2001 Chevy Tahoe with a 2/3 Suspension Drop by DJM
2/3 LOWERING KIT FOR AN AGGRESSIVE STANCE
DJM’s 2×3 drop kit with torsion bar keys saves the ride and is easy and inexpensive…
Story & photos by Marshall Spiegel
Originally Published in 2001
During a recent resurrection and beautification of his faithful ’01 Tahoe, the customer sought a very mild drop to achieve a more attractive, aggressive stance. At the customer’s favorite accessory shop, FA Motorsports in Huntington Beach, CA, owner Andy Barger suggested the installation of DJM’s 2X3 drop kit which lowers the front by re-indexing the torsion bars with new torsion bar keys.
“This DJM kit drops the front with torsion bar keys and the rear with coil springs,” explains Barger. “Frankly, it is an easy install and it is relatively inexpensive for the customer. This guy didn’t want to put his Tahoe in the weeds. He simply wanted a mild, inexpensive drop that would leave his vehicle with a more attractive stance. And most importantly, all the reports we’d ever heard on this 2X3 DJM kit and our own testing indicated that the stock ride quality was retained after the installation.”
Unfortunately, the installation of a new, frame lift at FA Motorsports had not been completed by the time the Tahoe was to be lowered. Therefore, the install had to be accomplished on the company’s platform lift. Although installer Josh Bailey got the job done quickly and efficiently, the installation of the DJM drop kit would have been considerably easier on a frame lift.
The Tahoe went from 21 inches in front before the install to 19 ½ inches after the install, a drop of 1 ½ inches, and from 22 inches in front to 18 inches, a 4-inch drop in the rear. And as we anticipated, the stance was greatly improved and the ride quality and handling were not adversely affected. Check out the photo gallery below to see how the parts went on, and click on the ( I ) in the picture to read the caption!
This DJM kit includes torsion bar keys for the front, coil springs, trailing arm brackets and swaybar end-links for the rear. All the hardware you need, with instructions [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_02.jpg]510Before Measurements
It is important to measure and record the ride height measurements of your installation before you begin. It gives you a baseline to compare your measurement after you've finished and it can make you aware of any irregularities you may have right from the top. The best way to measure is from the center of the wheel to the lip of the fender well [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_03.jpg]510Rear Sway-bar
Loosen and remove the swaybar end-links, then loosen and remove the hardware for the pivot bushings [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_04.jpg]460Remove The Bar
After all hardware has been removed, pull swaybar out of vehicle [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_05.jpg]500Bumpstop
Remove the stock bumpstop and set aside. You will modify it later [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_06.jpg]460Shocks
Loosen and remove the hardware on the lower shock mount [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_07.jpg]420Remove Tire
Remove the drivers side wheel/tire [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_08.jpg]410Coil Springs
Using a floor jack to support the rear end, lower until you can remove the spring. Make sure there is no load on the coil spring before you attempt to remove it [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_09.jpg]400Spring Comparison
Here is the factory coil (right side) compared to the DJM engineered lower coil [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_10.jpg]420Spring install
Drivers side lowering coil being installed [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_11.jpg]430Bump Stop Modification
Using a standard issue hack saw, the factory bumpstops were shortened to allow a little more travel [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_12.jpg]440A Cut Stop
This is what the bump stop looks like after the mod [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_24.jpg]390Install the Bumpstop
Install the modified bump stop in it's original location [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_13.jpg]500Shock Mounts
It's time to attach the lower shock mounts and secure the springs in place [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_25.jpg]370Install the Sway-bar
Now that everything else is installed and secure it's time to install the swaybar using the new shorter end-links included with the kit [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_14.jpg]520Wheels Back On
Now the wheel and tires are installed [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_15.jpg]600Trailing Arms
The trailing arm bolts are loosened [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_16.jpg]620New Bracket
The new trailing arm brackets are installed to move the trailing arms down away from making contact [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_17.jpg]640Torsion Bars
Here the torsion bars tension (or load) is being relieved or lightened on the passenger side in order to get to the factory "key" [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_18.jpg]610Torsion Bars
Same for the drivers side [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_19.jpg]580Prepare to Remove
Josh raises the front slightly with a "bottle" jack [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_20.jpg]570New Keys Installed
He then removes the stock torsion bar keys and re-indexes the torsion bars with the new DJM torsion bar keys. [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_22.jpg]530After Measurements
Measuring the new ride height indicates a drop of 1 ½ inches in front and 4 inches in the rear. [img src=http://djmsuspension.com/wp-content/flagallery/2001-tahoe-23-torsion-key-drop/thumbs/thumbs_23.jpg]600
The DJM lowering kit resulted in a mild "normal driving style" drop, the '01 Tahoe exhibited a greatly improved stance and retained its ride quality exactly.