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DJM's Tahoe Lowering Kit Installation

Ever since its birth, back in the mid-90s, the Chevrolet Tahoe has been embraced by the automotive community. It is absolutely the perfect vehicle for Joe Citizen. Actually, Tahoes are really great for everyone. They’ve got plenty of interior room, lots of cargo space and gobs of power.

The folks at DJM thought that there was one thing missing: a lower stance. That’s why they came up with their revolutionary lowering kit for the ’00-’06 Tahoe. This performance SUV lowering kit uses new torsion bar keys to drop the front by two inches, and lowered coil springs to get a three-inch drop in the rear.

With this DJM lowering kit installed, the Tahoe is going to look better and be a bit safer on the road. Safer? That’s right, by lowering your Chevy Tahoe, you lower its center of gravity. This means that there will be less body roll and the SUV will handle much, much better. Oh, and big wheels look a lot better on a lowered Tahoe than on a stock height one…

DJM Lowering Kit shown with replacement rear coil springs and front torsion keys.
1. The DJM Tahoe lowering kit includes replacement rear coil springs and re-indexed torsion keys for the front.
Measuring Rear Ride Height Before Installation - 22-inches.
2. Before installing the DJM lowering kit on the Tahoe, our shop installer measured 22-inches from the center of the rear wheel to the top of the fender lip.
Measuring Front Ride Height Before Installion - 21-inches.
3. The Chevy Tahoe's front ride height before installation, measured from the center of the wheel to the top of the wheel well, was 21-inches.
The Chevy Tahoe sits at stock ride height before installation of the DJM Lowering Kit.
4. When the Chevy Tahoe arrived at the installation shop, it was pretty boring looking. The aftermarket wheels helped a lot but the ride height was still stock.
Disconnecting the Tahoe's sway bar from the end links.
5. The installer prepares to remove the factory sway bar by unbolting it from the end links.
Unbolting sway bar shackles from the crossmember.
6. After the end links are disconnected, you can unbolt the Sway bar from the crossmember.
Removing the sway bar from the Chevrolet Tahoe.
7. After the sway bar is unbolted, remove it from the vehicle. It will be reinstalled later.
Removing the stock bump stops from the rear of the Tahoe.
8. The rear bump stops must be removed from the Tahoe and trimmed.
Disconnecting Lower Shock Mount.
9. Disconnect the lower shock mount from the axle.
Removing the rear wheels before installation.
10. Remove the rear wheels.
Removing the Tahoe's factory rear coil spring.
11. Once the tension is released and the Tahoe's rear suspension is able to sag, you can remove the factory rear coil spring.
The shorter DJM Lowering spring is pictured next to the factory coil spring.
12. Here we see the new DJM rear lowering coil spring on the left with the factory coil spring on the right. The DJM coil spring is shorter, for a lower ride height, and slightly stiffer, for better handling.
Installing the new DJM Lowering Spring.
13. Install the new DJM lowering coil spring into the spring pocket.
Trimming the factory bump stop.
14. Due to the decrease in suspension travel, the factory bump stop must be trimmed.
The factory bump stop after trimming.
15. Here is the factory bump stop after trimming. It is roughly half of its original size.
Installing newly-trimmed bump stop.
16. Install the bump stop back into its original location.
Reinstalling sway bar end links.
17. Reinstall the sway bar end links.
Installing lower shock brackets.
18. With the suspension being lowered, the shock angle is slightly off. The solution is to install DJM's supplied shock relocation bracket.
Putting on rear wheel after coil spring installation.
19. After the coil springs are installed, you can put the rear wheels back on.
Loosening trailing arm bolts.
20. Loosen the trailing arm bolts. The trailing arm will be bolted to a new bracket.
After installing the new trailing arm bracket, the trailing arm is bolted to it.
21. Bolt the trailing arm to the new relocation bracket.
Relieving tension on the passenger-side torsion bar.
22. To remove the torsion keys, the tension needs to be let out of the torsion bars on both sides.
Relieving tension on the driver-side torsion bar.
23. Loosening tension on the driver side torsion bar.
Raising front of vehicle to remove torsion keys.
24. To take the weight off of the torsion bars, the front of the Chevy Tahoe must be jacked up.
Installing new torsion keys.
25. Install the new DJM torsion keys into the stock location.
Measuring front ride height after lowering kit installation - 19.5-inches.
26. After installation, the Tahoe's height is measured. The front received a drop of one and a half inches and the rear received four inches of lowering.
The lowered Tahoe has an aggressive stance and will handle like a dream.
27. The DJM lowering kit gave the Chevy Tahoe a mild drop that upgraded the stance and greatly improved the handling.

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