On The Level
I have an '04 Dodge 2WD extended-cab pickup. I would like to level out the ride on my truck. My problem is I am not sure whether to use raised spindles or coil springs. My question is what are the advantages and disadvantages of each method?
Juan Martinez
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If you just want to lower the rear of your truck to level it out, you can do that with a set of lowering shackles. If you want to lower the front of the truck, you can use spindles and/or springs depending on just how low you want to go.

If you have a 4x4, then you could lift the front of your truck using ReadyLift [(800) 549-4620, www.readylift.com] aftermarket torsion keys, which cost about 200 bucks. Or if you've got a two-wheel-drive truck, you could use Daystar [(800) 595-7659, www.daystarweb.com] 1.5-inch coil-spring spacers up front, which cost about 40 bucks.

Short Shocks
I have a '72 El Camino with a 4/6 drop. I need to replace the shocks but don't know where to go to find the right shock for the adjusted suspension. Can you help?
John Weidenhamer
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The Original Parts Group (OPG) [5252 Bolsa Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92649, (714) 230-6000, (800) 243-8355, www.opgi.com] carries KYB gas shocks for lowered early El Caminos.

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