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Check this craptacular suspension idea of mine.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BigOrange90Jimmy, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. BigOrange90Jimmy

    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Basically, take the front suspension from a J**p Cherokee, and graft it onto the rear axle in my Jimmy. It would use 6" lift coils, and custom extended four-links with panhard bar (fully adjustable). Do you think Cherokee coils would support the weight of a fulsize, or should I use Grand Cherokee coils? What do you think about it?
     
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    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    i think that if they support the front of a cherokee it'll support the back of a K5.
     
  3. BigOrange90Jimmy

    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    don't ask me why i replied. it's midnight on a monday.
     
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    Take a look at the rear suspension on a Grand. Pretty cool looking set up and looks fairly stout to boot. W/ some tweaking I bet it would flex good. The way it is on a stock Grand, looks restrictive.

    Im not so sure about the choice of coils though. I think Id look at Ferd front coils. MAYBE a fully optioned Grand w/ all the goodies and leather may be sufficient.
     
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    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Good call man. Something besides expensive coilovers will be good. And hell, it might even flex a little. Just trying to actually think of something custom I could do. I've got all of these ideas, but I don't have to tools to do them with.
     
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    After I got off the computer last nite I thought about it some more and I forgot that Grands come w/ V8's. Those may work OK. Only thing is that any Jeep lifts for the coil rigs are kinda pricey and Im not sure if you can get just the coils. Another point for Ferd coils.
     
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    I may have a better Idea...

    Use the rear suspension from a 1/2 or 3/4 ton 1963-72 Chevy 2wd truck. Then you can get a crossmember that will fit your frame (34" wide or very close at the mounting point same as your blazer), trailing arms, panhard rod, coils, axle and everything little thing you need.

    You would only need to flip the rear axle under the trailing arms for 4-6" lift.
     
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    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    not bad. i actually like that idea better. and those trucks are a helluva lot easier to find in the j/y than Cherokees
     
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    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    One more better!! Take the rear coils suspension off a new Yukon! They have a 4 link set-up with coils and disk brakes!
     
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    now you're just talkin crazy
     
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    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    /forums/images/icons/smile.gif Hey, it uses all GM Factory parts!
     
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    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    true, but why would i need the brakes? or better yet, what would i do with this 14 bolt i've got in the yard. i don't think the axle under the Yukon can match it strengthwise.
     
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    Not saying you have to use the axle.... But you could use the suspnesion set-up!
     
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    BigOrange90Jimmy 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    yeah, now i wonder if one of these soccer mom's around here would miss their rear axle?
     
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    LOL, I doubt it! Just perch the truck up on blocks and stand the tires in the wheel wells, they probably wont know the difference until they go to drive off! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    wait a sec, then they'd probably have to use 4wd on it for once, and i don't want them doing that.
     
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    It seems to me that a set of F*rd F150 coils would do the job better.
     
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    i don't know, this is all just ideas for right now. maybe next summer or when i get the money, i could try this junk out.
     
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    I am using Skyhacker RockReady 8" lift coils for .the front of a new TJ on mine. Should work great!
     
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    If you go with the 67-72 rear, you can do a spring over to get the lift and keep the handling of the stock springs. The ride on those trucks was pretty good compared to the 73-87 IMO
     

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