Static lowering (nonadjustable) has been around about as long as cars have been on the road. The first lows probably came from a grease monkey and his oxygen/acetylene torch heating the spring and letting it collapse. Then it moved onto pulling the spring out and lopping off a coil or two. Well, both of these methods worked, but, man, the ride quality went in the toilet. Thank goodness the aftermarket world came to our rescue with reengineered springs, drop spindles, and drop-pocket control arms to bring down the front of our trucks. Out back, you can expect to use blocks, short shackles, raised hangers, lighter springs, or a flip kit. Blocks can be used if the axle is over the spring pack; if not, look for a flip kit that will position it that way. A flip kit usually drops the truck about 6 inches, so if you're looking for something less, using a combination of short shackles, springs, or hangers will get you where you want your back to be.

When it comes to lifting a truck, the type of lift will depend on the specific model, but for the most part, lift kits now consist of drop-down brackets. These move the mounting points of the lower suspension components down. Then, an extended spindle will take up the added space created between the upper and lower arms. For some of the earlier trucks, all that's offered are longer springs and new control arms that are installed to keep the alignment true. Some trucks can also benefit from a basic lift spindle. To raise the back, you will be looking at extended shackles, new hangers, or new leaf springs. If you're looking for a smaller lift, there are cost-effective spring spacers and lift blocks that can add an inch or so without busting your budget.

That is just a quick breakdown of what it takes to lift or lower your truck, but we thought, Why not go into more detail about the basic parts in a suspension system? Each of the following sections should give you a small primer on what they are and how they work. Then we put in a list that will hopefully point you in the right direction to get the parts you want to get up or down.

SOURCE
UDS Classic Industries
8-66/-656-1706
www.classicindustries.com
Air Slam Performance Accessories
www.p-a-g.net
Truckin' Suspension Downey
Tuff Country
www.tuffcountry.com
Extreme Air Valves
CST Performance Suspensions IF Customs
www.ifcustom.com
Tokiko Inc Mac's Springs
26746 E. Baseline
Highland
CA  92346
www.macsspring.com
Kelderman Manufacturing H&R Spring
QA1 Precision Products Inc Master Image Customs
Camburg Engineering
7501 Slater Ave., Ste. E.
Huntington Beach
CA  92647
Hotchkis Performance
12035 Burke St., Ste. 13
Santa Fe Springs
CA  90670
877-466-7655
www.hotchkis.net
Bulletproof Suspension Air Ride Technologies
350 S. Charles St
Jasper
IN  47546
812-482-2932
www.ridetech.com
Total Chaos
www.chaosfab.com
Fender Bender International
Rancho Cordova
CA
Showtime Suspension BDS Suspension
N/A
www.bds-suspension.com
Chassis Tech
Mesa
AZ
Full-Traction Suspension
6951 McDivitt Dr.
Bakersfield
CA  93313
Jack-It Accessories Brother's Truck Parts
Daystar International Products Inc Sway-A-Way
Fox Racing
www.foxracing.com
Roadmaster Active Suspension
Hellwig Suspension Accessories
16237 Ave. 296
Visalia
CA  93292
8-00/-367-5480
www.hellwigproducts.com
Ground Force
724-430-2068
groundforce.com
Suspension Max
3853 E. Eagle Dr.
Anaheim
CA  92807
Cognito Motorsports
KP Components Inc Energy Suspension
1131 Via Callejon
San Clemente
CA  92673
Firestone Industrial Products Company Early Classic Enterprises
www.earlyclassic.com
Skyjacker
P.O. Box 1678
West Monroe
LA  71294
N/A
3-18/-388-0816
www.skyjacker.com
Parts World
Silver Star Customs Performance Suspension Components
Phoenix
AZ
www.performancesuspension.com
Thorbecke Brothers Superlift
superlift.com
Rough Country
www.roughcountry.com
Sadistic Iron Werks
760-703-5159
Myspace.com/Sadisticiron
Stylin' Concepts
www.stylinconcepts.com
Off Road Unlimited
www.offroadunlimited.com
Bags and Brackets No Limit Engineering
RCD Devious Customs
www.deviouscustoms.com
Turner Enterprises Dealer's Sport Truck
Year One
PO Box 129
Tucker
GA  30085
800-932-7663
770-496-1949
www.nextgenparts.com/mustang
Street Beat
Fabtech
909-597-7800
www.fabtechmotorsports.com
GO-EZ Customs
1330 N. Blue Gum Unit A
Anaheim
CA  92806
714-630-0600
myspace.com.goez
Bilstein
14102 Stowe Dr.
Poway
CA  92064
858-386-5900
www.bilstein.com
ARC Spring Inc.
Trailmaster KRZ Customs
VIAIR Corporation
www.viaircorp.com
Genuine Suspension
Truck Tuner Autofab
10996 N. Woodside Ave.
Santee
CA  92071
6-19/-562-1740
www.autofab.com
Edelbrock Corp
2700 California St
Torrance
CA  90503
310-781-2222
Rancho
500 N. Field Dr.
Dept. 4WDSU
Lake Forest
IL  60045
SLP Performance Parts
1501 Industrial Way North
Toms River
NJ  08755
Original Parts Group Inc
Summit
www.summitracing.com
Extreme Suspensions Inc.
Trader's
www.traders2k.com
Sport Truck Direct
www.sporttruckdirect.com
BCS Oasis Off Road
Timbren Industries Inc Stillen
3176 Airway
Costa Mesa
CA  92626
714-540-5566
www.stillen.com
Calmini
www.calmini.com
Doetsch
Revtek Eibach
Explorer Pro Comp
2360 Boswell Rd.
Chula Vista
CA  91914-3510
www.explorerprocomp.com
AIM Industries
airbagit.com
Godfather Customs
www.godfathercustoms.com
RockKrawler Suspension
King Full Throttle
Belltech
www.belltechcorp.com
Donahoe Racing Enterprises
Twisted Suspension Designs