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14 Bolt skid plate

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by OFFRDK5, Jun 11, 2002.

  1. OFFRDK5

    OFFRDK5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Just did an upgrade and its sweet. A K20 Blazer...actually its a 1983 K5 Blazer with 1979 K20 3/4 ton axles....so is it now a 8379 or a 79 or...?
    But on with the problem.....
    Nice 14 bolt in the back and I went over some railroad tracks and BAM /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif 14 bolt hit the tracks. I am running 31s and don't have the space nor funding to go any bigger right now. Is there something that can assist with this 14 bolt and bumps and railroad tracks?
     
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    OFFRDK5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I like that idea....but it wouldn't be enough....I need a skid plate..just like one on the transfer case...hrm...might see if one of them will work...
     
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    Sawzall+grinder=this Also relocating your shock mounts so they dont hang down 2 or 3" is a good thing to.I did mine like this .
     
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    The 14 bolt is a skid plate...at least mine gets used that way. /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif

    Rene
     
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    i would do the shaving and then have a/build a skid plate.
    and relocate the shocks.
    grant
     
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    Man that must have been one set of RR tracks. Ran 9.50x16.5s,till I could aford new wheels and tires, on a '77 K20 and never hit anything like that with the 14B FF.
     
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    I went and looked at the tracks more closely. Its not the tracks themselves, its the dip before and after the tracks.
    Looks like the city needs to come out and do some repair work cuz I ain't the only one slowing down!!
     
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    Hey take a look at my web page on photo page 1. I have a great skid plate on a 14-bolt. You can get it at Sams Offroad just ask for Colby and tell him that Billy Ray from Austin sent you. www.baloo.rockcrawler.com
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    a skid plate would only serve to reduce your clearance... so you'd be scrape'in as you went over speed bumps. Just use a sawzall to cut off the lip on the bottom of the ff14 and smooooooth out anything that looks like it might catch with the grinder.. that'll allow it to get over the top of just about anything. I'll post pics of how I did mine... as soon as I do it! /forums/images/icons/wink.gif

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    Ya....thats what I am looking for....big ole skid plate.....
    Thanks peoples for the info
     
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    It works great. I works like a ramp over rocks and stuff. I did not know if i would like it or should i just shave the 14-bolt I'am very glad I did this first. Would you rather slam rocks on the cast 14-bolt that could break or a steel skid plate? /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Billy Ray,

    I really like that skid plate, and was gonna try to fab something up like it. But if this Sam sells them, i would be real interested! Does he have a website or phone number you could give me?
    Thanks!
     
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    Cool, thanks! I didn't see the skid plate on his site, but I will call him soon and tell him that you sent me! Thanks again!
     
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    Thanks fer the info Billy....hopefully I will get a job here quick and buy me one.
     

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