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Posted: 10/12/18 09:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wills6.4 Hemi wrote:

Ski Pro 3 wrote:

A four inch drop is going to have to reconfigure a lot more than just suspension. Brake lines, drive lines will need to be shortened. Shocks will need to be resized for the shorter suspension travel. How much space between the axle and the rubber stops anyways? If it's, say, 6 inches and you just lowered the rear 4 of them, you are left with 2 inches of travel.
In order to balance the front, you'll have to lower it as well, affecting some steering components. Think this option all the way through before going forward.
truck has 8-9 inches of travel. 4 inches will have no effects on the systems you mentioned. Squating my truck to bumper stops would take well over 6000 lbs. my pin weight is less than 2000 lbs and only squats the truck 1/2 inch. Thanks for the advise but the modification will have no effect on the other systems and In fact will level the truck. These new trucks are way to tall imho. Thanks

You mean your truck HAD 8 inches of suspension travel prior to lowering it 4 inches. And it HAD 6000 pounds capacity before hitting the bumper stops when there was 8 inches of suspension travel. With 4 inches, it will bottom in much less than even half that amount as the suspension sag isn't linear on springs. The first half of travel takes less weight than the last half. Shocks have valves. The first part of the shock travel absorbs small bumps and is pretty mild. Their damping action gets progressively firmer the further they are compressed. Many aftermarket shocks are pressurized. Loading a shock with 4 inches of compression (or what ever the equivalent is for the shock angle) is going to load a pressurized shock and make it pretty stiff with an unloaded truck. If a shock ever needed to come off the truck and a new one installed, it won't be easy compressing it enough and might actually be dangerous.
The brake lines, drive lines, tie rods, etc all may 'work' with a 4" sag, but they are not designed for that and they should all be revisited to be sure they are optimized for the changes you have in mine. With that said, I want to wish you the best of luck with your decision.


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Posted: 10/16/18 10:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update, got truck lowered in the rear 3 1/4 inches. Truck actually looks level now. Total cost $320. I can't tell any difference in ride etc. I will hookup to fiver soon as possible to see if a small lift is required to give me enough clearance and have the fiver level.

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Posted: 10/16/18 12:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It would be nice if everybody listed where their Mechanical Engineering degrees are registered. PE numbers??


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Posted: 10/16/18 02:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Allworth wrote:

It would be nice if everybody listed where their Mechanical Engineering degrees are registered. PE numbers??
Dont have one lol [emoticon]

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Allworth wrote:

It would be nice if everybody listed where their Mechanical Engineering degrees are registered. PE numbers??


That was smart azz statement. I guess we all need degrees to work on our trucks according to you.

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Posted: 10/17/18 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bookmark this thread to link for future posters who can't decide whether they want to purchase a 4x4 or a 4x2 truck.....like the poster who couldn't decide between the two - as he likes the *looks* of a 4x4 better.

OP - NO "blocks" - do it right as suggested!

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Dtank wrote:

Bookmark this thread to link for future posters who can't decide whether they want to purchase a 4x4 or a 4x2 truck.....like the poster who couldn't decide between the two - as he likes the *looks* of a 4x4 better.

OP - NO "blocks" - do it right as suggested!

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the tread has nothing to do with 4x4 or 4x2 I have to have 4x4. The truck being lowered may be enough I will know tonight. If not the spring place advised they can help with different springs on the fiver.

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