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Old 04-23-2012, 12:04 PM
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Just occurred to me that my 1983 Silverado has almost twice as much torque and power as my DD 1998 Volvo with less efficient stopping power. Been a member since 2007 and ive always wanted to go fast, having achieved that goal I admit I never thought to look at the suspension and brake end of the spectrum. The Truck Currently has Leaf Springs and front Disc Brakes. What are somethings I can do (in order of cost) to improve handling and stopping power. I am willing to do anything and a full disc setup is years (maybe months) down the road. Thanks for help in advance

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Stopping--- use ceramic pads, they are a little more aggresive than oe.
Be sure the rear system is working- adjusted properly.
Handling---lower it about 2 inches, put on a heavier front stabilizer bar, tires that are a little wider and have a stiffer sidewall ,maybe new shocks also.
Running a slightly lower profile tire will accomplish 2 things---stiffer sidewall and it will lower the truck.
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If it hasn't been done recently, I would recommend a front end rebuild with QUALITY components, or at least swap the rod ends and put one piece adjusting sleeves on there.

I agree with LATECH on checking the rear brakes also. Common to find them not working well, if at all. Also check all of your spring packs for broken or cracked leafs, or leafs that came off the pin and isn't lined up with the rest of the pack. They're easy and cheap to rebuild if none are cracked. Also check the frame rail behind your power steering box for any cracks. Handling upgrades make that crack exponentially worse in no time. It is common on those trucks. Fix it first if it is there.

1. Quality front end rebuild & replace all of the worn rubber bushings with poly

2. Rear-end swap for something with disc (and posi if you don't already)

3. Stainless brake lines all around

4. Get quality tires with bigger wheels and a lower profile

You'll need the wheels to get a lower profile tire, you'll always be limited in cornering and stopping power to some degree with those little wheels and tall tires. There are a lot of good and cheap alloy wheels to be found. Good tires are not cheap however...

If you still want even more when that is all said and done then it's time to move on and lower it.

Drop spindles
Drop shackles
Shocks

Drop spindles are the best way to drop your vehicle and maintain proper suspension geometry. Drop shackles for the rear will accomplish the same thing without affecting spring rates. Huge improvements for handling and stopping will be felt here. You'll also need new shocks for the rear so I would definitely upgrade to at least some KYB's or better in that department at all 4 corners.

You can probably find good wheels, spindles, and shackles used, if you keep an eye out on ebay and craigslist. Maybe even some nice tires with good tread.
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I currently have 295/50/15 tires all around. The rear end is a drum axle with limited slip and 3.73 gears. (5-Lugs) Do you have a link for the stainless steel brake lines? For now I plan on going with the brake lines, ceramic pads and bigger rotors.
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The pic in my avi is old. I have 15x10 Chevy rally wheelks all around with 295/50/15
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wht if i go with new slotted rotors, pads, and calipers on front and stainless steel brake lines for now? work on upgrading the rear to discs later. Whats is the part number for stainless line kit? thanks
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