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Did you buy chance mount your tires before the lift? Any rubbing?
I’m not sure about factory specs and rubbing. My lift and tires all went on at the same time. My best guess would be rubbing on the 285/70r18 that I’m currently running. If you have factory offset, there will be a lot of rubbing on the KDSS arm.
 

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So, this happened.


In the process, I preemptively replaced the charcoal canister. The old one didn’t feel healthy and when I removed it, qualitatively, it weighed a bit more than the new one. No more fumes from the truck, codes are gone, and hopefully I will not have to drop the auxiliary tank again for some time.

In other news, I’ve decided to replace the 600# coil springs with 700# springs. This should be a fun job assuming I don’t send a coil and digit into low earth orbit...
 

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In other, other news, the I’ve grown exhausted with my King set-up. Almost two years on, and I’m still not satisfied. This is just as much my fault as any other entity because I’ve built incrementally. Also, I suspect an issue with the passenger coil-over because it still feels much softer than the rest of the truck. Only time will tell here.

At this point, I have committed some funds to a more flexible set-up for a little while. I’ve ordered a BP-51 set-up from Cruiser Outfitters, and it arrives on Friday. The ripping and tearing begins tomorrow!

For the would-be builders of tomorrow, this should not be considered a knock on King as they are exceptional shocks. There is contrast in the “best” and “builder’s preference.” I’m just lucky (demented) enough to experiment a bit to find my sweet spot.
 
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The BP-51s are on! The install was very straight-forward. I left the coil preload at 20mm because I couldn't get the pinch band to budge, even using my spring compressor. The front of the truck did come up a little. I couldn't tell by looking at the truck, but I could tell once I got my butt in the seat. I would like to bring the overall height of the truck down, but that is just me nitpicking. I did make a few observations between the two systems while handling, and those are below. I do apologize for not getting a photo of the rear shocks side-by-side.

I've only taken a lap around the block, so I'm not really in a position to comment on how they compare on the road. My initial impression made me believe the change was justified, but that could be self-fulfilling prophecy.

OME Pros:
Rubber bushings on the rear shock mount!
Hose mounts fitting on the shock top-caps.
Tapered coils. No rubbing on bump-stops.
Rear shock mounting washers.
Hose design.

OME Cons:
Reservoir mounts. My goodness, what pain...
Rear shock mounting washers. Both rear shocks came with the known issue of two of lipped washers for seating. I had a spare set of flat washers from the temporary Nitrochargers. Also note there that the Nitrocharger rubber bushings ARE larger than the BP-51s.

King Pros:
Reservoir Mounts!
Linear spring rate if only for the ease of compressing.

King Cons:
Hose design. There's a lot of hose here because of rigid fittings.
Rear shocks would benefit from a lipped washer to center the shock.
Coil seats could be better designed to not interfere with bump-stops.


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Looks like the Kings are have a bit longer extended length? At least for the fronts pictured?

Glad that someone else sees the merit of rubber for a street vehicle.
 

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Did your shop grind the front bump stop down for clearance as directed in the King instructions?

Full disclosure, I absolutely love my King 2.5s. They've been terrific on both vehicles that I've had them on.

Mine also came with lipped bushings to center the rear shock in the upper mount. Maybe a running update they made?
 

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Looks like the Kings are have a bit longer extended length? At least for the fronts pictured?

Glad that someone else sees the merit of rubber for a street vehicle.
I didn’t lay a tape measure to it, but the King’s were about 1-1.5” longer. The rear shock side-by-side was nearly the same. I have no idea how that picture didn’t save.

I was actually quite surprised at how noticeable the reduction in NVH was. I still haven’t really had much opportunity to drive it yet, so my initial impression could be self-fulfilling prophecy. No one wants to spend a ton of money on parts only to find out they aren’t satisfied with the outcome.
 

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Verdict is in! The wife has admitted that she thought my dissatisfaction with the suspension was in my head, and I was making change for change’s sake. Her words, not mine, “This is way better.”

It did not fix the weird imbalance in response, so my next steps are to R&R the rear sway bar bucking a to see if that yields any noticeable change. If that does nothing, I will just accept that is what makes my snowflake special.
 

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I’m not the best at keeping up with the build, and I’m absolutely the worst at taking photos of the work. Since the last update, I replaced the rear sway bar bushings. I found what appeared to be anti-seize rubbed on the inside of the bushing, but still not the source of my passenger side “problem.” The good news: I’ve got the BP-51 one compression setting higher on the passenger side of the truck, and that seems to have tuned it out. I couldn’t seem to accomplish the same thing with the Kings.

I had a boot clamp on the driver’s side CV fail which was interesting. Not sure why or how, but it has been re-clamped.

I’ve also added a RockPals 100W folding solar panel to my list of tricks! I replaced the National Luna dual charging solenoid with a Redarc BCDC1250. While removing the NL remote from the cockpit, I found the source of a rattle in the center console. One of the push clips had backed out and was sitting between and outer panel and metallic brace. I most likely didn’t get it properly seating after running the remote cable.

I’d say it has been a successful quarter of tinkering! If I get a slot for LCDC, I plan on bringing some of the take-offs for tailgate transactions!

Next up, send it!
 
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@pchLC just reminded me, I’ve hit the two year mark in with my cruiser! It was a frustrating year for most, but I was able to escape over Elwood Pass to Kerr Lake on Labor Day weekend! This is a testament at how terrible I am at, “doing it for the ‘gram!”

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