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enough lift for 33x12.5

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by keeferk5, Oct 12, 2001.

  1. keeferk5

    keeferk5 Registered Member

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    I have a stock 85 k5 with a 4-barrel 350, the suspension is stock, I live in northern Il and most 4-wheelin I do is in the mud( il is too flat!!) any way I want to raise the truck 1-1/2" to put 33 x 12.5 on it and don't want to spend the$$ on a full suspention lift kit, what are my options?

    The only thing the U.S. Militery could find to take the place of the K5 was the Hummer.
     
  2. 2" body lift or Hill front shackle lift and rear blocks.Or you could instal an add-a-leaf kit.Hope this helps.The body lift is the cheapest,if you buy a good one it will come with the bumper relocation brackets.Good luck
     
  3. Stoopalini

    Stoopalini 1/2 ton status

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    Well, you might be able to get away with 33"x12.5"x15" tires with no lift. The tires will usually fit, but will rub the fenders when the suspension gets twisted up.

    You could trim the fenders if you wanted, or do like you sugested and lift it an inch or two.

    Your options would be a <a target="_blank" href=http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/oneinchlift.htm>1" body lift</a>, or you could lift the suspension an inch by using ORD's zero rate add a leaf. These are small block type leafs that you install into the spring pack to give you an extra inch of clearence.

    Good luck, and let us know what you end up doing

    Thomas.

    -- '84 1-Ton Blazer --
    When the goin' gets tough,
    the tough go 1-Ton [​IMG]
     
  4. outlaw612

    outlaw612 1/2 ton status

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    I ran 33x12.50's with no lift but had some minor rubbing. A little fender trimming or a 2" bodylift is all you need. BTW, where in IL are you, Im in Champaign-Urbana!

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  5. keeferk5

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    I live up in the Aurora area, and will be in Champaign for U of I for homecoming the next weekend.

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    Leadfoot 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Allot depends on your wheel offset. If you had a new springs put in, you might get away with no lift. If you have old springs (or when your springs get old), the sag with usually be enough to cause some rubbing. If you were rockcrawling or flexing alot, I wouldn't even try it without a 3-4 inch lift, but since you are flatlanding it, I would say you could do a suspension lift (2" or more) or a 1-2" body lift. I would say do not go over a 2 inch body lift, it puts alot of strain on the sheetmetal. Don't get me wrong, you can do it, I would just "advise" against it.

    You could probably get away with minor fender trimming at the front and back lips of the wheelwell too (that is usually where they contact). That is probably the easiest and cheapest way, but it does require you to cut a small amount of the fender lip (which some don't like to do), but if done correctly is hardly even noticeable.

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  7. keeferk5

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    Even tho the terrain is somewhat flat, I would rather get the lift from the suspension, and not a body lift, I am replacing all the bushings with poly and think I can get 1-1/2" from new shocks and helper springs. Don't want to cut fenders, but do not want any rubbing, I get funny looks when i'm pulling my buddies 2001 dodge 1500 out of the mud.

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    Cool, maybe we could meet up sometime!

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