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Old 11-30-2017, 03:56 PM   #1
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Question Lowering advise

Iím looking into lowering my hardbody and need some product advice. Are their any good lowering kits for my 96 Nissan hardbody? I only want it lowered about
2in and still want to have a decent ride quality since it will be my daily. Thanks
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Old 11-30-2017, 05:20 PM   #2
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Hi 96,
I have not looked lately for a complete "kit" but, Belltech front spindles and rear springs are the way I went. The spindles drop 2" and the rear springs drop 3". They keep all the stock geometry and spring rate, so the truck rides as good or better than stock. You will also want to replace your shocks when you do the new suspension parts also, I went with the Pinto front shocks and the Quest rears, there is a thread stickied in the suspension section to give you more guidance for choosing the shocks. I do wish my rears were a little softer though.
My truck is lowered a little more front and rear, in the front by the torsion bars and the rear by re-drilling the leaf spring hangers up buy about 1.25"......
I have photos in my album if you want a better idea.
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I'd do spindles, and a 3" drop block. 2" drop in the front, and 3 in the rear to level it out. With either you can use stock length shocks, and won't change the ride at all.
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:04 PM   #4
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I did the beltech drop spindles and lowered leaf springs. If I wasn't going to replace all the bushings I would have gotten the drop blocks in the rear instead. Since the leaf springs were removed for the new bushings I figured why not change out the springs.

I believe the rear is more personal preference and honestly don't think I could tell the difference between the two if I didn't know what was there. The drop spindles are gold compared to other ways to lower the front. Like mentioned before, if you use spindles and blocks you can keep the stock shocks on all 4 corners. If you use lowered springs in the rear, new rear shocks are required.
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2" Block kit from autozone for rear, = 35.00 +\-
lower front torsions by lossining torsion bar bolts = free

then add w/ new shocks.

there is a sticky thread on shocks if you search. = 50.00+/-
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could one use a set of drop spindles and keep the 14 inch oem chrome wheel? i have heard there are clearance issues with some lowering combos and the 14 in wheels.
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No, when you put the drop spindles on the min rim size you can run is a 16, but most people lowering their trucks are looking for different wheels as well
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I'm going with a mild lowering on mine.

going with 2in block in the rear and torsion bars in the front. Reason why I'm going this route is because I found a good deal on some pathy fender flares which cover the wheel gap abt 1.5 inches (making it look lower).
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My drop story so far:
I was tempted to throw money at it and do the spindles an rear leafs but instead I used 4" blocks and Pinto/quest shocks. I am glad that DRAGON commented on spindles limiting the wheels size I did not think of that, I kinda like to keep my pathy wheels. I do scrape on speed bumps and bottom out on large dips but I'm only destroying the CAT. To counter the frame impacts I used low profile poly bumps stops, this seemed to help allot. Otherwise I am pleased with the results and overall ride quality. I am lucky to live in a somewhat flat area where I can get away with 2" leaf clearance. My future tweek/add-on will be redrill, mono leafs, and skid plates for the bottom leafs due to driveway clearance. Cost: approx $100.

Here are the Parts I have installed to date:
Blocks:
Belltech 6203 Lowering Block Kit

Bump Stops:
Fronts: Energy Suspension 9.9116R
Rear: Prothane 19-1314-BL (redrill needed)

Shocks:
Front:MONROE 32118
Rear: MONROE 32207

Additional tweeks: shim the carrier bearing, I think it was 1/4" not sure.

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I'm mono leafed with the redrill, and running 2 inch blocks and I sit with the frame about 3/4 of an inch over the back axle and I had to raise the carrier bearing about an inch, and if you are not looking for bigger rims I say stay with the stock spindles, but I do recommend reindexing the torsions it will ride better with less bottoming out
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