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Old 07-09-2003, 06:37 PM
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Lowering Dakota

I am using a '88 dakota frame for my '47. i've been looking on the net and i have seen 4" lowering kits for the front, which is done with a 2" coil drop and 2" dropped spindles. i will most likely buy the spindles but i want to find a cheap set of replacement coils. i think the coils in the kit are around $200 USD.

i am currently working at an autoparts supplier so i figured i could just find a coil that will work. in the coil spring catalog there are specs for load height, free height, and i think 'load rate'. my questions are : 1. What is load rate and how critical is it? and, 2. If i want to lower my frontend by 2" do i use a spring that has a 2" shorter load height? or 2" shorter free height?

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Old 07-10-2003, 05:21 PM
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Springs are as close to black magic as you can get but I may be able to shed some light on the spindles. I have a Dakota front end in my 55 chevy truck that is based on an Industral Chassis crossmember.Steve at I C told me that the only drop spindles he uses are the Western brand. I found them advertised in truck'n magazine. They are a two piece affair like most of the low volume ones out there but after seeing a few other brands I know why he said that. This low rider craze has opened the door for some real junk. Richie Z
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Old 07-16-2003, 09:37 AM
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Are you looking to go low or what? if you use a airbag kit you wont need drop spindals. ther are kits available for your truck suspension.
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thanks guys for the responses.

i could get an airbag kit, but, i'm cheap!

i'm trying to go as low buck as possible. i figured i'd buy the dropped spindles and then find some coils to fit, or cut the stock coils. i'm sure the airbag kits are a few bucks and i would rather spend that money on the engine or wheels. if i went with the bags then i'd have to make new shock mounts too. i want to keep it as simple as possible and simple means low $$.

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Old 07-17-2003, 12:45 PM
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If you really want to keep it low bucks, cut the coils all around. There's mixed opinions about it, but 2" shouldn't make the ride unbearable. Is there coils in the front?
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Old 07-17-2003, 03:20 PM
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yeah, there's coils in the front. i'm changing the leafs in the rear to lower it a bit and will probably use blocks. i don't want to drop too much with just coils because my camber will be all screwed up.

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