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front block questions

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Confederate9, Jan 6, 2001.

  1. Confederate9

    Confederate9 1/2 ton status

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    ok i have heard that having blocks in the front is bad. and i was wondering why. when i bought my k5, it was like that and i didnt know it was bad, and i was wondering why it was bad.
    let me know i need to know what to do!!!

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  2. Impex

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    Because if you take a corner to hard or a bump they can fall out..just look at the picture does that look very safe?

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    the blocks in mine are no where near as huge as those its like 1/5 that size i would say
    any thing wrong with small ones?

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  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Front blocks are bad. If they spit out you are going to have a very bad day! Just like hockey puck body lifts, also bad. There is no point in having a lift that is not safe. IMHO I would rather have a stock height Blazer than one with hockey pucks or front blocks or homemade rear blocks etc..........

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  5. Confederate9

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    split ?
    what do u mean by split? how would it do that? im jsut wondering.
    like what conditions would it split?
    how soon should i fix this?

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    S P I T, not split. If you have enough of a side load on the front end you might have enough leverage to bend the u bolts, or even lose the block. When I got my Jimmy the rear u-bolts were loose and almost came out, that would be bad on the rear, but at least I would still have some steering control of my truck. If something happened to your front blocks you're going to have a completely unsteerable ride.
    The fix is easy, new u-bolts and get rid of the front blocks. Depending on how big the blocks were your options for regaining the lift are lift springs, or if it is just a small lift longer shackles. I would fix this right away. A truck with front blocks will not pass inspection here, I'm not sure about where you live but better safe than sorry.

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  7. Glenn

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    You can fix it by taking them out!
     
  8. Confederate9

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    i dont think mine are gonna do that
    but thats true better safe than sorry. i think i am going to redo it, but ill wait till the spring or summer.
    its passed inspection here in nc more than once.... hmmm
    ill ask the guy next time i go

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    holy crap!!! i jsut upgraded to addict!
    cool!
    hehe ok sorry. but i do need to get the blocks checked out.
    thats a plan for next week

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    i hate to be rude but you are a blithering idiot if you run front lift blocks, and are asking to die and kill the people riding with you, i would take them out immedialtely next week is to late, whenever you are breaking a lot of leverage is placed against the axle, the block magnifies this by quite a bit and it is totaly unsafe, it could rip the axle in 2 but most likely the blocks will just break and you will rollover
    just my 2 cents i thought an addict would no better

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    Ya not removing them is insane Ive seen welded in blocks tear apart a front end.

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    Yea I was shocked when he told me he had blocks in the front. I knew it was really bad to run them up front, but I didn't know exactly why, good thing he posted it.

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    Confederate9,
    Your BIO states you installed a 2" lift on your K-5......are these the blocks your talking about? If they are an easy fix is to get an 2" add-leaf and exchange the block with the spring. The way it is now is very unsafe...... Just incase someone has stacked rear blocks that is also a problem.....

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    this was there when i got it. i didnt know bout it.
    didnt even realize it lift it any when i added the lift springs.
    but im going to the shop TODAY to get it checked out.



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    well i just got back fron having it checked out and it appears that its not a lift block. it is some wierd ass kind of add-a-leaf because it was connected to the leafsprings.
    he said i can change it but its not essential that i get it done RIGHT now.
    jsut thought id let everyone know

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    Sounds like it could be a "traction lift". They were somewhat popular a few years ago..........probably safe but lift springs are better.

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    Has anyone else noticeed this? Every new style Ford I see that is lifted has stacked blocks in the back.

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    The fords have factory blocks, then peopel add blocks to them to raise it over stock. Not good in my book.
    About front blocks - dude, go buys springs. $200 for two front springs, arched 2 - 6" over stock - your call. Take those front blocks, put 'em in the rear, and that'll be fine untill you get more $$$ to do it up right. It'll be safe, though.
    I still run my 4" rear blocks, but when I finally order my stuff from ORD, that'll be taken care off.
    HD front shackle, 1" body lift, 4" shackle flip, and some new bushings. I just have to figure out how to hide it all from the SO - lol.
    -- Mike (uh, dear, ORD is who i bought.....uh......next years christmas presents from... no, some are for you so I can;t show it to you. Why don;y you go to your sister's house for the day so I can......wrap and put up the presents?)
     
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    You're just gambling with your life and the life of everyone else on the road with you if you keep driving it like that. One good swerve or bump can put extreme pressures on those u bolts and even with smaller blocks they will spit out in the right circumstances.
     

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