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Old 02-02-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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73-87 chevy stepside lowered pics

I have recently gotten a 84 chevy stepside 2wd and want to lower it i was thinking about flopping the axle over the spring in the rear and cutting the front springs, I would like some pics and if you could tell me how, and how much of a drop you did thatd be greatly appreciated thanks,
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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i flipped the rear and cut 1 1/2 coils off. at stock hight the gap from the front wheel well to tire was about 4" and the rear about 7". after the flip and cutting 1 1/2 coils the front is not about a 1/2" gap and the rear tucks about 1/2". the hardest part was freeing up the rusted bolts. as far as ride quality goes, its not bad. the raer has 5 leafs and the overload so its fairly stiff and the front as a little softer then the rear.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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Re: 73-87 chevy stepside lowered pics

Cut coils in the front; relocated spring hangers and removed springs in the rear.

Probably 4" drop in front; approx 5 or 6" in rear.

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Old 02-06-2012, 06:32 PM   #4
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Re: 73-87 chevy stepside lowered pics

thanks cory, do u ever have anny troubles with the axle hitting the rubber stoppers? i was told if i did this and didnt c the frame it would bottom out
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:59 PM   #5
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Re: 73-87 chevy stepside lowered pics

i want to do the same to my 74 fleetside. did u change the shocks too?
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:12 PM   #6
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Re: 73-87 chevy stepside lowered pics

Are you not wanting to notch the frame nate? Youll want to get drop shocks if you flip your axle, givin you have the extra coin.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:16 PM   #7
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Re: 73-87 chevy stepside lowered pics

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:59 AM   #8
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Re: 73-87 chevy stepside lowered pics

Ringger, i was wondering if i have to notch the frame kuz i was told i had to or else it would bottom out but i really dont have the money for it
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #9
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just cut your rear bump stops off
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:31 AM   #10
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Ringger, i was wondering if i have to notch the frame kuz i was told i had to or else it would bottom out but i really dont have the money for it
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You can do it yourself bro for 150 bucks. It'll take you one day, 150 bucks, a good drill, cut off wheel, one buddy and a couple of cases of beer.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:06 PM   #11
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Re: 73-87 chevy stepside lowered pics

my bump stops were all ready removed. i still have a good distance between my axle and frame, i bottem out my shocks before i get anywhere close to the frame
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:13 PM   #12
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Good no need for a C notch then...just purchase some drop shocks and you are A OK.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:07 PM   #13
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Re: 73-87 chevy stepside lowered pics

Flipped in the back with a djm kit, 2.5" spindles and 2" springs up front. If i had to do it again, i would only have used 1" drop springs up front because I don't like slowing down for speed bumps and with my current balloon tires I bang my inner fenders on occaision...I also don't like the rake...i'd prefer it level
Chisel off those gnarly bumpstops in the back, put one of those little mushroom tips on, and you've got 3 inch + clearance..you won't bottom unless you are way overloaded. I had to use the shortest shocks summit racing has up front, and my kit had drop brackets for the rear so it uses the stock shocks.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:11 PM   #14
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Nice truck and stance
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:49 AM   #15
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Flipped in the back with a djm kit, 2.5" spindles and 2" springs up front. If i had to do it again, i would only have used 1" drop springs up front because I don't like slowing down for speed bumps and with my current balloon tires I bang my inner fenders on occaision...I also don't like the rake...i'd prefer it level
Chisel off those gnarly bumpstops in the back, put one of those little mushroom tips on, and you've got 3 inch + clearance..you won't bottom unless you are way overloaded. I had to use the shortest shocks summit racing has up front, and my kit had drop brackets for the rear so it uses the stock shocks.
What are ya talkin about? level... it sits PERFECT as it is!! IMO the space between the fender lip and top of the rim has to be the same on the front as it is on the rear, otherwise it looks like the front is higher (even though it isn't) - gving the truck a desert truck look (Cali-lean, stinkbuggin, gasser, bulldogged, etc) Not my kind of look, but to each their own...

Mine is a flip kit in the rear, with a drop hander kit, and 2.5" drop spindles and 2.5" drop coils. The wheels are 20x8.5 all around.
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