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Old 01-17-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
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Front End Rebuild

I thought I would start a thread to document my rebuilding of the front end of the c20. I am just replacing a-arm bushings, ball joints and tie rod ends for now, will do lots more in the future. Thought I would post a few pics of the truck too.

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Old 01-17-2011, 09:02 PM   #2
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Re: Front End Rebuild

Hey I'm thinking of doing this to my 69 would like to find a basic kit to do this where you going for parts local or internet?
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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Hey I'm thinking of doing this to my 69 would like to find a basic kit to do this where you going for parts local or internet?
I bought a basic rebuild kit from kanter.com, prices were good, service was not, but I got all the right parts, so can't complain too much.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:23 PM   #4
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:24 PM   #5
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Re: Front End Rebuild

looking good so far!
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:22 PM   #6
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Re: Front End Rebuild

Took way too long!!

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New stance, needless to say, I need to bring the rear down a little.
To get this stance, I cut two coils from the front springs and removed three leafs from the rear (left the two top and the overload springs). Two coils out of the front springs was too much I think. I now need to grind off the bump stop stands, so they will stop hitting the crossmember.

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Old 01-28-2011, 10:23 PM   #7
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Oh, new (used) wheels and tires too :-)
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:31 PM   #8
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And yes, those tie rod ends are for a 1/2 ton, Kanter strikes again :-(
I used them anyway because it needed to be drivable.
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Old 01-29-2011, 02:53 AM   #9
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Re: Front End Rebuild

Looks much better lowered down in the front! Now I would just bring down the back a bit more and it would look even better!
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:55 PM   #10
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Re: Front End Rebuild

I need to remove the bump stop mounts from the LCA's. Is it true that I just need to drill out the spot welds and they will come off? I would rather do that than cut them off.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:07 PM   #11
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Removed the bump stop mounts today by drilling out the spot welds with a 1/4 drill bit and a BFH. No more hitting the crossmember!!! Yay!!!
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:04 AM   #12
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That .................. looks .............. sooooo good! Now just hop on a plane to South Dakota and do mine..ohh btw, bring a shovel for the snow! Awesome-thanks for posting
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:10 AM   #13
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Re: Front End Rebuild

Cutting 2 full coils off your front springs, is the equivalent of a 4" drop spring.
(1/2 coil = 1" of drop)
I think you will have issues when it comes time to align the front suspension.

POL (www.performanceonline.com) sells a C20 drop spindle, that would improve your ride quality.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:54 AM   #14
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^^Thanks for the info. I'm definitely planning to do something like that when I get the money.
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