Last month I gave you the skinny on Air Ride Technologies' latest version of their '73-87 C-10 StrongArm suspension (which also applies to '67-72 models, as well) with a little hint of their accompanying bolt-on rear suspension. Well, the hinting's over-time to get to the nitty gritty of the all-new AirBar four-link.

Having previously installed Air Ride's universal four-link in my '75 Cheyenne not too long ago, I know what a relief it will be to other C-10 owners knowing they now have a bolt-on version available for use. While the welding and minor fabrication were not a huge chore by any means, it definitely would have been a heck of a lot easier to simply drill a few additional holes rather than rely on a MIG welder. Suffice it to say, better late than never, right?! Actually, when you get right down to it-literally-it's just better, period!

Unlike a "fits all" type four-link, the AirBar system is designed specifi- cally for the application it's intended for. In other words, it's a true bolt-on suspension setup. Furthermore, the links themselves have been preset at the factory, so unless you feel the need for any fine-tuning, about the only real adjustments you'll be dealing with are ride height levels. Along with all the necessary components to replace existing leaf springs, the AirBar kit includes pre-made C-notch frame sections,complete with upper airbag perches already installed. A unique, tubular shock crossmember has been designed to slip inside the framerails as well as integrate the upper Panhard mount (the bar itself attaches to the rearend with a thick, machined aluminum bracket).

The AirBar is a perfect solution for adding a performance-oriented suspension to your C-10 without compromising load-carrying capacity. If your truck is less of a hauler than it is a personal transporter, you should definitely consider this as your next upgrade.