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Old 07-27-2011, 10:23 PM
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took out a coil and a quarter, then another quarter to bring the truck down 3 inches in the back, and to within 1/2" rake. Doesn't ride any different. Kept the stock shocks in for now. Did this with my mechanic and also replaced an end link, and put on the full magnaflow exhaust all in under two hours with a quick cruise after the first cut to see how much it lowered it. With a lift, the coils could be done in less than an hour start to finish, easy. I am thinking about possibly putting limiting straps so the dealer doesn't lift the truck up and the springs just fall out, I'm gonna wait until the shocks give a little to replace them with shorter ones that will cure the falling out problem.

Overall, pretty happy with the results, I did just in case buy a brand new set of springs to do this on, that way if I effed it up, I could put back what was in there.

the stock springs on a 1500 CC are about 3/4" taller on the driver side, probably for the gas. I did the same cut of 1and1/4 coils, then another quarter minus a hair, and it brought the truck down level side to side and pretty close front to back.
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I like the way it looks, neat wheels too!
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Nice work, looks good! Just curious, if you bought new coils (in case of effing it up), why not just buy lowering coils and pull the stock coils?
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I couldn't find the exact combo that I was looking for at the price I wanted. Plus, this way I could truly put the truck where I wanted. I'm a little concerned about warranty issues as well, say for instance I have an issue with rear end or something and they say something like, well those 3 inches screwed your truck, if that happened, I'd probably just put the original ones back in before taking it in. Also, after the warranty runs out, i can sell the ones I bought new to make it almost free in the end. I've spent way too much money on this thing so I'm trying to be as frugile as possible.


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^^ and since it only takes about 30 minutes to swap the coils, I'd definitely swap them if you take it in for warranty/service related to the rear of the truck.

I got lucky and bought a pretty much brand new set of coils from a guy on this forum, I have yet to cut them, but when I get time I am going to do the same thing you and others have done. I'll also still have my stock springs in the garage that I can swap if I'm hauling or towing something heavy (might do this a few times a year to TN). People tell me "wouldn't it be easier to just get helper bags or something", but if it takes 30 min to swap the springs, it's really not a big deal to me for the handful of times a year I'll change them...Plus I only paid shipping on the other springs, so this will all basically be free for me.
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I'm actually planning on installing the firestone bag inside the spring if I ever feel the need to have it, I couldn't swap out the springs that often as I don'e have all the necessary jack and stands plus I'm on a slightly slanted driveway, so I had to pony up $50 at my mechanic's shop to use his lift for this.
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I see, I also have a slanted driveway, but I live at the end of a dead end road, so I just put the truck on the street, then I'm able to block my front wheels, lift the back of the truck by the hitch with an extended reach jack I got from Kmart for about $80 and the help of a couple 2x4 pieces to get the height needed to pull the tires off the ground, and swap the springs all in less than 30min.
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