New RideTech Coilover Suspension for ’73-87 Chevy C10 Pickups

We’re 100-percent certain that everyone knows Ridetech offers some of the most popular suspension upgrade parts in the aftermarket. But not willing to rest on their laurels, they are also known for constantly developing new products for both the automotive and light truck aftermarket.

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The folks at Ridetech say this is a task that can be accomplished in the home garage.

There is no arguing the popularity of the Chevy C10 pickup truck. They are filling the car show fields, cruise night lots, and even Hot Rod Alley at SEMA. And while we all want a great looking vehicle, many overlook the possibilities available to them in regards to suspension upgrades.

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A true do-it-yourself kit, it is designed to be done in the home garage.

So, for you square body (’73-’87) C10 guys, RideTech announces their new coilover suspension kits. You can check out the video above to see the full installation process. Johnny Merder and John Johnson completed the install over the course of two days in Merder’s home garage. The only tools at their disposal were those like you already have in your own garage as well. But, if you still have questions even if after you watch the video, the FAQ section below from Ridetech should answer many of the questions you may have.

Do I need to remove the bed?

Yes, you will need to drill C notch mounting holes in the top of the OEM frame rail. It usually takes 15 minutes, removal of four bolts, and three extra buddies.

Do I need to remove the cab?

No need to remove the cab or even loosen it.

Do I have to use the c-notch?

Yes, our c-notch allows proper ride height and suspension travel. It also contains mounting locations for the coilovers, panhard bar, and other suspension components.

Do I have to use the drop spindles?

Yes, we have designed this system to use the included drop spindles to maintain proper ride height, suspension geometry, and suspension travel.

Will my stock brakes work?

This system is compatible with the OE brake system that uses the 1.250-inch thick rotor, or any aftermarket system that replaces that system. The OE system that uses a 1.00-inch thick rotor is not directly compatible.

How wide of a tire can I fit with this kit?

Safe fitment – Front = 255/40-18

Rear = 275/40-18

Do I have to cut my front inner fenders?

Unless you are running some extraordinary wheel/tire fitment that we have not encountered, no inner fender trimming necessary.

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Do I have to cut my bed floor?

We have designed this system to be compatible with the OE bed floor, but there will be two small sections of bed brace trimming necessary (one on each side). Dimensions and instructions are included with the installation guide.

How much horsepower can the kit handle?

We have not found any limitation to horsepower.

Will my existing sway bars work?

The improved sway bar mounting design does not allow the use of the OE bars, which are so small that they are irrelevant anyway. We have included a much larger diameter bar that is calibrated to work with the spring rates and shock valving range included with your system.

Can I use my existing exhaust?

Since there are so many variations on exhaust configuration for these trucks (both OE and aftermarket) it is very likely you will need to modify the tailpipes of you current exhaust.

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When stance is everything, Ridetech handles everything.

Can I still tow/haul with this kit?

Yes, up to the original GVW of the truck.

How much will it lower my truck?

We give you a specific fender height measurement instead of a “drop” amount because we never know if you are starting with new springs, old springs, or replacement springs. By going right to the end result [which is the new fender height] we eliminate all those variables for you.  Also, you will have a small window about 1-inch up or down of available height adjustment.

Front fender height = 25.5 inches with a 255/40-18 tire

Rear fender height = 24.75 inches with a 275/40-18 tire

Will it work with a rack-and-pinion steering conversion?

We have determined that most rack-and pinion-kits suffer from bracket flex, rack flex, poor steering geometry, and reduced turning radius. The system from No Limit Engineering seems to resolve most of these issues, but we have not yet specifically validated it on this vehicle. For most people, a good steering box seems to be the best answer.

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