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Old 08-06-2011, 11:03 PM
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Street truck suspension?

I have a 1985 C10 with bone stock suspension. What can be done on a budget to help it corner and take off? I've heard of removing leaf springs? Any help is appreciated.

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Cornering would be helped by adding anti-sway bars and low profile tires, but you are never going to make a truck handle like a Camaro. You also need to put new bushings on all the worn steering links, and make sure the ball joints and other front end parts are good. Also check the steering box for play, and tighten up the adjustment if its needed.

Straight-line acceleration is a little easier to fix, but you need to overcome the light weight in the back. Softer springs might let it squat a little more under acceleration and shift more weight to the rear, but don't expect miracles. Positraction rear-end and bigger tires would probably get better results. You can also use ladder bars, adjustable shocks, or any other traction fix that works with leaf springs.

Many of the parts you need may be available in the junkyard, but it will be a treasure hunt. I'm not aware of any factory "handling package" for these trucks, so you are building your own.

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believe me... it's gonna be a pain!! lol. they also make a ballast that fills up with water and goes up to 500 lbs that you can stuff in the rear.... doing the same thing with my little red monster...
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