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? about tire/ suspension upgrade

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ben794X4, Feb 11, 2002.

  1. ben794X4

    ben794X4 Registered Member

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    My old 31,s are worn out and I now can finally justify replacing them. However, I have a limited budget and these are my options; I can either run 33,s and install a locker or a four inch lift kit and 35,s with open diffs then do the locker later. I need as much clearance as I can get (duh) without getting to tippy and I am not afraid to chop my wells which I need to do any how to get rid of some rust. I plan on doing it all eventually but I dont know if a 2 1/2 lift or a 4 inch would be better there are alot of side hill trails with BFR's (big friggin rocks) where I wheel in the Murphy desert. These (BFR's) can pitch you pretty good when you are already side hillin' making for a high pucker factor. All responses are appriciated as are product recomendations.

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  2. sapper

    sapper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    i would say go with the 4" and 35s. Thats whats on my truck now and after a day with the sawsall it flexs pretty good. also you go up to 6"s with the ORD addaleaves and body lift to fit a good size tire without losing to much balance.

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  3. bigmack

    bigmack 1/2 ton status

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    I agree with sapper, go with the 4" lift &amp; the 35's, you won't regret it. You can allways install a locker later, or weld your rear end now &amp; forget about the locker.

    Just my opinion

    '80 K10 350/350/NP205/14B/10B/4.10/4"Lift/Q78-Buckshots
     
  4. Greenblazer-AZ

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    I agree with the 4" 35" combo. See the Driveshaft thread for more info.

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    Blue '74Blazer Topless W/ 35 BFG Muds1" Body Lift W/ Energy Susp. Bushings
     
  5. jekbrown

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    4" lift and 35s, no question. If you have no probs cutting fenders, you could run all the way up to 39.5s with 4" of lift, so you'd be set in that regard. Lockers are great, but u can always get one later.

    as far as tippy-ness goes, add the spacers on your rear wheels to even out your track width...run wide tires..and ditch your hard top, tail gate, and doors...maybe get a fiberglass hood too. ;) Reducing top-heaviness is always a good thing,

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  6. TXsizeK5

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    I always thought itd be tippy with my 6" and 35's but after driving it seems normal, i want to go even bigger tire wise. The k5's are pretty wide,just ditch the hard top for a soft one.

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