Re: High clearance

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Posted by David A. Wright on December 15, 2003 at 22:34:37:

In Reply to: High clearance posted by Michael on December 14, 2003 at 18:09:02:

Not a scientific answer, but an observation:

Take a look at a late model half ton Chevrolet 4x4 pickup with the standard (stock) suspension and tires and compare it to the same with the factory "Z" (off road) package (not picking on Chevys here). You'll note that both the standard 4x4 truck sits pretty much the same height as the two-wheel-drive Chevrolet truck; and if the standard 4x4 didn't state so with the big decal on the back fender, you'd never know the difference unless you knew better (you can always tell the 4x4 Chevys because they come with tow hooks in front). In my opinion that's not high clearance.

I once owned a '96 Chevy S10 4x4 with stock suspension. It was also fairly low. The same truck with the Z package was much higher. My truck did better than I gave it credit for because everything was well tucked up inside the stout frame rails, but still the truck sat well below other small 4x4 trucks, especially Toyotas. You cannot run tires larger than a half inch over stock on the late model Chevy S10s because of tire clearance on the frame rail, so you can't go that route for extra clearance.

The stock setup if fine for casual four-wheeling, but not the best for places like South Park, Pleasant Canyon and the like.

Though my '96 Chevy was a very reliable and fairly capable truck, when it hit 152,000 miles last year I traded it in for a new Toyota Tacoma with the TRD package and have never looked back.

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