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djm 2/3 lowering kit

I ordered my kit yesterday and it well be here this week. is there any thing i should be surprised about with putting on the kit. this is my Daily driver and i finally had it with stock suspension. i know how to work on car since i have my nice day driver/track car running high 10s. this is my first time working on a truck. also what are the best places to put the jack stands when doing the drop kit. and any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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squirt everything up with penitrating fluid, and you might want some extra u bolts on hand if yours are pretty bad, because with the 2/3 and presume you have to do a flip...
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buy some cam washers and put them in while you have everything apart
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trim your front bumpstops

should of ordered the 4/5
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Yeah after you get the 2/3 on there your going to want to do 5/7. But thats fine. Just be sure to get everything with some penetrating oil a day in advance. Just think when you go to do the 5/7 in like a month (ha ha ha) you can throw an explorer axle and get a new set of gears with a LSD and it will look stock. I'm a huge fan of the explorer axle, I got one under my truck and love it.
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i want to slam it but i have to pull the race car some time with this truck. not often but if the tow rig is out doing something else i cant use it. my truck is southern so no rust.

the cam washers were do i get those from. also what about the angle of the dif. well that change much.
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you can haul with a 5 inch drop out back just put some air shocks on.
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I well go 4/5 when i get a new daily driver in a couple years and desided to do a v8 swap on this thing.
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4/5 is very daily drivable with no issues.

that 2/3 is going to ride like poop.
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why would a 2/3 ride like poop nd not a 4/5
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'cause the 4/5 replaces the front control arms, correcting suspension geometry and getting back some suspension travel. Also you go back to the stock length shackle in the back, so the over all effect is that you ride like stock, just way lower. And BTW, before the roll pan, I pulled trailers with a 4/5 regularly. Just get some air shocks or overload bags to level it out.
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Oh, and as far as the best place to put a jack......You have a full frame, pick a spot. Heck the cross member works up front too.
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why would a 2/3 ride like poop nd not a 4/5
The lower control arms are ungodly huge compared to the djm tubular arms and once the coils settle you will have to trim your bumpstops because your frame will be sitting on them causing a horrible ride. Even with them trimmed you will still smack your arms against the frame on a good bump.
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i welll see how it is with the 2/3. latter i might go 4/5 or just go back to stock. i did buy the gas shocks so that should help with the 2/3
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the back wont be an issue with shocks and only a 3 inch drop

the front is what will get ya...
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in time i well see lol. i went today and looked at rims. we put a set of 20s on it and i think thy are to big. i think i well be goine with 18s.
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might as well run 20's to fill up all the wheel gap you will have.
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well 20s fit with a 4/5 when and if i do that drop down the road.
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well 20s fit with a 4/5 when and if i do that drop down the road.
with rubberband tires yes.
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so go with 18s then. i got the kit in today and it looks very nicely manufacutered
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i love the way the truck rides and drives now.
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You got any pics of the install???? I am doing my 4/5 the weekend of the 30September... Any takers out there on beer and a suspension install....
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Nic, remember to take pleanty of pics of the install. I have my 4/5 kit and will be installing before the end of the year. good luck.
Mark or John, you guys are suggesting air shocks which I agree since I will be towing too. Do you guys have any specific brand/part number on hand that you could suggest?
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I ran toxics on my truck with no problem, they are a little more stiffer and most people suggest the belltech shocks, the part numbers can be found on summits website or styling trucks.
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You got any pics of the install???? I am doing my 4/5 the weekend of the 30September... Any takers out there on beer and a suspension install....
Yours is going to be more labor intensive since you have to replace the upper and lower control arms for the 4/5 kit vs his with just coils.

ryan sure hope you trimmed your bumpstops in the front.
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