Submitted on 2011/03/28 at 5:07 pm
I’ve got a 1998 c1500 2wd standard cab short bed and I’m looking for a 4 inch drop in the front and a 6 inch drop in the rear. I need help finding the right kit and shocks. Please help me out also wondering what wheel size looks the best and fits the best 17 or 18 and what size tires.
Submitted on 2011/04/05 at 2:35 pm
You looking to do the classic drop on your 1998 Silverado. The favored method is a 4 inch drop with spindles and coil springs in the front and a 6 inch flip kit in the rear. The drop spindle will give you a 2 inch drop by moving the spud axle up relative to the ball joints and you combine with the 2 inch lowering coil that are shorter than factory coil springs. On your truck the side effects are having to trim a little material from the factory lower control arms so your wheels won’t hit when you make very tight turns. This problem will go away as you upgrade to bigger wheels. You could also use DJM’s Calmax lower control arms instead of spindles and combine with your 2inch coils for a 4 inch front drop. The arms totally eliminate the wheel contact problem. Both ways perform great and give an identical stance. The rear flip kit actually moves your rear axle from beneath the leaf springs to on top of the leaf springs. This gives you the 6 inch drop. You will have to install a “c-notch” kit that comes as part of the flip kit. This is where you cut a notch in your frame to allow the rear axle more room to move up and down as your suspension needs to, and you install frame supports around the notch for additional strength. A must for ride quality!
You will also need to install shocks which have a different lenght than factory. All of the parts you need you can find at the DJM Factory Store!
The subject of wheels and tires comes up often and because there are so many more wheel and tire combo’s out there than we’ve seen your better off to consult a good aftermarket wheel and tire expert. Our rule of thumb however is if you don’t exceed the overall factory wheel and tire diameter, and don’t change wheel offset you can do almost anything you want!