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Old 08-19-2011, 12:18 PM
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so i want to lower my 85 D150. I found out it has a air bag and a air shock system on it. so im prolly gonna have to take that out. but what is the best way to lower the truck. I dont want it to low..but i do want to lower it some. Also how hard is it to swap the old drum's to disc brakes? Thanks in advance.
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Well, one way to lower it is with shorter springs or do a full airbag setup on the truck.

You have drums all the way around? Do you want to do all 4 corners? Then talk to SSBC about your needs. It's as easy as pulling off the old brakes, bolting up a caliper bracket with some dust shields, adding a proportioning valve and putting one of their kits in. In fact, they may have everything you need, including some stainless steel braided brake lines.

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I lowered my 1980 D150 with van lower control arms (3") and an axle flip (6"). I have the complete write up on another site, but I bet the mods would frown on me linking you to it. If you'd like, I can post it here.
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Well, one way to lower it is with shorter springs or do a full airbag setup on the truck.
Well im prolly gonna do away with the air bags i have now, they came with the truck, i tested em and they work but dont think i need them.

You have drums all the way around? Do you want to do all 4 corners? Then talk to SSBC about your needs. It's as easy as pulling off the old brakes, bolting up a caliper bracket with some dust shields, adding a proportioning valve and putting one of their kits in. In fact, they may have everything you need, including some stainless steel braided brake lines.
Ok that sounds good. Thanks for the help. Ill google them.

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I lowered my 1980 D150 with van lower control arms (3") and an axle flip (6"). I have the complete write up on another site, but I bet the mods would frown on me linking you to it. If you'd like, I can post it here.
If you want to post it or email it to me that would be awesome. Thanks!
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You might look into swapping rear ends also in order to get rear discs. Might be easier to swap one in from a newer Ram or big body Mopar car.
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i did my truck the same way flip kit and what not
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hmm, ill have to see if i can get one.got an idea which rear end will be a good one to get?
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Here is a picture of what id like to get to almost. maybe not so low but very close to it as possible.
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My first truck was an 87 Dodge Ram 150 Long Bed. I have been looking all over to find one but SWB. I live in SC, and wouldnt mind traveling a little ways to find one. I have a factory set of Dodge 20's to put on, and low a few inches.

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There is other ways to a short whl bse. A local body shop has been making a good living of turning lng bse into short whl bse truck. and other custom work. I bet there is someone in your area that can do it.
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