QA1 Can Turn Your C10 into A Hot Rod Hauler With Bolt-On Parts

There was a time, not so long ago, that the words performance and pickup truck were never used in the same sentence. Now, however, the once utilitarian mode of moving America is as popular as the classic muscle car. Enthusiasts have been upgrading and personalizing the pickup truck at a frenzied pace, and many manufacturers are noticing. Once such company is QA1.

C10The suspension company has just released all-new bolt-on front and rear systems, that will not only add some performance to your C10, but also give you ride height adjustability on all four corners. According to QA1, “You’ll have adjustability options that let you tailor the system to create the performance desired so your truck can handle those corners and curves like a sports car.”

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Up front, the coilover conversion will improve geometry by giving the truck up to 7 degrees of caster with a complete kit that integrates a coilover system and high travel springs with tubular control arms. For the rear, a bolt-on suspension system offers up to 6 inches of drop by integrating coilovers, adjustable truck arms, a C-notch bracket, a panhard bar, and more. Other options for those wanting to use stock springs or keep the factory truck arms are also available. Sway bars are also available for both front and rear.

1963-1987 C10 Front Suspension

With adjustable ride height and up to 5-inches of lowering capabilities with the use of drop spindles, these front control arm suspension kits help you find the right stance without the expense of buying a chassis. The coilover shocks are offered in single or double-adjustable valving options and come with high travel springs that are available in three spring-rate options. The control arms provide up to 7 degrees of increased caster for more stability and drivability.

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Control Arms

If you want to retain the factory style spring, QA1 also offers front upper and lower control arms that allow you to do that as well. These arms utilize the same design features of the front kit by adding stability with increased caster.

1963-1972 C10 Rear Suspension

This complete bolt-in rear suspension system offers up to 6 inches of lowering ability and integrates adjustability into multiple areas so you can fine-tune the geometry. This is great for those wanting to create the perfect performance hauler.

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By converting the coil-spring rear suspension to use the QA1 adjustable coilovers, the ride height for each corner can be altered for that perfect stance. The tubular-steel truck arms feature an integrated pinion angle adjustment, eliminating the need for angled shims. This allows the wheelbase to be set to exacting specifications. The adjustable Panhard bar keeps the rear centered for more predictable cornering, and the multiple mounting locations correct roll center geometry based on the amount you lower the truck.

The coilovers are also relocated to the outside of the frame rail. This allows for better cornering stability and more room for popular aftermarket rear-mounted fuel tanks. In addition to being an easy bolt on, the entire rear system can be installed without needing to remove the bed of the truck.

Coilovers Only

Looking to keep your factory truck arms, but still want coilovers for adjustable ride height? QA1 also offers rear coilover shocks that work with the factory truck arms and incorporate a full-length adjustable Panhard bar to keep your rearend centered through its articulation.

Front and Rear Sway Bars

QA1 also offers sway bars to add a new level of stability to your C10. They are precision CNC formed for proper fitment and bolt-on installation. Front sway bars fit 1963-1987 C10 trucks. Rear sway bars are designed to work only with QA1’s 1963-1972 C10 rear suspension system.

All products listed are proudly made in the USA in QA1’s Lakeville, Minnesota, facility. Learn more about each of these products by clicking here.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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