Lifted '88 K1500 front sway bar and end links.

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    I've got an '88 K1500 with a 3" body & a 3" suspension lift kit.

    I'm running 33's and in order to keep the front tires from hitting the front or rear of the wheel wells when I turn, I had to crank the keys all the way up.

    Now, the end links are jamming up against the upper control arms.

    I called rough country suspension but they have no "fix" (i.e. no extended end links or different sway bar). When I look at the end links, if I put longer ones in it will push the end of the sway bar up over the upper control arm but the angle of the link from the lower control arm to the end of the sway bar will be very steep and probably bind on the control arm and end of the sway bar.

    I figure there has to be a reasonable fix out there.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I found that Skyjacker makes a sway bar lowering kit (SBL20). I purchased one form anything auto for $40.00 and expect it to arrive at my house by Wednesday next week. I'll try to keep you posted.
     
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    Woops you just threw your alignment out..do not crank the bars..over a 1"1/2"..probably need to just lift it a little higher.
     
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    This "kit" I'm getting will drop the sway bar down 3" and rotate the link ends up 15* essentially pulling the end link end up & forward of the control arm. That will allow the link ends to clear the upper control arm and I can back the keys back down a little.
     
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    I'll take it back for re-alignment after I install this kit. Have been looking for adjustable ball joints so we can get the caster perfect. It is off a tad but spot-on would be better!
     
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    You mean camber? caster is off 1 wheel ahead of the other..will pull to 1 side..or the other...but you may mean caster...camber the way the wheels lean.
     
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    So the Skyacker lowering kit will NOT work. I'm certain that here is someone out there who has run into the same issue as me.

    I really need someone who has a ton of experience with suspension lift kits - and hopefully on '88 K1500 extended cab / ling beds - to "seer" me in the right direction.

    I do not want to trim the wheel wells!
     
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    How about another inch or so on duh body lift ? A little smaller tire size ?
    I know nothing about these body lifting things but, I did stay at a Holiday In n last night. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    It had 33's on it before and there were no problems. I just bought an almost new set of 33's and put them on. Hate to shell out another $800 or more dollars for tires.

    There is something really simple and silly going on and I cannot figure out what.

    Grrrrrr
     
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    There's go to be someone out there who has experience with this sort of problem.
     

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