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Front bottoms out

Discussion in 'Lowered & Street Systems' started by Ivan Lopez, Dec 10, 2020.

  1. Ivan Lopez

    Ivan Lopez Junior Member

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    I recently bought a 1974 c10 That was lowered by the previous owner ( unsure how much) I believe it’s 6 inches in the front and 7 or so in the rear. It was lowered in the rear by removing some leaves from the leaf springs. The front was lowered with drop spindles and lowering coils. I replaced the shocks all the way around with nitro drop 2 shocks and new rear leaf springs / flip kit. The front end bottoms out and has a super harsh ride. I can’t even drive it on freeway. Any recommendations?
     
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    Are the factory bump stops being used?
     
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    I believe so, should I remove/replace them?
     
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    Yep or cut em down.
     
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    82sbshortbed Fuckemall!!

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    Put stock suspension back on it. Mine was lowered from po and rode like shit. So I went back to stock and like it much better now. Jmo
     
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    The ride is so harsh I feel like that one or 2 inches without the bump stop wouldn’t make that much of a difference if any. I could be wrong though, any suggestions about what else it could be?

    I really like the look of lowered trucks so I wanna try to keep it And find a balance between decent ride and decent look.
     
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    Keep the drop springs, but put stock spindles back on.
    You can see if there are poly bump stops that are shorter. I had an '01 that was lowered 6" that permanently rode on the factory bump stops. I removed those, and put poly low profile bump stops in their place. After that, the truck rarely hit the bump stops, and it made a big difference.

    I will warn you, the ride is going to suck with pretty much anything you do when the vehicle is lowered that much, unless you're spending big bucks on a full custom air suspension with a LOT of frame work.
     
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    This is what it looks like now, I’m ok with raising it back up 1-2 inches to match the back. I was thinking of putting a longer coil... maybe that combined with the removal of stock bump stop ?

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    i'd get some sidewall.

    that always helps my ride.

    good luck!
     
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    DoubleDingo When In Doubt, Throttle Out

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    ^^^^THIS^^^^
     
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    Without the bump stop it will be metal slamming metal.
     
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    I'm not the most familiar with the front suspension on these trucks, but I don't believe you will be able to add a taller spring (factory) back between the control arms, with a drop spindle. You may be able to, I just don't ever hear of anyone going drop spindle, and stock height springs when they lower a truck. The cheapest solution would be to keep the drop springs, and obtain 2 good stock spindles for dirt cheap from a salvage yard or Craigslist.
     
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    From what I read online, 2 inch drop spindles shouldn’t affect the ride much compared to 2 inch drop coils. Reason being the 2 inch drop coils have less uptravel. I could be wrong. What I meant was instead of the 3-4 inch drop coil spring I have now, I would do 1-2 in drop coil combined with the drop spindles I already have
     
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    Are you sure the springs aren’t cut down stock springs? Maybe look for a heavier drop spring. My truck is lowered 6” in the front and I don’t have much of a problem, the ride is very similar to stock.
     
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    What brand springs do you have?
     

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