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Need opinions on part selection for static drop C10

Discussion in 'Lowered & Street Systems' started by Bennyt, May 17, 2019 at 10:42 AM.

  1. Bennyt

    Bennyt Junior Member

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    Yes, I did a search and read through some threads and no I don't have any pictures yet. This is my 1st post.

    I bought a '77 C10 LWB for my 15YO son to build for his 1st truck. I will start a build thread soon.
    The plan is to rebuild the entire truck this year making sensible upgrades, lowering, and converting to a shortbed. I need to contain some costs as it will be his first vehicle. Stock motor, static drop, etc.

    I need some opinions on part selection for lowering. Looking to do a 4/6 or 5/7 drop. All the suspension will be rebuilt along with brake upgrades, swaybar(s), steering upgrades, etc.

    Here is what I am thinking:

    Front Suspension: CPP Modular spindles 2.5 Drop
    2-3" coil. Whose coil rides/ handles well??? Considering Ridetech.
    Rebuild stock arms with poly bushings vs. upgrading to CPP tubular???
    Bilstein shocks?

    The aftermarket arms are supposed to have some caster correction built in but not sure its worth the extra money. I like the Porterbilt arms that allow you to narrow the track width but need to stay on budget otherwise I'd coilover the truck.

    Rear Suspension: 3" Western Chassis Leaf spring, any others out there besides Ridetech mono?
    2" Spring Hanger. Who makes the strongest? They all look the same
    1-2" Shackle if needed. Again, who makes the strongest?

    Other suspension upgrades will be swaybar(s), Ridetech front frame braces, and I'm not opposed to spending the money on the GSI or Porterbilt frame braces for the center section if anyone feels like they are necessary.


    Thanks!!!
     
  2. yevgenievich

    yevgenievich Full Access Member

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    On front stock a arms would do fine with new bushings. On the rear can move the axle above the spring. For front coil springs, always found easier to get springs from circle track store. Just have to calculate the rate needed and the spring height.
     
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    :welcome:
     
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    You and I have different meanings for that word hahaha. Welcome to board, nice plans for the ride. I'm sure you and your son will love getting your hands dirty with this one.

    I dont have much to contribute in regards to lowering a truck though, sorry.
     
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    Welcome to the site. I've always liked the 4-6 drop look.
     
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    Cutting a long bed to be a short bed makes me sad...carry on
     
  7. Bennyt

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    Thank you, I'll look into the circle track springs. I'm not going to do a flip kit as I have to purchase new leafs regardless as I have 56" and need the 52" so it make sense to purchase lowering leafs at the same time.

    You should be thanking me for taking a long bed off the road thereby making your truck more rare and thus far more valuable...
     

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