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Has anyone used the Summit brand coils/shocks with a V6 truck? How did the truck ride and handle afterwards? Was the drop pretty close to what was advertised? Did the springs settle any after installing them? Here's the parts I'm looking at getting:

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=SUM%2DG723&N=4294908216+4294907469+4294924744+4294925130+4294839061+4294839913+115&autoview=sku

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=SUM%2DG7720&N=4294908216+4294907469+4294924744+4294925130+4294839061+4294919396+115&autoview=sku

This will be going on a 97 S-10 V6 5-speed ext. cab. Looking for about a 3" drop up front. I'll probably be ordering the parts this week, so I wanna make sure I get the right ones.
 

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the are fine i hear, im ordering some summit 3" drop coils soon
 

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There's nothing wrong with Summit brand parts. All I use when I
can is Summit over the name brands. When I did the spindles
on my ride, I ordered Summit's spindles which turned out to be
made by Ground Force, which made me pretty happy, and I've
heard tell that Summit's drop shock or "sport shock" is made by
Doetsch Tech, just without Doetsch's name on em.

I've been running Doetsch Tech Nitro Slammers for close to 3 yrs
now and am pleased with them. Pretty stiff, but not like Toxic
from what I've read.

The coils will either be from Ground Force or DJM. You WON'T
see any crap from AIM with a Summit name on it, so you don't
have to worry about that. Summit won't put their name on crap
products. The coils will settle after a while. I believe around 6
months and all's good. The 1" DJM's I installed have settled
down close to 1.5", maybe even just a bit more.

On the shocks you just want to make sure you get stud to loop
for the front and loop to loop for the rear.
 

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I've been pretty happy with Summit thus far, so I trust that they wouldn't put out a crap product with their name on it. I'm mainly concerned with how my truck will handle after the drop, compared to coils from Belltech, etc. Not super concerned with how it rides (I'd actually like to stiffen up the ride for better handling and a more precise feel), but I dont wanna be bouncing my head off the ceiling every time I go over an expansion joint in the road either. I also wanna make sure I order the right coils so the drop will match front to rear. Hoping to have a slight rake, but not with the tailgate way up in the air. Also dont want the rear to be lower than the front (I hate that...). If the coils settle after about a couple months, does that mean I have to get the truck realigned? I guess I could let the alignment shop know that the coils are brand new and ask if they could recheck the alignment in a few weeks.
 

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Well I feel all rides are different. Some will ride almost like stock
with a drop, while others will ride like a rigid frame Harley.
Most go with a drop that is lower in the back than the front
simply because of weight. Like a 3/4 or 5/6 etc. I'm sure you
know this. Mine is I guess a 3.5 maybe 3.75 in front with
a 4 to 4.5 in back, and because I run almost stock 215/75/15
and 205/75/15 in front it rides maybe a lil better than some.

However on the front, I have wiped out one ac/heater housing
due to the right tire/wheel assy coming up and hitting it from
underneath when hitting a sharp pothole or fair size bump. So
I've learned to dodge these holes and bumps, but it doesn't
ride like stock even with Doetsch Tech shocks. To be honest
I wished I had just left the ride alone as far as a drop, but
that's just me..I feel Belltech coils and Ground Force coils
are just about even as far as rebound. The same with DJM.
I don't have the inner fenders in as it's just easier to get to
the header bolts to retorque, etc, so the r/s tire has a target
when it bouces up and it's the AC housing.

For a lil better ride, maybe you want to look at Eibach springs,
I don't know. I can't predict how your drop will come out after
a few months of driving and the springs finally settle. Though
many have gone with just coils for a drop, I feel a spindle/coil
drop as least for me is a better way to go, and anything over a
3" drop in back should be with good dropped leaf springs
while using a min block is the way to go.

Far as an alignment, I got one as soon as the drop is done
and another one 4 to 6 months after as well. This way the
coils are settled and you can keep a record of how things
change from the first alignment right after the new parts
and 6 months down the road after all have settled/broken
in..But that's my 0.02. Alignment's are cheap compared to
tires and the safety issue. :dunno:
 

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I plan on adding spindles as well later on down the road. Before I can do that I'm going to be making some changes in my braking system (possibly switching to 98-up blazer brakes) and different wheels/tires. Like I said, I'm more concerned with handling than ride. As for the alignment, I'm just worried that I might spend $50 for an alignment, think I'm good to go, and then find that my tires are chewed up a month later...
 

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