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4 link or not?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bajaviking, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. bajaviking

    bajaviking 1/2 ton status

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    Please tell me why I should or should not 4 link my Blazer, is it stable enough to take it on the freeway if I want too.

    I am asking because I made a deal with a local fabricator, I gave him my old Heep project and in turn he will do $1500 worth of work for me.

    I already have a rollcage so I'm thinking 4 link the rear and cut off the body and chassis right behind the rear tires.

    or

    Front and rear bumpers and a skidplate under the transfer.

    or

    Something else?
     
  2. marv_springer

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    Link, baby... link....!

    Marv
     
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    Stable? I have driven my blazer to Montana (from Arizona). I am linked front and rear and I made it through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah. If done right you should be very stable. And... no more axlewrap:D

    LINK IT LINK IT LINK IT!
     
  4. bajaviking

    bajaviking 1/2 ton status

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    Marv & Juan, do you have any pics of your setups, any good advise that I can pass on to the guy. He is a good fabricator but he does mostly prerunner stuff so if there is something special to take into consideration for a Blazer please let me know:bow:
     
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    link it if you can.

    ... oh yea...lets see some pics
     
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    Stability is dependant on how you set up links. Of many link setups has your guy done?
     
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    better make sure 1500 is gonna get it done though. link suspensins can be expensive. Just the coilovers (if you go that way) will run you near 800 or more
     
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    wish i could find coilovers for 800:laugh:
     
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    I was planning on not using coilovers, probably will be using coilspings from a Grand Cherokee or a TJ or something like that. My Blazer is very light in the back, no seat, no top, no tailgate and no interior plus after I chop off the body and chassis behind the rear wheels it will be even lighter so I guess rear coils from a Grand Cherokee should be OK.
     
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    if you can get your truck linked for 1500 you better do it. My rear setup is costing me right around 2800.

    BTW, if you cut off your frame and body from the doors back I would look into airshocks or coilovers. Coilsprings aren't going to give you the articulation you'll want.
     
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    I will cut the body and chassis right behind the rearwheels, I want to keep some cargo space in the back for tools and sparetires. I can't afford coilovers now so it will be spring coils, maybe it won't have as much articulation as Coilovers but it should still be pretty good. Another big reason that I want to do this is the departure angle and being able to chop off the ass end will help me get in and out of tight spots more easily.
     
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    hmmm...... :thinking: I've seen coil setup flex really well!

    Another option you could do is 1/4 elliptics...
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    Marv
     
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    Marv, is it just me or are the rear shocks 2 shocks hooked together?
     
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    That's crazy man..... who would do such a thing...!??
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    Worked well, till I bent them jumping....

    Marv
     
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    What type of wheeling do you do? In your situation is it needed? If jump on it but if you just run mud and stuff maybe its not and the money would be better spent on other things.

    That being said, If you need links hell ya do it. Like others said, make sure the whole thing can be done on that budget or be ready to spend more.
     
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    I don't do mud, in fact I hate cleaning that s**t, I mostly do medium to hard trails.
    The cost is fixed, I give him $ 300 to buy joints and everything else is included in the $1500.
     
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    personal expirence here---

    a baja type fabber will try to link it up like a baja. I'm not saying it won't work but there are other setups that work better for other applications.

    $1500 should get you the complete links and mabye 1/3 of the fab work. i would defiantely expect a little more coming out of pocket, especially if you dont have stuff like the coils.
     
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    Did ya see White Knight's video...?!

    Pretty flexy coil spring buggy in there about 1/2 way thru...

    Marv
     

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