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Cheap 4x4 Suspension Buyers Guide

Posted in How To: Suspension Brakes on August 1, 2007 Comment (0)
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We know how broke you are; we're in the same boat. You can only sacrifice so many meals to save money for truck parts, and making your kids starve so you can buy 4x4 parts is just downright cruel. We thought we'd put together a little list of some cool suspension parts you can buy for a pretty decent price. Check it out. You might have an extra 50 bucks burning a hole in your pocket right now!

Get Your Nose Up
What It Is: Tundra lift
How Much It'll Cost: Around $150
What It'll Do: Raise the front of your '07 Tundra almost 3 inches to fit 35s
What It Comes With: The urethane extension that sits on top of the coilover, the stud extenders, and all other hardware
Information: Daystar, 800.595.7659, www.daystarweb.com

New Rubbers For Your 4x4
What It Is: Bushing kit for sway bar
How Much It'll Cost: Around $35
What It'll Do: Allows you to replace worn-out rubber bushings with new urethane ones
What It Comes With: Greasable bushing brackets, bushings, all necessary hardware
Information: Energy Suspension, 949.361.3935, www.energysuspension.com

Junkyard Shock Mount
What It Is: Ford Super Duty factory upper shock mount
How Much It'll Cost: Just a few bucks in a junkyard or in the Dumpster of a 4x4 shop
What It'll Do: Gives you a long shock mount with a flat mounting surface that can be bolted to almost any rectangular frame
What It Comes With: Just the shock mount
Information: www.4wheeloffroad.com

Let It Sway!
What It Is: Ultimate sway-bar disconnects
How Much It'll Cost: Around $150
What It'll Do: Let you disconnect your sway bar
What It Comes With: The disconnects, hardware, and lanyards to keep the sway bar up when disconnected
Information: BDS, 517.279.2135, www.bds-suspension.com


Cheap Leaves
What It Is: Add-a-leaf kit
How Much It'll Cost: About $70
What It'll Do: Raise the leaf-sprung rear of your 4x4 a couple of inches without changing spring-eye angles.
What It Comes With: Add-a-leaves, U-bolts, and new centerpins to allow you to tie them into the pack
Information: Rancho, 734.384.7804 www.gorancho.com


Shocker
What It Is: Dual-shock kit for '03-'07 2500 and 3500 Dodge Rams with built-in shock saver
How Much It'll Cost: Around $150
What It'll Do: Allows you to mount a second shock outside of the coil
What It Comes With: The upper and lower shock brackets and all necessary hardware
Information: DT Products, 928.776.2405, www.dtprofab.com

End Of It All
What It Is: FK spherical-bearing rod-end kits
How Much It'll Cost: Around $100 each
What It'll Do: Allows you to put high-quality suspension joints in your suspension
What It Comes With: The rod end, high-misalignment spacers, threaded rod-end bung
Information: McKenzie's Performance Products, 714.441.1212, www.mckenzies.com

Setting Your Limits
What It Is: Adjustable bumpstops
How Much It'll Cost: Around $99
What It'll Do: Allow you to fine tune the point where your suspension stops traveling up
What It Comes With: 12-inch tubes with 3 1/2 inches of thread adjustment, the bumpstop is on a threaded shank.
Information: Rock Krawler, 518.270.9822, www.rockkrawler.com

Better Bracketry
What It Is: Heavy-duty track-bar bracket for XJs and ZJs
How Much It'll Cost: Around $80
What It'll Do: Allow you to mount your aftermarket track bar with the joint parallel to the travel, replaces the factory bracket that rips apart when abused
What It Comes With: Just the bracket as it bolts up into the stock location
Information: Rubicon Express, www.rubiconexpress.com

Do-It-Yourself Shock Mount
What It Is: Custom shock mount for Jeep rear axles made out of half a spring perch and a shock bolt
How Much It'll Cost: One spring perch, two shock bolts, and a half hour to cut and weld
What It'll Do: Allows you to put a more heavy-duty shock mount on your axle
What It Comes With: Whatever you have in your parts bin
Information: www.4wheeloffroad.com

Burn-On Brackets
What It Is: Weld-on suspension brackets
How Much It'll Cost: From $15 to $50
What It'll Do: Premade suspension brackets allow you to build your own suspension
What It Comes With: Just the brackets
Information: Poly Performance, 805.783.2060, www.polyperformance.com


HD Shackles
What It Is: 3/8-inch-plate shackle kit for front leaf-sprung Chevy and Dodge trucks
How Much It'll Cost: $75 with nongreasable bolts, $90 with greasable bolts
What It'll Do: Puts a heavy-duty shackle on your truck that is 1/2 inch longer than a stock shackle
What It Comes With: HD shackles, with or without greasable bolts
Information: Off Road Design, 907.945.7777, www.offroaddesign.com

No More Shimmy
What It Is: Steering stabilizer
How Much It'll Cost: $50
What It'll Do: Absorb shock load put into the steering system
What It Comes With: The steering stabilizer and brackets to mount it on a tie rod
Information: Rough Country, 800.222.7023, www.roughcountry.com

Droop Limiters
What It Is: Limiting Straps
How Much It'll Cost: $22
What It'll Do: Limits your axles from hanging off your shocks or brake lines when the suspension droops out
What It Comes With: Limiting straps and weld-on brackets, necessary hardware
Information: Kartek Off-Road, 951.737.7223, www.kartek.com

Up Your Avalanche
What It Is: Aluminum spacer for the front of '07 fullsize Chevy 4x4s
How Much It'll Cost: Around $100
What It'll Do: Level the truck out and allow you to fit 33s
What It Comes With: The aluminum spacers
Information: Skyjacker, 318.388.0816, www.skyjacker.com


Progressively Better
What It Is: Progressive-rate coil springs
How Much It'll Cost: $150 per pair
What It'll Do: A coil spring that will progressively increase spring rate as it compresses
What It Comes With: The coils themselves
Information: CAGE Off-Road Products, 866.587.2243, www.cageoffroad.com

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