No system on your truck affects your driving enjoyment more than the suspension. You may have a 500hp big-block under the hood that can roast the hides, but if the suspension is loose and unresponsive, the truck is going to be miserable to drive. On the other hand, if it handles like a slot car, you can have an anemic six under the hood and still have a blast tearing through some twisties with your foot on the floor.

When it was time to freshen the suspension on our '77 GMC 1/2-ton shortbed, we decided to set it a little closer to the ground and tighten it up with polyurethane bushings. Our truck had a GVW of 10,000 pounds, so it rode a little firm and sat kind of high. We decided to go with a 4/6 drop and contacted Choo Choo Customs for a flip kit. We used a C-notch from Belltech in the rear and 2-inch-dropped spindles, and 2-inch-dropped coils from Early Classic Enterprises (ECE) took care of the front.

To ensure we'd get the kind of handling we wanted, we turned to the experts at Performance Suspension Components (PSC) for a complete rebuild kit, including graphite-impregnated polyurethane bushings and a set of KYB gas shocks. For the steering box, we turned (pun intended) to the knowledgeable people at AGR. They rebuild and customize a wide variety of boxes--everything from stock replacements to ultraquick 12:1 boxes. We opted for one of the company's variable-ratio sport-valved boxes.

We set a weekend aside, and with the help of a few friends, we soon had the truck torn down and back on its way to road-warrior status.

SOURCE
AGR Inc.
4920 Rondo Dr.
Fort Worth
TX  76106
Performance Suspension Components
Phoenix
AZ
www.performancesuspension.com
Belltech Sport Trucks
2822 E. California Ave.
Fresno
CA
www.belltechcorp.com
Raybestos
McHenry
IL
815-363-9000
www.raybestos.com
Choo Choo Customs
7801 Lee Hwy.
Chattanooga
TN
Restomotive Laboratories
POR-15
PO Box 1235
Morristown
NJ  07962-1235
Early Classic Ent.
5843 E. Clinton Ave.
Fresno
CA
www.earlyclassic.com
Russell Performance Products
225 Fentress Blvd.
Daytona Beach
FL  32114
904-253-8980
www.russellperformance.com
Eastwood
263 Shoemaker Road
Pottstown
PA  19464
1-800-345-1178
www.eastwoodco.com
Southbay Motorsports Design
14664 Deon Dr.
Sonora
CA