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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BlazinNewTrails, Oct 26, 2002.

  1. BlazinNewTrails

    BlazinNewTrails Registered Member

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    In the tradition of Colorado K5 and in the spirit of empty pockets /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif I decided to conquer swapping out my 2 1/2" Rancho lift, in favor of a 4" Pro Comp lift.
    It took us about 4 hours in the driveway with a bit of fumbling around but it went pretty smoothly!!!
    I changed out the Rancho 2 1/2" front spring pack and installed the ProComp 4" pack, I just added Pro Comp add-a-leafs to the rear since the 2 1/2" in block on the stock springs was to soft and was causing some white knuckle moments when encountering off camber bumps at speed! /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
    Now the front is a bit softer and the rear a bit stiffer and my Blazer is driving 10X better!!!
    Did I mention it's taller? LOL

    I did let 4WPW weld on my new nerf bars since it was free with the purchase of the bars. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    I want to thank all of you that shared idea's and answered my newbie questions! I felt way more comfortable with some of your knowledge behind me!

    My 35x12.50x15 Mud King's are going on Monday!!!
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    azblazor 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Congratulations and good job!
     
  3. BlazinNewTrails

    BlazinNewTrails Registered Member

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    Thanks! /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
    I'll post pics after the tires go on.
    You guys won't kick me out for having a tire shop mount and balance them for me will you? /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    I am going to lengthen the rear brake line I think. It was pretty tight when we lowered the rear axle... but I doubt I'll have both rears THAT unloaded while driving... (unless I'm catching air unexpectedly... LOL)
    I have a 4" drop steering arm that I haven't installed yet. The guy at 4WPW said it wasn't mandantory but recomended with 4" lifts.
    The truck is driving great now.. am I stressing stuff by not swapping arms?
    Thanks for any help!
     
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    azblazor 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Some people never correct their steering arm for 4 inches of lift. You may end up with some bump steer, and with some limited steering travel in tire stuffing situations.
     
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    BlazinNewTrails Registered Member

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    Thanks AZ!
    I'll most likely put it on.. I just won't be in such a rush to do it.
    I'm getting laid off Tuesday after 16 yrs and I'll soon have lotsa time! LOL

    Thanks for the info!!!!
     
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    Congrats! Keep up the great work!
    Bill
     
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    well not congrats on getting laid off(I've been there), otherwise good job! Did you not get brake extension for the rear (should come w/ a kit)? It's a little steel bar/plate about 3-4"long that bolts to the top of your dif and raises the little diverter for the brakes. Have fun with that steering arm! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Good job bud...
     
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    Right on dude! Time to go bounce it off some trees!lol /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
    I have 4" springs in the front and use the steering arm, so ............
    Good job on the lift install! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    BlazinNewTrails Registered Member

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    Hey guys thanks a lot for the /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I'm trying! /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif\

    Roger, I didn't buy a "kit" because money money IS a factor.
    I bought 4" ProComp front springs for $190/pair and 2" ProComp add-a-leaf in the rear(It already had 2 1/2" blocks from the previous Rancho lift.
    I think I will just buy the rear stainless braided hose to replace my stock one.
    While I was down there I noticed the front differential vent hose was rotted and torn. I need to replace that before I go wading with my Blazer.
     
  10. tRustyK5

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    I'd swap in the new steering arm...it'll steer much better with it than without.

    Rene
     
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    Congrats on the succesful outcome....Feels good, dont it? /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     

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