Listen up all you C-10 fans; we have something new for you from Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts. By now, you know how hot anything wearing a C10 badge is, and so did Heidts. Well, we had a chance to catch up with Scott Dietrich from Heidts’ marketing department, and he gave us an inside look at the all-new Bolt-On Pro-G Independent Rear Suspension for ’67-’87 C-10.
That’s right, Heidts Pro-G IRS is now available for C-10 Chevys. Scott broke it down for us. “It’s kind of modeled after our third- and fourth-gen independent-rear suspensions we came out with a couple of years ago. We moved back to the traditional braking mounted on the outboard, instead of on the inboard, like our normal Heidt’s independent rear suspension used to be.”
“You get a longer shock travel, better ride, and better handling — this thing is a terror on the track! But it’s totally streetable. It actually rides nicer than the newer cars do.”
We asked Scott how difficult the install is for the average enthusiast. Taking a Squarebody from a utilitarian leaf-sprung suspension to an epic street machine and track superstar is typically no easy task, after all. But, Scott had this to say, “The cool part about the C-10 kits is that we basically back-halved this truck! We cut off the back but kept the full framerails. We build the whole suspension in-house and ship it out, ready to bolt on — no assembly required. We send it with the brakes and everything already on. You’re ready to pop your wheels and tires on and go racing.”
We were curious about the possibility of converting a long bed to a short bed since users will have to cut the back off of their trucks anyway. Scott said this about it, “It’s made for short and long bed applications, but you can actually do a long bed to short bed conversion with it. Which is becoming really popular these days. People are getting the long bed trucks for cheaper and then chopping them down.”
Clearly, these things are ready to rock and roll. We’re talking about a bolt-in, independent-rear suspension system for one of the most popular trucks in automotive history. They can still be found and bought for a reasonable price, and in good condition, so the possibilities are endless.
Scott continued about the specific components used in the kits. “We usually ship these things with Wilwood or C4-style brakes. So, it’s super easy to find parts for them in any store. We do Currie third-members in a nice 9-inch housing. So, they’re bulletproof there as well. The CV shafts are heavy-duty and can handle 800 horsepower with 31-spline axles. So, these things are stout!”
“They’re basically ready to race, or just ready for someone to have a badass truck on the street!”
“The billet aluminum coilovers are manufactured by Heidts in Chicago. They come with single- or double-adjustable shocks, the ones shown here on the frame are Bilstein, which are triple-adjustable.”
So, there you have it, an all-new independent-rear suspension option for your ’67-’87 C10 Squarebody from Heidts. You can find out more about the slated release at Heidts.com.