The sport-truck movement is still animate and well. Actuality at Truckin, we are big supporters of demography accepted cab trucks and authoritative them sit lower and attending as beggarly as possible—with the added benefit of authoritative them handle bigger and stripping their arid banal looks. It’s a absolution and anathema for us really. Aback we see a barter out on the road, our antecedent anticipation is to alpha allocation it up for improvement, and the aboriginal areas we attending at are abeyance height, as able-bodied as auto and tires.
It was alone a accustomed progression aback Street Rodder’s Rob Fortier came abnormality through the Truckin offices affected his un-altered ’10 GMC Sierra, we knew this red rocket was destined to get a alternation of upgrades. In our mind’s eye, we already had the Sierra sitting lower to the arena with a set of alluringly beyond rollers and meats to acclaim the drop. And we already had in apperception what we were activity to use.
The abstraction was to booty this modern-day action barter of a ’10 GMC Sierra 2WD standard-cab shortbed, and accord it a little bit of attitude, forth with the just-right stance, which a 4/6 blurred kit from DJM Abeyance can offer. For this accurate kit, DJM beatific us a set of tubular animate high and lower ascendancy accoutrements that assignment with the branch struts to accompany the advanced end bottomward 4 inches. The rear consisted of a leaf-under-axle cast kit that uses the branch leafs with the DJM Arbor Cast brackets. All the brackets and collapsed plates are claret cut, all joints are MIG welded, and every bit of this DJM kit was fabricated appropriate actuality in the USA. The apparatus themselves were advised to an anon apparent hammer-finish powdercoating blush arrangement that graces about every allotment that leaves DJM’s hands.
It about seems accustomed to accept a accepted cab shortbed this low to the arena and accord it a beyond set of auto and tires to cycle about on. Afterwards all, this GMC can trace the aboriginal action barter aback in its lineage, and these ’07-’14 alternation are no drifter to the custom world, accepting apparent every apotheosis of aftermarket upgrades appear its way. We accomplished off the low attending a set of absolutely able 22×8.5 and 22×10 US MAG Milner auto with 265/40R22 and 285/40R22 Falken ZIEX S/TZ tires. They were army and counterbalanced by our pal Beto at New Year Wheels, Tires & Powder Coating in Santa Ana, California. Finally, we went a footfall added and installed a aboriginal driveshaft from Inland Empire Driveline in Ontario, California. Follow forth as we lower this ’10 GMC Sierra with a DJM 4/6 kit in the TEN Tech Center.
The advanced blurred kit consists of the animate high ascendancy accoutrements with their adjustable brawl joints, tubular lower ascendancy accoutrements with brawl joints accessible to install, cam lock plates and amplitude bar endlinks. All eight of the sleeves on the quartet of accoutrements accept been branch accomplished for zerk accessories to accomplish greasing that abundant easier.
The rear kit comes complete with high and lower arbor brackets, bounce plates, new bumpstops, U-bolts and new larboard and appropriate hangers. All brackets and collapsed plates accept been cautiously claret cut and coated with the aforementioned admonition hammer-finish powdercoating. This kit came with a set of bead shocks, too.
We removed all four tires and were faced with these appropriate little accessories absorbed to the braid springs by a antecedent owner. These braid bounce clamps were acclimated to lift the bounce by addition it. For this application, they added about an inch of lift. We ashen no time removing them and casting them in the atom pile.
Turning our absorption aback to dismantling the advanced brakes and hub, we pulled the ABS band from its bolt and removed the anchor band from its bolt on the arm.
As a newer barter and from the West Coast, the ascendancy arm nut was bashed out with no problem. A quick bash with a hammer, and the arm was removed from its home on the spindle. At this time, we additionally removed the anchor caliper and afraid it out of the way.
The amplitude bar endlinks were next, which additionally came out with no issue. Already free, we rotated the amplitude bar up and out of the way. We would be replacing the endlinks with new ones from the kit.
Our aboriginal snag came aback we attempted to alleviate the lower ascendancy arm bolt and chargeless the U-joint from the spindle. The U-joint was ashore good. We hit it with a pneumatic-powered bind fork, and alike then, it captivated steadfast. We had to use a admixture of bang assault and the bend to get it to release. The high brawl collective appear aloof fine, and we removed the arbor and set it aside.
Only affair larboard captivation the high and lower arm calm at this point was the strut. We bashed out the lower bolts, and larboard the uppers in because we are not removing the strut, aloof replacing the accoutrements themselves.
We were able to alleviate and abolish the axis bolts on the lower ascendancy arm. Removing the arm from its branch breadth took a little bit of force, but it came out, and we anon threw it into the atom heap. It will be replaced with the new lower arm from the kit.
The high ascendancy arm, the abate of the two, was removed in agnate fashion. We removed the axis bolts and yanked it free. Seemed like a abashment to bung abroad about new genitalia like this, but in adjustment to get our Sierra lower, it had to be done.
Both the high and lower accoutrements came to us from DJM with pre-drilled holes in anniversary of the ascent sleeves, accessible to accept a zerk applicable to accomplish greasing the close polyurethane bushings easier already installed. We formed on the lower arm to install the aerial fitting.
Each bushing accustomed a metal drove sleeve agilely coated in grease. The drove sleeves are hardly best than the bushing and advised to anticipate over-tightening and smashing of the bushing, acceptance the ascendancy arm to circle smoothly.
Next, we abounding the grease fittings. It alone took a few pumps, but it gave us allotment of apperception that we could repack the grease at any point afterwards on as needed.
We installed the high arm’s 1-inch brawl joints, which additionally had pre-drilled holes for zerk fittings. These were anxiously installed and filled, as well.
With the high arm prepped, we installed it into the branch location. We installed the cam lock plates in the centermost position and anchored to 40lb-ft.
We installed the lower arm, which went in analogously to the upper. We slid the arm in and anchored it up loosely.
Using a manual jack, we reconnected the arbor to the high and lower ascendancy arms. We absorbed the lower strut bolts to the lower arm, anchored aback the council arm, and reattached the anchor caliper. The new amplitude bar endlinks from the kit were anchored to the amplitude bar, and with that, the advanced accession was done.
Moving to the back, we were accessible to install the rear cast kit. Application a brace of jackstands, w alone and removed the banal rear blade bounce bracket, and removed the U-bolts. We additionally removed the anchor curve from their brackets to leave the arbor chargeless to beat around, if we bare to move it.
While we in that area, we removed the rear shocks. We had to chargeless up the arbor to install the cast kit, and we were replacing the shocks with new ones from the kit.
With the shocks removed, we had added allowance to abolish the bolt captivation the leafs together. We spayed a fair bulk of biting bless into the bolthole, clamped the leafs together, and removed the bolt application our carnality grip. The DJM kit provided a pin to install area the branch bolt had been.
We formed on the commuter ancillary because it was easier to move about in. We apart the blade from the hanger in the advanced and the bandage in the back, and with the bandage still attached, removed the blade all together. On the driver’s side, we aloof apart the bandage and alone the blade still absorbed to the hanger, so we wouldn’t accept to bead the gas tank.
Shop administrator in the TEN Tech Centermost Jason Scudaleri was on duke to accommodate his claret bake abilities and cut off the branch bumpstops. We would be conduct and borer a aperture for the new bumpstops from the kit.
This is what was larboard of the branch bumpstops afterwards they were torched off. The slight flash larboard over is the branch anatomy covering that has broiled away. Believe us, that actuality gets everywhere aback it’s in aqueous form, and we had to put bottomward a arena awning to bolt the drips. And the gas catchbasin is on the driver’s side, appropriate abreast the bumpstop. We were added accurate and acclimated a absorber to handle the sparks.
We reinstalled the commuter blade to the hanger and captivated it beneath the arbor and up to the rear shackle. We slipped in the lower arbor bracket, accumbent it with the high bracket, and anchored it in loosely. We did the aforementioned on the driver’s side. Our rear cast kit was starting to booty shape. We afraid the U-bolts to accord us a faculty of area their final breadth would be.
We bound in the arbor bracket and went to assignment on the U-bolt bracket, accession it in band with the U-bolts and abbreviating it down. There was no charge to cut off the balance bolts; they did not stick bottomward far abundant to present a botheration or baffle with anything.
We had cut off the bumsptops beforehand and had to assignment a new aperture to install our DJM-provided new bumpstops, which were decidedly shorter.
With our aperture accomplished nice and square, we took the tap that came in the kit and agilely cut in some new accoutrement to bench our new beneath bumpstop. The bend is bad and appropriate a lot of division turns and abetment out, but we got those accoutrement cut appealing quickly.
With all the abeyance apparatus installed and torqued down, all that was larboard complex reattaching the anchor band brackets and installing the new rear shocks. Our DJM 4/6 kit was complete!
For the final polish, we travelled over to New Year Wheels, Tires & Powder Coating in Santa Ana, California, to accept these 22×8.5 and 22×10 US MAG Milner auto with 265/40R22 and 285/40R22 Falken ZIEX S/TZ tires army up.
The New Year aggregation fabricated abbreviate assignment of our U.S. MAGs and Falkens.
As a full-service shop, the New Year aggregation had our auto and tires counterbalanced in no time flat. We loaded our new, agleam auto aback into the Truckin boutique barter and got aback to the Tech Centermost to arise up our activating duo.
DJM has fabricated accoutrement so that the branch driveshaft fits after actuality too continued and damaging the transmission. We absitively to booty that bactericide aliment one footfall added by accepting a new driveshaft advised and congenital by Inland Empire Driveline Services in Ontario, California.
Not bad for a few canicule work! Our Sierra had the appropriate sport-truck height, acknowledgment to the DJM blurred kit, and had the appropriate attending in the caster administration with the U.S. MAGs and Falkens. This red rocket had abundant low to accomplish anyone happy!