When we picked up a ’02 GMC Sierra 1500 a while back we gave it a good examination. Suspension wise, it had been lowered with a Belltech 2/4 drop and had an Air Lift Ride Control rear load ’bag kit installed.
This upgrade can be applied to any brand of ¾- or 1-ton pickup with rear leaf springs. Installing quality shocks and having the ability to dial in ride softness or firmness will help eliminate a “trucklike/stiff” ride.
After researching big lift kits available for our truck, we found that 3rd Coast Suspension (B&C Offroad) had a front 14-inch lift kit that would retain all the factory geometry on our truck and look good doing it.
Lift kits are nothing new. For years the truck market has been infatuated with producing lift kits without any forethought into the longevity of how well the truck rides, handles, or steers—just make it higher.
Sometimes the only problem with older trucks is they are, well, old. Over time, Mother Nature and hard use simply wears out parts and degrades how well they function. This is especially true of brakes.
One of our favorite trends in the truck world is a deep, inset wheel on the back of any truck. It’s nothing new, as truck owners from all over the world for as long as most care to remember have always wanted a wide wheel and tire combo on the rear of their truck.
We started with the basics: suspension and wheels, tires, and brake pads. Then added a 2-inch leveling kit to help us clear the new, larger wheels and tires on our 2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty work horse.
You would think there isn’t much more we could do to this 1999 Ford F-150 Lightning, but you’d be wrong. Now that the truck is so low, we’re having trouble getting the front suspension into factory alignment specs.