Installing the Royal King Pin kit from Stainless Steel Brakes.
When it comes to modifying vintage trucks, there's no question that upgraded suspensions are at the top of most enthusiasts' wish lists. Let's face it, the phrase "rides like a truck" was basically inspired by pickups from the '40s and '50s, and it wasn't meant as a compliment! So it's no wonder that a more comfortable ride (and a better stance) is something that we're all seeking from our street-cruising haulers. Now we all know that there are a variety of aftermarket IFS conversion kits available for most classic trucks, and grafting on a later-model IFS subframe is still a popular practice. But let's face it -- there are some folks who can't afford an aftermarket IFS setup and don't have the welding savvy and chassis-building skills to complete a subframe swap. Fortunately, a variety of companies offer components (mono-leaf springs, disc brake kits, etc.) for assembling safe, upgraded front suspensions based on original I-beam axle designs. But up until now, one weak link has remained when rebuilding a beam-axle front end: the kingpin. Original equipment kingpins and brass bushing-equipped spindles from the late-'40s and early-'50s are not exactly what you'd call precision components. Such setups worked fine when new, but are prone to wear and don't do much for handling or steering performance ... Click here for the rest of the article
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