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I was wondering if anyone has lowered their 4x4. I see that Ground Force offers a kit to lower a 1500 4x4. Looking at some of the pictures, it is not a bad look. I don't off road my truck, 4wd is for piece of mind in the winter. Looking forward to any all comments.
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how low you looking to go?

a 2'' rear drop is perfectly fine and you can keep your stock shocks if you want to save some money
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LMAO, you're in Shawnigan Lake, what winter, lol! If you're talking that dusting of snow you get then you don't know winter. I finished school in Duncan/Mill Bay so I know the area and I'm just pulling your leg because I live in Calgary where we seem to have a never ending winter right now.

As for dropping the 4x4, you have a few options. The GF kit is the best/easiest way, you can also use the MCGaughy's deluxe kit with the spindles. You can go lower if you want but it's a lot more work, and I've spent a lot getting mine set up properly with an adjustable 4/6.
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LMAO, you're in Shawnigan Lake, what winter, lol! If you're talking that dusting of snow you get then you don't know winter. I finished school in Duncan/Mill Bay so I know the area and I'm just pulling your leg because I live in Calgary where we seem to have a never ending winter right now.

As for dropping the 4x4, you have a few options. The GF kit is the best/easiest way, you can also use the MCGaughy's deluxe kit with the spindles. You can go lower if you want but it's a lot more work, and I've spent a lot getting mine set up properly with an adjustable 4/6.
i have a couple of qs ... with the mg deluxe kit is it a direct bolt in or do you have to do any grinding or fabricating? also how low can you drop the front before having issues with the CVs? ... I would like to get a 3/5 drop but do not want to buy better CVs
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2" is the lowest guaranteed with no issues on the McG's spindles, but I know a guy running 3" in the front with stock CVs and no problems. He's got the 3" with a GF front springs and used the 2wd spindles which are 1" shorter than the 4wd spindles. I don't know if there will be any issues with the 2" McG's spindles and a trimmed set of springs because of the higher CV location.

The McG's kit is completely bolt in, not additional fabrication required. The only place that MIGHT need grinding is right at the lower ball joint on the spindle if you have any rubbing issues. I didn't have any clearance issues myself so I didn't need to grind, but it's different from truck to truck.
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These are all the answers I needed for my plans too, thanks for the thread. To further his question, who is the preferred seller or what is the GF part no.? MCG part no.? I assume the 2wd and 4wd kits are the same or not?

Gotta agree with CdnoilRAM though, you dont have the snow Alberta does lol. I ran my static 5/8 2wd GM for winter with now problems. Speed was key ha!

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sweet ... just ordered deluxe kit from mg i think i will try cutting my stock coils up front for the extra inch. any idea how much to cut off the coil?
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what about the ball joint angle... i just read up on your build and in there you said the spindles are 2.5 inches shorter do i need to worry about the upper ball joint? sorry for all the questions but you seem like to person to ask
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I believe it's 1/2 a coil on the fronts to get an inch down. If you're not sure on how much to cut off just rent a spring compressor and you can just compress the spring, cut a quarter coil at a time, and tighten the spring back up while it's on the vehicle.

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what about the ball joint angle... i just read up on your build and in there you said the spindles are 2.5 inches shorter do i need to worry about the upper ball joint? sorry for all the questions but you seem like to person to ask
I can't tell you for sure if you'll have CV joint issues or not since you're only going to bring it down another inch. If you do then you can upgrade just the inner joint with the Kore joints.
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ok so this is an elementary question... if im to low in the front to where the CVs will bind will i be ok in 2wd and jujst have issues if i put it in 4wd? do the CVs spin in 2wd?
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