It's a good time to be a mini-trucker. Back in the day, finding specialized parts to 'bag your mini was tough, and locating parts that fit correctly was an even greater chore. These days, we have it easy. Parts are everywhere, and contacting the advertisers within the pages of Mini Truckin' will yield a multitude of choices for 'bags, valves, mounting brackets, fittings, and everything else you'll need to lay out your favorite mini.
This month, we'll begin detailing the process of installing an airbag suspension in a '91 Nissan Hardbody. The process is nearly identical for all torsion-bar-equipped mini-trucks, but this guide will specifically help those of you who own '86.5 to '97.5 Nissan mini-trucks. This time around, we'll be working on the front suspension using parts obtained from Chassis Tech and Thorbecke Fabrication, and our favorite local fabricators from IMZZ Industries will be performing the mods. The frontend will receive a new set of Chassis Tech 2-inch drop spindles and universal, trim-to-fit mounting brackets from Thorbecke Fabrication. The spindles will automatically give our Hardbody a 2-inch drop, which means we won't have to put the front suspension in such a radical bind to get the truck all the way down on the ground. This will make the upper ball joints last much longer than if we attempted to lay the frontend of the truck out without using the drop spindles. The universal 'bag brackets represent the latest in laser-cut steel technology. They are oversized and can easily trimmed with a bandsaw or another device to provide a perfect fit for your mini-truck.
That said, we'll get on with the install. Check back next month as we lay out the rearend of the Hardbody and finish up with the plumbing and wiring. For more information, contact the companies listed in the source box.