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#1 Old 04-27-2013, 03:53 PM
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Looking to make my75d100 handle better.

Hey guys I want to make my 75 handle better dose anyone make a perfomance suspention kit for these truck? If not what are the best/stifest shocks or coilovers I can get for it? I would like to drop in an ince or two up font.
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#2 Old 04-27-2013, 07:57 PM
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You could try calling Hotchkis or other similar companys. There is also a stickied thread at the top of the 72-87 forum page that talks about lowering it. For stiffer springs you could use some from a higher rated truck. IE, if you have a 100/150, use 250/350 springs. I wouldn't put any 1 ton springs in the back though, as it is light enough for the springs you have. Air shocks get pretty stiff, unfortunately the raise the truck as you add air. I would stay away from Ebay lowering kits/ coilover kits as well. They may be fine for my current 3100lb camry, but a 4500-5000lb truck, I'd get something with a name behind it.

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Wanda is a '78 with a 360. I added HD springs and all new joints. She rides like a bronco/jackrabbit on bouncy city streets which is what we have in Houston. Fine on smooth roads.

I have new Monroe-Matics (cheap) front and rear shocks. The Monroes are OK (for what they are). I tried replacing them.

The ride - sorry - sucks if the roads is rough. I'd like to know if better (i.e. more expensive) shocks help.

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if you got old springs in the front i would not touch them. you could possibly get van lower control arms to bring the front end down even more. lowering the front end should help it handle better. i know the front end on my 81 is lower than it came stock and i can barrel around corners at 25mph if i want.


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When I took my front suspension apart I found a broken spring (top ring and 1/2 ) that no one had diagnosed and which no doubt caused the left front oscillations I was complained about. I'm sure the HD springs have made the front end a bit higher. The problem is not going around corners but jack rabbiting over road bumps.

I wish someone would put in some good shocks and tell the rest of us it worth it.

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1972 318 w/ lock-up 727 (not the 360 advertised)
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Poly steering "rag joint" and steering box braced
Poly mounts/bushings, springs & suspension parts
Upgraded cooling & fans
Front Sway Bar added
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I'd like to up-grade my trucks handling as well. What would be the best brand to use as far as a good ride and decent price? My '79 truck is for cruising only my '95 is for daily driver and hauling. Would a rear sway bar help as well?(note: I'm just asking for my '79 my '95 is just fine.)

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Years ago I put a front sway bar on an 85 that I had. Made an enormous difference in the handling. I would recommend that upgrade, after replacing the Monroe-Matics with something heavier. Even just moving up the Monroe line would help a lot. Get the Monroe shocks designed for trucks/vans, they work much better than the cheapo Monroe-matics.

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How low would the van control arms lower the front end?

Owns :68 Dart 270 318 2bbl auto 4dr, 1979 Dodge D-150 318 4bbl Auto, And 95 Ram 1500 5.9 360 v8 Auto ext cab Laramie.
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Read this: FAQ: Lowering 72-93 Dodge D-series Trucks

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i haven't used then but i think you can get them cheaper at rockauto. if you use discount code 141714509024656 in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" box you can save 5% on your ordered from rock auto.


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Use KYB gas adjust shocks. They work wonders on vans.
Monroe senstrac's are not meant for lowered vehicles and are softer near the factory ride height range.

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I've had good luck with KYBs on cars and Edelbrocks on my Suburban. And when I wore out all 4 Edelbrochs, they promptly replaced them under warranty with no fuss.

IIRC, it's recommended to add a front anti-roll (sway) bar first. Check out the Addco web site which has a PDF on the subject.

You will need an after-market bar as the rear bracket for a OEM front bar (if you could find an OEM bar) are non-existent. Addco always made good kits but I haven't bought one in years so I can't say now. Grady

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1972 318 w/ lock-up 727 (not the 360 advertised)
In her 2-3 life - too many new parts to list
Poly steering "rag joint" and steering box braced
Poly mounts/bushings, springs & suspension parts
Upgraded cooling & fans
Front Sway Bar added
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I used performance suspension technology urethane bushings on my B-300 van. I got the rebuild kit and added KYB shocks to the kit. When I bought mine, the asked for sway-bar sizes and end link lengths so they could add these bushings in urethane at no additional charge.
I have front and rear sway bars on my van. They help handling and improve tire life when driven on a windy mountain road to/from work.

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But if you have an OEM bar(s) and mounts, it's not so much of a problem as the rubber bushings themselves are available. Grady

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1972 318 w/ lock-up 727 (not the 360 advertised)
In her 2-3 life - too many new parts to list
Poly steering "rag joint" and steering box braced
Poly mounts/bushings, springs & suspension parts
Upgraded cooling & fans
Front Sway Bar added
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Thanks for the info guys. Yeah I already got the poly bushings just havnt put them on yet will do that along with the shocks.
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You can lower it with Belltech 2605 spindles as well as Van or 4000# truck LCA's or both
You can adapt a F body GM sway bar in the front & a rear bar from a R/T Dakota

Handling goes way up when you lower

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these guys may be a bit extreme for what you're asking but they get the job done
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