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10-08-2011, 04:57 PM
Well I been back and forth on where I want to go with my truck. As much as a lifted truck sounds awesome, I really don't have a need for it. I dont wheel my truck, I just haul stuff in bed area about 1,000 lbs or so at a time few times a month.
I run 265/75/16 tires and want to to keep them, so how would I lower it, Just decrank front and use hangers and shackles in rear? Will 4wd still be useable?
10-11-2011, 05:13 PM
How low do you want to go? You can decrank the front but just like with cranking to raise the ride height, you will be changing the camber and once you are happy with the height and you don't think you will change your mind, you will want to have an alignment done to prevent from wearing through the inner portion of the tread quicker than normal. For the rear, you can remove any factory lift blocks between the axle and the leaf spring. NBS models have a 2 inch block from the factory so simply removing that drops the rear 2 inches. In addition to the 2 inch block removal, you can swap the leaf spring shackles for 2 inch drop shackles. Add that to the block removal and the rear is now down 4 inches. If you want more than 4 inches, then that's when drop hangers come in to play. If you go that far, you may need to notch the rear frame to provide clearance for the axle as it will start to get close to the frame if you go more than 4 inches of drop in the rear.
The popular way to go is to swap the torsion keys for the HD keys as they oddly enough drop the 1500 trucks front end 2 inches, or decrank the front until you like the ride height. For the rear, most 4x4 owners remove the stock lift block and install drop shackles. This would be a 2/4 drop and it's essentially a 2wd ride height, except you still get to use 4wd. The front shocks can handle the drop, but the rears may not. An easy fix for that is to use rear shock extenders. They keep the shocks from bottoming out and improve the angle of the shock.
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