This is (Episode 12) of the #ETCGDadsTruck Series.
Link to (Episode 13): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnYYuZDL0Xc
Link to (Episode 11): https://youtu.be/p-Sgh7UlMNQ
Link to (Full, [Part 3]&[Part 24) version: https://www.ericthecarguy.com/exclusive-videos/73-exclusive-videos/2375-gmt400-front-end-rebuild-second-part-exclusive-video-etcgdadstruck
Link to (Full, [Part 1]&[Part 2]) version: https://www.ericthecarguy.com/exclusive-videos/73-exclusive-videos/2365-gmt400-front-end-rebuild-first-part-exclusive-video-etcgdadstruck
This video series will cover the complete rebuild of the front suspension, steering, and brakes on a GMT400 2WD truck. These trucks ran from 1988-1998.
This installment covers the installation of the front suspension, sort of. There are some parts issues. Also, I hope you’re able to learn from my mistakes. 😉
Camera: Brian Kast, Eric Cook
Music: Epic Unease by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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SSBC Slotted Front Rotors and Pads: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ssb-a2351003/overview/year/1990/make/chevrolet/model/c1500
SSBC (Expensive) Front Caliper Upgrade: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ssb-a186-1
Russell Steel Braided Brake Lines: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/rus-672340/overview/
Bushing Kit: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ens-3-18107g/overview/make/gmc/model/c1500
Lowering Kit 2” 4” **with 1” front rotors: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/mmc-33135/overview/make/chevrolet/model/c1500/year/1990
Lowering Kit 2” 4” **with 1.25” front rotors: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/mmc-33134/overview/year/1990/make/chevrolet/model/c1500/submodel/silverado
Front Shocks (you will need 2): https://www.summitracing.com/parts/bsn-24-016971/overview/year/1990/make/chevrolet/model/c1500
Stock Coil Springs: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ado-45h0076/overview/year/1990/model/c1500
Front Bearing and Seal Kit: https://www.am-autoparts.com/1990/GMC/C1500-Truck/Wheel-Bearing-Hub-Assemblies/AM-977465031/1110358.html?rawFit=1110358-1990&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxp6Nj__S4QIVDf_jBx1WwgyEEAkYCiABEgLQiPD_BwE
Spring Compressor: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/atd-tools-7549-coil-spring-compressor#oid=1002_1
Bearing Packer: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/atd-tools-10276-handy-packer-bearing-packer#oid=1002_1
Seal Driver: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/astro-pneumatic-7824-bearing-race-and-seal-driver-set#oid=1002_1
Trusty Cook Hammers: https://trustycook.com
IR 3/8” Impact: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/ingersoll-rand-w5132-k12-iqv20-3-8-drive-impactool-bl2022-kit#oid=1002_1
Milwaukee 1/2” Impact: https://milwaukeetool.com/Products/Power-Tools/Fastening/Impact-Wrenches/2762-20
Ear Plugs: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/sas-safety-6101-corded-ear-plugs-with-case#oid=1002_1
#ETCGDadsTruck Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCepnacqRuI&list=PLSzhQ6St-ov1g_GML2aVq6EN-_ShJ9G2o
The Most Important Part of a Brake Job: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl6TV_nQy3o&t=1s
How To Replace Brakes with Tapered Roller Bearings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccsbu2hT0MI
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49 thoughts on “GMT400 Front End Rebuild (Part 3) #ETCGDadsTruck”
Do the inner an outer tie rods must be the exact same length when mounted? Mine ares different for 1 inch or so. Is this normal?
I'm thinking bout doing this to my 90. It looks good like it is but the lower effect would be driving like a car or mini truck. Not sure as it drives nice and is low anyways. Also I think the spindle kit shoulda came with the control arms to match fit. Nice video btw
I'm watching this and laughing at the irony, the struggles of working on a vehicle are real. It's not all cake work, things don't always go together smoothly. It's so hard not to get mad, sometimes you just wanna throw that part as far as you can and never look back.
What’s the tie rods you used?
shocks are shorter
When the spindle gets stuck on the upper control arm, STOP!!! Install the shocks. Took me 4 hrs to figure it out🤬🤬🤬😑
Working on springs like that my ass is clenched 24/7
Imagine doing lift springs 😳….don't recommend.
This cracked me up. Especially when you went to hang the stick light in the fender and it just instantly fell. I burst out laughing. Thank you, Eric, for making my day more enjoyable.
starting at 9:40…. is EXACTLY how every one of my projects goes… glad I'm not the only one!!
Did he install the sway bar backwards ?????
You always have a solution for a nightmare lol
It makes me feel better when I spend a lot of time banging on suspension parts with a mallet trying to get them to move into place now that I see you do it, too. I also appreciate your mistakes. I learn from them, then make a plethora of my own on top of them. I'm at least saved from a few and that helps. Thanks, Eric.
Because I’ve had recent struggles with my ‘71 Caprice lower control arm / coil spring install – My favorite part of your video is when the James Bond suspense music met wood block Jenga. Sadly, Hubby and my neighbor – in their valiant attempt to shield me from the dangers of the giant coil spring – succeeded in installing the coil spring with the compressor upside down. You can imagine how fun that was to deinstall when I saw what they did the next day. So my buddy and I removed the wonky set up and in the process the lower ball joint busted. Good times. Oh and PS – I noticed they also forgot to install the giant rubber ring that sits on top of the coil spring 😅.#MaritalProblems
eric all you had to do was install the shocks and you would have had none of your problems
My asshole puckered when that spring turned in the vice and I was just watching, so I know a little bit of poo must have come out. 😳😖😬
9:51 Oh how I can relate to that kind of frustration working on suspension stuff on the car…!!
Too funny and helpful!! Im glad im not the only one.
Yo! ETCG…. Man I love these 88 to 98 Chevy trucks I own two of them a 92 ext cab Fleetside 4.3 v6 5 sp. manual trans. & 95 Stepside single cab same 4.3 L 5 speed manual transmission these are some of the best trucks GM made
Glad to see someone else struggle to put those arms back in lol
You just saved me a @#$% ton of time. Thanks man!
Sounds like a James bond song when hes messing with the springs
Was that VHT Spring Paint? We have our clearance, Clarence. What's our vector, Victor.
Next time take some all thread with two washers and nuts and use it to spread the sheet metal back open so they go in easy they crimp down when there tightened down
You stated you installed the cam bolts pointing straight up…That was your problem with the fitment and the ball joint angles. It needed to move outward some. All the binding would have been solved.
My advices to Eric The Car Guy Youtube Channel. You should have gotten Energy Suspension Bushing because it fits way better. I hope that helps next time you are doing the next project. I love your channel. I fix my own car for over 15 years.
2:05 time for some spring cleaning i guess
Man, Kingpin front ends are nice 😛
I feel all of your pain lol we did my buddies 2004 Silverado bushings and my 1993 GMC bushings also the bushings on the 93s leafsprings.
Thank you for letting me know I should never ever attempt this. Time to buy a new truck!
(Eric) "hmm, needs more lube…" (AVE)"RELEASE THE SHMOO!!!"
did anyone notice eric has alot of cook dead blow hammers
im surprised you do have an air powered press bottle jack such a great arm save also allows a future upgrade to a foot pedal
Love the coil spring music, LOL! If that compressor had slipped or broke there would of been some carnage and possible blood shed.
That wretched feeling you get when you realize you got the wrong parts and either have to wait for new ones, or don't have the time so you have to reuse the old ones : That's the worst!
I always hated those hook style spring compressors. My old boss bought a disk style compressor. OTC 7045B. Worth its weight in gold and works so good on those gm springs. Made me loads more comfortable doing springs.
Yellow shocks. Say it isn’t so 😢
An idea that may work to make the spring insulator install a little easier for others trying this is take a single strip of cheap thin masking tape to attach it to the top of the spring before installing (just enough to hold it in place). The tape should break and wear away rather quickly afterwards once you get the suspension moving.
beating the wood for fallin over is something i would also do out of frustration haha
** DRAMATIC MUSIC **
Great video, Eric! I've always said that any mistake you make that you learn from isn't always bad. Thanks for letting us learn from yours.
i did all polyurethane bushings on my 77 trans am and i had a horrible time getting those lower control arms in their spot like you did. used plenty of silicone grease, a jack, a hammer and thoughts about throwing the arms in the river. they arent in the river and the car handles like its on train tracks. well worth it
Watch As Eric the Car Guy gets frustrated, and cheats death by coil spring.
The frustration… I feel you brother.
10:17 me too, eric. Me too
At 5:01 eric becomes my spirit animal
Hey, Eric – Where did you get those blue tie rod boots and what is the brand name, please? They look like they would hold up better and provide a better seal.
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