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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So Im new to forums.

Been looking around and learning as I go.

I currently have an 01 Silvy. 4/8 DJM drop.

I plan on giving myself a gift by bagging the truck. The bads I have now, is that I don't want the shop to buy the materials since they usually will charge almost double.

So my questions are,
-Where did you guys get your stuff. I've seen KB, and SD being the most popular places.
-Around how much am I looking into spending into this truck after I get done?

I have the stock 20's and want to just lay frame. FBSS. Nothing fancy. Kinda want to keep it as reliable daily, but this might not follow.

What would you guys recommend?
Please keep it easy on me since Im still learning :tongue:
 

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alright go ahead and look at these places
gaugemagazine.com
suicidedoors.com
kpcomponents.com
ekstensivemetalworks.com
krisdyefabrication.com

those are a few places to get stuff from. You can get any setup you want its up to you on what you run. I would however just do front and back no side to side as I have heard thats side to side will bend your frame. If you do a good setup you are looking to spend between 2 and 3g's on parts. You can get away with 1500 like i did the first time but Fuck that. It cost me more in the long run. Do it right the first time it will save you time and money. I lay frame and want to lay body so take that into consideration too. frame just doesn't seem low enough. any questions feel free to ask man.
 

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I've been looking into a 4 link, but will a 2 link work good? Ride good?

Im not SET on FBSS, but it would be a plus. Not a must.

Umm a shop quoted me $4500 locally. They do everything (including parts). So My guess labor might run from $1,500 to $2000?

I was also quoted on $65/hr. Seems like a big gap to me...
 

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a 2link will work i was 2 linked for awhile it rode nice but i like my 3 link much better. 4500 is a decent price what shop?
 

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Here locally. It was Hackshak in Garland, TX

$3800 for basic job(2-link), and $4500 for a 3-4 link WITH tubs.

What would make the ride better? The link system, bags or a combination of both?
 

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the link system would it all goes on pivot points and stability.. Now i'm sure there is more to it than that and anyone with more experience feel free to put your opinion in here. Talk to fat rob aka fatrobcustomshop he redid my suspension and it is great no problems whatsoever and If i'm not mistaken he charges 4 g's and he hardlines the truck and tubs front and back. I paid more but he backhalved my truck granted he had to redo my airride from the first time it was bagged.
 

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here is a pic of my general setup and backhalve
 

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if you can, get us a list of what he quoted you. type of bags, link setup, front suspension, everything. and if he just told you 4 to "bag" it, then ask for a list of exactly what he includes.
 

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yeah that will help out some
 

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i have the following left:

bolt-in cups for an nbs silverado------ $90
2 RE7s------------------------------------ $150
fittings (PM me for a list)------------------- $290
kp 6link---------------------------------- $1000+shipping
socal diesel gauge pod------------------ $130
four 3/8" NPT Check Valve--------------- $61

if you buy multiple items i should be able to give you a better deal.
i can also sell just the 4 link if you dont want the canti.
 

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For the basic's (but quality parts) you are looking at around $1700 in parts at least.

That's two 480 Viair compressors
8 Sirai (1/2" or 3/8") valves
8-10 gals of airtanks
a universal 4-link
4 Contitech 2ply 2600lb bags
front and rear bag brackets
pressure switch and relays
switchbox

This is a general list of parts needed from www.macssprings.com of course you can always add on to this with shocks, air gauges, engine driven compressors, more air tanks, air management computer etc

I would try and stay away from a 2 link, doesn't give as much flex, and it's hard on the driveshaft pinion angles

A 3 or 4 link will be the best way to go. A 3 link can be setup to run a bars forward of the axle without having to move the gas tank. A triangulated 4 link requires moving of the tank/fuel cell to make room for the link bars. A parallel 4link with a watts link or panhard bar will get you a 4link without having to move the tank. The only down side to these parallel links is the extra moving parts/joints.

Look at other peoples build ups to see what style/setup you like and give the install shop a pic so they know what you want. $4500 is a decent price, tell us what kind of parts/type of setup he will put in so we can see what he plans on doing. Alot of extra factors come into play with making the frame lay fully on the ground, alot of it to do with st8 labor so the gap in the price might be warranted

my report is done, do I get an A? lol
 

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Wow Dajizz, thanks so much man! I give A+ LOL.

I did send them a reply asking more about their list parts.

And I have been lost with this. Does the 4 link HAVE to be welded, or can it be a bolt on one? Difference?
 

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you can bolt on or weld anything. i prefer welding because bolt on stoff can rattle lose if you weld it its permanent as long as you have a nice weld on it
 

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Truck wont be going back to stock. I wont be doing any labor since I don't have any experience on it :-(

Just curious if it made any difference seeing they got both.

Could the "bolt on" link system, be used but instead welded?
 

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I believe so
 

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you would be wasting your money at that point. Usually the bolton systems cost more because of extra brackets, bolts, engineering that you will throw out when you weld it. I say if you wanted to do it yourself and didnt have a welder, do it bolton. If you are having a shop do it, weld it in. THe shop you are thinking about taking it to knows what they are doing.
 

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you would be wasting your money at that point. Usually the bolton systems cost more because of extra brackets, bolts, engineering that you will throw out when you weld it. I say if you wanted to do it yourself and didnt have a welder, do it bolton. If you are having a shop do it, weld it in. THe shop you are thinking about taking it to knows what they are doing.
Umm so on this part look for one to be welded, or have a shop create one?

The $4500 sounds decent if the can provide decent parts. Saves me the hassle of shopping around as well, but anything more than that, I would like to get.
 

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if you just want a bolt on 4link with panhard ill split up my kit.
 
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