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Old 05-19-2017, 06:38 PM   #51
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I'm waiting on my rear end to get back from getting narrowed, so I've been kind of stalled on progress, but I got the front end assembled and my front brakes mocked up. The Big Brake Kit from AZ Pro Performance is REALLY nice! It comes with everything to easily bolt them on to factory, or stock style dropped, spindles. Plus they're 14.5" front and rear and made be Baer Brakes!

I painted the power rack to match the A-arms too. It just looked out of place in that stock silver color.

The steering joints in the Choppin Block kit do not disapoint either. They're beautifully machined and hard anodized. Super tight tolerances on these parts too. I really like that you don't have to notch your frame for the steering too.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:25 PM   #52
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Man, those are some beefy lookin rotors. Nice and thick. The whole kit you're using looks good. Should be a sweet looking/handling truck. Rock on!
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:24 AM   #53
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The more I see of the Chopin Block front suspension, the more I am liking it.

Can you give your thoughts on it over some of the others out on the market today?
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:27 PM   #54
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The more I see of the Chopin Block front suspension, the more I am liking it.

Can you give your thoughts on it over some of the others out on the market today?
There were a couple of things that made me choose the Choppin Block kit.

I discussed the fact that I'd like to be able to track the truck and that I'll be daily driving it pretty hard with Vince at Choppin Block. He explained to me how much time they put into making the steering geometry perfect for the truck and the fact that they have some very cool computer programs to do so.

Pair that with the fact that they're the only ones offering a Torsion style front, and rear, sway bar that I've seen on a lot of cars and trucks specifically built for racing and I knew their kit would make my bagged truck handle amazingly.

The other factors for choosing this kit were the cammed bolts on the lower A-arms to adjust the caster/camber, rather than having to use shims on the upper arms like most do. Choppin Block went out of their way to make sure the engine and transmission stay as low as possible in the chassis. They only had to lift the engine roughly 3/4", rather than 2+" like others. The fact that you don't have to cut and notch your chassis to clear the steering was a big plus to me. It's cleaner and saves a lot of time. Lastly, all of their joints have zerk fittings and Delrin bushings, which in my experience with aftermarket suspension makes a BIG difference in longevity of the parts.
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:49 PM   #55
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I can't believe I missed this thread. The Choppin block stuff looks great!
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Great looking products all around, its looking killer, too bad it'll be a shame to cover it all up right?
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:38 PM   #57
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I got my narrowed 12 bolt housing back with new narrowed axles!

Spent some time last night getting it set up and the Choppin Block 4-link axle mounts tacked onto the housing. I'm getting close to getting this thing on the ground!
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:50 PM   #58
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Great looking products all around, its looking killer, too bad it'll be a shame to cover it all up right?
Yeah, I know I'm going to have to cover it, but I kind of want to make the bed floor hinged to be able to show the chassis off. If I can find a clean way to do it that won't be obvious, I'm going to.
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I got the axle brackets welded up last night and got the rear caliper brackets bolted on. I'm waiting for a buddy to help me set up the gears. That's something I've never done myself, but always wanted to learn.

I'm going to start working on getting all the brake lines run and I ordered my in tank fuel pump so I can mount the Choppin Block gas tank and start running the fuel line and return line as well.
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