Now the big mod was the Airride air bag systems, lots of measuring and alot of cutting. But nothing like a lil knuckle bashing and swearing to make your ride unique.
Just a quick pic of some of the basic components to the kit.
First up was the tear down of the stock suspension. The first thing i found out is that X-treme's have a lot more crap you gotta pull of the rear compared to your standard S-dime.
After cutting half the rear crossmember off we installed an additional crossmember. Next was the fitting, marking and cutting of the C-Notch with the help of my buddy Rick (seen eating sparks)
Next was the drilling the seemingly endless amounts of holes for the notches and upper crossmember and bag supports
After those were inplace we bolted up the lower links, panhard bar, diff plate and welded in the bag brackets on the diff housing.
Just for fun we had to bolt up the wheels just to see how low this thing could sit
Next step was the hardest...hacking up a perfectly good box! I took alot of eyeballing and measuring to get the box alignment just right so the notch sat perfect.
We got a lil lazy on the photos for the front end bags because it was the simplest. Just involved enlarging the spring pockets, relocating the shocks, and installing Bell-tech 2" drop spindles. The next headache was the plumbing of the 1/2" airbag lines, 1/8" guage lines. and the mass amount of solenoid wires to the switches. Heres a lil tip I learned to save you guys alot of headaches.
Note: ALTHOUGH THE 90*SWIVEL FITTINGS ARE NEW TEST THEM!!
Right from the kit 2 of 4 fittings leaked right at the swivel. (One of which is burried in the dry wall of the shop..whoops)
Before and After shots a lil airride makes a big difference. I had my buddy "Fat" Brad stand in the box on this shot to make it look like he's weighing down my truck. Also unlike most who run 7 to 8" wide rims only i wanted the tires to fill the wheel well so to help on clearance issues i had the front rims machined down 1/8" to help with turning clearance.