A solid axle suspension is much more durable than the stock IFS that GM originally intended for it to have. Watch as the crew at FabWorx Offroad in Santa Rosa California removes the IFS and converts the suspension to a solid axle, four link/coilover setup.
After some liberal use of the plasma cutter there is a pile of old brackets and what was the suspension mounting for the IFS.
With an angle grinder the FabWorx team carefully cleans up the frame and grinds the welds to expose a smooth frame.
Once the frame is smoothed out it is time to install the shock towers. A unique feature these components are bolt on. NO welding! Now you access is not limited by a welded shock tower in the fender well. The shock towers are two pieces: an inner frame strengthening piece and the bolt on tower.
Once the link drop brackets are bolted to the frame these re-enforcing brackets are bolted to the frame above the upper link.
The FabWorx kit comes with a new transmission cross member that bolts to the link drop brackets and to the frame. There is a liberal amount of ½” hardware included in this kit.
Once the link mounts and Crossmember are mounted to the frame the links can be installed.
The axle brackets will need to be welded to the axle housing FabWorx uses a welding fixture to ensure the proper alignment.
After the axle brackets are welded on the project really takes shape with the installation of the coil over shocks.
Next the steering and track bar are installed.
Now it is time to send out the parts for powder coat.
Once the parts return from powder coat it is time for final installation.
Here you can see the project in the home stretch.
A shot of the underside you can really see the inner frame support.
After bleeding the brakes and hooking up the hydraulic steering the truck is almost done. Once on the ground it is off to the wheel alignment shop, then it is ready for final adjustments.
Here it is with 12” of lift and 38” Toyo tires.
The reservoir mounts for the King shocks really finish out the fender well.
Here you can see the “F” logo on the link mount this is the type of attention to detail that you will find on the FabWorx 4link kit.
Project Name: Sammanus
Lift Height: 12 inches
Owner: Dusty Doeding
Make: Chevy Crew Cab Short Bed
Model: Silverado LT
Engine: Duramax 6.6
Intake: AFE Stage II
Exhaust: MBRP polished Stainless Steel 4”
Power Upgrade: Edge Attitude with Juice
Transmission: Allison rebuilt by Sun Coast
Transfer case: New Venture
Front Axle: Dynatrac Pro 60, 4.11 Ring and Pinion, Detroit Locker, 35 spline outers, SSSB V8 calipers
Rear Axle: AAM 14 bolt 11.5, 4.11 Ring and Pinion, True Track, SSSB brakes V6 calipers
Front Suspension: FabWorx 4 Link Straight Axle Conversion
Rear Suspension: FabWorx 10” rear springs with Torque leaf
Steering: PSC hydraulic assist steering gear, FabWorx tie rod and draglink
Front Shocks: King 2.5” x 12” Front Dual Rate Coils, custom red anodizing
Rear Shocks: King 2.5” x 14” Piggyback Smooth Body, custom red anodizing
Tires: Toyo 38 x 14 x20
Wheels: Weld Racing Cheyenne 8
Build date: 2011
Powder coat: Wet Black, candy red over near chrome
Features: On board air, reverse camera, custom powder coated parts, polished rear drive line, HID light conversion(s), AMP steps, Mag Hy-Tec diff cover front and rear, Titan class 4 receiver hitch
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