Alabama Army Truck Gets Links & Coilovers
The square-body Chevy trucks from 1973 to 1987 are quite popular these days. The military CUCV versions are downright drool worthy with their Dana 60 and 14-bolt axles. We have had a few in the past. Our most recent one, a 1986 Chevy K30 we call the Alabama Army Truck (http://www.fourwheeler.com/project-vehicles/1312-1986-chevy-k30-alabama-army-truck-part-1), has been sitting for a while. But recently we got it back up and running and made it bigger and badder than ever.
One major upgrade was the suspension. The AAT started out with tried and true leaf springs, but looking for better ride quality, more articulation, and additional axle control we contacted Offroad Design for its five-link and coilover shock suspension conversion. This kit is designed for pickups, Blazers, and Suburbans from 1967 to 1987 (and some to 1991) with the solid front axles.
Our CUCV truck went under the knife and received a modified version of the kit because we also added AxleTech Portal gear boxes to the front and rear 1-ton axles. This gave us additional ground clearance and gearing, and required a suspension that could control the leverage of the portals. The new suspension requires cutting, welding, lots of grinding, and a fair bit of fabrication knowhow, but it gave the old square-body a massive new outlook on the trail. If the portals don’t allow us to clear obstacles, the new linked front will allow us to flex over them. You can see the whole project on an episode of Dirt Every Day (watch the Alaskan Army Truck Adventure on youtube.com), but we wanted to show you some details of the new suspension here.
How Does It Work?After we finished the Army Truck we shipped it to Alaska for an adventure that we filmed for Dirt Every Day (just search for “Alaskan Army Truck Adventure” on YouTube). The suspension worked great. We had no wheelhop, and the truck flexed very well. If anything, we may actually add a sway bar to keep it more stable in high-speed cornering. Overall we are very pleased with the new setup.
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