Need advice - lowering for disabled access - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2017, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice - lowering for disabled access

I have MS with a leg that I have to manually lift into my 2008 Canyon extended cab. If I could lower the truck 2 or 3 inches it would help a lot.
The problem is I have an electric scooter that I transport with a hitch carrier. It weighs about 300 lbs.
Will i have an issue with the truck bottoming out? Can I use the standard lowering kits or do I need something special?

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I have MS with a leg that I have to manually lift into my 2008 Canyon extended cab. If I could lower the truck 2 or 3 inches it would help a lot.
The problem is I have an electric scooter that I transport with a hitch carrier. It weighs about 300 lbs.
Will i have an issue with the truck bottoming out? Can I use the standard lowering kits or do I need something special?

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I doubt a couple inches will make the truck bottom out. So yeah, I think just lower it. It will be just like it is now just lower.....

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Here is my suggestion. Lower it a lot more and install a set of airbags. Then install an electric airbag compressor with a remote control switch for both inflate and deflate in the cab.

I suggest this because I have rear air suspension on my motorhome. I also carry a 450 pound motorcycle on the rear hitch. Deflating the rear air suspension makes it very easy to get the motorcycle off and on again.
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I can't afford the air bag system (am i right, it looks like it's about $1500?) on disability pay, but it does look like a good solution.
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I think mine on my Colorado were around $200. I do not have an automatic compressor. I fill my truck with an air hose when needed.

I just found it here:

59546, Air Lift Ride Control Kit - Rear, Suspension Load Leveling Kit | TruckSpring
Air Springs Kits - 2008 GMC Canyon | TruckSpring

You still need to add a compressor and control. I did one once on another vehicle with an onboard compressor. I went to the junk yard and got a rear compressor and level sensing switch out of an Olds Toronado for $20.00 and installed it. Cadillac also used them on some vehicles.

If you are not up to doing a self installation or junk yards, then a new compressor system can be had from the same company above. Here is a manual level wireless one. They have others.

25870, Air Lift WirelessONE, Suspension Air Compressor Kit | TruckSpring

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Would I still use a cheaper lowering kit with the blocks and font end parts, then add the air bags?
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those were a lot cheaper then the ones i originally looked at.
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