View Full Version : Will lowering interfere with towing?
05-21-2011, 10:20 PM
I just bought a new Silverado regular cab 1500 swb 2wd with the tow package. It says it is rated to tow 9,100 LBs. I plan on towing my 1983 drag truck to the race track a few times a month. I hate the way the new Chevrolets set up so high in the rear. I want to at least install a set of lowering shackles in the rear. I would like to lower the truck about 4 to 6 inches in the rear and 2 in the front.
My question is if I lower it any, will it affect the towing capacity? Or would just the lowering shackles be alright or would either one not make a difference?
05-21-2011, 10:41 PM
I think 9100lbs behind that short of a wheelbase would be a bit much. Your drag truck should be no problem-there are plenty of people that are lowered and tow. Shackles won't have too much affect on how the truck tows other than you may hit the bumpstops sooner than if factory equipped. Some people add airbags if you experience too much bottoming out.
05-22-2011, 08:45 AM
get a mcgaughys 2/5 drop, itll be dead level and it comes with new bumpstops but you will probably never hit them
my dad has an 08 sierra rcsb with the 2/5 drop and he has towed a 14ft utility trailer with three 400lb fourwheelers on it and the back didnt even sag...i know thats not as heavy as ur drag truck but its just for comparison
05-22-2011, 11:05 AM
Okay thanks for the help guys. What about a flip kit? I was looking at the options and the flip kits for the rear are pretty cheap. I could live with the front the way it is but I hate the rear. Best I can tell the shackls alone won't be enough to get it level. Would a flip kit work to get the rear down another couple inches or would that not work?
05-22-2011, 12:21 PM
I have a 3/5 belltech drop with helper bags rolling on 20 it tows the truck in my sig with no issues
05-22-2011, 01:00 PM
The 2/5 kit for the new trucks includes a flip kit and new rear leaf hangers for the back
05-22-2011, 08:18 PM
You shouldn't have a problem at all towing. Only thing that would really hurt you would be if you get a cheap kit that isn't rated for the factory weight.
On that note, I would get a set of air bags to go with it for when you tow but that's just me. The rake is there for when you are loaded if you take that out then you need something to compensate.
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