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Old 04-06-2010, 10:06 PM
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lowering 50 chev pickup

Wondering if anyone has done similar. For info I live on a small island that has quite rough roads and the ferry to get off often has a very steep ramp depending on tides. My truck is finished off with fairly stock front suspension, 12 bolt car rear with ladder bars and leafs, BBC with T400. What I am thinking of is a couple of leaves out of the front springs which should give 1.5" and a 4" dropped axle. Then on the inside of the frame install a sport-rite air bag helper ( they are only 5" in dia ). That way I could put in say 40# to make up the 1.5" for the rough road and then pump it right up to get on and off the ferry and then let most of the air out on the other side to cruise in the lowered mode. Anyone see problems with that? Just for info I don't want to do new IFS as I have just converted over to later model GM truck power steering.

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You've checked for clearances everywhere?

As far as I can tell you shouldn't run into massive issues. As with anything custom it's worth taking your time and checking everything twice.

The airbags might get a little bouncy is all I think of so perhaps a size smaller to stiffen up the ride at hight?

Keep us updated, I for one am interested as I've got a '52 Belair that has NO front suspension basically just to lie nice and low... Can't really do speedbumps though and definately no ferry!

Good luck
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thanks for the reply. The bags I am going to use are 5" dia so should fit. Am going to run almost no air at cruise height so bounce shouldn't be a problem. I will measure up and probably get shocks with longer travel.
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