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Old 01-03-2007, 02:06 PM
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Bone stock these old trucks drive like a bowl of soup.The combination of front and rear sway bars with the traction bars ties it all together and eliminates the buck board bounce and sway.The control arm suspension provides a smoother ride but my strait axle suspension 58 handles better than my 97 astro van .I ordered a hellwig rear sway bar for the van because I drive the 58 all the time so I really notice how sloppy the suspension on the van is when I am forced to drive it on road trips to Vegas.In my opinion the strait axle is not a hazard if it is not worn out and sloppy at the shackles.The hazard is the old style tie rod ends that can come apart while driving.A 6000lb truck will never handle like a car no mater what suspension you put under it.Controlling how that weight is transfered around on the suspension is the most important thing when it comes to handling.
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