2009 Chevy Silverado Buildup - Get Low

Installing The McGaughy's 4/7 Special

Kevin Whipps
Jun 1, 2010
Photographers: Kevin Whipps, Lowboy Motorsports
It was completely expected, but the latest incarnation of the Chevrolet fullsize pickup is hugely successful. It's hard to walk around a show nowadays without tripping over a rocker-laying new-body style Silverado, and there's nothing wrong with that. Lowering these trucks though, is a different story. For the first time in over 50 years, Chevrolet is running a coilover assembly up front, making drop kits a bit more complicated than they were in the past.
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Of course, the aftermarket came to the rescue, and drop kits are now out on the open market. When the owner of this particular '09 Silverado wanted to drop his truck, he wanted to go as low as possible without cutting into the bed floor, and the answer was this 4/7 drop kit by McGaughy's Suspension. The setup includes drop spindles, a bolt-in C-notch, flip kit, and coils, all of which dropped the truck down in just a few hours of work.
To get fast shipping and a low price on our McGaughy's drop kit, we called Stylin' Trucks and had the kit in our hands in just a few days. Stylin' carries more than just accessories and performance products, they also carry a full line of suspension components as well. To make taking photos of the install easier, we went to Lowboy Motorsports, located in Mesa, Arizona, to handle the install, but this kit can easily be installed with basic hand tools in your own garage.
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Check out how we quickly dropped our Chevy and if your Silverado needs a new altitude adjustment, give McGaughy's and Stylin' a call.
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
There were really only two issues with the drop kit, and that's installing the C-notch and the need for new rear shocks. Lining up 10 holes on two different planes can be pretty frustrating, and even with the help of a lift and power tools, it took 4 hours just to get the C-notch in. New, shorter shocks were required and purchased right after this install. The only other issue was the wheels. Originally, the owner was going to get 24s, but went with 22s instead. A nice set of two-footers would have filled up the rest of that wheelwell gap and made the kit look perfect. Otherwise, the truck needed an alignment (which we recommend for any suspension mod), and drove great. There were no rubbing issues to speak of and now the Chevy turns heads when cruising around town. Shipping from Stylin' was fast and we even caught the drop kit on sale for $710.99, which is $70 off their regular price.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 10 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Moderate
(cutting the frame isn't hard, but it can be nerve racking)
Tools Needed:
Assorted metric sockets/wrenches, Phillips-head screwdriver, Sawzall or plasma cutter
Parts Used:
McGaughy's 4/7 drop kit 34023 $789.99 (reg. price)
II Crave Alloy No. 8 22x9-inch wheels (black powdercoated/machine finished) $1,199
Falken Ziex S/TZ-04 265/35R22 tires $568
TOTAL: $2,556.99
(prices from discounttiredirect.com, and stylin.com and does not include tax, shipping, or installation)

Sources

Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
McGaughys Suspension Parts
Fresno, CA 93722
559-226-8196
www.mcgaughys.com
Stylin' Trucks
Independence, OH 44131
800-586-9713
www.stylintrucks.com
Lowboy Motorsports
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-577-5988
www.lowboymotorsports.com

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