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Jay Robins 87 C-10

Jay Robins 87 C-10

Jay Robins Award Winning 87 C-10 Voted “Best Truck” by the Vintage Chevrolet Club. Dick Wheeler Memorial Car Show. March 19, 2017 DJM2456-5/5+ KitJay Robins 1987 C-10 Jay was very specific about how he wanted his 87 C-10 to look. He spent some time talking with us to find the right kit, getting the look…Continue Reading

Chevy C-10 Spindles and Aftermarket Disc Brake Rotors

Chevy C-10 Spindles and Aftermarket Disc Brake Rotors

Here’s something you should know! There have been issues with 73 – 87 Chevy C-10 lowering spindles and aftermarket brake rotors. The problem it seems is with the aftermarket rotors making contact with the original equipment calipers. You should know about this because we can’t get factory replacement rotors from Chevy any longer. We tackled…Continue Reading

Episode 10 – Cylinder Head Rebuild Part 2

Episode 10 – Cylinder Head Rebuild Part 2

Episode 10: Cylinder Head Rebuild Part 2 It’s a great day in the shop. With the Daytona cylinder head back from our welder, we’re ready to push in some new valve seats and start our at-home ‘port and polish’ job. The boys from Garage X return to Nashua Engine Rebuilders, where Jesse Maynard walks us…Continue Reading

Truckin Magazine does a 2010 GMC Sierra 4/7 kit

Truckin Magazine does a 2010 GMC Sierra 4/7 kit

A Behind the Scenes look at Truckin Magazine as they Install A DJM Calmax Lowering Kit Truckin’ Magazine contacted us wanting to use our Calmax 4/7 kit on a 2010 GMC Sierra project. We were very happy to work with Jeremy Cook editor and Anthony Soos contributing editor while they installed our kit in their fantastic…Continue Reading

Flatten Corners – DJM 4/6 Kit on a 94 C1500

Flatten Corners – DJM 4/6 Kit on a 94 C1500

“We knocked a full ten seconds off our lap time” “Lowering a truck’s center of gravity will allow it to carve through corners with less body roll” That’s what Bob Ryder with STREETTRUCKS Magazine said when describing this 94 Chevy C1500 ‘s transformation from stock to a blast to drive! Check out the original article below!!…Continue Reading

1978 Ford F100

1978 Ford F100

Man what a nice F100, just needs a couple things and it’s better than nice! Gerald Haney must have been thinking thoughts like this as he began the restoration of his 78 F100…Continue Reading

Episode 9 – Cylinder Head Rebuild Part 1

Episode 9 – Cylinder Head Rebuild Part 1

Episode 9: Cylinder Head Rebuild Part 1 The Shelby Daytona is down for an unexpected head gasket repair. Worse yet, once it was apart we found that the cylinder head had cracked in several places! Does this mean that our head is junk? Are we going to have to settle for a used head of…Continue Reading

New 2017 DJM Interactive Catalog

New 2017 DJM Interactive Catalog

Here’s an interactive, e-catalog version of our New DJM 2017 Application Guide. Linked to the website providing more content for each part! Check out the images to get the most out of your catalog!   You can download the entire 2017 Catalog here    Continue Reading

Episode 8: Exploring Rod Knock

Episode 8: Exploring Rod Knock

Episode 8: Exploring Rod Knock The boys are at it again, rescuing another old Ford out of the New England woods. This time, they’re stuck with a spun rod bearing. What is rod knock? Which rod is knocking? Matt and Steve will show you a simple test to find out which bearing has gone bad.…Continue Reading

Dropping a 2005 Dodge Viper!

A DJM DROP FOR THE VIPER SRT-10 DJM cuts a couple of inches out of the ride height of a limited edition Dodge Viper with Class A parts… Story & photos by Marshall Spiegel   This article deals with dropping an ’05 Dodge Viper a couple of inches in the front and a couple of…Continue Reading

Prototyping the New 2015 Ford F150

We picked one of the hottest days of summer to install the first complete prototype suspension on the 2015 F150! Using everything we’ve learned building Ford kits from 1965 to now, we think this kit is as hot as the install day was!! The parts in this article were prototype parts fabricated to install and…Continue Reading

Cody’s F100

Cody’s F100

Dropping a 79 F100 Cody Style! Several years ago we spoke with Cody Ramer because he wanted to lower his 79 F-100. And as we all know, the last few years haven’t been the best job environment. You probably guessed Cody was a victim of the shrinking economy and his F-100 project had to postponed. Now…Continue Reading

Dropping a 2004 Ford F-150 2/4

Were installing DJM’s 2X4 Calmax Drop Kit on a new 04 F150 Story & Photo’s by Marshall Spiegel   We hear a lot about Calmax kits and just opening a control arm box showed a tightly packed, impressive, a little like a jewelry box (see photo) Calmax arm inside. The famous twin tube sleeves are…Continue Reading

Lets Lower a Custom Shortened F250 Super Duty!

Lets Lower a Custom Shortened F250 Super Duty!

RollingBigPower.com (RBP) lowers their custom shortened diesel Ford Super Duty RBP, the diesel performance specialists of Corona, CA, built an eye-catching ’04 Ford F-250 Super Duty turbo-diesel show truck by shortening the frame and fitting the vehicle with a short bed. To complete the custom look, the shortened F-250 was lowered by the installation of…Continue Reading

Canyon Carver Silverado

Canyon Carver Silverado

Running the infamous “Snake” Mulholland Drive “The time is ripe for performance-handling trucks that also have plenty of style as well, this is where DJM Suspension has stepped in to offer…… Canyon Carver   Setting up a performance truck with custom truck shop, djm suspension, bonspeed wheels, wilwood brakes and toyo tires. Story and Photos…Continue Reading

2007 Toyota Tundra 3/5 Drop

2007 Toyota Tundra 3/5 Drop

  Arguably one of the toughest looking trucks on the market, the Toyota Tundra is a popular choice for truck enthusiasts and a target for restylers. Its muscular appeal, stunning performance, and creature comforts can’t be kept a secret anymore. DJM Suspension corralled a Tundra long enough to design a 3/5 CALMAX drop kit, installed…Continue Reading

CalmaxSuspension.com

 This site is for you! You ask questions, have problems, need just a little help. Your can find solutions to your problem by searching previous conversations, or just ask! Topics are mostly related to suspension but as you will see in the Garage we talk about more than that! There are videos, show coverage and…Continue Reading

2006 Tacoma 3/4 Drop Kit

2006 Tacoma 3/4 Drop Kit

A MORE “DOWN-TO-EARTH” TOYOTA DJM launches a 3-4 drop kit for the ’06 Tacoma… Story & photos by Marshall Spiegel   If you haven’t driven the ’06 Toyota Tacoma, you probably won’t appreciate this article. The new Tacoma has to be a neat package in anybody’s book. It is powered right. It is well balanced.…Continue Reading

Edge 2008 SEMA Silverado

Edge 2008 SEMA Silverado

Edge Products puts a DJM 5/7-drop on their 08 GMC Sierra for the SEMA show! Edge Products Company develops and manufactures performance modules and programmers that enhance engine performance. What gives Edge –“the Edge”- in performance is their modules and programmers unique ability to monitor performance. Edge products can display multiple engine parameters right in…Continue Reading

2007 Silverado 4/6 Lowering Kit

2007 Silverado 4/6 Lowering Kit

THE ’07 SILVERADO IN THE WEEDS DJM installs their new 4-6 drop kit for the new Chevy Story & photos by Marshall Spiegel (Originally Published in 2007)   The new ’07 Chevy Silverado has to be one of Detroit’s best efforts of late. It is a big, robust, comfortable pickup with more than enough power;…Continue Reading

2007 Tahoe Calmax 3/4 Drop

 DJM’s DOWN & DIRTY ’07 TAHOE 3-4 drop kit for the new Tahoe improves the look and preserves the ride… Story & photos by Marshall Spiegel Published 2007 The stock rear ride height of the new Chevy Tahoe is 23-1/8 inches measured from the center of the hub to the lip of the fender well. The…Continue Reading

2004 4WD Avalanche 3/3 Drop

2004 Chevy Avalanche Four Wheel Drive Suspension Lowering Kit by DJM 3/3 4WD Calmax Drop Kit for a Chevy Avalanche Originally published in 2006 A Lowered Functional 4WD by DJM Four wheel drives have been around a long time. In fact the first recorded 4WD may be a French road tractor built in 1898. More…Continue Reading

2004 Colorado 3/4 Drop

DROPPING THE NEW COLORADO DJM introduces a 3 X 4 drop kit for the Chevy Colorado that saves the ride quality… Story & photos by Marshall Spiegel To lower the new Chevy Colorado (or its GMC counterpart, the Canyon), DJM Suspension didn’t just mess around with the coil springs. Determined to preserve the factory ride…Continue Reading

Putting a 2/3 Drop on a 2007 Tahoe

A 2/3 DROP FOR THE ’07 TAHOE DJM Suspension installs their 2/3-drop kit for the new Chevy Tahoe… Story & photos by Marshall Spiegel   Like all new vehicles manufactured in the U.S., the ’07 Chevy Tahoe was born with its butt in the air. It’s good looking with well-bent sheet metal; quality interior appointments…Continue Reading

Power Hungry’s 540HP Diesel F-250

Power Hungry’s 540HP Diesel F-250

Power Hungry’s 540 HP Diesel F-250 Bill Cohron with Power Hungry Performance takes a diesel powered 2004 Ford F-250 tunes it, gives it well defined abs and develops efficient power from a 6.0 liter Power Stroke Ford Diesel. Power Hungry Performance is all about performance tuning Ford gas and diesel rigs. For more than 12 years Power…Continue Reading

Why are Complete Kits Important?

  Johnny Cash wrote a song about collecting a bunch of good working parts that were not designed to work together and found it doesn’t always end well! Don’t believe me, click up there! (Turn up your speakers) You can build a radical engine by combining parts made by different manufactures but you really have…Continue Reading

1999 Chevy Silverado Suspension Drop

1999 Chevy Silverado Suspension Drop

1999 Chevy Silverado Suspension Drop by DJM 4/6 DJM Calmax Complete Drop Kit Install Originally published in 1999 1999 Silverado with 4/6 Calmax kit by DJM The essence of restyling is changing a stock vehicle from what the manufacturer considers beautiful to what the restyler thinks is better. Suspension modification is a good example. Consider…Continue Reading

Free Travel

Get Free Suspension Travel on your Suburban, Tahoe and Avalanche! By DJM Tech For years professional Installers have been doing this modification to the rear bumps stops for extra clearance and a greatly improved ride. When it comes to lowering certain modifications are justified because you can have a truck that is truly lowered (not…Continue Reading

2001 Tahoe 2/3 Torsion Key Install

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…Continue Reading

You can do your own Alignment – Here’s How!

Do it yourself alignment – at home for free – almost!!   Not telling you anything you don’t already know, but alignment is very important! Especially when it comes to lowered trucks and suv’s. You may have spent more hard earned money on wheels and tires than your lowering kit, easy to do, so make…Continue Reading

Performance

Lowering and performance go together like a hand in a glove. Beyond the style points earned when lowering your truck there are practical benefits as well. The first and most obvious is the lowered center of gravity. This manifests itself in many ways and we will cover a few. A big way is so important…Continue Reading

Dream Beams

What are Dreambeams? Ford I-Beam trucks have a much different suspension than most other trucks. Spindles are non-existent for lowering, using lowered coil springs cause more alignment problems than you can solve. Then we built Dream Beams. Twin I-Beams In 1965 Ford introduced their “Twin I Beam” suspension, a simple, rugged suspension consisting of a pair…Continue Reading

Super Shocks

SHOCKS – WHY? Shock absorbers are a very important part of a “tuned” suspension. To best understand how shocks work, think shock controller rather than shock absorber. That is, after all, what shocks really do. It is the job of your coil/leaf springs (or torsion bars) to actually absorb shock. When you hit a bump or dip…Continue Reading

Flip Kits

The first thing to get off the table regarding “flip kits” is nothing is actually flipped! Simply put a flip kit moves the axle from beneath the leaf spring to on top of the leaf spring. The devil is in the details here and how its done is very important. When you place your axle…Continue Reading

Anti Sway Bars

 Anti Sway-Bars Anti-sway bars, aka: sway-bars, antiroll bars, roll bars (not to be confused with roll cages), stabilizer bars, or just plain bars (not to be confused with Joe’s Bar) single purpose in life is to control body deflection when you corner, they do this amazingly well. For a “tuned” suspension with performance after you…Continue Reading

Coil Springs

Coil springs and torsion bars are the easiest way to lower a truck. Let’s face it, you can for almost no money, either heat or cut coil springs. Torsion bars are even easier. Its so tempting, too many people have either turned back their torsion bars, or cut their springs and tried to live with…Continue Reading

Hangers and Shackles

Rear leaf spring shackles are commonly used to “Level” trucks. For those of you who just can’t stand the “stink bug” look of factory stances, the lowering shackle is for you! Typical drop is two inches and fairly simple to install. You simply remove the factory shackle and replace it with a longer drop shackle.…Continue Reading

Ride Quality

Through out the web site you may have noticed the satisfaction triangle, “Ride Comfort, Performance, Alignment”. This is the formula used in the design of all DJM Suspension kits, with ride quality being king. What good is it to lower your truck, make it look fantastic, and then have it ride like *;#*. Ride Quality…Continue Reading

Restoration

Pulling old classics out of the widows garage has always been a dream for ambitious restorers. Finding a “diamond in the rough” has been a tradition with truck builders since forever. Today it has become much harder to find these “gems” because of demand for older trucks. Today’s world of high gas prices and diminished…Continue Reading

DJM Accessories

DJM ACCESSORIES Sometimes you need something that you just can’t find locally. Maybe you need to refurbish a used part you have or replace a worn item. Here is where you can find things like ball joints, alignment kits, pinion shim kits, grease, bushings, sleeves, etc. etc. The best way to find you elusive part is to…Continue Reading

DJM Rear Kits

In an effort to simplify lowering your truck we have created RK (Rear Kit) part numbers for many applications. Rear kits are made with components from more traditional lowering kits, customized for each truck. With most rear coil spring drops, especially on Suv’s, it is almost absolutely necessary to reposition trailing arms, sway bars, shocks,…Continue Reading

DJM Universal Lowering Blocks

Commonly known as “Universal Lowering Blocks”, these babies will fit any truck with 2 ½” wide leaf springs. The cast aluminum blocks are made in 2”,3” and 4” flavors with the 4” blocks sporting a built in pinion correction angle. Of course, in order for them to work your axle must already be on top…Continue Reading

Torsion Keys

What do torsion bar keys do and how do they do it? To understand what a torsion bar key does we need to take a look at the whole torsion bar front end. First, a torsion bar is really a spring. It works just like a coil spring except it twists instead of compressing and…Continue Reading

Episode 7: DIY Alignment Part 2

Episode 7: DIY Alignment Part 2

Episode 7: DIY Alignment Pt.2 We’re back, and we’re going to be finishing up our at-home alignments! This time, we’ll show you the Watkins Smart Camber Gauge, and how you can use it to properly set caster and camber on your ride. We’ll also show you the Longacre Toe Plates. There great for quick and…Continue Reading

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