For those of you who are loyal Custom Classic Trucks readers you might remember it was exactly one year ago that we ran our last front and rear suspension guide. The next thing you will notice is while we have some of the same brand names featured, nothing in this guide is a repeat product from last year. Contrary to what some un-hip squares on the outside of our scene might think, the technology surrounding customized classic trucks is in a constant state of evolution.

For those who aren't clear on what is meant by a suspension clip, loosely defined "clip" is a streamlined expression for any suspension setup that supplants one system with another. For example, removing a straight-axle and opting for IFS (independent front suspension) or going from leaf springs on the rear to a trailing-arm setup. That said, the last place you want to turn to for help is a clip joint. That's why we're here to make sure you guys are aware of all the latest and greatest goodies available for your truck from the most reliable sources around.

A few things to keep in mind before you settle on one particular front or rear suspension setup is to remember there are more than just a few choices available. One example is steering systems are available with or without power assist, and come in rack-and-pinion or recirculating ball configurations. Another area where it helps to do some homework first is suspension damping. Do you want airbags, coilover springs, or torsion bar? Last, but not least is what kind of brakes do you need: disc, drum, power, or no power?

Okay, we know it sounds like a lot to ingest, but remember the manufacturers listed here are only an email or phone call away and they will be glad to help you decide which suspension setup will serve you best.

No Limit Engineering
No Limit Engineering manufacturers four-link rear suspension kits for many popular trucks, including '47-87 Chevy trucks and '48-66 Fords. These kits are engineered and designed specifically for a truck, which means they will hold up to truck standards, as well as give you the ride and performance you desire. The No Limit kit comes complete with all mounts, four-link bars; rear shock crossmember; and your choice of coilovers, airbags, or Shockwaves.

No Limit Engineering
(909) 386-7637
www.nolimit.net

Jim Meyer Racing Products
Jim Meyer Racing Products offers '60-87 Chevy/GMC heavy-duty bolt-in or weld-in IFS units. The Jim Meyer IFS kit features '78-88 Impala spindles, 12-inch diameter Impala rotors, calipers, and ball joints. The kits are also based off 5-on-5-inch bolt-patterns for easy wheel selection. When it comes to installing the Jim Meyer setup, the stock crossmember is unbolted and replaced with a new Jim Meyer 2x4x0.188-inch wall crossmember that holds a new '83-87 T-Bird power rack-and-pinion steering unit. Modifications to the bottom of the steering column will be necessary to connect to the rack spline, or the IFS can be used with an ididit or Flaming River column, as well as a Jim Meyer lower column modification kit. To retain the 621/2-inch wide front track, the kit features DOM tubing upper and lower A-arms-1 1/4x0.156-inch wall lower arms and a 1x0.156-inch wall upper A-arms. The IFS also features aluminum coilover shocks with powdercoated springs and a three-position upper mount and two-position lower mount, which offers the desired stance.

Jim Meyer Racing Products
(800) 824-1752
www.jimmeyerracing.com

The Thorbecke Brothers
The Thorbecke Brothers have released a raised replacement front crossmember for '63-87 Chevy trucks. This heavy-duty crossmember bolts into place using the existing factory mounting locations and has eliminated the need to Z-notch your frame in order to lay out flat. Other features include: narrowing your stance by 2 1/4-inches, switching from the traditional steering box to a more responsive Mustang rack-and-pinion system, and the option to use factory control arms or Thorbecke Brothers tubular control arms. This kit was designed to be able to lay frame on a 22-inch wheel with a tire height of 29.5 inches.

Thorbecke Brothers
(812) 782-3581
www.suicidedoors.com

Heidt's Hot Rod Shop
Heidt's Hot Rod Shop offers their Superride II IFS for '47-59 Chevys and '35-56 Fords. The Superride II uses a unique Heidt's geometry design very similar to the Mustang II, which works well on the classic trucks. The Superride II IFS uses Heidt's one-piece crossmember with Mustang II dropped spindles to allow for a front-mount rack-and-pinion unit, to ease motor installation. The upper control arms use threaded adjusters for the wheel alignment. Unlike eccentric adjusters, these threaded adjusters will never "slip" and lose alignment no matter how big a bump you hit. The Heidt's setup allows for a smooth, very low and highly steerable ride with no bumpsteer and built-in anti-dive. Also included in the setup are disc brakes and coilover shocks.

Heidt's Hot Rod Shop
(800) 841-8188
www.heidts.com

Fatman Fabrications
Superior ride quality and traction is easily accomplished with Fatman's Rear Pro Link Four Bar kit. The kit is an exceptionally clean weld-in installation that provides top notch appearance and handling. Nearly any axle can be used and the kit comes with chrome coilover shocks standard. Not to mention, stainless bars and hardware are an option as well. Because of the versatility of the four bar, and the width of the coilovers, the Fatman Rear Pro Link Four Bar kit will work with all make and model trucks ranging from 1935 and on up into the 1980's.

Fatman Fabrications
(704) 5445-0369
www.fatmanfab.com

Early Classic Enterprises
Early Classic Enterprises combines their Extreme Drop Crossmember with their heavy-duty '60-72 replacement trailing arms for the perfect solution to drop your truck. The crossmember provides additional 2.5 inches of ground clearance, thru-frame exhaust passage, and a raised driveline loop. It is formed from 1/4-inch laser-cut steel, making it stronger and more functional than the factory unit it replaces. The trailing arms boast rectangular heavy-wall, one-piece construction and are engineered to handle some serious horsepower. These heavy-duty replacements are supplied with new U-bolts, coil spring retainers, polygraphite bushings, integrated emergency brake cable bracket, and all necessary hardware. This ultra-clean looking American-made assembly is designed to install in the original location without modification, and is powdercoated black for a rust-free service.

Early Classic Enterprises, Inc.
(888) 777-0395
www.earlyclassic.com

Kugel Komponents
Kugel Komponents manufactures their design IFS and IRS systems. Their IFS systems are their own design, which means they are not a takeoff of a Mustang or Camaro frontend. They make all their own cast stainless spindle assemblies and their own cast, or fabricated, A-arms. All of their suspensions come complete with crossmembers, rack-and-pinion steering, and sway bars. They are designed for any model truck from 1928 and on into the '60's. Custom applications are available in either standard or heavy-duty suspensions as well. Their IRS design is based from Jaguar, but features all new components. The IRS starts with a Ford 9-inch third member, and Kugel's own cast-aluminum housing, which varies between two styles. Also included are: Corvette bearing assemblies, their own cast-aluminum hub uprights, either cast stainless control arms or fabrication tube control arms (stainless steel or mild steel), two or four coilover shock design, and inboard brakes.

Kugel Komponents
(562) 691-7006
www.kugelkomponents.com

Performance Online, Inc.
Available from Performance Online, Inc. is their Stage 3 suspension kits. The POL kits are comprised of their own tubular control arms, performance springs, and shocks. The Stage 3 kits are available for '63-72 Chevy trucks. The POL upper and lower tubular control arms made from 1020 DOM tubing with added caster for increased performance. The kit also includes coil springs, Nitro Slammer shocks, upper and lower control arm shafts, and bushings. As an added option, POL offers the Stage 3 kit with either stock height springs, or drop springs ranging from 1 to 3 inches. All springs are available for big-block applications.

Performance Online, Inc.
(800) 638-1703
www.performanceonline.com

Total Cost Involved Engineering
Total Cost Involved Engineering offers a solution to outfit your '37-54 Chevy truck with new leaf springs. The Total Cost Involved Engineering leaf-spring kit provides your vehicle with strength, durability, and proven quality. The rear leaf kit includes 2-inch lower leaf springs, shock kit, mounting brackets, weld-on axle brackets, hardware, and instructions. The kit is basic and simple, but more than adequate in performance and ride quality.

Total Cost Involved Engineering
(866) 925-1102
www.totalcostinvolved.com

Full Tilt Street Rods
Full Tilt Street Rods offers their More Bitchin'r Rear Parallel 4-link Suspension System for '54-59 Chevy half-ton trucks. The four-link bars are made from 1x3/16-inch wall tubing, and the supplied brackets are 3/16-inch that fit any 3-inch axle tube. The system is designed for ride quality with coilover shocks, Shockwaves, or airbags. The system features an extra-long Panhard bar to minimize deflection when you raise or lower the ride height with airbags. Other features include: an inboard mount design that allows easy mounting for larger tires and wheels, front four-link brackets that bolt to the frame using stock leaf-spring mount holes, upper coilover mount bolts into existing frame holes, and adjustable parallel bars that allow changing pinion angle. The kit also includes all needed bolts, brackets, and polyurethane bushings.

Full Tilt Street Rods
(970) 255-8890
www.fulltiltstreetrods.com

Air Ride Technologies
Due to the fact '63-72 Chevrolet C10s are some of the most sought after and coveted trucks to ever roll out of Detroit, it was only fitting Air Ride Technologies developed a bolt-on airbag kit. The kit features new ART tubular trailing arms manufactured from 2x0.120-inch wall DOM tubing that offer strength and flexibility. The arms also feature new axle mounting pads that reposition pinion angle for the new, lower ride height. Contoured bolt-on C-notches strengthen the frame and allow maximum suspension drop and travel. Also included are bolt-on tubular upper and lower shock crossmembers that allows use of standard shocks, billet adjustable shocks, or Shockwaves. Another benefit to the kit is it replaces the stock trailing arm crossmember with a new bolt-on tubular trailing arm crossmember, which helps strengthen the frame and provides much needed exhaust and driveshaft clearance. The kit also eliminates the factory Panhard bar, and replaces it with a new, adjustable Panhard bar that offers both increased strength and precise centering of your rearend to optimize tire clearance. Included in the Panhard bar setup is a bolt-on billet aluminum Panhard bar mount

Air Ride Technologies
(812) 481-4787
www.ridetech.com

McGaughy's Suspension Parts
From McGaughy's Suspension Parts are their big brake kits. These new kits allow one to upgrade the braking on their truck without having to change your tie rods, A-arms, ball joints, and the like. The kit is a simple bolt-on kit that includes 13-inch rotors, hubs, bearings, seals, flex lines, and massive GM calipers. Each kit also includes their renowned 21/2-inch drop spindles that are custom CNC machined, in house, ensuring an easy bolt-on installation. Kits are offered with 5-on-5 or 5-on-4.75 rotor lug patterns. McGaughy's offers these new kits for GM 1/2-ton trucks '63-87.

McGaughy's Suspension Parts
(559) 226-8196
www.mcgaughys.com

Street Rod Headquarters
Street Rod Headquarters offers complete plug-n-play airbag kits. The kits contain everything needed to set your truck up with a fully adjustable airbag suspension. The kit is based around the plug-n-play self-contained control box. The box is prewired and includes a 3/4-horsepower compressor. The kit includes: four airbags, controller, brackets, tank, compressor, 3/8-inch 150-psi valves, solenoids, dual gauges, and a wire kit.

Street Rod Headquarters
(866) 681-7421
www.streetrodhq.com

Flat Out Engineering
Flat Out Engineering offers '84-87 and '88-95 front and rear Corvette suspensions kits for '35-64 Ford trucks and '36-72 Chevy trucks. These kits will equip your ride with state-of-the-art Corvette suspension. All of Flat Out's kits are manufactured using 3/16-inch laser-cut folded, pickled, and oiled or cold-rolled steel. All shock mounts and steering mount brackets are double sheer design, and the front lower control arm mounts are CNC machined. All parts are TIG welded. Flat Out has also designed the crossmember with all the correct geometry to install the Corvette control arms, rack-and-pinion steering, sway bar, and coilover shocks to provide superior cornering, handling, and allow proper frontend alignment. All that is required are a few careful measurements to locate the crossmember correctly on your chassis.

Flat Out Engineering
(714) 639-2623

Classic Performance Products
Looking for a spindle and brake kit for your lowered truck with big tires and wheels? Classic Performance Products has released their new modular 2-inch drop spindle wheel kits for '60-87 Chevy pickups. This exclusive, new Simple Offset Solution design helps solve tire-to-fender interference commonly found with lowered trucks, due to the fact it is designed to address concerns about using aftermarket big wheels and tires by using different spindle/rotor offsets. The new modular spindle offers other benefits, including: it installs easy without modifications, works with factory ball joints and tie rod ends, lowers your truck a full 2 inches, offers adjustable steering stops, and provides 1 1/8-inch more fender-to-tire clearance. Classic Performance's new modular spindle and bracket also works with factory '71-87 C10 brake components, or CPP's big brake 13-inch rotor with twin 52mm piston brake caliper kit.

Classic Performance Products
(800) 522-5004
www.classicperform.com

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