Dropped Cross Member
THIS TERM REFERS to front-engine/suspension cross members, usually on C-10s, that raise the suspension mounting points up in order to further lower a truck. An added benefit is that they raise the scrub line, which is especially important with C-10 front suspensions since they hang down very low from the factory. Once a dropped cross member is installed on a truck, the suspension is usually no longer the lowest point of the vehicle. Dropped cross members can be home-brewed or aftermarket, with aftermarket versions usually incorporating rack-and-pinion steering into their designs, like this one from Total Cost Involved Engineering, Inc.