Long-Terming The CST Chevy
Too many times during the examination and testing of products, only the short-term durability is addressed within these magazine pages. But when we created this suspension testing program,we made it a precedent that all winners of the Suspension Runaround series would have to fork over a kit for us to put on someone's daily-driven vehicle. The kit would get tested over at least a six-month period, both on and off road, to examine the true long-term durability of the kit and how it would hold up to the test of time. After some hard miles had been put on, it was time to see how the CST suspension was doing.
To test a truly race-inspired CST '99-'06 Chevy suspension kit, we handed the box over to Fabworx Off Road to put on Rick "Ricky Racer" Latimer's Chevy truck. Rick used to drive for RAZO Racing in the mid '80s, racing a Class 5 1600 car and doing a danged good job of it. From what Fabworx told us, Rick would put the kit through its paces, while knowing enough to not totally waste his truck or the suspension in an effort to make something fail. Anything can be made to fail, and we mean anything, if abused badly enough. We weren't looking to make things fail, but we wanted to make sure that the kit we voted as being the king was deserving of its crown.
* 6-inch lift height
* Drop bracket upper A-arm kit (no new knuckle)
* New upper A-arms
* Dual Fox remote-reservoir shocks in front, singles in rear
* Front shock hoops
* Deaver rear leaf springs, no blocks
* Skidplate included
* Drop bracket steering correction
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If there were two things wrong with this kit, they were the availability and the price tag. It took us some time to get all the pieces together, because CST works with Fox Shox and Deaver Springs to make such a good kit. And it is a great kit, but having parts outsourced can add to your wait time, and we definitely did some waiting. But once the kit was all there and ready to be bolted on, it went on in under a day and performed flawlessly.
The price is something you will have to justify as well. At $4,200, this kit was more than double the price of most kits in our Chevy Runaround. It comes to this: If you want the absolute best, then you're going to have to pay for it.