Photo 2/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 02 | At the hands of expert mechanic Mark Hines of Dodge Bros. Automotive, we got straight to work. Our plans included disassembling the entire front end of the suspension to make room for the new lift spindle, uniball arms, and Dirt Series 2.5 coilover shocks. While we began work on the driver side, we applied the same tactics to the passenger side.
Photo 3/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 03 | From there, we began the attack by first removing the tie-rod hardware and disassembling the front brake system, including the caliper (removing an 18mm socket), rotor, and hub. We also safely unclipped the ABS wire and moved it out of the way so it wouldn’t get damaged.
Photo 4/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 04 | Next, we removed the hardware for the factory sway bar endlinks to allow for more access when installing the new CST mid-travel system.
Photo 5/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 05 | Quality is key. Made in the USA, CST Dirt-Series uniball upper arms are constructed from 1026 DOM seamless tubing, CNC mandrel-bent, and professionally MIG-welded. Arms also feature an exclusive sealed-top uniball to eliminate dirt and maximize the life of the uniball. What’s more, control arms paired with coilover shocks provide up to 2.5 inches of added wheel travel. To ensure a long life, arms include greasable two-stage polyurethane bushing pivots and superior two-stage gloss black powdercoat finish for protection.
Photo 6/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 06 | Disassembly continued with the removal of the front shocks. We began by removing the top nuts and then moved to the bottom of the shock mount, where we eliminated the stock hardware.
Photo 7/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 07 | With the shock and coil removed, we could then move on to eliminating the upper arm, which is getting replaced with the new components from CST Performance Suspension.
Photo 8/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 08 | We continue the quality theme with CST’s newest Dirt-Series shocks, which are built in the USA and designed and tested in-house. The shocks are not only designed to improve ride quality, they are specifically valved for application, fully adjustable, and rebuildable. Shocks also feature a 0.750-inch hardened chrome shaft diameter, 57.15mm-diameter piston, and T6061 aluminum end caps. Stainless misaligns and FK bearings finish them off. The shocks are then hard anodized for a long-lasting finish.
Photo 9/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 09 | The CST Dirt-Series 2.5 coilovers are ready to install straight from the package. First, we slid the upper mount into the spring bucket. Hines made sure to add a small dab of Loctite to the threads and locked it down using the supplied hardware with a 9/16-inch wrench.
Photo 10/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 10 | At the lower shock mount, Hines installed the additional hardware, including the new bolt, washer, and nut to lock in the new coilover.
Photo 11/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 11 | Supplied with each upper arms kit are all new bushings and sleeves. We simply greased each bushing and inserted each sleeve before installing in the truck.
Photo 12/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 12 | Each of the CST uniball upper arms come bare. We took some extra time to install the supplied bushings and sleeves and threaded in the Zerk fittings as well. Next, Hines installed the new uniball upper arms. From there, we realigned the control arm bolts with cams to their original position.
Photo 13/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 13 | The key to a majority of the lift (5.5 inches) comes directly from the CST lift spindles. CST lift spindles are constructed of precision-laser-cut ¼-inch steel, feature CNC-machined ball joint tapers, and are completely MIG-welded for strength. Hines installed those next—what a cinch! We lined up the bottom ball joint and snugged the nut. Then, we lined up the upper arm, slid it into the spindle, and locked it down for final.
Photo 14/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 14 | Before we reinstalled the hub, we applied a small dab of Loctite to the bolts.
Photo 15/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 15 | From there, the entire brake system could be reinstalled. NOTE: We haven’t forgotten about the supplied extended brake lines. We’ll get to those later in the install.
Photo 16/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 16 | Out back, Hines got to work disassembling the rear suspension. First, we removed the upper and lower bolts from each of the shocks.
Photo 17/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 17 | CST Performance Suspension also offers a variety of off-road accessories and protection products like the aluminum skidplate shown. These new skidplates are designed by CST and replace the weak plastic unit from the factory. Better yet, they bolt right in with no modification.
Photo 18/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 18 | Hines then began the tedious process of removing each of the eight nuts, which fasten the factory U-bolt perch. We began with a boxed-end wrench before switching to a deep socket. Once the U-bolts were gone, we could remove the factory block.
Photo 19/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 19 | CST supplies all new hardware for the rear, including rear lift blocks and U-bolts with fasteners and washers.
Photo 20/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 20 | With the new CST lift block lined up and in place, we could install the new U-bolts. We simply slid them over the factory leaf spring pack and through the factory perch. We locked them down with the all-new hardware from CST.
Photo 21/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 21 | To finish off the rear, we unpackaged the CST Street Series shocks. Each shock includes urethane bushings for direct fitment and less noise then Heim-style shocks. What’s more, they’re designed to work specifically for CST kits, which means no guessing or research. They fit the first time!
Photo 22/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 22 | Nothing says off-road like a set of reservoir shocks. While we installed the basic Dirt-Series shocks, CST Performance Suspension also offers an upgraded shock package for the mid-travel system. Each reservoir shock is engineered, designed, and tested in-house by CST. Reservoir shocks feature rebuildable urethane bushings, offer improved street and off-road ride quality, and include all the necessary hose clamps and hardware for a factory fit!
Photo 23/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 23 | With the install nearly buttoned up, we could move back to installing the supplied CST extended brake lines. We simply disconnected the factory lines from the caliper and used the new banjo bolt to reinstall. From there, we could bleed the brakes for final before getting the new Fuel wheels and tires on.
Photo 24/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 24 | What better way to complement a lift than with a new set of aggressively styled wheels and tires? We opted for a set of 17x9 Fuel Enduro wheels finished in matte black for that stealthy urban feel. We wrapped those in Fuel’s very own tires, too! They offer up commendable cut protection with heavy-duty 3-ply sidewalls and siped treads that allow for good grip in a variety of conditions.
Photo 25/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 25 | “So stoked,” said owner Elliot Park when describing the CST mid-travel kit. Park went on, “The before-and-after ride quality with this kit is like day and night. After riding some trails in Barstow, California, I noticed the change instantly when my tires hit the dirt.”
Photo 26/26 | Urban Silverado Runner 26 | The new suspension soaks up everything in its path. We totally noticed an increase in ride quality from 10 mph to 60 mph. We felt way more confident behind the wheel in the loose stuff now, too!