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D60 tube size? Best Place to get a steering block for a D60?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by dawson444, Aug 29, 2001.

  1. dawson444

    dawson444 1/2 ton status

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    I am going to be putting a D60 under my truck probably next week. I know I need new U bolts, and U bolt plates.
    1. What size do I need to tell the guys at the store to make the U bolts? I am getting the spring plates from GM.
    2. Where is the best place to get a steering block for it? What size? I am running 6" BDS lift.
    3. Whats up with the king pin bushing I hear about, what does it do? Is it a good thing to replace?
    4. Where is the best place to pick up some warn hubs for it?
    5. Anything else?
    Thanks guys!

    Dawson
    Raleigh, NC

    88 K5, 6" lift, 36" TSL Radials, 14 Bolt, Rancho 9012s
     
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    1. One u-bolt - 4" inside diameter x however long you need.
    Two u-bolts - 3 1/4" inside diameter x however long you need.
    You can get the 2 regular grade 8 bolts for the differential housing part at any hardware store.

    2. Any lift kit company makes and sells the D60 block. They will have the studs with them too. Be aware when getting a block from any company that they list them as 3" blocks when they are actually 2 1/2". If you need a taller block made, check into a machine shop. Someone on this site was making taller blocks, but cant remember who. [​IMG]

    3. That king pin bushing is on the top part of the knuckle, where the 4-bolt caps are. They help 'hold' the knuckle in place. They also 'help' in aiding on the turning the knuckles.

    4. Any parts store should have or be able to get you any hubs you want. Shop around for the best prices. Brand preference will be entirely up to you as there is too much debate going on for which brand is better than the other.

    5. Nothing else, unless you ask!! [​IMG]

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    Doesn't warn make a 4" block? Should I replace the king pin bushing? If so how hard is it? How do I do it? Thanks!

    Dawson
    Raleigh, NC

    88 K5, 6" lift, 36" TSL Radials, 14 Bolt, Rancho 9012s
     
  4. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    To my knowledge, no one makes any block taller than 2.5". Only those people who can 'custom make' them.

    Replacing the bushings would be cheap insurance. While you have the caps off to install the block (whenever you get it) go ahead and replace the bushings.

    To do it, you need to remove the top knuckle caps and simply pull the spring out and then the bushing. Then put the new one in (it goes in only one way - it has a tab on it) and torque down the caps to specs.

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