|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.
|Tip 2 - Removing the fuel tank allowed for easier access to the mounts.
|Tip 3 - Drilling out the stock riveted bolts was what the instructions
called for. The grinder eventually won out as the preferred method.
|Tip 4 - With the stock bolts and hangers removed, the lowering units
bolted right up.
|Tip 5 - Always remember to jack up the truck safely, especially when
planning on removing the suspension.
|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.
|Tip 7 - More "clearance-ing" was required to get the 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.