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Big tires/No lift

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 79Cheyenne, Jun 3, 2000.

  1. 79Cheyenne

    79Cheyenne 1/2 ton status

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    I just wanted to see how many of yall run big tires with no lift! I have 33's on my 79 and some fender cutting for clearance, but I want more tire. The way I understand it is that a flat spring allows for more articulation than a heavilly arched one, because it will compress more easily(right?), so , my stock springs are pretty flat and my off roading reveals this to be true. But I want more ground clearance so I am asking all to tell or show me your fender gutting techniques. Or maybe some of yall could convince me that a suspension lift is the way to go. Keep in mind I never intended for My Blazer to be pretty.

    <font color=orange>1979 BLAZER Cheyenne[​IMG]
     
  2. Zack

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    I think i am just gonna buy some 36" tires and hack till they fit.. I will do it somewhat nicely though. then later put fender flares on. That way i dont worry about pinion angles or crap like that. Body will be kinda low but axles would be in teh same place as a suspension lift and the same tires. After all isn't the axles what you want to clear? I like the big ole tires with little lift look

    <font color=red>Zack Carlson</font color=red>
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  3. Mudzer

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    The one thing you have overlooked. Lifts help your approach/depart angle plus your breakover angle. If you want to have a flexy ride with stock springs, look into contacting Marvin Springer. He has a real flexy stock springed Blazer. He has also hacked the fenders some. He developed what is called the "Springer" rear shackle flip.

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  4. Zack

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    Neil true about the angles but I dont' have trails around here just mudding so I dont' have to worry much about that stuff. The only thing I don't like about them springer shackles is what happens when you throw on your brakes hard and all that momentum is transfered forward and the shackles spring open and you do a backwards wheelie?

    <font color=red>Zack Carlson</font color=red>
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    Made me grin... I think the group would appreciate the picture of the backward wheelie! :-)))))

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    Would the "Revolver" shackles have that same problem?

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    What the heck!...Drive it like gas is $0.50/gal!!!
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    I know some of you guys don't like fiberglass, but in the 4x2 section I have posted a couple of pics of prerunner style fiberglass fenders with larger openings. Glassworks Unlimited makes a very nice heavy duty bolt on fender. The pics and links are posted under "custom body mods" topic. They also make a nice late-model conversion package. From '73-'87 to the '95 style. The Whitelightning Blazer on my site has one. Looks allot better than a hack job, but they cost allot more also. There is an article at http://www.off-road.com/prerocker/front_fe.html where they bolted a set on a 2WD Ranger a 33's fit with no lift. It was "Project Pre-Rocker" if anyone is interested.

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  9. 79Cheyenne

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    Thats a good idea, but what I want is the more economical solution. I have a rust spot on my fenders anyway so instead of repair I opt for removal. I just mounted a 36 inch tire on the front and it looks like if I cut back to the spot where the tub and fender meet and a generous portion from the front it should clear with no problem.

    <font color=orange>1979 BLAZER Cheyenne[​IMG]
     

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