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Old 10-18-2012, 06:07 PM
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2009 Hummer Alpha - Stock.

Goal: Higher with better capabilities for off road ( if I desire to go off road ).

Now: She's 100% Daily Driver - City Driving - Pavement.

Want To Buy: Better looking wheels / Larger and agressive Tire / Lift Kit ?

Please advise what you all like .... I like Black. Rock Star wheels look cool.

Please tell me what you would do ...
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So far I like ....

- Rock Star Wheels or Dick Cepek DC-2 Wheels
- Rancho Lift Kit ( 4 inch )
- Nitto Trail Grappler or Mud Grappler

THANKS IN ADVANCE
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:09 PM
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The search pull down has a wealth of resource info on this topic...

Good off road tires would be your best bet. If thats where you will be the trade off is generally poor mpg performance and noise on the highway. Toyo M/T's are great off road tires in 35"
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1. What is the height limit in most City Parking Garages?
2. I am driving 95% street but want the option to pull someone out in Beach Sand or Hurricane damages, being able to drive out.
3. Please Advise: Tires / Wheel / Lift Kit and or Shocks?
4. How will these modifications affect Gas Mileage and Wear / Tear?
5. Lifting vehicle seems like I would be safer. higher safer as long as I'm not speeding around tight corners.

WHEELS: Dick Cepek DC-2 or XD Rock Star?
http://www.dickcepek.com/wheels.php?item=DC2Black

http://www.kmcwheels.com/wheels/?siteid=3&groupid=36

TIRES
http://www.nittotire.com/Tire/trailgrappler

Or ..... ?

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Old 10-24-2012, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by H3Ray
2009 Hummer Alpha - Stock.

Goal: Higher with better capabilities for off road ( if I desire to go off road ).

Now: She's 100% Daily Driver - City Driving - Pavement.

Want To Buy: Better looking wheels / Larger and agressive Tire / Lift Kit ?

Please advise what you all like .... I like Black. Rock Star wheels look cool.

Please tell me what you would do ...
-
So far I like ....

- Rock Star Wheels or Dick Cepek DC-2 Wheels
- Rancho Lift Kit ( 4 inch )
- Nitto Trail Grappler or Mud Grappler

THANKS IN ADVANCE
LOL! Why not go for what YOU like. It's your truck. Get the tires and wheels that speak to you...that give you the look you're going for.

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1. What is the height limit in most City Parking Garages?
2. I am driving 95% street but want the option to pull someone out in Beach Sand or Hurricane damages, being able to drive out.
3. Please Advise: Tires / Wheel / Lift Kit and or Shocks?
4. How will these modifications affect Gas Mileage and Wear / Tear?
5. Lifting vehicle seems like I would be safer. higher safer as long as I'm not speeding around tight corners.

WHEELS: Dick Cepek DC-2 or XD Rock Star?
http://www.dickcepek.com/wheels.php?item=DC2Black

http://www.kmcwheels.com/wheels/?siteid=3&groupid=36

TIRES
http://www.nittotire.com/Tire/trailgrappler

Or ..... ?

PLEASE ADVISE.

THANKS
The height of garages vary wildly...you just need to check out the little hangy signs at the entrances of the ones in your area to get an idea. Most newer ones seem to be 7' in the DC Metro area.

Tires depend on the look you want, the amount of road-noise you can tolerate, performance, and tread life; not necessarily in that order. Mud Tires like the the Toyo Open Country and BFG MT KM2s seem to be the favorites among the H2 owners searching for a more aggressive look, but MTs are noisier than ATs on the road, and the tread life tends to be shorter too...so you'll burn through them quicker if your mostly on the pavement.

As for the lift kit and shock recommendations for a 3, you prolly should poke around using Search or check out the other forum I mention in my PM. The H3 crowd around Elcova is pretty thin these days.

Any tire size change, lifting, leveling, etc. is going to adversely affect your gas mileage. As you increase your tire size you should consider regearing to keep everything in the truck's power band. There's a handy little calcuator here (http://www.4lo.com/calc/geartire.php) that will help you figure out what gear ratio you need when changing tire sizes.

I wouldn't say lifting the vehicle makes it more 'safe.' It raises the center of gravity, which in my mind makes it 'less safe,'...widening the stance makes it 'safer' in my book; more stable (unless you're going to extremes...like 3" spacers with a shallow backspacing on the rims...changing the stress points on the hubs and whatnot.)

I'm sorry you didn't get a lot of feedback on this...the forums been a little slow in general lately. It comes and goes...
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Guys,
I'm still here and THANKS A LOT !!!!
Great advice here ....
I put the H3 on the back burner but gonna start the modding soon.
I really appreciate all the great feedback.
I am honored to be a member here.

THANKS AGAIN
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