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best riding lift kit?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 87superblaze, Oct 7, 2001.

  1. 87superblaze

    87superblaze 1/2 ton status

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    I have consider investing in a new lift kit. The reason being my current trailmaster add-a-leafs and 6 SSV shocks are way too rough riding for my daily driver. The dents and scratches from my hat on the roof are proof enough. I was wondering what lift kit provides the smoothest ride at a reasonable cost? By the way, I have an 87 blazer with 35" tires and I want to install either a 4" or a 6" lift while still being able to tow my camper trailer. Is there any way to possibly improve the ride without purchasing another costly Kit? Your advise would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Pugsley

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    IMO The Superlift "Superride" kits are the best bang for your buck in commercially available kits. I'm currently running 4" Superride fronts, with an add a leaf and 2" block in the rear, and single Doetsch Prerunner shocks, and it rides better than OEM, with a slightly higher rear load capacity. Or for the ultimate, you could go with a set of custom rate Deaver or National springs.

    Of the 5 toughest dogs in the neighborhood, my cat's ranked #3
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    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    IMO The Superlift "Superride" kits are the best bang for your buck in commercially available kits. I'm currently running 4" Superride fronts, with an add a leaf and 2" block in the rear, and single Doetsch Prerunner shocks, and it rides better than OEM, with a slightly higher rear load capacity. Or for the ultimate, you could go with a set of custom rate Deaver or National springs.

    Of the 5 toughest dogs in the neighborhood, my cat's ranked #3
    <a target="_blank" href=http://pugsley.alloffroad.com>pugsley.alloffroad.com</a>
     
  4. solowookie

    solowookie 1/2 ton status

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    BDS!

    <font color=blue> Jeff - may the force be with you</font color=blue>
    <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Jeffs-Stuff>link to k5's</a>
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

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    I have a Rancho soft ride 4" kit that rides just as good as stock.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  6. Chris Demartini

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    <font color=blue>If you're going to tow, stay with 4". Tuff Country or BDS springs will probably be the best riding off-the-shelf springs, but custom ones from Alcan or National will ride better since they are composed of 11 or 12 thin leaves instead of 4 or 5 thick ones. This combined with the radiused edges and teflon pads in between the leaves gives for a very smooth ride. These springs are very expensive however so just go with BDS or Tuff Country in the front, your stock springs in the rear with a shackle flip and some RS9000 adjustable shocks. If your camper trailer is heavy you may want to get some air assist bags for the rear.
     
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    Tuff countrys are the best ridding. I have tuff country in my jimmy now. I had rough country in it before and they were way too stiff. I have rancho on the burb because I tow my race car and the jimmy. They are a little stiff but they are ok. Go with tuff country and you will feel like you are riding in a caddy.

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

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    I'll put my vote in for BDS. I have 6" BDS springs and they are GREAT! The Superlift superirdes ride great but seem to be a bit undersized (at least the 6" ones) and sag a bit more then others out there. Skyjacker softrides are also nice IMO...a little stiffer then the others but still a good ride.

    -Mikey
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    Thanks Mikey, I'm now looking into the 8" BDS. Where did you get yours? How much was the 6" kit?

    I'm going to do a homeade shackle flip and keep my blocks, then do 8" front springs for an 8" lift.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
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    I'm not really sure if this is feasible but couldn't you get a nice soft suspension all around then put airbags in the back when your towing?
     
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    I got mine at a local place ... Ken's 4x4 in Ramsey, MN.
    I don't remeber off hand how much the springs were.. I got a whole bunch of stuff through them, but I know Jeff (Solowookie) called them and said they were the best price he found and got his springs from them. They just have BDS drop ship them to your house. You can give them a call at 763-421-4070 or go to their website (it was in develop, but might be going now) at http://coloradok5.com/gallery/captcrunch
     
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    <font color=blue>The airbags are adjustable, so when you're not towing just let the air out. When you hook up the trailer and the back sags, fill 'em up until its level and go. No need to remove them
     

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