Finding a Suitable Flip Kit for Your Street Truck
It goes without saying that a lot of truck owners are keen on lifting their work horses to make them more suited for tough terrains and to turn them into aggressive machines. Doing so makes the trucks ready for bigger wheels and tires that scare the cute vehicles on the road. But there is also a counterculture to that. Other truck enthusiasts tend to use flip kits to revert the position of the axles to the lift springs to drop the height of trucks. Here's how to find one suitable for your ride.
Can the kit be integrated to your truck without other modifications?
One of the very first questions you have to ask yourself when looking for a flip kit for your truck is if it can be integrated to the suspension system without allowing too much modifications. You have to consider this ahead of time because it can determine how much you will have to spend to accommodate such upgrade. If ever you have still kept your leaf springs stock, then all you have to do is narrow down your search according to the following parameters: year, make, model and trim of your truck. However, if you truck already has a modified suspension system, then you should take not the model of the leaf springs installed to it.
How do you intend to use your lowered truck?
You should know by now that decreasing the height of any vehicle can lower its center of gravity. In a perfect world, that should be able to make your ride more stable whenever you are taking corners and any sudden change in direction. You might even want to compare it to how an F1 car handles on the race track. However, a lowered truck can only do so much. And it also depends on the type of flip kit you use on it. There are components that are designed to satisfy you more on the aesthetic side. These are the parts that are just meant to improve your cruising appeal on the street. They will still be able to support your vehicle but do not expect them to help you attack tight corners. Otherwise, you might just end up bottoming out. On the other side of the spectrum, there are parts designed for go and not just for show. These will be able to hold your leaf spring and axle tighter when you feel like doing aggressive maneuvers on the track.
How low do you want to go?
The flip kit can offer you various levels of dropped height. Just like with lift kits, you can settle for mild lowering that is barely noticeable to an untrained eye. This usually has minimal effect on the overall performance of your vehicle. However, you can be radical on the flip side and go for a flushed look with a 5-inch drop or more. It all boils down to your preference. Just remember that we are leaning more on the functional set-up rather than just a nice and low trailer queen that is only fit for car shows. But hey, that's only our 2 cents.