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KP Components Bolt-On Watts Link
For 1988-1998 Chevrolet & GMC C-1500 Trucks

January 18, 2006

While the Watts link has been in existence for over 300 years, its name has only recently entered the custom truck lexicon. Named for its inventor, James Watt, this mechanism was originally designed to keep the piston rod centered on a steam engine. The design has also been used in the last 50 years, mostly on race cars, as a means to center the rear axle.

The Watts link serves the same purpose as a panhard rod, which locates the rear axle on a 4-link suspension. But the Watts link has one distinct advantage -- practically zero side-to-side movement. A panhard rod can cause the rear axle to shift an inch or more throughout the suspension's range of motion, which can cause problems when trying to tuck large wheel and tire combinations.

While there have been several Watts link kits available on the market, they have been in a do-it-yourself format. For the inexperienced, the careful measuring, fabrication, and welding to install such a kit has deterred many from using a Watts link. But all that is about to change.

Enter KP Components, the innovators of the bolt-on custom suspension system. KP Components makes a variety of bolt-on four-link and cantilever suspension systems for Chevrolet and Ford trucks. Using their vast knowledge of suspension and design, the team at KP Components has designed a true bolt-on Watts link kit.

The initial kits are designed for the 1988-1998 Chevrolet and GMC trucks. They fit all trucks using the factory 10-bolt rear end. Future kits will be developed for both newer and older trucks.

Kit Features:

  • 100% Bolt-on design
  • Laser cut and CNC formed steel
  • Grade 8 mounting hardware
  • Complete wrap-around differential bracket with vertical and horizontal supports
  • Watts Link bars made from DOM tubing
  • Four 3/4" heim joints
  • Detailed instructions

The Watts link kit works with existing KP Components 4 link and cantilever systems, and it is also compatible with most other aftermarket parallel 4 link kits on the market.

The first model, for 88-98 GM Full-size trucks, is be available as of February 6th, 2006 from KP Components Inc. Retail pricing will be $450.00 for the complete kit as listed above.

99-05 GM Full-size trucks will be available March 6th, 2006, and 73-87 GM Full-size trucks will follow the 99-05 kits for a future release.


Order your KP Components Watts Link for 88-98 GM Trucks for only $399!

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