The addition of a rack-and-pinion attachment at the front of the crossmember meant converting to a power steering rack was a simple bolt-on task, along with the more precise control gained by using a rack over a traditional steering box. In some cases the manufacturer does not allow us to show you our lower prices until you take further action. Using a unique design axle bracket that captures the axle tube 360 degrees we were able to make the bracket bolt on, yet extremely rigid. This front cross member includes all the necessary components to replace your old worn-out suspension with our new modern air ride suspension and lay your truck's frame on the ground. There are usually multiple ways to lower a vehicle, and every manufacturer seems to have its own preferences regarding how it builds its parts.
Torque the bolts to 25 ft. Lay all these parts aside for now. Remove the calipers, brake pads, and rotors. Now you have two tie rod sections. Your hub for horsepower Get first access to hit shows like Roadkill and Dirt Every Day Join free for 14 days now While we were at it, I also opted to swap out those aforementioned oversized tires with more appropriate rolling accoutrement, restoring the stock steel wheels in the process. Lowering your truck gives it a distinct, sleek look, and is one of the best ways to modify your truck if you're looking to give it a custom look.
You need to place a socket in between the flanges so you don't bend them together when you press in the bushings. Place the floor jack under the control arm to hold it up. Use a socket so it will go in evenly. Work around the insert while using the air chisel or chisel and hammer and it should come out fairly easy. The kit will work with your factory rear axle.
We pulled out the stock suspension and had the truck back on the ground with all the new components in a day. Make sure it is a snug fit so it doesn't fall out. Loosen the nuts enough so you can get the shims from behind the control arm shaft. I installed new brake hoses on front and rear. Count the number of turns it takes for each one to come out.
Not only was the new crossmember more attractive, it also tucked up nearly six inches tighter to the chassis, gaining that much in ground clearance while lowering the truck four inches. When the drivers side is right, tighten the adjustment clamps. Tie Rod Rebuild and Installation: First install the new idler arm big end to frame mount and torque the nut to 25 ft. It will take a little time but you will finally start to see the insert start moving. Once all pressure if off, remove the chain and coil spring. The upper and lower arms use stock ball joints which are available at any auto parts store. Remove the brake hoses at the caliper and upper control arm on both sides and hang them up out of the way.
Next remove the cotter pin from the top ball joint nut and loosen a few threads. The stock bumpstop will be about 5 inches too low with the new rear setup, so it needs to be removed to make way for the C-notch kit. Check all measurements from sleeve to grease fittings and grease fitting to grease fittings. You can download it from Audionautix at:. The new spindle is installed in the reverse manner, using the new lowered coil springs.
On mine when I had one out and started removing the other one it came out with the cross shaft still attached. Get in the truck and center the steering wheel with the tires going straight ahead. While I was at it, I installed new calipers, pads, and brake hoses. Put some of the grease on the inside bushing sleeve when you press them into the bushings and the bushing it's self when you install the bushing into the sleeve. We use Airlift Dominator air bags. Please check the descriptions for what is included.
If you are using polyurethane bushings, be sure you use some of the supplied silicone grease. His solution was to narrow the track width of his bolt-in kit to better fit a bigger roller. Measure from the end of the adjusting sleeve to the center of the grease fitting. It also allowed their stainless steel tubular control arms to bolt right up; a stiffer, stronger, and far and away better looking alternative to the stock Chevy stamped steel counterparts. Again, they make tools to remove the bushings but I couldn't locate any. These springs have a lot of force so be real careful.
For the upper control arm, start the bushing insert in the control arm. You just need a Belltech lowering kit with all the components you need to slam your ride. The lower ball joints are a pressed in fit. Unbolt the lower ball joint from the lower control arm using a 10 mm wrench. Use a ball joint pickle fork to break the top ball joint loose from the spindle.