going lower (static)

Discussion in 'Suspension/Chassis' started by tbafsean, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. tbafsean

    tbafsean Newbie

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    hello everyone
    i am new to this forum but i just wanted to ask if the Belltech lowering kit (drop spindles, shocks, and lowering blocks) is a good start? and if anyone is running them would you recommend them? i have a 1989 pickup completely stock as of right now
     
  2. CREETIN247

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    1st off Welcome!!

    I'm running Street Edge drop leafs, drop spindles, drop blocks and BellTech Nitro Drop2 shocks and DJM lower control arms. That's a great start! The Street Edge brand name is from The Suspension Source it's just there product and it's no different then the BellTech products. There's other good shock options out there like Toxic shocks by Pro Comp, it really just comes down to the research and personal preference! I hope this helped! :waytogo:
     
  3. Gr8KornHolio

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    Yes, welcome!

    I use the belltech spindles up front. They needed a little clearancing on my 85, but I think it mentions that in the instructions. Using them with DJM lower control arms and a ball joint flip. Out back I have the belltech leafs, not a true 3 inch drop, but that's not uncommon with springs. I'm using blocks from beefedtaco, but I needed not standard size to level out my truck. Using the KYB monomax shocks, and love them.

    If the belltech blocks are aluminum just be careful cause they can crack. Now back in the day I had these on my s10 and never had a problem.
     
  4. Strider

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    From the Belltech website,
    "Belltech lowering block kits are manufactured of high quality extruded aluminum".
     
  5. EvoLLove

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    Do you have pics? And what was your rough price altogether?
     
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    How much lower did the DJM LCAs and BJ flip give you?
     
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    Check out my build thread. There's a lot pics there of the parts and how the truck sat! As for $$ I honestly can't remember. Sorry! I'm currently building a set of coilovers for the front set up but those will also require a tubular UCA for the spring to fit!

    If your looking to stay lower in $$ range just doing a bj flip and some DJM LCA up front and then drop blocks and drop leafs in the rear save a few bucks!! NO MONO LEAFING!!!

     
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    Thanks trying to stay away from bj flip I'll be doing mostly highway driving so don't wanna go that route
     
  9. Houa Thao

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    LCA and blocks is all that I have. LCA came with truck. I just replace the aluminum block with streetaco custom steel blocks. If you still use the truck to haul, it's not good to go too low.
     
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    Not planning on hauling anything reall big or anything at all thanks for the input much appreciated
     
  11. White Trash

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    You can go as low as you want and still haul if you build the truck for it. I haul scrap metal, everyday household/lawn & garden supplies and a bit of ass on the track with my truck and its no problem at all. A notch, bumpstops and appropriate leaf pack is all that's needed.
     
  12. Houa Thao

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    Correct, but for my situation I have to raise it .75 inch because my hitch (for my bikes)would hit the sidewalk when backing in and out. And it still if I don't slowly.
     

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    Have you thought about doing air shocks?
     
  14. White Trash

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    I'd be cutting that hitch into pieces and rebuilding it to either raise up behind the bottom of the license plate and losing the bumper completely or moving the hitch up to hide behind d the middle part of the license plate and keep the bumper. Either way that hideous mess would be hidden. :lol:
     
  15. jetas

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    Ditch the bumper Tuck the hitch up behind the little roll pan area and bolt the license plate over the hole. And just move the plate when your guna haul something
     
  16. Houa Thao

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    Too much work. Took me month and half just to do my T chain. Plus I don't have any equipment to cut and weld. Better to get another truck and use this for DD.
     
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    A month and a half to do a timing chain? That's an afternoon job. :lol:
     
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    No garage and it rained every weekend. with an early evening job, I could only work so much and then get ready for work. So I finally got tired and put up a tarp and work under while it was pouring.
     
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    This is how mine is except I used a fold down license plate mount from an old GM car that had the gas filler behind the plate. I mounted it up side down and so the license plate flips up (and is still somewhat visible) and the receiver is usable. I didn't need the ground clearance but I didn't want an ugly hitch hanging down and it also acts as a rear frame brace.
     
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    Thats a good idear. I might try that when i relocate my gas tank, hopefully it works
     

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