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Dual front shocks

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MudFrog, Jun 26, 2000.

  1. MudFrog

    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    My 89 has dual shocks up front and singles in the rear. I've noticed that several late model K5's are like this. Anybody know the reasoning for this? I know mine has the towing package but I would have figured it would give duals all around if that was the case.

    89 K5 Silverado
     
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    I dunno why...my '90 sub came with the factory duals...I think it was optional. Best advice...remove one of the front shocks on each side, it'll ride MUCH better, and unless you're running Baja at 40+ MPH, you won't need the dual shocks. Besides, it breaks off the lower mounts over time!!

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    <font color=purple>The lower mounts do break. But if you remove a shock makes sure the remaining one is valved correctly. What I mean is that the original intention of this setup was to have two shocks valved lighter to run duals. What happens is we buy aftermarket's (Rancho 5000's) that are supposed to be for our application, but they are valved for single applications, & therefore ride rougher.</font color=purple>
    [​IMG]

    <font color=purple>Rick
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  4. MudFrog

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    I appreciate the input and I'll keep it in mind, but for now I'm gonna stick with the one, I take it all the late models came with it though..??

    89 K5 Silverado
     
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    My 90 did not come with them

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    I didn't have dual shock setup stock, but i did put a triple shock setup on my 90 Blazer. i have to say i love it. I rode around for a while with just one shock to see the difference and i like it with 3 shocks. It kept the bouncing to a minimum on the interstate when i go over overpasses. Here is a pic...

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    i would like to put dual fronts on my 82. is it possible?


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    Those triples are cool! I would like to know how to do that...and is it possible on my 82?


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    Those of ya'll with out the dual shocks, do ya'll have the towing package?

    89 K5 Silverado
     
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    Beleive the heavy duty front suspension is a seperate option this also has 3 leaf front springs besides the dual front shocks. My 87 has the dual shocks but not the towing package. The 89 I had did not have dual shocks but did have the tow package.
     
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    Hmmmm.....
    So I guess it looks like I have a heavy duty front end (with a puny 10 bolt [​IMG]).

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    are the hoops hard to put on

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    Doesn't the Rancho triple mount hook to your steering knuckle? With my Dana 60 front axle, and the crossover, I wasn't sure if it would work.

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    I have the dual shocks and my rig has the towing package

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    As for the difficulty of the installion of the hoops...I had to modify the pass. side hoop so it would clear the AC box. And on the drivers side lower mount i had to modify it to clear the 4" raised steering arm. Beside that it was not too bad to install them.

    Shawn, as for your question yes the lower brackets attach to the steering knuckles. I don't think it would get in the way of the crossover steering. At least i hope not b/c i am planning on putting crossover by the end of the summer.

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