Ridetech offers bolt-on lowering kit for 2007-13 GM trucks

Kit is designed to enhance performance and ride quality of 2wd Silverado, Sierra

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StreetGrip suspension system lowers ride height of 2007-2013 Chevrolet and GMC full-size 2wd pickup trucks | Ridetech photos

Though perhaps not as classic as the C-10 generation of Chevrolet pickup trucks, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from the 2007-2013 model years are available on the used-vehicle market and thus ripe for customization. 

Indiana-based suspension specialist Ridetech has launched its newest StreetGrip system for 2007-13 GM 2-wheel-drive pickups, which means it now offers bolt-on applications for all 2wd GM full-size trucks produced from 1963 through 2013. 

“StreetGrip… really wakes up the performance of these pickups, while greatly enhancing ride quality,” Ridetech claims, adding that the kit for the 2007-13 trucks is adjustable for lowering ride height as desired.

“Before Ridetech decides to design a lowered suspension system, we like to study the bones,” the company notes. “General Motors’ 07-13 Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks have very good bones. Also, since the current generation, 2019 and up ‘T1XX’ trucks are getting much of the attention these days, 7- to 12-year-old trucks have become a great value.

“While these trucks are now two generations old, there is nothing antiquated about them. Also known as the GMT900 platform, 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks were heralded for their improved aerodynamics and all-new (for 2007) frames. The 6-speed “clutch-to-clutch” automatic overdrive transmissions were introduced in 2010. 

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“All of the LS-based V8 engines offer more than 300 horsepower, with the top-of-the-line 6.2L V8 producing 403 HP in 2013. We like to joke that these trucks come with ‘factory LS swaps.’ Needless to say, these trucks are exceptional performers.”

Ridetech’s StreetGrip setup has adjustable coilovers in front, adjustable leaf spring hangers in the rear, and adjustable shock valving at all corners. 

“You can fine-tune ride height to suit your wheel and tire combination and dial-in ride quality to suit your driving style,” the company notes. 

Front suspension can be lowered as much as 4 inches while the rear can be dropped as much as 6½ inches. Ridetech notes that drop spindles are provided in the kit, so minimum 18-inch wheels are required to clear the lower control arms. 

The rear setup includes a “flip kit” that moves the axle above the leaf springs.

The StreetGrip setup includes forged-aluminum monotube shocks with Fox technology and 24-position adjustment.

For details, visit the Ridetech website.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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