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4X4 Off Road Truck Suspension Guide - The Lineup

Nissan Titan
James J. Weber | Writer
Posted September 1, 2005

Off-Road Magazine's 3rd Annual Truck Suspension Buyer's Guide

We're back - after yet another year on the prowl searching for the latest and greatest suspension systems for your rigs. As you may already know, a majority of the products we feature every month address suspension lifts of various heights, purposes, and configura-tions. Given the sheer number and the variety of suspension systems currently on the market for some of today's hottest rides, we present to you the 3rd Annual Truck Suspension Buyer's Guide.

This reference guide will afford you the opportunity to match your fullsize, late-model, or import truck with your manufacturer of choice to see what size lifts are available for your specific application, as well as to see which size tires may be fitted with each specific kit. Please note that due to limited space, not every vehicle, manufacturer, or kit has been included. For additional reference, though, we have listed all of the suspension manufacturers that associate with OFF-ROAD magazine in the hopes that if your specific vehicle is not listed or if it is and you have questions, you will be able to contact them directly.

When reviewing the offered lift kits and their manufacturers, it is important to keep in mind the intended use in which the components will be operating in - not all kits are created equal nor is there just one kit which will fit everyone's needs. Some items to consider when choosing a suspension is the amount of wheel travel that is gained, ride height, retention of the ride quality, and the durability and overall craftsmanship of the components themselves. Other items to factor into your final decision are related items that may be affected by your suspension choice, such as the possibility of having to replace your driveshafts due to the increase in geometry and center of gravity, whether or not the kit can be removed and the vehicle put back to its stock configuration (for vehicles that are being leased), and if any body modifications (such as cutting of the fenders and wheelwells) need to be performed to accommodate the increased tire size and lift.

Terrain also plays an important role in the selection of a suspension system. Some kits are designed to be used on vehicles that will only be driven in the sand, while others are fabricated for driving over boulders at 3 mph. Whatever the condition, make sure you know if your kit will accept and improve your driving experience in those situations; if it doesn't, then find a system that will.

While the process of constructing your ideal truck is one of fun and anticipation, it is important to remember that safety comes first and choosing a suspension that has not been tested or built by experts is just asking for problems. Staying within the confines of the front and back covers of this guide will ensure that every manufacturer referenced will be able to provide you with the best service, support, and suspension system for all of your off-roading needs. 'Til next year, have fun on the trails and remember to always be safe. Enjoy.

Sources

Energy Suspension
San Clemente, 92673
888-913-6374
www.energysuspension.com
Camburg Engineering
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-848-8880
Bilstein
Poway, CA 92064
858-386-5900
http://www.bilsteinus.com
Daystar
Phoenix, AZ 85043
800-595-7659
www.daystarweb.com
Old Man Emu Suspension by ARB
Seattle , WA 98057
800-761-8158
www.arbusa.com
Poly Performance
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-783-2060
www.polyperformance.com
Rubicon Express
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
877-367-7824
www.rubiconexpress.com
Sway-A-Way
Chatsworth, CA 91311
818-700-9712
www.swayaway.com
National Spring
Santee, CA 92071
800-399-3852
Prothane
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-979-4990
www.prothane.com
Tuff Country
West Jordan, UT 84088
800-288-2190
www.tuffcountry.com
Chassis Tech
Mesa, AZ 85210
800-842-8789
www.airbagit.com
Autofab
Santee, CA 92071
619-562-1740
www.autofab.com
Explorer Pro Comp
800-776-0767
Cognito Motorsports
Bakersfield, CA 93312
866-426-4648
Deaver Spring
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714-542-3703
CalMini
Bakersfield, CA 93313
800-345-3305
JD Fabrication
Escondido, CA 92029
1-760-740-0442
www.jdfabrication.com
Performance Accessories
Alcan Spring
970-241-2655
Skyjacker
West Monroe, LA 71294
800/763-8743 orders
www.skyjacker.com
Superlift
superlift.com
King Shock Technology
www.kingshocks.com
Donahoe Racing
Anaheim, CA 92806
James Duff
Sequim, WA 98382
Off Road Unlimited
www.offroadunlimited.com
Rancho
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Fabtech Motorsports
Brea, CA 92821
www.fabtechmotorsports.com
Total Chaos
www.chaosfab.com
Automotive Customizers
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Duffco
San Dimas, CA 91773
www.duffcoenterprises.com
DT Products
Prescott, AZ 86301
Rough Country
800-222-7023
www.roughcountry.com
Downey Off-Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-3221
Hellwig Suspension Accessories
Visalia, CA 93292
800-367-5480
www.hellwigproducts.com
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