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leaf springs to air bags.

First time Ive posted anything on here but all the information ive read has helped me tremendously in all my past projects. Anyway, question is can anyone point me in the right direction to install and air ride suspension on my long bed 79 c10? Right now it has a factory front coil rear leaf setup. the front is not the problem, the rear is what has me scratching my head. Ive seen so many different setups and know there is a science to it, so you would have a comfortable ride. Im just wanting a lowered stance when i drive and a slam when I park. the frame doesnt have to lay but I just want it to sit down when I am parked. Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Rear C-NOTCH that will get it where you want it. JMO

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yea, i know the notch part, but my concern is the 3, 4 and 5 link setups. parallel and triangulated. from what Ive read the triangulated might work best for a daily driver since this truck would be more of a cruiser.
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The ideal way to go in the rear would be to run a parallel four link set up. The 63-87 trucks have a frame rail width of roughly 33" so getting a triangulated in there without swapping out to a Ford 9" with a steel center section housing will be a tough bill to fit. The GM Corp rear axles have a cast center section and welding to it is not advisable. Plus that is such a "slab sided" frame that a parallel four bar with a panhard bar works out great. You can find those in a variety of flavors from weld on to a bolt on. If you not worried about the thing hitting the deck a standard welded in and boxed pipe notch or a bolt in C notch will work fine.
Air over leaf.... these simple kits work great on a number of applications however the 73-87 C-10's are the odd exception. That truck from GM has the rear shocks going both forward of the axle and rear of the axle and poses a little bit of a problem. If you did a leaf kit, you would need to run one airspring in front and one airspring behind the axle... that is not an ideal scenario. Your best bet in retaining the leaf springs is to do an inside frame weld on kit and box part of the inner frame rail for the upper bag mount.
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