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1 ton suspension on a blazer?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by miller_chad, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. miller_chad

    miller_chad Newbie

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    I have a 86 Fullsize Jimmy and my friend just rolled his 86 3/4 ton shortbox chevy with 1ton suspension with a 6 inch rancho lift with a 12 bolt rearend. Would this suspension bolt right up to mine or would i have to do some modifying? Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
  2. boz42

    boz42 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    kinda confusing that u have a 3/4 ton truck that is a shortbed w/ 1 ton suspension & a 12 bolt rear.

    i say measure how long the rear leafs are if they are 52's they will go w/out any mods, the frt should work either way
     
  3. blazerpunk

    blazerpunk 1/2 ton status

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    Never heard of a 1 ton 12 bolt. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    BurbLover 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 86 Fullsize Jimmy and my friend just rolled his 86 3/4 ton shortbox chevy with 1ton suspension with a 6 inch rancho lift with a 12 bolt rearend. Would this suspension bolt right up to mine or would i have to do some modifying? Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif

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    Since it's a shortbed, it was originally a 1/2 ton. They never made an 86 shortbed 3/4 ton. Therefore you need to double check the rear springs length. They will most likely measure 52" on the K5 & 52" on the P/U.

    Sounds like you buddy had a hybrid truck. No biggie/ Almost all the trucks/K5s on this site are hybrids. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    1 ton shortbox here, but I made it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    BurbLover 1/2 ton status

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    1 ton shortbox here, but I made it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    Hence the term "hybrid" Mr Smar T. Pants!! /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif
     
  7. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Why would you want 1 ton prings on a blazer? There is a reason why GM naver made a 3/4 ton version K5....they have too short of a wheel base to pull a load any bigger than what 1/2 ton springs can handle. I'm not saying they CAN'T pull anything heavy because I have towed a trailer heavier than the manufacturers rating a few times but I have some good towing experience and am super cautious, still not the safest for sure. I am 3/4 ton with the larger brakes in my defence though. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    I don't think there would be a need for 1 ton rated rear springs hardly at all because it will ride terrible and any load heavy enough to where only 1 ton springs can handle it....is way to much for a blazer regardless of brakes, using caution, and driver experience IMHO.

    I have the stock prings with a 2.5" addaleaf on my K5 and has worked well. The add a leaves increased my spring capacity enough to make a difference (it's kind of like a 5/8 ton now. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif) but still ratain a decent ride.

    The front is obvious for not needing a spring heavier than a 1/2 ton rating because you can't pull a gooseneck with a blazer. Maybe a 3/4 ton pack with a swapped in BBC if ride heigth is important, even then I would still prefer a 1/2ton spring because the ride would smooth out nicely with a BBC.
     
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    If using the proper weight distributing hitch for a heavy load, your front springs definitely play into it.
     
  9. Sam 10b

    Sam 10b Registered Member

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    If you put the one tone 56 inch springs in the back and your rears in the front your truck will flex like crazy and move your rear axle back like 4 inches.
     

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