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A couple of people were right.

I was looking at my truck today and now that I have gotten completely used to it being as low as it is, I think I want to go lower. So, I think I am going to get the DJM Upper and Lower Control Arms. I have a couple of questions.

1) Do I use these with the 2" drop springs I already have or do I use my stock springs?

2) I dont mind the rear sitting about an inch above the rear or so, but adding another 2 inches to the drop in the rear (maybe just 1 inch) Would I need to notch the frame?

This is what I plan to buy:

http://www.stylinconcepts.com/part.c...&CategoryID=30

http://www.stylinconcepts.com/part.c...&CategoryID=30

Anyways, the help is appreciated. I really regret not doing it correctly the first time, but I honestly and truly thought I would be happy.
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!. Use the drop spring
2. Just depends, most guys can ride fine with no notch, some need a bolt in notch. I would say you wont need one though.
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Well, the 4" upper/lower control arms says it can be used with stock springs, then down at the bottom it says DJM, thats why I am confused.
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The DJM control arms will yeild 2" of drop by themselves...4" when used in conjunction with the drop springs.

Personally, I'm debating on sh!tcanning the 3" springs I have and going with the control arm/stock spring thing for better suspension geometry....I just wish they made 3" drop spindles for our trucks....
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bag it and get it done with mwuahahaha
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Well, I just ordered the Control Arms. summit had them a considerable amount cheaper than stylinconcepts. The guys there said you use them with stock springs, so if that is the case, I will be selling the lowering springs soon.
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Ok, I have read in places that you can use the stock springs with the DJM control arms to get the 4" drop and some places say you get the 4" with the 2" drop springs. I need a FOR SURE answer. Its driving me nuts and I hate not being able to know for sure.
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The DJM control arms will yeild 2" of drop by themselves...4" when used in conjunction with the drop springs......
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bag it and get it done with mwuahahaha

if you notch the frame you might as well!!
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I believe now, John. I found a few posts with people talking about using 3" belltech coils w/ control arms to get thier 4bangers to sit properly. I just dont understand why the sales reps at Summit/Stylin Concepts tell people stock springs are fine with the Arms and you still get the 4" drop. I guess they are just stupid.
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its no that they are stupid, they just dont all the facts...

fact 1: the lower control arm drops you 2 inches

fact 2: the upper control arm doesnt drop the truck, however is needed for a proper alignment

fact 3: you CAN use stock coils, but that gives you a 2inch drop, if you add 2inch drop coils, you get a 4inch drop and if you add 3inch drop coils, you get a 5 inch drop


also, assuming that you have a flip kit and lifting shackle in the rear, i would suggest to swap for the stock shackle to get the rear down to match

also what size tires do you have?
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its no that they are stupid, they just dont all the facts...

fact 1: the lower control arm drops you 2 inches

fact 2: the upper control arm doesnt drop the truck, however is needed for a proper alignment

fact 3: you CAN use stock coils, but that gives you a 2inch drop, if you add 2inch drop coils, you get a 4inch drop and if you add 3inch drop coils, you get a 5 inch drop
Bingo, if you need any help, give me a holla, I have helped with one before.
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Bingo, if you need any help, give me a holla, I have helped with one before.
May just hold you to that!

As for the tires, I have 245/45R17's. The rear hanger has another notch in it so I can drop it another inch without going the full 5 inch drop, gunna try that after putting in the Control Arms.
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thats cool, a 245/45/17 is about as big as you can go with a 4-5inch drop in the front, and bigger and you will have rubbing problems
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good to hear, haha. I was gunna be sad otherwise
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If your in Cedar Hill, ill help if you need it too.
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Well, truck goes into shop monday for paint. After it gets out, depending on my other job's schedule, I hope to do it on the 8th or 15th of May. I hope.
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Just let me know. My cast comes off the 4th.. haha..
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i might have to make a trip up there as well.....might as well throw a party i ned to learn this lowering stuff anyway
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i might have to make a trip up there as well.....might as well throw a party i ned to learn this lowering stuff anyway
Well, I figure this would be a good time seeing as all the front suspension is coming out.
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