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It was many, many eons ago that I started a project (Ford COE) and at that time replaced the suspension with that of a '76 Chey 1/2 ton. The body was on, the motor installed and the suspension was way up in the air (upholstery not done). I thought placing a set of dropped spindles would bring it down, which it did, and I replaced the coils with air bags. Fast forward to today. It's pretty well finished, the COE has a killer stance (front bumper 7" off ground, inflated) and the wheels don't hit the fender with the air bags inflated to their maximum, However, I find that the pivot point of the A arms are only about 3" from the ground, at their ride height. When I let the air out the A arms are 1/2" from the pavement. I have yet to drive the COE, but my concern is that it is too low. How can I raise the A arms without replacing the dropped spindles, or should I be worried? I assume that the dropped spindles dropped it almost 3"; should have left the stock ones in place? Presently I'm running tires that are 215x75x15. These are new wheels and tires and I don't like the 20"+ rims with bicycle tires, as it'll be another expense to replace all 4 wheels. Really, really concerned at this point.

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Old 07-19-2015, 05:52 AM
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Your "A"frames should sit parallel to the ground. Sounds to me by your description, that they are not. Putting the stock spindles back in will lift it, but wont change how the "A" frames sit. I think you need to redo your air bags so they put the "A" frames at the proper angle.
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I would like to see some pics.
You only really have 2 choices
1) put the stock spindles back in.
2) taller wheels and tires

the trick to running bigger wheels, is keeping the aspect ratio (sidewalls) on tires just as big as big as the ones you were using little wheels.

Most people who say "they don't like the look of big wheels" are thinking of them with tiny short tires.

Most times with the same height (or even taller) sidewalls on the tires, you don't even notice that the wheels are a bigger diameter.
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Tried to take some pictures of the suspension, but for some reason my flash refused to operate (too light?) and so I have the one picture, but tried to lighten it some what. It is mounted on the trailer (straps wrapped around A frames) and the A frames are parallel to the ground, as you can see. I was afraid that I would have to change back to the original spindles, but was hoping for some sort of miracle.

Question: What does a stock truck run height wise with its A frames? If they run at about 6" stock (parallel to the ground), then dropped spindles will drop them to 3". Am I correct; are people running them at that height? Do I really have a problem? Anything I see run the big rims, but with skinny tires. This has got to effect the ride somewhat and I think big rims with bigger tires would look.....maybe goofy? I have yet to see big rims with big tires.
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BTW...I hate the big wheel look too.......The thing you have to be concerned with, if you have a flat tire, is the truck going to drop enough that part of the truck other than the wheel is going to hit the ground. If it does, you could slide and lose control. Looking at that picture, looks to me like it might. Changing the spindle back would avoid this.

Show us a pic of the whole stance of the truck
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I don't like anything bigger than 17" on front and 18" on the rear.
Again, keep the tire sidewalls close to the same as what you have, and you don't notice the bigger wheels
It's all about proportion.

The wheels on my 38 are 17s and 18s, but it's not the bologna skins look.
(And the tires are a hair shorter than I planned)
By going to these bigger wheels and tires I was able to raise my car a couple inches, and by filling the wheel well opening more, it makes the car "look" lower.
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Here are some pics of the unit on the trailer (waiting to get it safetied on Tuesday). Putting it on the trailer is a pain and so that is why it is still sitting there. As you can see, the stance is such that I may have to go back to the stock spindles (if I can get them). What is left is to place the lenses on the headlights, but they have not been aligned; that comes after Tuesday or when newer spindles are installed.
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That is a great looking truck, really awesome.
You have lots of fender well to fill on the front and rear of each end.
If you do raise it with the spindles you could put some 16" or 17" tires on to fill it back up, to make it look as it does now.

I think the lower they are, better they look, however you need to be realistic about the functionality of it, if you plan on driving it a lot.
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I say just spend some more time with it the way it is.
See if it is too low, then fix it next winter.
I would be careful of those low hanging fenders on speed bumps.
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Try and get a better pic of the front suspension, go compare it to others trucks of that same year as the donar suspension truck
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I think the 1st thing to do is the spindles and then the wheels, but I'm pretty close to the leading edge of the rear fender (about 2") and any different size at the back may hit the fender. Have to see if I can borrow a rim and try it for fit. Thanks for all the help.
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