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2- To 4- Inch Suspension Systems - On The Low

Posted in How To: Suspension Brakes on June 1, 2007 Comment (0)
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Keeping your wheeler a reliable daily driver is often an uphill battle. On the trail, that 6-inch lift may be the best thing since sliced bread, but what do you do when Monday comes and your truck won't fit into the parking garage? Like everything else in this hobby, keeping your ride low has its pros and cons. We like the trend towards running larger tires with a modest amount of lift. Now, this may mean you have to get Sawzall crazy on your fenders, but maintaining a low center of gravity might be the difference between a flop and cruising right through an obstacle. Compiled here are a list of some of the latest 2- to 4-inch suspension systems that just might be the balance you've been looking for.

Beef up your '05-'06 Tacoma with Skyjacker's new S8000 performance struts. A 1.375-inch piston is supported by the nitrogen gas charge while ride and performance is enhanced by Skyjacker's own true-velocity sensitive valving. Engineered for low maintenance and long life, they are a great way to provide 2.5-3 inches in both 2WD and 4WD applications. Information: Skyjacker Suspension, 318.388.0816, www.skyjacker.com


Have an '05-'07 Nissan Frontier, Xterra, or Pathfinder and looking to get a little lift without going too extreme? Well, Calmini has you covered. The 2- to 2.5-inch suspension system is compiled of two machine-crafted blue-anodized spacers, laser-cut rear shackle plates, and all-new hardware intended for better articulation and ground clearance. Add-a-leaf options are also available. Information: Calmini Products Mfg., 800.345.3305, www.purenissan.com

Pro Comp Suspension has something for you Ford guys looking to put a little more super back into your Super Duty. This 2-inch package for the '05-'07 4WD offers owners a cost-effective way to give their trucks a little boost without breaking the bank. Although not required, Pro Comp does suggest upgrading your shocks in addition to the poly spacers. Information: Pro Comp Suspension, 619.216.1444, www.procompmotorsports.com

Rock Krawler Racing Development has trick new 3- to 4-inch suspension systems for the '07-and-up GM 1/2-ton 4x4s. Adjustable coilover racing shocks and heavy-duty uniball upper A-arms are supplied for the front. In the rear a long-arm four-link conversion and coilover shocks replace the factory leaf springs then top off with limiting straps to minimize the likelihood of overstressing factory components. This system can run 33s with no trimming and 35s with aftermarket fenders or moderate trimming. Information: Rock Krawler Suspension Inc., 518.270.9822, www.rockkrawler.com

Maintaining a low center of gravity without limiting articulation was one of the focus points of Teraflex's 3-inch Enduro-LCG suspension system for the '97-'06 Jeep Wrangler. Designed for the wheeler who wants suspension performance with little frame modification, this kit incorporates 1.75-inch DOM control arms with interchangeable modular claimed to be the largest on the market. This system is also upgradeable and allows owners to customize their joints to accommodate personal driving style. Information: Teraflex, 801.288.2585, www.teraflex.biz





Rubicon Express has a 3.5-inch Super-Flex kit that brings all the right ingredients to take your '97-'06 Jeep Wrangler to the next level. New control arms with spherical ball joints will aid in articulation along with disconnecting sway-bar end links. Some other goodies include extended bumpstops, longer front brake lines, and a full set of 3.5-inch coils. If you find that clearing 33s isn't enough, an easy upgrade to 4.5s is available. Shocks are available separately. Information: Rubicon Express, 866.533.7709, www.rubiconexpress.com

New for 2007 is Revtek's unique split spacer system for the late-model Toyota Tundra 4WD. The goal of the 2.5-inch system is to maintain OEM ride while adding rugged trail durability. This is achieved by placing an additional preload on the front coils that in turn keeps the lower control arms from over-rotating, thus factory geometry isn't sacrificed. Information: Revtek Suspension, 877.543.8869, www.revtek.com



The 4130 upper control arms, Walker Evans shocks, and 650-pound All-Pro coils are all part of All Pro Off-Road's new 0- to 3-inch front suspension that will have your '05-to-present Toyota Tacoma ready for the trails in no time. Have a prerunner or 4WD and looking for some adjustability and performance? Give All Pro a call. Information: All Pro Off-Road, 951.658.7077, www.allprooffroad.com


The '73-'87 GM straight-axle owners will like Off Road Design's new 3-inch lift. Utilizing in-house parts like its shackle flip kit and HD shackles, combined with often overlooked parts like steering correction and sway-bar disconnects, ORD has everything you need to get your rig trail ready. If you have your heart set on 35s, ORD suggests a 1-inch body lift, but 33s will clear without any trimming. Information: Off Road Design, 970.945.777, www.offroaddesign.com







With all the variations of the new '07 JK Wrangler available, Fabtech decided to put together a basic 3-inch lift that would cover all the bases. Comprised of 3-inch steel coil spacers, front and rear track-bar brackets, and available with Fabtech's Dirt Logic or Performance series shock, the combo is best paired with 35x12.50 tires. Standard features include a drop pitman arm, sway-bar mounts, and a driveshaft boot clamp that will allow for additional clearance between the front driveshaft and transmission during articulation. Information: Fabtech, 909.597.7800, www.fabtechmotorsports.com

Daystar introduces its front and rear Comfort Ride leveling kit for the '07 Jeep JK Wrangler. The kit comes with four 1 3/4-inch spacers, longer bumpstops, and rear sway-bar drop brackets to give your Jeep that extra bit of up. Information: Daystar Products, 800.595.7659, www.daystarweb.com




Trying to get rid of that "nose down" look on your '07 Chevy Silverado 4x4? Then take a look at Tuff Country E-Z Ride Suspension's new 2-inch spacer kit. Intended to level out the front of your truck while maintaining the factory ride quality, it includes two coil strut spacers and hardware allowing you to make room for suggested 285/70 tires. Information: Tuff Country E-Z Ride Suspension, 800.903.2760, www.suspensionconnection.com







If you're thinking about running 35s on your new JK Wrangler, but not looking to go sky high, Black Diamond has a suspension for you. Preset 3-inch coils, a front track bar, and a rear relocation bracket make room for the suggested 35x12.50 tires. Standard with the kit are four Black Diamond AT shocks with black boots, but more boot color varieties are available. Information: Black Diamond Advance Off Road Equipment, 866.680.6666, www.blackdiamondoffroad.com







Maintaining a low and stable ride has always been a benchmark for Old Man Emu Suspension. The ARB-distributed product offers an entire line of 2- to 3-inch suspension packages from Ford pickups to Toyota Land Cruisers. Properly valved shocks working together with precision coil springs make Old Man Emu kits one of the best riding suspensions both on road and off. Information: ARB 4x4 Accessories, 425.264.1391, www.arbusa.com







Off-road performance and improved ground clearance were two areas Rancho focused on when developing the new '07 GM 1/2-ton pickup suspension. Making way for 315/70/17 tires is Rancho's laser-cut one-piece subframe, and for those weary of drivetrain or exhaust modifications, don't worry, because neither are required. Information: Rancho Suspension, 734.384.7804, www.gorancho.com


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