Basic Truck Suspension Modifications

Suspension Alteration 101

Rick Amado
Mar 1, 2000
Photographers: The Sport Truck Archives
Just about everyone who owns a sport truck alters the suspension at one point in the buildup of the truck. Whether he decides to go with a mild 2/4 drop, a ground-scraping bagged and notched setup, or even a lift kit for that prerunner look, there are many things for him to consider before getting down to the business of dropping or lifting his ride.
With all of the different suspension configurations available on trucks, not to mention the large number of companies that make kits for these trucks, it can get pretty confusing when you're trying to figure out the best solution for your specific application. We spoke with some of the leading manufacturers of aftermarket suspension components and got the skinny on what you need to look for when planning to alter your ride height. It's not just about getting it on the pavement; the means of getting it there safely and still maintaining a respectable ride quality are perhaps the most important aspects of changing your altitude.
No matter how much you plan to lower your project, there are no completely painless ways to get it down. We recommend that you ask plenty of questions when inquiring about what system is going to work best on your particular truck. We all know the costs involved in modifying a truck, and it definitely pays to shop around, so don’t be afraid to call suppliers and ask about your options. Learn as much as you can ahead of time, and you can minimize the chances of running into problems. Check out the following sidebars to see which type of suspension project is ideal for you.

Sources

Hotchkis Performance
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
877-735-6425
www.hotchkis.net
DJM Suspension
Gardena, CA 90248
800-237-6748
www.djmsuspension.com
Fabtech Motorsports
Brea, CA 92821
www.fabtechmotorsports.com
Baer Racing Inc.
Phoenix, AZ 85017
www.baer.com
Belltech Inc.
Fresno, CA 93721
AIM Ind.
Mesa, AZ
Western Chassis
Fresno, CA

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