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1988 chevy truck, rear suspension and brakes

Hi all, well im currently restoring a not that old truck but want some opinions on what to do with the rear.. im in lot of chevy truck forums and almost all of the low trucks have flip kits at the rear or air bags ... but im in need of something diferent, im not in need of airbags cause of the cost and also because i want a static. I have beeon looking around here and i have seen lot of great ideas and hope somebody can give me some more .

what i want is to change the actual 10 bold 5 lug axle and put something stronger for the engine swap in the future. disc brake update is a must and want a betteer ride quality . i have been thinking in shocks with adjustable coilovers and some kind of 4-link installed. but don't know if this is the way to go for a caddy feel ride. any input or idea will be very appreciated on what type of axle to look for or something .

well hope somebody jump im and give me some advise thnks

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IF ... you can do a little fabricating ... I suggest a 9 inch Ford rear ... with a 4 bar suspension . Mine rides on coil springs ( great ride ) ... It has fabricated coil cans and mounts ...



With the coil springs ... you can adjust the spring rate and the spring height fairly easy to get the ride and stance you desire. You have to LOOK FOR THE COIL CANS ( in the photo ) because the coils are at the power coaters ... in this photo .

I have this setup under my 32 roadster and the above photo is of my under construction 32 3W coupe project.

On your project ... I would remove the bed ... for easy access to the frame and look at a 65 - 66 Ford car rear end as the rear end for the truck ... the 65 - 66 Ford 9 inch car rear end already has coil spring cans on it ... and it would be a simple matter to put a cross member in the truck frame with the corresponding coil mounts ... and fab the 4 bars.

My 4 bars are Polished Stainless and have plastic covering them ... for now ... and the shocks go where the metal " Hard tail " bars are until I get the coil springs back from the power coater.
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that one looks really nice. that will be a nice setup for my truck. but got some questions abou it .
it doesn't look that complicated .welds on the axle and fram for the cans seem to be easy .. what i don't know where can i get the bars (or fab them) and how to weld them in the right place ! ... as i see in the picture you eliminate the use of a wish bone with the angled bars . but how long do i need the bars to be and also i need the lug pattern to be the same as the axle i have now .
btw ou got pictures from other angle ?

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IF ... you can do a little fabricating ... I suggest a 9 inch Ford rear ... with a 4 bar suspension . Mine rides on coil springs ( great ride ) ... It has fabricated coil cans and mounts ...



With the coil springs ... you can adjust the spring rate and the spring height fairly easy to get the ride and stance you desire. You have to LOOK FOR THE COIL CANS ( in the photo ) because the coils are at the power coaters ... in this photo .

I have this setup under my 32 roadster and the above photo is of my under construction 32 3W coupe project.

On your project ... I would remove the bed ... for easy access to the frame and look at a 65 - 66 Ford car rear end as the rear end for the truck ... the 65 - 66 Ford 9 inch car rear end already has coil spring cans on it ... and it would be a simple matter to put a cross member in the truck frame with the corresponding coil mounts ... and fab the 4 bars.

My 4 bars are Polished Stainless and have plastic covering them ... for now ... and the shocks go where the metal " Hard tail " bars are until I get the coil springs back from the power coater.
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that one looks really nice. that will be a nice setup for my truck. but got some questions abou it .
it doesn't look that complicated .welds on the axle and fram for the cans seem to be easy .. what i don't know where can i get the bars (or fab them) and how to weld them in the right place ! ... as i see in the picture you eliminate the use of a wish bone with the angled bars . but how long do i need the bars to be and also i need the lug pattern to be the same as the axle i have now .
btw ou got pictures from other angle ?
the uper bars an lower bars have diferent lenght ? if so the angle of the driveshaft will change drastically ? this will hurt bearing or something ??

well as you can see im new on this suspension stuff . hope you can help me on this one
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what i don't know where can i get the bars (or fab them) and how to weld them in the right place ! ... as i see in the picture you eliminate the use of a wish bone with the angled bars . but how long do i need the bars to be
Fabricating them is easy ... or you can buy them from most Hot Rod frame suppliers ...



The bars are 1 inch diameter and have adjustable ends ... so you can adjust them I got mine from Total Cost Involved ... the chassis people
www.totalcostinvolved.com

The lower bars are straight mounted and the tops are angled ... the longer the better ... IMHO ...

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and also i need the lug pattern to be the same as the axle i have now .
btw ou got pictures from other angle ?
OK ... some Lincolns have the same 5 on 5 wheel pattern as your truck and are 9 inch Ford rears ... But I do not know about the width OR ... you could buy custom axle shafts with the 5 on 5 pattern for the 65 -66 rear end. I do NOT believe the Ford axles from the 65 - 66 have enough metal on them to re drill up to the 5 on 5 from the 5 on 4.5 pattern that came originally on them.

I do not know of any rear end that I would go to the trouble to install under your truck ... that has the 5 on 5 pattern except the Lincoln



There is a small bunch of photos in my Photo journal on the progress of the 32 3W ... with a few suspension photos ...

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thnks for the info deuce i will try to find a lincoln rear end and see if they work ..and see if i can fab some custom bars because the ones on that site are expensive. totally out of my budget
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You might be able to use the bars from the Lincoln or the Ford ...
Or ...


You can buy ends with the 3/4 inch threaded ends for about 10 dollars each USA ... and make the bars.
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