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UNBROKEN 09-01-2012 09:47 PM

2012 R/T dropped with a maxed out parts list.
Truck had 632 miles on it when I pulled into the shop this morning to work on it. I added the gunmetal SRT10 wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires yesterday.
Here's the parts list:
McGaughys 2/4 spring kit.
Spohn link bars and adjustable panhard bar.
Hellwig front and rear sway bars.
QA1 adjustable shocks.

I adjusted the McGaughys kit...took 1/2 a coil off the front and a full coil off the back shooting for a 3/5 or close. I'll measure tomorrow and see where it settled to but the back is right at an inch higher than the front which is just what I hoped for. McGaughys doesn't include front bump stops so I grabbed some urethane button style stops and removed the cup up front and they bolted right into place. The button stops they include leave at least 4" of travel in the back, more than I expected but a nice surprise anyway. I painted the frame everywhere I cut a spring cup off with semi-gloss black...matched perfectly.
The Hellwig bars were a breeze, less than 5 minutes to install them with an impact doing the work.
The rear upper shock bolt isn't nearly as bad as people say...pop the fender liners off and they're staring right at you. A 1/4" drive air ratchet is your friend here for sure.
The only parts that gave me issues were the Spohn stuff. The steel sleeves in the bushings were too small ID for the bolts to fit through. I had to press them all out and machine the holes bigger in a lathe. I'll be sending them an email to let them know about it so nobody hits that snag in the future.
The QA1' well spent. I've already made a few adjustments and I think another notch or 2 softer and it'll be perfect.
You get what you pay for with shocks...I've used Bell Tech shocks before....there is no comparison to these.
I only got one was flooding here all day and I grabbed a quick one outside the alignment shop. Speaking of that...I'm gonna take it somewhere else and let them work on the's still a couple of degrees out. Camber was -0.1 on both sides and toe obviously set back perfect. It's closer than I thought it would be considering I cut an already shorter spring.

More pics tomorrow of all the parts installed...this is it for today.

MorePwr 09-01-2012 09:53 PM

That's what I'm talking about!!!!

1sickram 09-02-2012 09:27 AM

that pic is with the springs cut? what size tire are you running?

1sickram 09-02-2012 09:28 AM

nice parts there too!!!

MorePwr 09-02-2012 10:56 AM

Where did you get the QA1s? That might be the answer I need for the rear...

UNBROKEN 09-02-2012 11:16 AM

Those pics are with 1/2 coil off the front ans 1 full coil off the back.
I got the QA1's from Summit....$616 for all 4.
Tires are 305/40/22
I measured it again...I got almost exactly 3 and 5 from my starting points.

Cleaned it up and snapped a few more pics this morning.

Spohn link bars and QA1's

Spohn adjustable panhard and Hellwig bar. I gotta rework those brackets to get that bar level somehow.

GhostR1der 09-02-2012 12:17 PM

That came out great. I want to get hellwig bars as well but I want them powder coated red to match my Sphon bar. I'm going to get into contact with belltech next week or so and see what they are going to the with the new panhard bracket they are supposedly building.

t00tall10169 09-02-2012 12:52 PM

looks really awesome! love the wheels too!

2011redrt 09-02-2012 02:01 PM

Looks good but it looks like my 2011 RT did with the bell tech kit. I think the shocks will be the best part of your mods but WOW, thats a alot of $$$$.......

UNBROKEN 09-02-2012 02:42 PM

A drop kit is a drop kit....I guess they'll all look at least similar.
I used McGaughys just because they included everything I wanted without shocks. The panhard bracket and shorter end links were a must have for me.

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