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The How, Why, and Where Guide to Suspension - Up Or Down

The How, Why, And Where Guide To Suspension

Sport Truck StaffDec 1, 2004
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Static lowering (nonadjustable) has been around about as long as cars have been on the road. The first lows probably came from a grease monkey and his oxygen/acetylene torch heating the spring and letting it collapse. Then it moved onto pulling the spring out and lopping off a coil or two. Well, both of these methods worked, but, man, the ride quality went in the toilet. Thank goodness the aftermarket world came to our rescue with reengineered springs, drop spindles, and drop-pocket control arms to bring down the front of our trucks. Out back, you can expect to use blocks, short shackles, raised hangers, lighter springs, or a flip kit. Blocks can be used if the axle is over the spring pack; if not, look for a flip kit that will position it that way. A flip kit usually drops the truck about 6 inches, so if you're looking for something less, using a combination of short shackles, springs, or hangers will get you where you want your back to be.
When it comes to lifting a truck, the type of lift will depend on the specific model, but for the most part, lift kits now consist of drop-down brackets. These move the mounting points of the lower suspension components down. Then, an extended spindle will take up the added space created between the upper and lower arms. For some of the earlier trucks, all that's offered are longer springs and new control arms that are installed to keep the alignment true. Some trucks can also benefit from a basic lift spindle. To raise the back, you will be looking at extended shackles, new hangers, or new leaf springs. If you're looking for a smaller lift, there are cost-effective spring spacers and lift blocks that can add an inch or so without busting your budget.
That is just a quick breakdown of what it takes to lift or lower your truck, but we thought, Why not go into more detail about the basic parts in a suspension system? Each of the following sections should give you a small primer on what they are and how they work. Then we put in a list that will hopefully point you in the right direction to get the parts you want to get up or down.

Sources

Hotchkis Performance
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
877-735-6425
www.hotchkis.net
Classic Industries
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
800-854-1280
www.classicindustries.com
SLP Performance Parts
Toms River, NJ 08755
732-349-2109
www.slponline.com
Energy Suspension
San Clemente, 92673
888-913-6374
http://www.energysuspension.com
Stillen
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
800-891-1058
http://www.stillen.com
Devious Customs
Ontario, CA 91761
909-947-1800
http://www.deviouscustoms.com
No Limit Engineering
San Bernardino, CA 92401
909-386-7637
www.nolimitengineering.com
Camburg Engineering
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-848-8880
http://www.camburg.com
Bilstein
Poway, CA 92064
858-386-5900
http://www.bilsteinus.com
Sadistic Iron Werks
Hesperia, CA 92345
760-703-5159
http://www.myspace.com/sadisticiron
Sway-A-Way
Chatsworth, CA 91311
818-700-9712
www.swayaway.com
Fabtech
Chino, CA 91710
877-432-2832
www.fabtechmotorsports.com
Full-Traction Suspension
Bakersfield , CA 93313
661-398-9585
www.full-traction.com
Belltech
Sanger, CA 93657
800-445-3767
www.belltech.com
Tuff Country
West Jordan, UT 84088
800-288-2190
www.tuffcountry.com
Chassis Tech
Mesa, AZ 85210
800-842-8789
www.airbagit.com
Mac's Springs
n/a, CA
909-862-4811
http://www.macssprings.com
GO-EZ Customs
Anaheim, CA 92804
714-474-6339
http://www.goezcustoms.com
VIAIR Corporation
Irvine, CA 92618
949-585-0011
www.viaircorp.com
Autofab
Santee, CA 92071
619-562-1740
www.autofab.com
Kelderman Manufacturing
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
641-673-0468
www.keldermanairride.com
Explorer Pro Comp
800-776-0767
Cognito Motorsports
Bakersfield, CA 93312
866-426-4648
http://www.cognitomotorsports.com
CalMini
Bakersfield, CA 93313
800-345-3305
http://www.calmini.com
Master Image Customs
Montclair, CA 91736
9094171085
www.masterimagecustoms.com
Godfather Customs
Decatur, GA 30032
8888448800
www.gcustoms.com
Performance Accessories
http://www.performanceaccessories.com
Eibach
Corona, CA 92879
800-507-2338
http://www.eibach.com
Skyjacker
West Monroe, LA 71294
800/763-8743 orders
www.skyjacker.com
BDS Suspension
517.279.2135
www.bds-suspension.com
Superlift
superlift.com
Off Road Unlimited
www.offroadunlimited.com
Rancho
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Sport Truck Direct
www.sporttruckdirect.com
Stylin' Concepts
www.stylinconcepts.com
Total Chaos
www.chaosfab.com
Rough Country
800-222-7023
www.roughcountry.com
Hellwig Suspension Accessories
Visalia, CA 93292
800-367-5480
www.hellwigproducts.com
AIM Industries
airbagit.com
Fox Racing
www.foxracing.com
Year One
Tucker, GA 30085
800-932-7663
https://www.yearone.com
Performance Suspension Components
Phoenix, AZ
www.performancesuspension.com
Early Classic Enterprises
www.earlyclassic.com
Fender Bender International
Rancho Cordova, CA
IF Customs
www.ifcustom.com
Thorbecke Brothers
www.thorbros.com
Ground Force
(724) 430-2068
groundforce.com
Suspension Max
Anaheim, CA 92807

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