Discussion in 'Street Suspension' started by Physh1, Jan 25, 2011.
I like it
My Tahoe lowering project...
Before: LF 34-3/4", RF 35-1/4", LR 37-3/16", RR 37-3/4"
After: LF 32", RF 32-1/4", LR 32-1/2", RR 32-3/4"
My driveway is sloped, here it is on more level ground.
Advertised drop: 3/5”
The DJM LCAs only dropped the truck approximately 1-3/4” to 2” instead of the 3” advertised. From their website:
“Designed for a 3″ drop with the factory load settings in your torsion bars for a factory ride and factory alignment!”(Italics are mine.)
Unfortunately, it was necessary to decrank the torsion bar bolts considerably to even get close to the advertised drop. After careful alignment I was finally able to realize a 3” drop on the right front, but only 2 3/4” on the left front.
In addition, since my bolts are now de-cranked - nearly to the limit on the right side – I've lost any ability to “fine tune” or level the front of my truck side-to-side.
Silly me, I expected to get what I paid for – a 3” drop with the factory torsion bar settings. Needless to say I'm quite disappointed. I called DJM's tech line, the person I talked to asked me to send pics and details, which I did, it's been 10 days, but still no reply from anyone at DJM.
In no DJM documentation or any seller's advertising is there any mention of “up to 3” drop” or “2-3” drop” or “your actual drop may vary” or anything of the sort.
I have also not heard of any other users with this problem, apart from one post on TYF whose truck, like mine, didn't drop at all until he drove it – a step that is not mentioned in the included instructions but should be.
It's not the fault of this particular truck: it has it's stock, original base suspension (“softest” torsion bars available), and has never been wrecked or modified in any way. There's really no wrong way to install these parts. And unlike coil springs, the torsion bars won't “settle” after a time, so what I have is all I'll get.
I'd like to know if anyone else has had a similar experience with these LCAs.
On the plus side, there was no problem in aligning the truck to factory specs, and it goes down the road just as it should. The front end is a bit softer now than I'd like because of the de-crank. The 5” coils in the rear are quite firm, but not objectionably harsh. They are not jarring or bouncy, but I happen to like a firm ride, some may find them a bit stiff. The best part is the improved handling, it drives more like a large sedan, and I don't have to “tiptoe” around corners. I'm satisfied with the way the truck rides and handles, but if the LCAs had delivered the drop they advertised I'd be ecstatic.
By careful shopping and use of promotions and reward points I was able to put this kit together for a total of $772.
DJM DJMCA2001L3P 3” Lowering Control Arm
DJM DJMCA2001L3D 3” Lowering Control Arm
DJM CS2000R-5 5” Drop Coil Spring
DJM RK2000 Rear Hardware Kit (Trailing arm relocators, sway bar end links)
DJM SE2000 Rear Shock Extenders
Belltech 10103B Street Performance Front Shocks
Belltech 2410FF Street Performance Rear Shocks
McGaughy's 33038 Bump Stops
Free travel mod (factory bump stop bracket removal) is required.
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Imo, looks wise, it looks great. You're right around where I'm at. I did a 2"/4" drop. I did the fronts with lowering keys and rears with springs and shock relocation brackets.
Looks good and you all you need is a set of wheels and you ready to ride.
Any particular reason why you went 275-45-22 over 285-45-22 tires?
Hey TYF guys. I have a quick question... I have my belltech lowering kit ready to go and ordered some Lexani 255/30/26 tires. Question is no local tire shop will install them on my rims without me taking the rims off my Tahoe. They say the tires are not load rated enough for the weight of the Tahoe. Is this true? I seen others on here go 255/30/26s. Thanks
Bell tec 2/4" drop kit with Vision 22x9 wheels and Pirelli 285-45-22 tires. Went 45 for a little taller sidewall better ride.
You have any rubbing anywhere?
None! Not over any bumps or sharp turns. After drop I had 275-60-20" Goodyears and rubbed a little at front wheel well on bumps so went to tire measurement guide for 22" and 285-45-22 was an inch less in diameter than the Goodyears. Perfect!
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