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12 inch lift

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by padrik5, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. padrik5

    padrik5 Bike repair man

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    i have 12 inch springs and i want to make them soft and flexy should i remove some leafs or what should i do

    i have a six inch lift now what would i have to get for the 12 inch springs /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    unick 1/2 ton status

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    you will need to do something about the steering and drive line angles.
     
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    funkycold 1/2 ton status

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    steering components
    driveshafts
    brake lines
    shocks

    I have a 12" lift on my /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif and I had to change all of this stuff as well.(or at least am working on it).
     
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    You want to make them soft? Good luck.

    Get rid of those springs and buy some 8" Skyjacker or BDS softride springs, install a 1" zero-rate, and a 3" body lift to get the 12" back while maintaining a softer ride with shorter springs. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    padrik5 Bike repair man

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    so there is no way i can take off leaf i dont really care how tall it is i just thought if i used those springs i could take some leafs of and make them real soft
     
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    so there is no way i can take off leaf i dont really care how tall it is i just thought if i used those springs i could take some leafs of and make them real soft

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    Out of the 5 or 6 leaves in those packs, you probably could take out 4 or 5 and get a decent ride, but the springs won't have any support and therefore will be longer resulting in a shackle that will max out to where it won't flex anymore.

    IMO, I wouldn't waste my time with trying to soften up 12" springs. Sell them and get some springs already made and setup for softride characteristics. At least you will know the springs are the proper length and won't do funny things on you. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Sell them and get some springs already made and setup for softride characteristics.

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    yeah, what he said.
     
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    Sell them and get some springs already made and setup for softride characteristics.

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    yeah, what he said.

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    What they said /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Talk to b454rat. I belive he took out the bottom 2 leaves, made em about 10" packs. i dont know how soft, but the pics look like they flex pretty good.
     

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