When we departed last month, we had the nose of our project C10 down nice and low, but the rear had yet to be sorted. Well, wait no longer as we’re gonna wrap this sucker up, all things stance-related that is!
Though we originally intended to simply lower the back end of our truck, like the front, it quickly became a slippery slope. The trailing arms needed to be rebuilt and one ended up being slightly twisted so it was decided to step up and install CPP’s Totally Tubular rear suspension kit. And why not since the front received the same attention?!
At the heart of the kit are CPP’s tubular trailing arms, manufactured with a laser-cut-and-formed spring platform fabricated to CNC-bent, 2-inch DOM heavy-walled tubing and utilize a patended non-squeak, self-lubricating bushing that never needs to be greased. Coupled with a pair of 5-inch dropped coil springs and Nitrogen gas shocks, that low of a stance requires the framerails to be C-notched to facilitate full travel of the rearend. Luckily, a C-notch kit is included. We opted to go with the 3⁄8-inch heavy duty version, which CPP recommends for anyone who might end up towing with their truck (hey, you never know right?!). A little slicing and dicing to the stock ’rails and you’re back in the saddle with full travel. Rounding out the kit is their Deluxe Trac Bar, which is designed specifically for lowered vehicles, allowing them to maintain proper alignment of the rearend while taking advantage of the lower center of gravity. That translates into an increase in cornering ability and an overall handling improvement over stock.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so in this case, I figure the next forty photos are worth at least forty thousand words. At least I hope they tell the story of what it took to get our C10 nice and low and get you thinking twice the next time you write off that $2,000 longbed truck! CCT