Mild drops have long been a staple of the custom truck market. Bringing the nose down a few inches, then lowering the back to match, is almost mandatory. These kinds of drops are very popular with the do-it-yourselfer because they usually don't require any cutting and are done with bolt-on parts.

Even though suspension kits have become very exotic - such as bolt-in, airbagged cantilever setups - the tried-and-true methods of bringing the ride height down are still being implemented. DJM Suspension of Gardena, California, has manufactured quality lowering kits and suspension components for many years and knows all about lowering a truck.

The company is known for its line of Calmax control arms. These are beefy, tubular, replacement lower control arms that drop the truck 2 inches while retaining the stock spring and shock. These arms come with ball joints, urethane bushings, and sleeves already installed.

To bring the back down, DJM built a flip kit that places the rearend housing on top of the leaf-spring pack and holds it tight with a couple ingenious brackets. The flip kit actually lowers the truck 1 inch too far and creates a butt-dragging look. To cure this, DJM also provides a lift shackle to set the truck level again.

We took our Ram to Rapid Transit in San Pedro, California, to have the parts installed. The company has been customizing trucks for a long time, and the fact that it's a full-service shop with a four-wheel alignment rack made it even sweeter. You can install this setup at home, but you will need to take it to be aligned.

SOURCE
DJM Suspension Inc.
580 W. 184th St.
Gardena
CA  90248
310-538-1583
www.djmsuspension.com
Rapid Transit
114 N. Pacific Ave.
San Pedro
CA
310-832-6448