1985 Lowering Questions.

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  1. Garrett 1985

    Garrett 1985 Junior Member

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    I have a 1985 Dodge D100 Custom with a 225 Slant Six with a 3 Speed Automatic. Truck has no rust @ ALL! and its completely stock besides the rims. But besides all that I really want to lower my truck in the back and front. Im looking to get a 4" - 7" drop on front and back(Leveled out of course). If that is not possible without doing major amount of work I would love to just level the truck out and get rid of the ugly rake in the back. Please can someone just leave some info on how to lower an 85 or what i will need / have to do to achieve a lowered truck.

    Now I notice that the 1985 Dodge came with the axle under the leaf so you cannot use lowering blocks which is what i wanted to do but the only way i can do that is to flip the axle but Im sure that will give me a big enough drop lol.

    For the front i heard you can use Van lower control arms and it make the spring sit lower giving you a couple inches but is there another way because it seems hard to find those where I live

    One question I have is that if i flip my rear axle will the pumpkin hit the bed?

    Another question is what are the steps to flipping your axle.

    Here are some pictures of my truck.
    (The tag is colored in.)

    https://puu.sh/w6Rar/34f4c8e333.png (Side / Passenger Side)

    https://puu.sh/w6RnV/85d944fdb4.png (Front)

    https://puu.sh/w6S8i/31609a378e.png (Another Front)

    https://puu.sh/w6RI4/8ec38b862f.png (Side / Driver Side)

    https://puu.sh/w6RMi/bc0850a859.png (Rear Axle)

    https://puu.sh/w6RXD/9359a6ed20.png (Engine Bay)
     
  2. Midnight 4x4

    Midnight 4x4 Junior Member

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    Sounds like we have the same truck I’m in the same boat as you. I put lowering shackles on the rear and they leveled it. That is not low enough I’m going to be trying the van lower control arm route this weekend and see how that goes. I will inform you on my struggles as they approach.
     
  3. vdubee

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    What shackles did you use?
     
  4. tncruiser

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    nice truck
    brianj
     
  5. crazzywolfie

    crazzywolfie Senior Member

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    GLHS592 who has an account on a couple different forums has lowered his and it came out looking pretty good but it but definitely looks like a bit of work. i know his post wont make a ton of sense with the photos missing but you can than photobucket for screwing them up. you can check out his photos here to
    1980 Dodge D-150 by Kevin Isenberg | Photobucket

     
  6. Midnight 4x4

    Midnight 4x4 Junior Member

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    I used the cheap ones drone oreillys there were like 40 bucks. Had a hard time getting the bolts out cause they probably had never been jacked with before. Also installed van lower control arms and its super easy to do don’t let them fool you don’t go to pull a part for the control arms. Rock auto has brand new LCA with ball joint and bushing for less than $40 each. Look for a 80’s 3/4 dodge van.
     
  7. Midnight 4x4

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    shackles are for a chevy a little wider than ours just ground them down to fit in the mount. It leveled the truck out kinda. Not low enough for me. LCA on the front just complete. Have to drill 2 - 1/2” holes by ball joint to match strut arm. I’m not sure if it is a steering stop but cut it off to clear the strut arm. Then have to trim a little metal off around the bushing so it doesn’t bind with the mount (also won’t fit you don’t). Then reinstall shocks and springs. Game over I got off work at 3 finish a 6 pretty easy to do.
     
  8. Wesd100

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    Has anyone tried these Drop Spindles from X2industries?
    wondering about quality?

    1978-1993 Dodge Ram, Charger, Trailduster 2" Drop Spindles
    [DG7893DRM2]

    Your Price: $373.95
    www.x2industries.com
    1-800-823-0320

    instructions:
    -NEED TO USE 84 ROTORS(PART #5315) TO MAINTAIN 5450 BOLT PATTERN
    -FLIP TIE RODS
    -REQUIRES LARGER INNER BEARING ON 83 AND DOWN CODE11
    -REVERSE TAP OF Ball Joint FOR MORE CLEARANCE
     
  9. Wesd100

    Wesd100 Junior Member

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    has anyone used the: " SHA-DO7893 Shackle Drop/Zerks Old Ram "
    from airbagit.com?

    is there any modification needed like for the chevy drop shackles?
     

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