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Old 05-17-2017, 01:55 PM   #1
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New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

Just picked up a 78 C15 and I'm itching to drop it on its face but I see that the previous owner removed all but 4 leaves from the rear spring pack. It's also still above the axle. The goal for this is to keep it super cheap and ride it dirty so my question is this: flip kit or drop shackles?

5-6" further drop seems like it might be too low but 2" might not be enough. Front coils will get cut down too. It needs to be as low as possible, I don't care about ride quality.

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Old 05-17-2017, 02:30 PM   #2
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

If you want it low, then flip the rear. Use a drop spindle and a cut spring in the front. Some of these trucks only had 4 or 5 leaves in the spring pack from the factory.
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

cutting one coil should give you about a 2" drop. other guys can tell you for sure
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Old 05-17-2017, 09:29 PM   #4
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

If you dont care how it rides just heat the front and rear springs ������
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:17 PM   #5
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

Nice looking truck! I like the color combo.
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:11 AM   #6
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

DON'T do a hack job like cutting coils or heating the springs...... if you're gonna do it, do it right. It's cheap to lower one of these so why do a hack job ???
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:49 AM   #7
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

Cut coils in the front, relocated spring hangers in the rear. Total cost was $1.38 for bolts and a front end alignment.

250,000 and 30 years as a daily driver with no issues.

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Cut coils in the front, relocated spring hangers in the rear. Total cost was $1.38 for bolts and a front end alignment.

250,000 and 30 years as a daily driver with no issues.

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Thats my kind of mod$$$ Cutting coils is no problem. What or how did you relocate the hangers? Would you mind sharing a few pictures?
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:12 AM   #9
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

There is a guy on here that sells a bracket for the rear for under $50 that drops it 5in in back. specialtyretail i believe is his name. i used them and they work awesome. they are in the 73-87 sales section.
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There is a guy on here that sells a bracket for the rear for under $50 that drops it 5in in back. specialtyretail i believe is his name. i used them and they work awesome. they are in the 73-87 sales section.
I'm there with you. His brackets are cheap and simple.

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I'm there with you. His brackets are cheap and simple.

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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

You have to cut the rivets (somewhat labor intensive) and replace them with 3/8" Grade 8 bolts.

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If you go this route I can talk you through it.

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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

yeah i def plan on doing that. Did you have to replace the shocks afterward?
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No.

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OMG, your back. Hope all has been well with you.
Hey Karl. I'm good. I've been creeping your thread over on LS1Tech for a long time now. I hope you can make it to C10s in the Park this year.
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I'm there with you. His brackets are cheap and simple.
Well you Shady Rascal you...

I'm on board with Specialty Retail's brackets. Inexpensive and they work just fine.
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

i think ill give keith's method a shot first. lower my truck for $1.38! gotta be worth a shot
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

Several dollar's in bolts some $20 axle pads.
And a few hours

Clipped 2 coils, cut bump pads off the lower A-arm and rear frame.
Flipped the back.
Longer bolts in the upper A-arm

How we did it before we knew about drop spindles.

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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

Im glad you guys shared this info. I knew there had to be a better way to get low than theses $500-$600 "lowering kits"
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Well you Shady Rascal you...
You figured it out.

One guy is nice and kind. The other one has a curious eye twitch and mutters ugly things under his breath.

Come find me at Decatur swap meet this fall and shake my hand.
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You figured it out.

One guy is nice and kind. The other one has a curious eye twitch and mutters ugly things under his breath.

Come find me at Decatur swap meet this fall and shake my hand.
Yep, pretty much figured it out during your answering of one of my pm's, but I wasn't 100% sure and kept my mouth shut. The instagram id is a bit of a dead-horse giveaway though.

I'll see you there.
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Re: New to the C10 game, need advice on a rear drop

Thanks Keith.

The wheel and tire setup is about to be switched out honestly. It doesn't drive the way I want it with the 215/75 235/75 combo. The fitment isn't exactly what I want either.

You're a perceptive guy. I'd bet money you can guess what's in the boxes.

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Looks like you are switching to another classic design,...
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Looks like you are switching to another classic design,...
Wider wheels. Wider tires. And attempting to disguise the track width difference some. My front track width is pretty noticeably wider than the rear. It seems much more so than any other truck I've done. It finally weighed on me enough to do something about it.
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