifications.
22) SWAY BAR…
‰‰ Install the knock-in grease fitting in the swivel end of the (#55-37-3280) anti-sway bar links.
‰‰ [DIAGRAM 2] Position the anti-sway bar drop links (#55-37-3280) so that the end with the
ball stud (similar to a tie rod end) points upward and attach the ball stud end to the anti-sway
bar body using the supplied spacer, bushings, washers, and nut as shown in the diagram.
Be sure to position the grease fitting so that it is easily accessible.
‰‰ Insert the other end of the “37” link in the lower control arm at the factory location as shown
with the supplied bushings, 7/16” washers, and 7/16” stover nut as shown. Tighten the 7/16”
nut until the bushings
swell slightly.
‰‰ Tighten the upper end
(37) and lubricate the ball
stud using a grease gun.
NOTE: The swivel links
must be serviced
according to the routine
maintenance schedule
for the vehicle. Failure to
do so will result in
premature wear of the
links and unsatisfactory
performance.
23) MULTI-SHOCKS…
The following steps are
performed one side at a
time. Start with the driver
side.
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‰‰ [DIAGRAM 6] Position the lower shock mounting plate (55-21-3280) over the upper control
arm so that the hole for the factory brake line bracket lines up with the existing hole in the
front leg of the upper control arm (see Diagram).
‰‰ Install the lower shock mount brace (55-20-3280) under the “21” bracket and secure using
the supplied 1/2” x 2-1/4” bolts and 1/2” stover nuts. Hand tighten.
‰‰ Install the supplied 3/4” x 1-1/2” bolt and 3/4” nyloc through the support leg of the shock
hoop (55-23-3280) and the frame bracket for the factory shock. Do not tighten at this time.
‰‰ Install the bushings, boots, and stickers on the front shocks (85118).
‰‰ Following Diagram 6, install the shocks in the upper and lower mounting tabs of the shock
brackets using the supplied 1/2” x 6” bolt and 1/2” nyloc. These bolts should be installed from
front to rear as shown. Hand tighten the 1/2” bolts for now.
‰‰ Tighten the two 9/16” bolts (82 lb-ft) and the 3/4” bolt (200 lb-ft) for the upper shock hoop.
‰‰ Reattach the factory brake line bracket to the front leg of the upper control arm using the
factory bolt. Also reinstall the small factory bolt in the rear leg of the upper control arm.
Tighten until snug, but do not overtighten.
‰‰ Reattach the factory retaining clips for the ABS wire and plug the wire back into the
connector at the top of the framerail.
‰‰ Tighten the 1/2” mounting bolts for the “20” and “21” brackets (57 lb-ft).
‰‰ Tighten the 1/2” x 6” bolts for the shocks until the bushings swell slightly.
‰
Repeat these steps for the passenger side.
24) TORSION BAR
DROP BACKETS…
‰‰ [DIAGRAM 7]
Install the factory
torsion bar
crossmember
mounts in the
Superlift torsion bar
drop brackets (5515-3280 driver side
and 55-16-3280
passenger side)
using the supplied
7/16” x 1-1/4” bolts
and 7/16” nuts as
shown. Hand tighten
only.
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‰‰ Attach the torsion bar drop brackets to the side of the frame as shown in Diagram 7 using
the four original holes for the crossmember mounts and the six 7/16” x 1-1/4” bolts provided.
Note the pointed end of the “15” and “16” brackets should be positioned toward the front
bumper. Hand tighten only.
‰‰ Reinstall the torsion bar crossmember using the factory hardware and tighten to factory
specifications.
‰‰ Tighten all of the 7/16” bolts (37 lb-ft).
‰‰ Slide the torsion bars through the crossmember from the rear and into the lower control arms
following the indexing marks made during removal.
‰‰ Slide the bars forward enough to insert the torsion bar adjusting arms in the crossmember,
then slide the bars back into the arms. Again, follow the indexing marks made during
removal.
‰‰ Using the torsion bar puller tool, load the torsion bars enough to insert the adjusting bolt and
nut block in the crossmember, then release the tension on the tool.
25) FRONT DRIVESHAFT…
NOTE: If your truck is equipped with an Autotrac, or push-button full-time capable, transfer
case, purchasing a replacement front driveshaft is mandatory due to driveline vibrations
caused by the factory front driveshaft when the truck is in fulltime four-wheel drive mode.
This driveshaft is available separately from Superlift. Trucks equipped with the standard parttime lever-operated transfer case do not need this replacement driveshaft as long as speeds
in four-wheel drive will not exceed 25 mph. If a replacement driveshaft is not purchased,
proceed to step 26.
‰
Remove the rubber dust boot from the factory front driveshaft and discard the factory
clamps. Install the boot on the new driveshaft using the supplied clamp.
‰
Slide the splined end of the driveshaft into the transfer case and attach the other end to the
differential using the factory U-joint straps and bolts (19 lb-ft).
‰
Slide the rubber dust boot over the lip on the transfer case and secure the boot using the
supplied clamp.
26) SKID PLATE…
NOTE: The skid plate is purchased separately. If a skid plate has not been purchased,
proceed to step 27.
‰
Install the differential skid plate (55-25-3280) on the rear crossmember using the two 7/16” x
3-1/2” bolts, USS washers, and nyloc nuts supplied.
‰
Install the front skid plate (55-24-3280) over the front lip of the “24” plate and line up the
mounting holes with the front crossmember. Insert the two supplied 7/16” x 2-3/4” bolts, USS
washers, and nyloc nuts, then tighten all the skid plate mounting bolts (37 lb-ft).
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27) REAR LIFT…
NOTE: Rear lift is sold separately and
includes separate instructions. In
addition to the instructions for the rear
lift, however, perform the following:
‰‰ Unbolt the rear compression travel
stops from the frame. Bolt the factory
snubbers to the Superlift drop brackets
(55-19-3280) using the supplied 7/16”
x 1” bolt and nyloc nut.
‰‰ Attach the compression travel stop
assembly to the original location on the
frame using the factory hardware and
tighten.
‰
[DIAGRAM 8] Unbolt the rear brake
line bracket from the top of the frame
and carefully bend the factory steel
brake line so that the bracket will reach
the bottom of the frame as shown.
‰
Use the bracket as a template to mark the location of the two mounting holes, then slide the
bracket aside and drill out the mark using a 1/4” bit.
‰
Attach the brake line bracket using the supplied 1/4” x 1” bolts and nyloc nuts and tighten (8
lb-ft). Verify the steel brake line does not touch or interfere with any other components.
‰
Remove the factory emergency brake cable
brackets from the frame and attach the 55-26-3280
brackets to the frame using the factory hardware.
Attach the factory cable brackets to the “26”
brackets using the two supplied 3/8” x 1” bolts and
nyloc nuts. Tighten (23 lb-ft).
WARNING: The vehicle is equipped with short
cast spacer blocks located between the leaf
springs and the axlehousing. These factory blocks
must be retained because they seat properly
against the axle mounts; the Superlift spacer
blocks do not. When using Superlift blocks, install
them on top of the factory blocks.
28) TIRES / WHEELS...
‰
[DIAGRAM 9] Tighten the lug nuts (85 lb-ft) in the
sequence shown.
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WARNING: When the tires / wheels are installed, always check for and remove any
corrosion, dirt, or foreign material on the wheel mounting surface, or anything that contacts
the wheel mounting surface (hub, rotor, etc.). Installing wheels without the proper metal-tometal contact at the wheel mounting surfaces can cause the lug nuts to loosen and the
wheel to come off while the vehicle is in motion.
WARNING: Retighten lug nuts at 500 miles after any wheel change, or anytime the lug nuts
are loosened. Failure to do so could cause wheels to come off while vehicle is in motion.
29) CLEARANCE CHECK...
‰
With the vehicle still on jack stands, and the suspension “hanging” at full extension travel,
cycle steering lock-to-lock and check all components for proper operation and clearances.
Pay special attention to the clearance between the tires / wheels and brake hoses, wiring,
etc.
‰
Check that the ball stud on the pitman arm clears the upper differential mount by a minimum
of 1/8”. If the stud does make contact, verify the differential brackets have been installed
properly. It may be necessary loosen and adjust the differential and / or grind off a little more
of the ball stud to gain adequate clearance.
‰
Lower vehicle to the floor.
30) ADJUSTING FRONT RIDE
HEIGHT...
‰
Manually bounce the front and rear
of vehicle to normalize the torsion
bars and leaf springs.
‰‰ On each side, fully tighten the LCAto-crossmember bolts (156).
‰‰ [DIAGRAM 10] Position the vehicle
on a level surface. Measure from
the LCA front pivot bolt center
down to the floor. Record this as
Measurement “A”.
‰‰ Now measure from the inside edge
of the knuckle (at the lower ball
joint boss) down to the floor.
Record this as Measurement “B”.
Subtract Measurement “B” from “A” for the ride height figure. Minimum ride height is 4.3”;
maximum is 4.8”. Ideal ride height is somewhere in between. Raise height by tightening the
torsion bar adjusting bolt; lower height by loosening the bolt. It will be necessary to bounce
the front of the vehicle every 1-2 turns of the adjusting bolt to reset the torsion bars. This will
ensure accurate adjustments. Adjust height 3/8” to 1/2” above the final desired ride height,
since the bars will settle slightly after the vehicle is driven.
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NOTE: Exceeding the stated minimum or maximum heights will cause the suspension to
continually “top out” or “bottom out”. This results in a harsh ride, accelerated suspension
component wear, and possibly component failure.
31) FINAL CLEARANCE and TORQUE CHECK...
‰
With vehicle on floor, cycle steering lock-to-lock and inspect the tires / wheels, and the
steering, suspension, and brake systems for proper operation, tightness, and adequate
clearance.
32) Activate four wheel drive system and check front hubs for engagement
33) HEADLIGHTS...
‰
Readjust headlights to proper setting.
34) SUPERLIFT NAME BADGE AND WARNING DECAL...
The system includes one 2” x 5” name badge (#0034). Additional and / or larger badges are
available from Superlift or a Superlift dealer. We suggest putting the badges on the front
fenders, tailgate, or rear window. The badge mounts by means of factory applied, doublebacked tape. Follow these instructions to ensure that badge sticks properly:
‰
Clean designated area with warm, soapy water. Rinse and wipe dry with a soft, lint free
towel.
‰
Thoroughly prep the area with the furnished alcohol wipe pad and wipe dry with a soft, lint
free towel. Do not touch the surface again with your hands; they transfer body oils.
‰
Remove mounting tape backing, line up badge, and press in place. Do not touch mounting
tape or allow tape to get dirty.
‰
Press firmly on the badge face and hold a few seconds to seat mounting tape. A superior
adhesive bond forms over time. We recommend allowing 24 hours of cure time before
washing and waxing. The emblem itself can be cleaned with any glass cleaner.
‰
Install the WARNING TO DRIVER decal on the inside of the windshield, or on the dash,
within driver’s view. Refer to the “NOTICE TO DEALER AND VEHICLE OWNER”
section below.
35) ALIGNMENT...
Realign vehicle to factory specifications. Record the ride height measurement at time of
alignment. If, in the future the torsion bars settle excessively, alignment can be restored by
adjusting-up the bars to their original ride height.
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IMPORTANT PRODUCT USE INFORMATION
As a general rule, the taller a vehicle is, the easier it will roll over. Offset, as much as possible, what is lost
in roll over resistance by increasing tire track width. In other words, go “wide” as you go “tall”. Many
sportsmen remove their mud tires after winter / hunting season and install ones more appropriate for street
driving; always use as wide a tire and wheel combination as possible to enhance vehicle stability.
We strongly recommend, because of roll over possibility, that the vehicle be equipped with a functional roll
bar and cage system. Seat belts and shoulder harnesses should be worn at all times. Avoid situations
where a side rollover may occur.
Generally, braking performances and capabilities are decreased when significantly larger / heavier tires
and wheels are used. Take this into consideration while driving.
Do not add, alter, or fabricate any factory or aftermarket parts to increase vehicle height over the intended
height of the Superlift product purchased. Mixing component brands is not recommended.
Most states have some type of law limiting vehicle height. The amount of lift allowed, and how the lift may
be achieved, varies greatly. Several states offer exemptions for farm or commercially registered vehicles.
It is the owner’s responsibility to check state and local laws to ensure that their vehicle will be in
compliance.
Superlift makes no claims regarding lifting devices and excludes any and all implied claims. Superlift will
not be responsible for any altered product or any improper installation or use of our products.
We will be happy to answer any questions concerning the design, function, and correct use of our products.
IMPORTANT MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
It is the ultimate buyer’s responsibility to have all bolts / nuts checked for tightness after the first 100 miles
and then every 1000 miles. The steering, suspension and driveline systems, along with wheel alignment
should be inspected by a qualified professional mechanic at least every 3000 miles.
NOTICE TO DEALER AND VEHICLE OWNER
Any vehicle equipped with a Superlift lifting device must have the enclosed “Warning to Driver” decal
installed on the inside of the windshield or on the vehicle’s dash, within driver’s view. The “Warning to
Driver” decal is to act as a constant safety reminder for whoever may be operating the vehicle. The
WARRANTY IS VOID unless this decal is in place. INSTALLING DEALER... It is your responsibility to
install warning decal and forward these installation instructions to the vehicle owner for review of warnings,
product use and maintenance information. Replacement warning decals are available free upon request.
These instructions are to be kept with the vehicle registration papers and owners manual for the service life
of the vehicle.
SUPERLIFT LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY
Suspension products bearing the Superlift (LKI Ent.) name are warranted for as long as the original
purchaser owns the vehicle that the LKI product was originally installed on. This warranty is nontransferable. Warranty covers only the product, no labor, time loss, or freight incurred. Any product that
has been abused, altered, incorrectly installed, or used in competition is not covered. Product finish, spring
bushings, Polyurethane products, and normal wear is not covered. The LKI product is subject to
replacement or repair. No other warranties are expressed or implied. An authorized Superlift dealer must
inspect the part in question and confirm that the “Warning to Driver” decal is properly displayed. A copy of
the sales invoice is required for warranty consideration.
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