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Old 06-13-2018, 10:46 PM   #1
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Front end drop

This is my 69 c10. I would like to drop the front end 2in.
A 2in drop front coil spring kit the best way to do this?
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:18 AM   #2
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Re: Front end drop

Drop coil springs will be the cheapest way. If your current springs are old and worn out, its possible you might not notice a difference in height, or the drop springs could even raise it a little. Depends on the condition of your springs. You could also go with drop spindles. Most are a 2 1/2" drop and you can use your stock height springs with them.
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:28 AM   #3
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Re: Front end drop

Although the truck sits up at about factory height. The best way to lower it is always argued. You can buy 2" drop springs for around $100 or 2 1/2" drop spindles for more $ or you can remove your stock springs and cut off 1 round from the bottom of the spring to get approximately 2" drop. I used a 4 1/2" grinder to cut one coil off mine and bought spindles for about 4 1/2" total front drop. It doesn't affect the spring tension so no worry there. It will align and drive just fine. I strongly advise against heating your springs. You won't be happy with the results.
There are lots of threads here about lowering suspensions. Also we have a suspension forum down below just for all things suspension.
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:28 AM   #4
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Re: Front end drop

Spindles or springs will work. If you go with springs, buy a new set. They are around the hundred dollar price point. Do NOT cut them. There is a ride quality difference. I know from experience. If you’re gonna do it, do it right. If you go with spindles, upgrade the disc brakes while you’re at it.
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:14 AM   #5
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Re: Front end drop

2" coil springs are your only choice if you are keeping the drum brakes. There are no drop spindles available for drums.

If it were my truck I would spend the extra money on converting to disc brakes and use the drop spindles. IME, the drums are completely inadequate for running with modern traffic.

I went with ECE for the drop on the front of my '69. And highly recommend them.
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Old 06-14-2018, 11:38 AM   #6
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Re: Front end drop

Can I keep my 15" rims with disc brakes?
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:08 PM   #7
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Can I keep my 15" rims with disc brakes?
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:06 AM   #8
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Re: Front end drop

Maybe. If you stay with the 6 lug setup you may need to get a set of wheels from a 70's 4x4 truck which will look the same but have additional clearance for the brake calipers.

I converted to 5 lug when I did my conversion because I wanted more options in aftermarket wheels.
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Re: Front end drop

Note: with the drop spindle...you will be limited to @ 3.5 bs on a 15" rim! Wheel weights may hit too...depending on how large they are. And you will likely need to trim the rails off of the lower control arms some. But it's easy with a grinder. It's the better choice for ride and geometry in my .02
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:35 PM   #10
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Re: Front end drop

I just put the ECE 4/6 drop and discs on my 69. Bolted a set of 15" rallies on with no issues. In my opinion I would cut the springs, if you like the look then eventually if you want you can get a drop kit. Its a 1969 pickup the ride quality ain't going to be that noticeable if any.
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