14a. Now the caliper and tie...
14a. Now the caliper and tie rods can be installed. Remember to clean off any grease or contamination from the rotor with brake cleaner or thinner. If left, greasy fingerprints will create hot spots and prematurely wear your rotors.(14a & 14b)
15a. Now, to the back we go....
15a. Now, to the back we go. To install the add-a-leaf, carefully take off the nut from the center pin. To be safe, you should use a big C-clamp to hold the pack together when removing this, but we just went for it, and as expected, the spring came apart in an explosive manner. Lowering the back like the front is a little less involved: Just place the block in between the spring and the perch, making sure the locating pin is in the hole before tightening.(15a & 15b)
16a. Place the add-a-leaf...
16a. Place the add-a-leaf in between the last and second-to-last spring, lining them up with the new through bolt. This is a lot easier if you have a buddy help out. The lowering kit comes with longer U-bolts to accommodate the block. There's no real brain surgery here; just don't loop them over the brake line and you will be okay.(16a & 16b)
17a .The excess through bolt...
17a .The excess through bolt and leftover U-bolts are trimmed with what Craig calls, "the tool." Don't cut them flush with the nuts; leave a little bit, as it will help if you have to remove any of this stuff later.(17a & 17b)
18a. The lift side will reuse...
18a. The lift side will reuse the stock U-bolts, but both sets are tightened with an impact.(18a & 18b)
19a. Again, there's no real...
19a. Again, there's no real rocket science here: Just install the shocks after you put in the proper inserts.(19a & 19b)
20a. With that, you can put...
20a. With that, you can put on your new rolling stock and torque the lugs in a star pattern.(20a & 20b)
21a. With the parts installed,...
21a. With the parts installed, you will need an alignment,t but you can get it close enough to drive to a shop with a tape measure and a pair of pliers. Pick a point in the tread of the tire you can get from the front and back and measure that distance. Turn the tie-rod adjustments in or out, depending on what you need to get both measurements the same.(21a & 21b)
22a. There you have it - up...
22a. There you have it - up or down the truck looks much better. So if you have 1,700 bucks burning a hole in your pocket, this is a good way to style your stock pile. The lift will let us mob around town with a smooth ride and still do a little mild off-roading. The lowering setup made the truck much more nimble and slot-car-ish, without being so low that we can't get over speed bumps.
|PARTS AND BUDGET |
|Suspension kit: ||800 |
|Rims: ||4x90=360 |
|Tires: ||4x120=480 |
|Total we spent: || $1,540 |
|Suspension kit: ||169 |
|Shocks: ||4x75=150 |
|Rims: ||4x175=700 |
|Tires: ||4x157=628 |
|Total we spent: ||$1,647 |