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Anyone tow with a 8"-10" lift?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by DesertDueler, Dec 16, 2001.

  1. DesertDueler

    DesertDueler 1/2 ton status

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    Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    I was thinking of putting a big lift on my burb, but I tow with it. I tow either the Jimmy or the Firebird. Mostly the Firebird, but will tow the Jimmy on anything farther than 2 hour drive. How welll would a burb tow with that big of a lift and either 38s or 40s?

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&33"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
  2. tRustyK5

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    So would that be with the same wimpy 1/2 ton axles and stellar 700R-4 that just blew up? [​IMG]

    Consider the size of the drop hitch you'd need and the amount of leverage that would be exerted on it, laterally as well as fornt to back.

    I wouldn't even consider it...just MHO

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  3. DesertDueler

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    No I would step up to a 14sf so I can keep my 6 lug, and probably go to a th400 and 205 t-case. My buddy had a 94 sub 1/2 ton with 19" lift and 44s with stock rear axle and solid front axle swap with no problems being a cruiser. Stock tranny to.

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    That and I got the idea from the body shop down the street from work. They use a 2000 F-350 with 10" lift and 40s to tow all the cars to the shop. Big drop hitch and its works fine, but its a 1 ton.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&33"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    Check some of the bigger hitch manufacturers, they make receiver hitches for up to a 8" drop. This is the actual hitch, not the part that goes into the receiver, that has the 8" drop.

    1 ton '87 Chevy SWB in the making!
     
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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    i tow every now and again. the only thing is to make sure the brakes on the trailer work just slightly better than the ones on the truck... i have problems in the rain when stopping and steering, my front wheel gets light

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  7. Lonnie

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    Due to the higher CG of the lifted vehicle &amp; the added sidewall flex in the tires, I also recommend a load equalizing hitch (class V) with adjustable drop. It may be overkill if you have an open trailer, but its not much more than a lighter duty one. My hitch is 2" x 2" solid...not hollow as most Reese type hitch adapters are. This setup &amp; it will actually drop the front height of the truck with the rear to help keep it level as tongue weight increases. I have a 34' enclosed Haulmark trailer (13,000GVW) that will hold 2 cars &amp; is way in excess of what you should hall with a pick-up. Without the hitch, the trailer would start to sway &amp; cause the truck to dance around by flexing the tire sidewalls &amp; suspension.... after adding the load equalizers it stays stable even in cross winds. Difference was well worth the $275 investment. Hope this helps.
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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    TOTALLY AGREE!! Those weight distribution systems make ALL of the difference in the world. DEFINATELY woth the $$ IMO.
     
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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    I will get a weight dist. systems. Now for tires, the biggest I can go in radials are 38s in either a ground hawg or a tsl radial, what do you guys recomend?

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    TSL radial

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    check offroad unlimited they make badd ass towhitches.
     
  12. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    Why not just mount short tires for pulling? That'd be awesome if you were geared low. Imagine having 4.56s or 4.88s and 33" tall tires. That'd be one hard pulling truck!!

    Sure, it'd look gay, but it'd pull harder and be safer IMO.

    Tim
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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    I agree!! [​IMG]

    ORU does make some bad ass hitches!! [​IMG]

    They have 4 different drop hitches.

    14" drop, #87014, $325.95.
    16" drop, #87016, $355.95.
    18" drop, #87018, $377.95.
    20" drop, #87020, $412.95.

    I know the prices are outrageous, but when you see the pics of them, they are way cool and beefy!! [​IMG] [​IMG]



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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    Definately TSL radials!

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8\"-10\" lift?

    Radials are overrated, if you go Bais ply you don't have to worry about weak sidewalls.
    IMHO SS SX's fit the bill !
     
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    Yea but I dont think my K5 and my Burb need SXs. Bias suck to tow on.

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8

    Why not try the Baja Claw 38's, or the Parnelli Jones 38's? They both seem to be not TOO rough for the road, but would still look pretty cool. The Claws are belted, I think, and the PJ's are radials. Besides, then you could give us all a full report on how these tires do on your occasional off road jaunt, since I've never seen a report on either of these tires in the 38 size and after alot of miles. I love spending other people's money.

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    Bear Claws wear like crud on their own, add towing with them, and they will be wore out in 1 trip!

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8

    and Pj's are like a gadjillion bucks

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    Re: Anyone tow with a 8

    I've towed for 12 years with my '88 crewcab dually with 10" lift and 42" Swampers. No problems. My tow is a 28' offshore boat on a triple axle trailer. Total trailer and boat weigh 8500 lbs. Nothing like a dually to tow with. Also, my Suburban has 12" National springs and 39.5" Swampers and tows just fine. I tow a trailer loaded with quads on it, or my sand Jeep. No problems towing! LIFT AWAY!!!! Just be sure to re-gear sufficiently for the weight. My dually is geared at 5.13:1, and the Sub at 4.56:1.

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