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Brand of lift - opinion on yours?

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by LKJR, Feb 25, 2003.

  1. LKJR

    LKJR 1/2 ton status

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    alright who is running a 4" lift?

    What brand are you running in the front and how do you feel about it.

    Also is it a Big Block or a Small Block truck?
     
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    Re: Brand of lift

    I have Rancho 4" front springs and rs5000's all around.
    I hate it!
    The front springs are too stiff and don't flex at all.

    FYI:
    Rancho front springs for 1st gens are 720 lb/in springs.
    Even with all the springs out there for 2nd gens I don't think any of them are over 700 lb/in and 1st gens are lighter!
     
  3. Steve_Chin

    Steve_Chin 1/2 ton status

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    Mine's stock, but my buddy has a Skyjacker Soft Ride setup (4" front, 6" rear) and it's really soft. He had RS9000 singles on it and they were too soft in compression to control the truck so he changed the fronts to duals, which is much better now.
     
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    SMblock running 4" Rancho fronts and 5-1/2" Superlift Superrides in the back.
    So far so good...I would shop for leaf packs with many many leafs in each pack, the more leafs the better the ride. Useually they cost more tough....
     
  5. LKJR

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    how about tuff country ez rides? any opinions or experiences
     
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    Ive got 4" ez ride. Rides rough, but what 4x4 doesnt? Not much flex, but not many miles on it either.. Its in a K/10.
     
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    I have a Rough Country 4" all spring lift in my Suburban with a SBC. The ride is ok, somewhat stiff but not absolutely bone-jarring. The same kit would probably ride harder in a shorter wheel based, lighter K5. /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     
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    so are tuff country something to avoid? I know it's not a caddilac but I don't want it riding like it has no suspension either
     
  9. Greg72

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

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    Les,

    I'm sure you already know my setup but here it is anyway:

    4" ORD Custom springs up front
    4" Shackle flip in rear with stock springs off an '89K5 (Softer than 1st Gens!)

    Ride is really nice, but with those softer rears it's getting a little "wallowy" on the street in sharp turns. A front sway bar would do the trick, but with x-over steering I still have to figure out a solution....

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    Greg,

    I've been contimplating the late model springs in the rear...
    how do you think the truck would react with a rear sway bar without a front. I wouldn't think it would be hard to fab some disconnects for that and it would solve the front crossover delima. I've just never seen/heard of someone running a rear and no front.

    BTW, shoot me a PM if ya would on what the front springs set you back. That option crossed my mind but I have a lineup on a couple good deals on some tuff country ez rides.
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Les,

    A rear sway bar with no front would be pretty "exciting"! Talk about oversteer....!!! I guess it depends on your driving style.....if you want to steer with the rear tires too, it could be an interesting setup. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    The ORD fronts were around $400 IIRC. I gave Stephen a bunch of measurements off my truck and an accurate set of weights (front/rear) and he did all the design-work. He has his springs built to his specs by a spring company in Colorado (the name escapes me)....

    They are probably 100 lbs/in softer than the TC EZ-Rides....
     

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