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Old 08-08-2011, 12:54 PM
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53 chevy truck suspension????

Look guys I am new to the hotrod scene and have been restoring a 53 chevy truck. I have already got the Mustang II suspension in front, and an updated rearend, although it is still leaf. I am trying to lower the entire truck to a sport stance, not slammed. I, like most am on a budget, but dont want to ruin the ride by chopping the front springs and pulling out leafs. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Leads to websites with aftermarket parts for this would be awesome. ON A BUDGET.
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If you've put in an MII and a modern rearend you're really not "restoring" but that is beside the point i guess. When installing the MII frontend you should have set it up to where you wanted the ride height to be. If not then you will have to do something with the springs which will probably affect other things. As for the rearend...if you don't want to remove leaves you will have to change the setup of the shackles. I understand being on a budget, but some things just have to be done or you have to wait until you get the $$$. Spacer blocks in the back will bring that down a little. I had to use the blocks as well as remove some leaves. However I added shocks back there as well.
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If you have not used them already 2" dropped spindles for the mustang II front suspension are readily available. As for the rear suspension Chassis Engineering in West Branch Iowa generally has good products at reasonable prices. http://chassisengineeringinc.com


Give them a call and tell them what you want to do and they should be able to help. They have a complete bolt-in rear suspension for your truck for less than $500.

They also carry the dropped spindles for the Mustang II.
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nova subframe easy install
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nova subframe easy install
what do you mean by that?


Your easy options as I see it are: Lowering blocks/ de-arched new or remove a few springs for the rear and like others have said a drop spindle for the MII front end. That should put it down a few inches.
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TJ 1953 I HAVE 1948 Chev truck I am building with a MII front suspension. Had 2 inch dropped spindles on it and a Chassis Engineering rear suspension weld on kit on it .Decided I wanted it to lay on the ground and with 2 inch spindles the front cross-member would rest on the ground so I went back to stock spindles. In the rear I went to Triangulated 4 bar. I have the 2 inch spindles and complete rear suspension kit if your interested?
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TJ 1953 I HAVE 1948 Chev truck I am building with a MII front suspension. Had 2 inch dropped spindles on it and a Chassis Engineering rear suspension weld on kit on it .Decided I wanted it to lay on the ground and with 2 inch spindles the front cross-member would rest on the ground so I went back to stock spindles. In the rear I went to Triangulated 4 bar. I have the 2 inch spindles and complete rear suspension kit if your interested?
What are you asking for the rear end
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just a heads up on your MII... when installing and establishing ride height you need to aim for where your lower control arms are roughly parallel with the ground. Then you can go lower with drop spindles like mentioned above. If you modify the height by changing / cutting springs and if you change the angle of the arms you can induce bumpsteer, bad ride quality and bad handling.
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