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56" rear springs?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Shawn, Feb 9, 2001.

  1. Shawn

    Shawn 1/2 ton status Premium Member Author

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    56\" rear springs?

    Thinking about going from a 52" spring to a 56" spring in the rear. Has anyone done this. I would have to move ORD's flip bracket back 4" but seems like it would be easy. According to BDS, there's only 1/2" of difference at the center pins between the 52" and 56" springs (measured from the front eye hole).

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    Re: 56\" rear springs?

    sounds good to me, but i was wondering, what advantages do you forsee in this mod? I can see having a flatter spring with the same amount of lift, but thats it. Am i missing something? Just curious.

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  3. CK5

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    Re: 56\" rear springs?

    Better ride quality, a tad more articulation and the ability to move the axle rearward to allow larger tires with out hitting the leading edge of the rear fender panel.

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    Re: 56" rear springs?

    It's a piece of cake. I've been running 56"ers since day one. Just move the shackle reversal back four inches and you have to modify the bottom of the brackets to allow for the frame to turn down. I'm using Skyjacker springs off of my suburban and they are too stiff. I am in the process of moving my shackle reversal back again and having some 60 or 62" springs made with the centerpin moved back 1 1/2" to stretch my wheel base. I'm moving my front axle forward 1" when I get my three link and King 16" travel coil over shocks finished. I hope to post some pictures soon.

    Steve Frisbie

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