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Dual Shocks?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Hoss, Oct 12, 2001.

  1. Hoss

    Hoss Registered Member

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    I'm searching for a 79 Blazer and I plan on lifting it 6 to 8 inches plus a body lift. I'm gonna be putting on some large tires.

    I've been lookng through a couple 4x4 magazines at the ads and all of the lift kits are single shocks so I'm guessing putting on dual shocks is a custom thing.

    What do I need to do to install dual shocks per wheel? Are there kits or do you have to custom mount them? When buying the shocks, are dual shocks different than single shocks? I mean, are dual shocks designed differently since there will be two, or do I just buy two normal shocks?

    What brands/models of shocks would yo all recommend for an application like this? (blazer with 6 to 8 inch lift, used onroad just as much off road, nothing super crazy off road, maybe a little air, lots of mud).

    Thanks!
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  2. txbartman

    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    Curious here, why the need for dual shocks?

    Brian
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  3. Hoss

    Hoss Registered Member

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    To be honest? No real reason. Just want to. I like the looks. A couple people I talked to at a gas station with a big lifted truck said it would be better, but not nessesary. It was just something said while we were talking, not because I asked them about it, so I didn't think to ask why.

    I'm all open though for suggestions either way. I'm no 4x4 expert.

    -C
     
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    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    I, too, thought about it because it would look cool. Afterall, that is why I have a dual steering stabilizer. Do I really need dual steering stabilizers with 35" tires? Not really, but it looks good!

    I heard that dual shocks would tend to really stiffen the truck. They would really only be useful for our trucks on washboard or other rough surfaces at high speeds. Not something I do much of. And I believe they are special shocks for dual setups.

    If you still decide to do it, check out Heckethorn. They make good stuff. If the buck$$$$, check out Rancho.

    Brian
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  5. K5Junkie

    K5Junkie 1/2 ton status

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    I am thinking about taking my Rancho triple shock hoops off my blazer and might considering selling them. Not sure how much to sell them for? There are some pics of them on my photo page.

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  6. Esteban86K5

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    I had the dual shocks up front on my Blazer because....well......that's what the Blazer came with . I always wondered why the front seemed so stiff. Then one day I decided not to run the duals and just run singles up front. DAMN what a difference it made in ride quality. If you want to run duals for the looks and the looks only, just buy one good one and look around for someone who is selling or getting rid of some old ones. Then just drill the old ones out so they are "dummies". Then just paint to match the good ones. One thing you might want to consder is if your gonna run duals and your planning on doing trail run where you might want as much flex and articulation as you can get, your "dummy" shoicks might limit that. Just my .02

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    If you still decide to run dual shocks per wheel.Rancho makes a kit for both front and rear.Check online for pricing

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    My '90 is a factory dual shock set up and I run skyjacker soft ride and it rides ok for me. Also on the dual set up, 1 shock is longer than the other.
    Shawnboy.

    If you are having too much fun it's probably illegal.
     
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    let me tell ya when I got my k5 it had dual shocks on the front, and I pulled one of them very quickly! needless to say it rides much better now!

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  10. 55Willy

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    I had the rancho dual brackets on my 79 Jimmy. I had trailmaster SSV's on all corners. The rear still flexed good for the setup, and the front was stiffer but it didn't hop like it use to in the sand. I'm transfering the set up onto the Willy's but the rear I'm doing the inboard crossmember set up while keeping the duals. On the front I may just get the ford towers and run a single, dunno yet. has anyone run a quick release on the shock so if they did limit your travel that when you got off road, you can pull them out like a sway bar disconnect????

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    Another reason to put dual shocks on is heat. If you get two softer valved shocks per wheel they split the working load and generate less heat. There was a good article in Petersens that demonstrated this. I've felt my shocks after some rough trail running (lots of loose volcanic rock)and I couldn't lay a hand on my SSV's they were so hot. I'm thinking of making some custom mounts and running some dual RS9000's at each corner. At a low setting they should ride well and not heat up too much. And I'll be able to stiffen them up on the sand.
     

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