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Old 03-06-2012, 02:20 AM
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So i have had the Belltech 2/4 kit with SP shocks sitting in the garage for about two weeks now and i have had enough i just couldnt wait any longer. So i did the install this past saturday.

I started the with the front first just because it would give the most problems. not so. it was very straight forward, I even rented a coil spring compressor and
ended up not needing it, the springs came out pretty easy. then i turned truck around

(this is with just the front done, old school.....)
and the rear was even easier, until i tried to remove the stock shocks. I removed the wheel well liners from both sides and found out just like everyone had said, it was nearly impossible to get to the upper nut on the back of the upper mounting hardware with the standard tools i had. sockets would not fit and the standard size boxed wrenches were too long. So i had to break down and make a trip to autozone, I was looking for a stubby 21mm wrench but of course they did'nt have any. I ended up buying a set of crows foot wrenches,

and it ended up being perfect. 30 seconds and the shocks where off.



with everything double checked for correct torque i hit the road.

Ride was really close to stock. not harsh but a bit tighter, less body roll. handles very well on winding back country roads. I did bottom out the rear once. on a dip at the bottom of a low spot on the road near my house, but it was pretty bad even when it was stock. I am very pleased with the results.


and from day one to current



I also took measurements before and after just so you can see the difference.

Driver FT stock=36"-Driver FT lowered=34.5"

Passenger FT stock=36"-Passenger FT Lowered=34.25"

Driver RR stock=38.25"-Driver RR Lowered=34 7/8"

Passenger RR stock=38.25-Passenger RR Lowered=35.25"

At rear bumper stock=23"-at rear bumper lowered=19.5"
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:44 AM
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Looks great! I want to drop my truck some day too.
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looks awesome man! I love the whole look of your truck

your neighborhood looks pretty freaking nice too
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Thanks guys I am pretty happy with it. Next up is getting rid of the rest of the chrome and painting the wheels.
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I have a question. Did you notice your front tires sticking out pass your wheel fender? I put a McGaugh 2 inch drop spindle in the front and notice that my front tires aresticking out of my fender about a 1/4-1/2 of an inch. I want to know if it was the spindle that pushed it out. it if it was originally set like that by the manufacture. Any response would be appreciate thanks!
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no, the tires do not stick out on the front. I would say it is the spindles. Now the rear is different. My asle shifted to the passenger side by at least 1.2 in if not more. It is very noticable. It would be nice if some one had a track bar relocation bracket to relocate the axle in the center of the truck. also noticed the rear sway bar sticks down way below the asle too. I have read of someone cutting the links and welding the back together a bit shorter to ge tthe sway bar back to the stock location.
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Turned out good , they change in look so much with just a drop..
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Looks good. I put a 3/5 drop on my ram this weekend and we couldnt get that damn 21mm nut off in the rear. Went to autozone to buy some crows foot wrenches and of course they were out. So this weekend ill put the SP shocks on in the rear. Were you able to get the liner back in there easy? I heard it was a pain in the ass!
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Looks good
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@UceJuice808 "I have a question. Did you notice your front tires sticking out pass your wheel fender? I put a McGaugh 2 inch drop spindle in the front and notice that my front tires aresticking out of my fender about a 1/4-1/2 of an inch. I want to know if it was the spindle that pushed it out. it if it was originally set like that by the manufacture. Any response would be appreciate thanks!"

It's the spindles that make the front tires stick out, a few others on the Z have had that same issue.

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Looks good. I put a 3/5 drop on my ram this weekend and we couldnt get that damn 21mm nut off in the rear. Went to autozone to buy some crows foot wrenches and of course they were out. So this weekend ill put the SP shocks on in the rear. Were you able to get the liner back in there easy? I heard it was a pain in the ass!
Wish I would have though of a crows wrench, I angled a regular box wrench to grip onto the bolt straight on and the used a pair of vise grips to hang onto the wrench

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