Let's face it: Many of us can't afford a complete suspension kit without selling a kid to a Chinese sweatshop ("Bob, I thought you had three kids..."), or else we'd be running complete systems from thesame company. Or maybe there are just some guys around who are as stubborn as we are, who think they can piece together what they want, and almost always refuse to buy entire kits. Well, this suspension parts guide is dedicated to you, the stubborn I-can-do-it-better-guy, to help you in your quest to Frankenstein a suspension together with some bad-ass parts. Good luck, and don't screw up your truck!
What it is & why it's cool: Electronic display/ controller and air compressor for electronic in-cab adjustment of RS 9000 shocks, comes complete with air compressor and digital control box.
Company: Digital Suspension
Contact: 877.742.1030, www.digitalsuspension.net
What it is & why it's cool: '66-'77 Bronco and F-150 radius arms, bolts to existing front C-cap off stock radius arms; can be ordered with weld-on axle mounts for use with any solid axle; can also be used for solid-axle swaps for '80-'96 Broncos, Toyotas, TTB Rangers/Bronco IIs, and Explorers; 2x5/16-inch wall tubing.
Company: Cage Off Road
Contact: 866.587.2243, www.cageoffroad.com
What it is & why it's cool: Adjustable spring spacer for Jeep Cherokees, gives 1 3/4 to 3 inches of lift, zinc-plated, comes with Rusty's spanner wrench.
Company: Rusty's Off-Road
Contact: 256.442.0017, www.rustysoffroad.com
What it is & why it's cool: Antisway bar kit to bolt onto classic Cherokees and Comanches, utilizes factory holes, installs without frame modification.
Company: T and J Performance
Contact: 714.633.0991, www.tandjperformance.com
What it is & why it's cool: Bolt-in bedcage for Ford Rangers, uses existing bed hardware anchoring to frame, allows for 16-inch reservoir or bypass shock, four eyelet hooks welded on for cooler or crate tie-down, mounting location for spare tire.
Company: Giant Motorsports
Contact: 949.369.7223, www.giantmotorsports.com
What it is & why it's cool: Steering stabilizer for '03+ 2500 & 3500 Dodge trucks, billet-machined mounts attached to high-end Fox 2.0 steering dampener that increases absorption of forces created at the wheels.
Contact: 760.749.8687, www.koreperformance.com
What it is & why it's cool: '05 Super Duty dual steering stabilizer, absorbs abrupt forces transmitted through steering linkage, comes with all necessary bracketry, you supply your own stabilizers.
Company: Donahoe Racing
Contact: 714.632.3033, www.donahoeracing.com
What it is & why it's cool: Secondary suspension modification for fullsize Chevy trucks that gives superior rebound control and improved damping in your rear suspension.
Company: Light Racing
Contact: 800.525.6505, www.lightracing.com
What it is & why it's cool: Standard, coilover, and bypass shocks made by Radflo in 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0 versions; developed in South Africa's off-road racing over the last 15 years.
Contact: 714.965.7828, www.radflo.com
What it is & why it's cool: Heavy-duty limiting straps, available in 16-, 20-, 24-, 28-, and 32-inch lengths; made of doubled 7,000-pound-rated nylon webbing; 4130 chromoly end buckles.
Contact: 318.388.0816, www.skyjacker.com
What it is & why it's cool: Rear cradle to give mounting points for four-link on top of an axle; can be used for tri-links or triangulated four-links on Dana 35, 44, 60, and Ford 8.8 axles; fully boxed 1/4-inch laser-cut steel.
Company: Rock Krawler
Contact: 518.270.9822, www.rockkrawler.com
What it is & why it's cool: Shock mount for '94-'06 Dodge solid-axle trucks, completely bolt-on to top of coil bucket, allows use of 2.5 remote-reservoir shock with or without suspension lift.
Company: Lorenz Industries
What it is & why it's cool: RS 9000X Pro Series coilover shock, nine-position adjustable valving, available in 32- and 36.29-inch extended lengths, can be adjusted via an in-cab shock controller, precision machined upper and lower spherical rod ends.
Contact: 734.384.7804, www.gorancho.com
What it is & why it's cool: Provides 2 1/2 to 3 inches of lift over stock height, uses original coils on '05-'06 Nissan Xterra, Frontier, and Pathfinder
Contact: 800.345.3305, www.purenissan.com
What it is & why it's cool: Dual Fox remote-reservoir shock dampening system from Rize Industries for '99-and-up 1/2-ton Chevys, utilizes Leverage Link to mount shocks horizontally.
Company: Rize Industries
Contact: 877.740.3463, www.rizeind.com
What it is & why it's cool: Bolt-on 4130 chromoly upper control arms for Nissan Titan 2WD and 4WD models, 1-inch Teflon-lined uniball replaces factory ball joint, usable with up to 4 inches of lift, greater caster gain, intended for use with coilovers or spacer lift, but can be added to many lift kits.
Company: Total Chaos
Contact: 951.737.9682, www.chaosfab.com/ucatitan.html
What it is & why it's cool: Rod end offering 30 degrees of unrestricted movement; high-density urethane bushings; available with 2-, 2 1/2-, or 3-inch steel joint.
Company: Currie Enterprises
Contact: 714.528.6957, www.currieenterprises.com
What it is & why it's cool: Adjustable 4130 chromoly control arms, short and long versions available,featuring your choice of Superflex (greasable) joints or Superide bushings, also supplier of coils up to seven beyond stock.
Company: Rubicon Express
Contact: 916.858.8575, www.rubiconexpress.com
What it is & why it's cool: Six-way externally adjustable 2-inch monotube MX6 reservoir shock, 300psi nitrogen charge, 14mm gun-drilled hardened chrome shaft, one-piece billet adjuster, braided stainless steel hose.
Company: Pro Comp
Contact: 800.776.0767, www.procomp, motorsports.com
What it is & why it's cool: Air-assisted coilover, features adjustable spring rate on-the-fly, 0- to 3,000-pound spring rate, doesn't unload like standard air shock, 6 inches of forced articulation, smoother ride, adaptable to any 2.0 coilover shock.
Company: Universal Air
Contact: 909.886.9491, www.universalairsuspension.com
What it is & why it's cool: Traction bar for fullsize trucks, prohibits axlewrap, engineered to move with arc of axle travel and not inhibit travel, frame-mounted ends rotate to compensate for uneven sideload during cornering, available with optional upper tubular brace and brushed stainless steel insert of flaming Superlift logo.
Contact: 318.397.3000, www.superlift.com
What it is & why it's cool: Billet-aluminum upper A-arms for current Chevy and Dodge fullsize IFS trucks, machined from a single chunk of aluminum, can be fitted with optional dual shock mount.
Company: Rough Country
Contact: 800.222.7023, www.roughcountry.com
What it is & why it's cool: 4130 chromoly rod end; 5 inches of maximum adjustment; available with Flexjoint ends, OEM bushing, or spherical steel; 1 1/4-inch shaft.
Contact: 801.288.2585, www.teraflx.com
What it is & why it's cool: Axle slider and stinger traction-aiding combo device for Jeep CJs, YJs, TJs, and LJs; controls leaf-spring wrap and power hop on leaf-sprung Jeeps; improves handling on coil-sprung Jeeps.
Company: Nth Degree Mobility
Contact: 775.885.8454, www.nthdegreemobility.com