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10/2/07 1:38 PM
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Samatikan
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I've heard that lowering my truck will add stability and such. Is this true? Are there any Cons?
10/2/07 5:29 PM
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depending on how you lower it, yes...it can help reduce body roll and add some stability in cornering but it will be at a cost of comfort. it will(99% of the time) be quite a bit stiffer than stock. that being said, put some red's hydros and some 100 spokes on that bitch
10/4/07 9:29 AM
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The ride quality is gonna depend on what kit you get to lower it and how much lower you go with it..  Don't go cheap.
10/4/07 10:20 PM
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I'm looking at the Eibach Pro Kit which would lower 1" to 3" in the front and 3" in the rear. This is for a 2002 Avalanche Z66.
10/5/07 9:46 AM
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You'll likely get a stiffer ride with increased handling and decreased comfort.
10/5/07 11:10 AM
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Pro - You will get better mileage
10/5/07 7:50 PM
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Can you explain how you'd get better mileage. I'm not an expert :)
10/5/07 10:46 PM
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Yeah.. how would you get better mileage? I dont think that amount of drop is going to reduce drag much. Unless you're planning to add some big wheels and want to decrease the wheel gap, I dont see the point in dropping a truck. It's not like you're going to get into some races on the twisties. And as mentioned the you'll lose comfort and it'll probably eat up your tires faster also. In addition, you're losing one of the advantages of driving a truck- the increased ride height to look over traffic. Safer IMO.
10/6/07 5:47 AM
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if the springs/kit/whatever you use doesn't completely fuck up the alignment and you get an alignment to fix what was off(usually only a few degrees) it won't eat up your tires any faster. I actually hate driving my brothers 2500 avalanche because of the body roll and I love 4wds. I had a 1985 GMC k15 with 1 ton springs as a lift(harsh as hell unless you had 2 tons in the bed) and it didn't feel like it floated as much.
10/7/07 11:35 AM
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If I do t, it will be done by pros. They take care of all the alignment and what not. I already had my '02 E-430 lowered, for aesthetic reasons, and my R-350 (with the Airmatic system) was also lowered for functional reasons. In both cases I haven't noticed any differences in ride quality, but we are talking about different class of vehicles. I'm concerned that I would "loose" some functionality (what functionality? I don't know), which would be more acceptable in a car than in a truck.
10/7/07 7:00 PM
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If done right, it'll improve handling, but there is a safety aspect as well. IIRC, it was the british car show Fifth Gear who did a head on crash test with two identical cars. The only difference was that one of them was lowered quite a bit, the other was standard. When they crashed, the standard car actually slid over the bonnet and plowed through the windscreen of the lowered one.
10/8/07 1:05 AM
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My car is a stock height and I scrape the chin on my driveway unless I creep real slow. Lowering it even an inch would cause me to scrape even more.
10/8/07 1:43 PM
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"Can you explain how you'd get better mileage. I'm not an expert :)" Better aerodynamics, you will punch a smaller hole in the wind.
10/9/07 12:32 AM
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thats one of the things that suck about lowering if it was a low car to begin with or its just a low car, you have to change your whole style of driving. take driveways at an angle, wait for the lanes to be totally clear so you can take your time, cant enter places through certain driveways.
10/9/07 10:13 PM
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If I was scraping the driveway at the mall I wouldn't mind so much but I have to enter the driveway to my house everyday! I may go with anti-sway bars to improve handling but retain stock height. And yes, my car came pretty low from the factory.
10/11/07 11:38 AM
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Edited: 11-Oct-07
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thats one of the things that suck about lowering if it was a low car to begin with or its just a low car, you have to change your whole style of driving. take driveways at an angle, wait for the lanes to be totally clear so you can take your time, cant enter places through certain driveways. this is probably why cars come from the line at a certain height. there are many things you can do without lowering to improve handling...start with stickier tires and the best upgrade of all is the nut behind the wheel

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