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