1999 Chevy Silverado Suspension Drop by DJM
4/6 DJM Calmax Complete Drop Kit Install
Originally published in 1999
The essence of restyling is changing a stock vehicle from what the manufacturer considers beautiful to what the restyler thinks is better. Suspension modification is a good example. Consider a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado. Chevy thinks the vehicle looks just fine as it is. But lowering devotees believe it looks even better dropped, say, four inches in the front and six inches in the rear. Now, there was a time when such a dramatic suspension overhaul would have permanently damaged the truck’s ride. But, I’m happy to report that today’s lowering kits are better-engineered, safer and easier to install than ever, and many of the good ones even offer a fairly pleasant ride. The old sarcasm that “a lowered truck is a lowered truck” is not as true as it once was. To prove our point, we followed along with DJM Suspension, Gardena, Calif., while they installed their Calmax Level 2 (4-inch-by-6-inch) drop kit on a white 1999 Silverado. The kit includes a C-notch brace, new control arms, a rear flip kit and the latest components of the suspension-modifier’s art. When finished, we were convinced the lowering business has come a long way, impressed both with the truck’s appearance and ride once this Chevy was slammed into the weeds. Check out the photo gallery below to see how the parts went on, and click on the ( I ) in the picture to read the caption!