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6" or 8"

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by shaun, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. shaun

    shaun 1/2 ton status

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    6\" or 8\"

    I was wondering if you guys could give me your opinion on which is better. I want to run the ak57 with the ord shackle flip in the rear but that will put me at about 8 inches and I was hoping to stay at 6 witht he suspension because I was going to add new bodymounts and the ord 1" body lift. I have a 72 and was looking at running 16 35 16.5 boggers. do you think i should just scrap the shackle flip and put 2 inch springs to keep it at 8 or should i should i go for the 10 inches. and if i went 10 what size tire should i run. All opinions are appreciated. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Re: 6\" or 8\"

    If I were you Id just get the 6" ak57 suspension. Its nice!
     
  3. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Re: 6\" or 8\"

    You are putting on a LOT of lift for 35's....

    If you don't want to cut fenders AT ALL, then you probably will need that much lift...but you're not going to flex as well because the springs are going to be stiffer.

    Here's a shot of my '72 ramping over 1000 with a simple ORD shackle flip, and a pair of STOCK springs from an '89K5.

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    Tires are 38.5's and you can see I did have to do some cutting to get the clearance. Overall lift on my truck at this point is around 7".....

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    Re: 6\" or 8\"

    this is a pic of 35's on 4"inch lift....

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  5. unick

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    Re: 6\" or 8\"

    I have 35's on 4 inches of lift and no cutting. They are really close to rubbing on all corners.


    nick
     
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    Re: 6\" or 8\"

    I have 6 springs in front shackle flip and hrlper spring in back with a 3in body and Im running 36/14.50 16.5
     
  7. shaun

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    thanks i think maybe i will just run the 6 inch springer suspension and a 1 inch body lift and maybe upgrade to some 38's and fender trimming. /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Re: 6\" or 8\"

    4" and 35's
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    Marv
     
  9. unick

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    man marv you have more toys that anyone i know... nice pic /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: 6\" or 8\"

    not mine....

    That '72 belongs to Rob Finelli (therobzilla)...

    Marv
     
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    Re: 6\" or 8\"

    [ QUOTE ]
    If you don't want to cut fenders AT ALL, then you probably will need that much lift...

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    Greg hit the nail on the head. It really depends on whether you're willing to trim a bit. I haven't cut anything from my fenders yet and I run 6" front/8" rear Skyjacker softride springs. I still hit my 35x12.5x15 tires in the front when the wheels are turned and it is hit or miss whether I'll hit or clear the wheelwell in the rear when flexed. I really only hit when a) the front wheels are turned and b) the truck is twisted up.

    Tire width and offset will probably come into play if you're going to run the wide boggers. I noticed a difference in 15x10 and 15x8 wheels with the same tires (4" and 3.5" BS respectively). Both hit, but hit during different situations.
     
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    Re: 6\" or 8\"

    Nice avatar /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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