Since 1983, a small company in Fresno, California, had an idea to build the “best performing” lowering suspensions for the Chevrolet pickup. Fresno had been a haven for lowered vehicles and trucks were in abundance. Trucks were being lowered, but their suspensions were terrible and not very roadworthy. Springs were either replaced with new ones, not necessarily meant for the application; and even worse, they may be cut or heated with a torch at the local muffler shop to give the lowered stance that was cool. The stance looked good but the ride was terrible.
Belltech’s design staff had a better idea - Why not build a spindle where the wheels are higher but all of the rest of the front end geometry stays the same? In fact that’s just what they did and the drop spindle that launched the Sport truck craze in America was born.
To go along with the drop spindle, the rest of the truck suspension needed to be addressed also. Shackle Hanger kits, Lowered Coil Springs and Flip kits soon followed. Keeping with the spirit of the “best performing” suspension, the Belltech staff designed and created these components using superior materials and designs. The result made Belltech the most asked for and successful truck suspension brand in the industry.
As time went on, more and more enthusiasts joined the Sport truck phenomenon. Soon Ford, Dodge and import truck owners wanted to join in on the look and style of Belltech equipped vehicles. This started a whole new market of truck owners that could now do something different and up-to-date for their brand of truck. Belltech designed and created suspension components for these applications as well and the company grew accordingly.
With the suspension lowered, there was one more factor that needed to be considered. We had to take a look at the suspension dampening system (the shocks). Stock shocks worked well with the stock suspension, but by changing the ride height, the shock geometry was affected. That's when Nitro Drop Shock line was designed. Constantly keeping up with the ever challenging Sport truck enthusiast, Belltech took this program a step further with the introduction of the Nitro Active shock line using monotube technology to further improve ride qualit
Belltech’s success in the late ‘80s and ‘90s, made it possible for the company to grow from a modest beginning to a larger manufacturing facility with a satellite warehouse, and in 2003, to the current 115,000+ sq. ft. operation located in Sanger, California. The Sanger facility has made it possible to expand every aspect of the operation.
Additional space for both Engineering and R&D are making it possible to create and develop new products more efficiently and timely. Some of the results relating to these new transformations are the development of new products like the GM Colorado/Canyon lowering Ball Joint and the new line of Ford F-150 drop spindles.
In early 2005, Belltech and its sister company Suspension Techniques joined the team of KW automotive North America, Inc, the North American arm of KW automotive GmbH, Germany.
As part of KW automotive North America, Inc, Belltech continues its growth in product development and technology advancement along with its three sibling companies:
KW Suspensions – The world leader in height and dampening adjustable coilover suspension systems for the street and the track, featuring exclusive Inox Stainless Steel Construction.
LSD Doors – The world’s only crash tested and approved Lambo Style Door systems
Suspension Techniques – The leader of height adjustable coilovers, lowering coil springs, and anti-sway bars
Since this time, Belltech has seen a large boost in its technology and engineering capabilities with the inclusion of KW Automotive GmbH’s dynamic race proven suspension design and technologies including testing and tuning of complete vehicle dynamics on KW’s own 7-post Dynamic Testing Rig.
With the newer SUVs and trucks now coming equipped with independent front and sometimes rear suspensions, Belltech has the exclusive expertise, experience and technology to handle any and all new suspension challenges in the future.
KW automotive, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser of Belltech suspension products, (spindles, springs, shackle and hanger kits, flip kits and blocks), that these products will be free of manufacturing defects so long as such purchaser owns the vehicle on which such products were originally installed.
Bushings, bump stops and ball joints are considered subject to wear and are excluded from this warranty. Bushings, bump stops and ball joints are warranted for a period of 90 days from the time of purchase.
If the product should become defective during the warranty period, return it to the original place of purchase along with the original receipt for a determination of claim.
Belltech Street Performance and Nitro Drop 2 shocks are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 2 years (unlimited mileage) as long as the vehicle has been operated under normal conditions. Please take a look at the "How to.." section on the right for more information on how to file a warranty claim.