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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:44 pm    Post subject: Finished Lowering the SS/T Reply with quote

I haven't been on here in a while. I thought I'd see if the Indy and SS/T section was still here.

I finished tightening up the bolts and took the BeaSS/T for a ride. The factory shocks must have been shot. All the bouncing, squeaking, and most of the vibration is gone. It sure is nice not to have to stretch or jump to get up into a 2wd pickup.

I used Belltech 2" coils, 4" leafs, and Nitro Drop 2 shocks. I am REALLY excited about how it turned out. The front was only 1.5" lower in the front when I first put the springs in, but it has settled about 1/2" with minimal driving. Another 1/2" would be nice.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks good. i think i'd have to go lower and get rid of that exhaust pipe before you get it caught on a curb or something
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks good Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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looks good. i think i'd have to go lower and get rid of that exhaust pipe before you get it caught on a curb or something


It's about as low as you can get it without C-notching the frame, which I am not going to do. There will be about 2" of suspension travel once I get the cut down bump stops bolted back on.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TenneSS/T wrote:
454navyss wrote:
looks good. i think i'd have to go lower and get rid of that exhaust pipe before you get it caught on a curb or something


It's about as low as you can get it without C-notching the frame, which I am not going to do. There will be about 2" of suspension travel once I get the cut down bump stops bolted back on.


why not notch it? mine is notched and i haul and tow all of the time with no problems. i made my own notch out of 1/4" thick steel and didnt waste my time with that crap these suspension places sell

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just don't want to do any mods to my truck that can't be reversed. It's low enough for me now.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TenneSS/T wrote:
I just don't want to do any mods to my truck that can't be reversed. It's low enough for me now.


i understand that but just because you notch it doesnt mean you cant raise it back to stock height

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I measured it this morning. It actually lowered the front by roughly 1.5" and the rear by 5.25". I knew the rear dropped more than the advertised 4". I'm pretty happy with how the rear turned out but not so much with the front. I am thinking I may get the 2" spindles later on and trade this supposed 2" spring out for a 1" spring. I'd like a total 3" drop in the front.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think its sitting pretty tight right now. Looks good. If you drop the frount more it would not look as level. I like it the way it is.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good as it is. I wouldn't notch it either but that's just me.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the new squat. Looking fine. Good job.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys!

When measured off the ground, the front fender lips are roughly 1/4" to 3/8" higher than the rear fender lips. I have been told that the front will settle about 1/2" with some driving. I guess I'll try a little camber adjustment and drive it a little before I get an alignment.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks good Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job. It's nice to see another lowered SS/T around. I went the same route tht you did, but the 2" lowered springs never settled enough for me. I found a pair of Bell Tech 3" lowered springs and swapped them in. I love the stance! Now for alignment purposes I did have to enlongate the holes for the upper "A" arm adjustment, which was no big deal since I had the entire front end apart to rebuild the front suspension and steering components.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jd3443pd wrote:
Nice job. It's nice to see another lowered SS/T around. I went the same route tht you did, but the 2" lowered springs never settled enough for me. I found a pair of Bell Tech 3" lowered springs and swapped them in. I love the stance! Now for alignment purposes I did have to enlongate the holes for the upper "A" arm adjustment, which was no big deal since I had the entire front end apart to rebuild the front suspension and steering components.


My truck sits about 1/2" higher in the front than it does in the rear. I'd like another 1"-2" in front. I may buy the 2" spindles down the road. How much did the leafs lower your truck? Mine went down about 5.25" instead of the advertised 4". How much did your 3" coils actually lower the truck?

BTW, your SS/T looks great. I hated the white ones back when I bought my truck. I've gotten to where white is my 2nd favorite SS/T color.

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