Building a truck usually includes a suspension mod, whether in the form of a static-drop or with airbags, for a ground-scraping stance. When we decided to lower our '07 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab, we took the moderate approach to bring the truck closer to Earth. We contacted Belltech and told them we wanted our truck as low as possible but with a better than factory ride. We were told that this could be achieved rather easily by using Belltech suspension components. So, to bring the Colorado down a total of 5 inches in the front, Belltech's 2-inch drop ball joints were used with its 3-inch adjustable coilovers. In the rear, all that was needed was Belltech's 3-inch lowering leaf springs with a set of performance shocks-valved specifically for the Colorado.

We suggest that prior to starting the job, you should familiarize yourself with the parts to be replaced, as well as how the new parts should be installed. Carefully read all instructions, referring to any illustrations or photos provided. Also, have the required tools handy and a friend to assist with the heavy work. The vehicle should be placed on secure floor jacks at each corner. A clean and level work surface is a plus. You should allow at least a day to do the job. When finished, do not drive the vehicle, except to the alignment rack.

Follow along, as we show you the install.

The Tech Lowdown
Parts Used:
(Front) Coilovers, 2-inch drop ball joints (Rear) 3-inch drop leaf springs, performance drop shocks

Company: Belltech
Contact Info: (888) 712-8811, belltech.com

Installation
Shop Name:
ST Trucks
Shop Contact Info: (951) 248-0400

Approximate Installation Time: 8 hours

Skills Required: General suspension

Tools Used: Socket and wrench set up to 21mm, impact gun, Sawzall, grinder, and flat-black spray paint

Parts Cost: Under $1,000

Afterthoughts:
Once everything was tightened down and aligned, it was time to go and play. Right out of the gate, the truck felt tighter and surprisingly nimble and easy to maneuver, and at speeds beyond 80 mph, that floating feeling that most pickup owners are used to was gone-the truck was one with the road. In the canyons, the difference was even more apparent, as the truck handled flat with improved steering response and a newfound willingness to carve the corners at much higher speeds. Overall, it drove more like a sports car than a truck; a slightly firm yet totally comfortable ride.

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