Originally Posted by jamesv999
I have a 2014 Roadtrek 190P (2014 Chevy Express 3500). I'd like to lift it a couple inches to improve the ground clearance, and have read several lengthy threads here on this topic. I'm considering a 2" lift kit from Supreme Suspensions, similar to the ones from Weldtec Designs and Boulder Offroad.
However, I previously upgraded to Bilstein shocks (24-187435 front, 24-221948 rear), and Bilstein says they do not support lifts or shock extenders on this vehicle.
Has anyone used this shock with a 2" lift? Is it a problem? If so, is there another shock that would work for this application?
I just looked at that kit on their website, and it appears that they do the front lift with spacers on the existing spring, made of aluminum.
If the shocks are the ones for the stock vans and you have the stock springs in it now, you are probably sitting about 2" lower than a stock, non converted van would be. Best way to be sure is to measure the wheelwell lip heights to the ground and the wheel center on both sides. You probably will see about 33.5" as that is what most of the Roadtrek 190s have been in the past, including ours.
If you are at 33.5" and lift really does 2" of lift the shock should be OK as the van will be at original factory ride height.
I always give a bit of a warning on the spacer lift with stock springs, and that is there is the chance of overcompressing the spring on big bumps because it won't hit the bump stop as early in relation to the spring. There is also the possibility that you will feel the front ride get noticeably softer because the spring is not hitting the bump stop a lot of the time.
You definitely should get it aligned right away as the toe will probably change a bunch unless it has not been aligned since it was built.