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Old 06-26-2021, 03:13 AM   #1
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Ok I am embarrassed to admit I am stumped. First, all of my experience lowering cars is with coil overs. The only time I have dealt with leaf springs and torsion bars was LIFTING a truck.

I have poured over threads after multiple searches but cant find an actual answer here so Ill post what I think I am doing and ill let someone more knowledgeable give me some guidance.

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Trying to lower the truck and from what I gather the Belltech spindles is the best bet for a better quality ride. Do I simply leave the torsions at their current factory setting or should I adjust those along with the spindles? I'm not trying to body drop the thing, more like fill in the huge gap. Have not found wheels yet, but I am likely going 16 or 17, just depends on what I find. If the search takes forever AND IT IS... I will fall back on the 17 in titan wheels.

The rear is where I get confused... First, are drop leafs or blocks better for keeping the ride quality? If it is leafs, do I still need drop blocks? Or do I simply add the drop leafs? I do still plan to use the truck to haul stuff but nothing crazy. Lumber (if prices go back to normal haha) random home appliances etc.

For shocks it seems like there is 100 options but no where can I find a real review saying which actually provides a better ride or more performance. Actually, all I really found was that most if not all of the options were not very adequate haha.

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Old 06-27-2021, 03:13 AM   #2
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I don't know...but go easy on blocks. Any more than 3-4" is starting to cause problems...based on what I know about lift-blocks. That said, guys use 4" lift blocks w/o issues....maybe even 6" blocks (but they are not recommended).


Springs sound iffy to me.
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I don't know...but go easy on blocks. Any more than 3-4" is starting to cause problems...based on what I know about lift-blocks. That said, guys use 4" lift blocks w/o issues....maybe even 6" blocks (but they are not recommended).


Springs sound iffy to me.
Stinky... he's wanting to go down, not up.
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I don't know...but go easy on blocks. Any more than 3-4" is starting to cause problems...based on what I know about lift-blocks. That said, guys use 4" lift blocks w/o issues....maybe even 6" blocks (but they are not recommended).


Springs sound iffy to me.
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Stinky... he's wanting to go down, not up.
Correct, looking to go lower.

Reading more I am pretty sure I can go with the 2 in drop spindles, 3 in drop leafs and new shocks. From there if I want to go lower Ill need to add blocks, and adjust the torsion bars. So unless someone steps in to correct me thats wht ill be ordering soon haha.
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OK found more info.

Front ( best option )
Spindles and 4wd shocks

Rear ( best option )
drop leafs and quest shocks

Is this still the go to set up? The info I am finding is pretty dated.
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Looking forward to seeing what people say. I'm in a similar situation with 91 d21 std cab, but with v8 swap...so I'll need to consider axle wrap with stronger engine as well.
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That is what I run in the rear. I'm very happy with it. I'm running cranked sway away torsions in the front. I'm running 235/45/18 so not a whole lot of drop in the front.
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OK found more info.

Front ( best option )
Spindles and 4wd shocks

Rear ( best option )
drop leafs and quest shocks

Is this still the go to set up? The info I am finding is pretty dated.
yep this is the way to go for what you’re wanting. use the torsion bars to fine tune the height to your liking after the spindles are in. i’ve got what you’re wanting to do but i have 2 inch blocks, mini c notch and re-drilled hangers and i’ve hauled a buddies cbr1000 in it. it wasn’t the best ride but i’d imagine you’ll be fine to haul some shit with what you’re gonna do.
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yep this is the way to go for what youíre wanting. use the torsion bars to fine tune the height to your liking after the spindles are in. iíve got what youíre wanting to do but i have 2 inch blocks, mini c notch and re-drilled hangers and iíve hauled a buddies cbr1000 in it. it wasnít the best ride but iíd imagine youíll be fine to haul some shit with what youíre gonna do.
I was hoping you would reply, I've seen your truck on here. Thanks for the confirmation. Want to get that low eventually, so now at least I have a good plan.

Just need to find wheels. Ffs, I have never had such a hard time finding wheels for a vehicle. Anything I like is the wrong offset, or too expensive haha.
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I was hoping you would reply, I've seen your truck on here. Thanks for the confirmation. Want to get that low eventually, so now at least I have a good plan.

Just need to find wheels. Ffs, I have never had such a hard time finding wheels for a vehicle. Anything I like is the wrong offset, or too expensive haha.
haha yeah dude i feel you on that, all the wheels iíve been looking at have sold and luckily i found a set but they werenít very cheap. lmk if you got anymore questions, granted iím still fairly new but iím down to help a fellow hardbody owner out anytime.
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