How To: Squat Your Donk On 26s

Sandman Designs shows you how to get 26s under your Donk the right way.

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    BEFORE
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    Front; Step 1 - With your 26-inch wheel bolted on, turn as far as you can and mark it. Jack up the car and remove the wheel. This would be virtually impossible to do while on the ground with the wheel on.
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    Front; Step 1
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 1
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 1
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 1
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 1
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 1
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    Front; Step 2 - Remove the wheel well. This is the time-consuming step that most omit. It is fairly easy but takes some time and hand tools. On the passenger's side, you will need to remove the battery and battery tray. On the driver side, remove the charcoal canister, but do not discard. Bag all nuts and bolts you have removed, and put them in labeled Ziploc bags. This will save a lot of guess work when its time to reassemble.
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 2
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 2
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 2
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 2
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    Front; Step 3 - Locate the large chunks of metal behind the wheel well where you previously marked. On the driver side there will be a parking brake cable that you will not want to cut through, so be mindful of it. Once you have marked off what you’re going to cut out, carefully remove these pieces. Using a hammer, pound in the edges.
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 3
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 3
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 3
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 3
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 3
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 3
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Front; Step 3
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    Front; Step 4 - Put the wheel wells back in, re-installing every nut and bolt you removed. While doing this, keep a visual marker of where you created the clearance. Take a hammer and pound the metal into the newly created pocket. This step will be loud; don’t be shy about how hard you hit the wheel well. The neighbors might hate you, but the harder you pound, the more clearance you will create.
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    Front; Step 4
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    Front; Step 5 - Test fit. Put your 26s on and turn lock to lock. The tire will obviously touch the inner fender at some point, but with the space you just created, it should turn much better than it did before. If you feel you can create some more space, take the wheel off and hammer some more. After you’re happy with the results, clean the wheel wells with engine degreaser and, once dry, spray rubberized undercoating.
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    Front; Step 5
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    Rear; Step 1 - Remove the rear wheel. Again, very difficult (and pointless) to do with the wheel installed.
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    Rear; Step 1
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    Rear; Step 1
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Rear; Step 2 - Support the rear end with a jack stand, transmission stand, etc. Unbolt the bolt that connects the rear shocks to the rear end. Only unbolt the bottom; do not mess with the top.
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    Rear; Step 2
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    Rear; Step 3 - Remove the rear springs. This should be fairly easy but might take some elbow grease.
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    Rear; Step 3
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    Rear; Step 4 - Install a pair of rear '94-'96 Impala SS Springs, preferably with a few miles on them. You should be able to find some on eBay for pretty cheap. If you want to go even lower and spend the extra bread, order some ‘96 SS lowering springs.
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    Rear; Step 4
  • rides magazine donk box and bubble how to tuck 26s squat stance sandman designs proper posture tutorial
    Rear; Step 4
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    Rear; Step 5 - Reinstall shocks.
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    Rear; Complete Step 5, then Step 6 - Reinstall rear wheel. Check for clearance.
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    AFTER

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is how to properly fit 26s on a Donk and maintain a nice squat while doing so. There are a few ways to do it, but it ultimately comes down to the same basic premise. Some just cut corners when you don’t have to. To clear up the confusion once and for all, RIDES and Sandman Designs are giving you the guide to take you to the Squat Nation.

Tools Needed:
~ Cut-off wheel
~ Air saw
~ Hammer
~ Sockets
~ Wrench
~ Impact
~ Rubberized undercoating
~ Engine degreaser
~ Jack
~ Jack stands

Notes: If you have skirts, you will more than likely need to trim a small portion of the skirt but nothing noticeable. Depending on the width and offset of your rear wheels, you may have to scrap the factory skirt-mounting hardware and screw in the skirts instead.

*DISCLAIMER: Proceed at your own risk. Results may vary. You can totally get hurt if you do this wrong.


  • eric

    did he leave the coil spring spacer in the front springs? i saw that on pic 20 and wanted to know if he took that out or nah?