CST Suspension Provides Affordable Off-Roading

    Affordable Off-Roading

    Deanna ScanlonPhotographer, Writer

    There are some amazing off-road trucks roaming the desert, and some of them have some amazing price tags associated with them. While some may want to skip across whoops at 60mph, others may just want to get to where it is they want to get to.

    With the advancement of adventure touring and the slower speeds that it sees, 18-inches of wheel travel just isn’t needed in most cases. What is needed is better than stock suspension and shock technology. Therein lies the reason that companies like CST Performance Suspension produce systems for all occasions and was the idea behind CST’s new 3.5-5.5-inch Lift Spindle Kit.

    Being a mid-travel kit, it gives the 2wd Chevy a little raise in height and with the CST 2.5 Dirt Series shocks, a much better shock package. The Chevy will now be a more capable off-road truck, but will still retain the factory steering geometry so the stock handling characteristics aren’t adversely affected nor are longer steering related components needed.

    The rearend will need to be addressed too, and CST has a set of thicker blocks and longer U-bolts to raise the back end accordingly. A set of CST 2.0 non-reservoir Dirt-Series shocks will be installed. Finishing off the suspension install will be the addition of a set of Center Line wheels that now feature 35-inch General Grabber Tires.

    An aluminum CST two-piece skid plate was also installed. Again, this is from the catalog and an easy bolt on. In fact, this entire install can be done right in their own garage by someone with decent mechanical skills. Just be sure to use sturdy jack-stands so that no accidents occur. Even on our best day we don’t think we could bench press a truck, so care needs to be taken.

    Follow along as the crew at CST installs a system on a Chevy 1500 crew cab.