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4" lift, 36" tires, fender trimming update

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CK5, Jun 4, 2000.

  1. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    OK
    Now that I ran some nasty trails in Moab I can give you real world results of running a 4" lift, 36x12.5 tires with fender trimming and the sway bar disconected. The tires never hit the outside sheetmetal even under full droop, but they did rub the inside fender well a tad under full lock and droop but did not hurt anything, just a little friendly contact. The way I look at it is if your tires do not come in contact with your inner fender a little you have to much lift or no fenders [​IMG]. All in all I can say I really like this setup, I found myself off-camber more than once and really liked that I wasn't lifted any more. I could even modify the inner fender well so they wouldnt touch but what fun would that be.

    Steve
     
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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    <font color=blue>So where's the pictures?! [​IMG]</font color=blue>
     
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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    What brand lift are you using and what brand of tires?Brady
     
  4. CK5

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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    Rancho lift with TSL 16" Super Swamper Radials.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    Very nice shot. I like the stance of your truck with the 4" & 36's. I'll be installing a 4" Tuff Country soon and plan to go with either the good ole tried-n-true 35" BFG M/T's, or 36" Swamper Radials with some fender trimming and/or flares. The tires I really want are the 36x14.5 Swamper radials but the 36x12.5's are probably more feasible for me because of my budget and the amount of trimming I'd have to do.

    Like someone mentioned elsewhere in this forum I also like the look of a moderate lift and fat tires stuffed into the fender wells, but not enough that they would seriously hamper articulation.

    Chris Southerland
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    85 Jimmy & 78 K5
     
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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    Nice photo, Steve. Now, how much trimming for 35s will I need to do with a 4" lift? Also, are you running all springs or a shackle-flip?
    Thanks

    Blazin' in Flagstaff
     
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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    Is that the kit with 9 leaves in front or 5.I have the 5 leave 2.5" kit (= to 4" lift)I trimmed the front off of the front fenders but not the rear of the front.I have 33" bias swampers and no swaybar and the tires hit.I have been told the 3.5" 9 leave kit will fit 36" swampers.Brady
     
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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    Man Steve that's a nice @#$@#$ truck dude, it looks cool especially at that angle you have it on that picture, one question did you have to drop your t-case at all, or put shims in the back or what? to keep the u-joints in good shape mine are vibrating and then brake so what??? later dude.

    check out my new site, thanks Steve!
    http://chaka73.coloradok5.com
     
  9. CK5

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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    Currently the front springs are five leafs and ride rough as hell and in the back I am running 4" lift blocks with stock springs, I plan on doing a shackle flip in the rear and changing the springs, maybe Alcan, don't know yet, but I would like to keep the same ride height, and yes the tcase his lowered like an 1.5" I think, I will be changing that as well when I go to a NP205 and a CV driveshaft.

    Steve
     
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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    Hey StevO
    Looks like that tail pipe could be a dirt stuffer!!??
    My old pipes came out sorta like that and when I twisted my 12 bolt and roled back down the hill I stuffed one in the dirt and bent it bad enough to hack saw it off!!
    Now I just run turn downs right outa the FlowMasters.....
    Good Shot!!
    Late

    Rock ON![​IMG] 72 K5 [​IMG] Led Zeppelin
     
  11. JOEBLAZER12

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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    Brady,
    How does the 2.5" Rancho w/ 5 leaves ride, on and off road and do you have springs or blocks in back? Do you really get 4" out of that 2.5" kit, or will the springs eventually settle? By the way what is the true height of those 33" swampers? I was thinking of running the same lift kit but maybe with 35" BFG A/Ts if they'll fit(I've heard their true height is around 33.5"-34"). Thanks.

    JOE
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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    BTW Steve are you still using the 1.5" spacers with the 36" Swampers? And are they still holding up? Thanks

    Chris S.
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  13. CK5

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    Re: 4\" lift, 36\" tires, fender trimming update

    Yep
    I had to get new ones for the 8-lug of course, NOTE: the 14 bolt is only 2" shorter than the front (10 and 12 bolt are 3" shorter). So I only needed to make up 1" on each side, one small problem though the studs are a little longer than 1" so instead of grinding a little off the studs I opted to get my spacers an 1-1/4 instead, this way I didn't have to mess with grinding the studs and it looks great. No problems what so ever.

    Steve
     

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