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    So I'm getting ready to order my stuff and start bagging my truck in a few weeks. I have a pretty good laid out plan but I still have some questions for the experienced people.

    I plan on doing the big 3 upgrade and I already upgraded my alternator to 75 amp. But my question is will dual compressors draw too much. I'd like to run two viair 380's and a 8 gallon tank, I'm just not sure if I'm gonna need a extra battery.

    Do I need to pie cut my uppers? I'm running drop spindles and 17" escalades.

    What kind of bags do people recommend? The kit comes with dominators, I'm thinking 2500 up front and 2600 in the back.

    I'd like to run shocks but I'm not sure if my toxics have enough stroke. Any reccomendations?

    thanks for any help.

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    Ive got a 75 amp alt and im running 2 viar 380 and two five gallon tanks. I dont have any problems with it beeing too much amp draw unless I have the stereo balring, headlights on and the electric fan is on.

    I believe you will need to pie cut the uppers dueto the ball joint binding. Its not that hard and you will alreadyhave it apart. It would add maby and hour or so to your build per side to do it so why not?

    Im running firestones. But alot of people run the re6 and re7. And what I will be going to sooner or later...

    Shocks you should be able to measure what stroke you need and buy the approprate length that you need.

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    That's what i hoping for with the dual compressors. I've been throwing around the idea of using the stock 14" wheels. I know i would definetly need to pie cut for that, especially with stock spindles. So like you said its just best to do it while its apart. Thanks for the input and i'll post some pictures when i get started.

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    I thought about bagging mine with 15s and 2" drop spindles and assumed I wouldn't have to pie cut. You think you'd have to pie cut on 14s?

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    I had 14's on my truck before I bagged it and it would bind/ not let it completley go up because of tha ball joint binding. To be honest for as easy as it is to do the pie cut, and since you are already cutting anyways, why not just go ahead and do it.

    Come to think of it I dont think a 14 in rim will work with the drop spindles. Let someome else verify this as to I havent tried that setup but im pretty sure it wolnt work.

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    you need at least a 17" wheel with drop spindles. i was thinking about running stock spindles and 14"s just because i dont see that too often. but i could only lay out on a 25" tire until i z then it'll take me to a 23" tire. i personally want a little side wall so im gonna stick with the escalades and drop spindles.

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    Pennyman said drop spindles would work with my 15s, even 14s if you grind the LCA. Maybe he'll chime in.

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    Just because I am on here a lot and know way too much about these trucks, doesn't mean I am a computer, but it does mean I have a sick long term relationship with Geronimo, and not the kind you are thinking of, so get your mind out of the gutter, or tailpipe. As for the answer to the drop spindle wheel size issue, where are 2 things you need to look at with the spindles, rim diamenter and offset. A 15 " rim can be used with a 3 1/2 to 4" offset from the back of the wheel (also known as backspacing) if you trim the lca for clearance. 16" should clear without trimming, unless you are running a deep offset / positive offset wheel. A positive offset wheel refers to the mounting surface of the wheel being forward of the centerline of the wheel, and should not be confused with backspacing. As an example, a +15mm offset means that the mounting surface of the wheel is 15mm forward of the centerline of the wheel, or about 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch.
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    Like I said vital information it is.

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