Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

DIY Suspension

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by skink4president, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. skink4president

    skink4president Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2005
    Posts:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    orlando
    I'm looking to raise my '73 K5 (350/350) just slightly and hopfully improve the ride quality a lot. Here's what I'm thinking about doing:

    -Tuff Country 2 1/2" HD spring kit
    -ORD heavy duty rear shackles (the short ones)
    -ORD heavy duty front shackles
    -ORD greasable bushings all the way around
    -Tuff Country gas shocks

    Comments? Suggestions?

    I've never done any major suspension work but I'm thinking about installing myself. Whats the degree of difficulty? Any special tools?

    THANKS!
     
  2. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2002
    Posts:
    16,870
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    sounds like a good setup. Degree of difficulty, fairly high. Only because your bolts/sleeves are sure to be siezed up nice and tight. Special tools, maybe a torch to heat sleeves and bolts or melt them out. Spray EVERY suspension bolt with PB blaster a few times a week or two in advance of the project.
     
  3. skink4president

    skink4president Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2005
    Posts:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    orlando
    PB blaster :D . Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I'll start soaking them all a couple weeks out.
     
  4. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2004
    Posts:
    25,537
    Likes Received:
    536
    Location:
    horseheads , ny 14845
    sounds real good. if you want a bit more smoth ride grab a 2.5 flip kit for the rear. need to pop some rivits then if you get that.
     
  5. 78Suburban

    78Suburban 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2005
    Posts:
    2,609
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Georgia
    Would a 2.5" shackle flip require a shim on a burb? I'm starting to lean in this direction.... does TC make a 2.5" lift spring, all I have found is 2" and 3".... :bow:
     
  6. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2004
    Posts:
    25,537
    Likes Received:
    536
    Location:
    horseheads , ny 14845
    burbs and blazers need 1" extra in the rear to level them out to look good.
     
  7. Leper

    Leper 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2005
    Posts:
    4,437
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Dallas Baby!!!!
    Shackle flip would be better than springs in read IMO. Harder to do, but better. I doubt you would need a shim because the pinion will be pointing up.
     
  8. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

    Joined:
    May 19, 2001
    Posts:
    45,030
    Likes Received:
    363
    Location:
    Vancouver, WA, USA
    If I was you, I'd skip on the greaseable bushings and get a shackle flip and all the shackles you need from DIY. Cheaper, and plate-style shackles in the rear is a good thing. You can find used 4" lift springs for the front all over the place cheap, I'd just find a used set and clean them up as per the 52" spring swap tech article and call it good.

    j
     

Share This Page