Update on my lowered suspension experience. The front Belltechs have been installed and the alignment done, and honestly I am not thrilled with the results. The ride is very 'busy', meaning that I can feel every dip, bump and imperfection on every road I travel. When I hit a dip in the road, my truck dives immediately instead of letting the suspension drop and floating over it like the factory suspension. Also, I am having the 'drive' the truck using lots of steering wheel correction to keep the it in a straight line. Here in Texas, the interstate speed limit of 75mph is more of a suggestion and I drive it 5 days a week. This is the 4th GM truck I have lowered over the years and none have ridden this firmly. All were done with drop spindles, 2 of them were S-10s that already had the axle over the leaf and my '08 Sierra had drop shackles on the back with Street Performers all the way around. I don't know what I can do to make my truck ride better. I may wait 6 months or so for the sting of how much I spent lowering the truck wear off and then raise it back up, maybe just put drop shackles on the back. It's too bad, I love the way it looks!
So, I had my front struts installed and had an alignment done. It is definitely a much more controlled ride, but there is definitely a stiffer ride characteristic that I am trying to get used to. The factory was so plush, it is taking some getting used to. I guess I had the same results when I lowered my '08 GMC though.
Yes, those are the factory 20" wheels that come on the Elevation edition. I've always wanted a Syclone or Typhoon! I settled for putting a 350 in GMC S-15 about 25 yrs ago, that was a fun truck! You could always do this: https://www.topspeed.com/cars/gmc/2021-gmc-canyon-syclone-by-specialty-vehicle-engineering-ar188745.html
That's why I wanted to go with 4 inch rear drop, so I didn't have to cut the frame. I would also like to add a set of bags, but IHCs are $500 and I'm kind of cheap! LOL! I'm currently trying to find out if Airlift is going to have their Slam Air system available for these trucks. I also haul dirt bikes in the bed, pull a 22ft bay boat and various trailers so I do need tow/haul capability.
My kit came with Maxtrac shocks and I can't say that I'm happy with them. I just ordered Belltech Street Performers because I had really good results with them on my last truck. This is kind of the reason I made this post, I wanted to see what others had experienced with there drops. (Update: I put the Belltechs on the back this weekend and it was a huge improvement! Dont' waste your time or money on the Maxtracs!)
Thanks! Yeah, I am a fan of the no chrome look too, but the AT4 just wasn't in the budget! I would have loved to have the 6.2 also, but you can't get it in the Elevation package. And honestly the 5.3 has really surprised me!... huge upgrade from my '08 5.3...
I had some vibration because my truck did not have the 2 degree shims from the factory. I located some and installed them yesterday and it improved quite a bit, but there is still some vibration at 60mph+. My kit came with 2 transmission spacers with the recommendation to install the thicker of the 2. I am probably going to put the thinner one in and see if that works. And no, I forgot to measure my truck before I dropped it. But, here is a before pic...
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