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    Default Lowering my 87 dodge d100

    I have an 87 dodge d100 and i was just curious on how to lower it. ive looked around and stuff and looked at lowering kits but im not exactly sure which way i should go and how to do it? any suggestions?

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    You can use 1 Ton LCA's & change the balljoint or use Dodge van LCA's & drill the strut rod holes the rear you can do a number of ways. Here's my RC with van LCA's & a rear axle flip
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    Good info RCAddict. I was gonna start looking online for that very stuff to tell him but you got this under control.
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    You can lower it using a combo of different things. A popular way to do the front is using the LCA's along with a modified early Dakota drop spindle from Bell Tech. The rear you can do a bunch of ways flipping the front spring hanger & using a drop shackle for a 73-87 Chevy truck. Flipping the axle the way I did either using weld on perches or using a axle flip kit for a 73 up Chevy truck. How far do you want to go down? Here's the pics of my front & rear.
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    thank you, i am not completely sure yet though how much i want to drop it. i do like the look that RCAddict ramcharger has to it. the way my truck sits now it is higher in the back than the front and i dont like it. i used to have the air adjustable shocks in the rear but i replaced ythem and it still sits funny i will be sure to check out what u have told me and post pictures after it is done

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    sit your truck at height on stands & drop it down until it sits where you want it with tires & wheels standing in the wheel wells. Measure before & after & let me know & I can give you an idea of what you need to do. Bob

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    I had originally bought Bell Tech spring hangers for my '86 longbed, but wanted a truck that will handle. Really handle. Like go play with Corvette's handle. So I took them off, and I ended up drilling the front spring mounts off the frame, moving them up, and drilling new holes for them, then I cut off and welded on new spring pads. My buddy that works for Tulsa Spring and Axle tells me that flipping a rear is very detrimental to the springs life and ride quality. Certainly many people do it, and probably just as many don't notice a difference.
    I hadn't considered using van LCA for my truck. How much will just using them lower the front? I still need to drop my '87 shortbed!

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    I don't see what's detrimental the springs. The weight is still supported from the bottom & the size of the axle perch isn't that different. I move the hangers on the frame too to tune ride height or go all the way down with. I move front & rears. How did you move the hangers up use a lowering shackle plus do a flip with C notching the frame? The flip is good for 5" the shackles for at least 1 1/2" the moving the front hanger is good for 1/2 the distance moved. There's 4" of travel in the pic above with just the flip. The van LCA's are good for 2-3" depending on how good your springs are. The 1Ton or 4000# front axle is good for 1 1/2-2 1/2" pictured
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    Here's how I do my down stops to keep the spring in the pocket. This is something that hardly anyone does
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    The 1Ton LCA's allow you to use the factory sway bar. Use them with a lowering spring from a 94 up & a Dakota drop spindle & you can go lower than my RC & burn corners.

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