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Do-It-Yourself Projects
Low-Down on Lowering
By Mike Bumbeck/
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Degree of DifficultyDifficult
Estimated Time300 minutes
300 minutes
Do the Math
Clearance issues between ball joints and custom wheels can arise. Drilling holes into Detroit iron can take longer than planned. Crucial fasteners can come up missing or just plain be the wrong size in the bag-of-bolts. Things promised to fit like a glove will often present a more square-peg-in-a-round-hole reality. Remember, while it may look easy on TV, the realistic way to plan a weekend project is to determine the amount of time you think it's going to take and multiply that figure twofold.
Tip 1 - The plan here was to lower the truck yet retain the stock springs. Out back this is achieved by changing the spring mounting locations with new front hangers and rear spring shackles.
Plan Here was to Lower Truck Yet Retain Stock Springs
Tip 2 - Removing the fuel tank allowed for easier access to the mounts.
Removing Fuel Tank Allowed for Easier Access Mounts
Tip 3 - Drilling out the stock riveted bolts was what the instructions called for. The grinder eventually won out as the preferred method.
Ended Up Grinding Rather than Drilling Out Stock Riveted Bolts
Tip 4 - With the stock bolts and hangers removed, the lowering units bolted right up.
Lowering Units Bolted Right Up when Stock Bolts and Hangers Were Removed
Tip 5 - Always remember to jack up the truck safely, especially when planning on removing the suspension.
Always Remember to Jack Up Truck Safely
Tip 6 - The same lowering idea applies in the front. Lowering spindles change the location of the axle. This lowers the truck by changing the location of the wheel, yet retains the stock springs.
Same Lowering Idea Applies in the Front
Tip 7 - More "clearance-ing" was required to get the axle assembly bolts to work right.
More "Clearance-ing" Was Required to Get Axle Assembly Bolts to Work Right
Tip 8 - The lower ball joint bolts didn't clear a lip on the inner aftermarket wheels. The grinder is your friend. Always wear safety glasses.
Grinding Used when Lower Ball Joint Bolts Didn't Clear a Lip on Inner Aftermarket Wheels
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