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Hard shocks absorbers for the K5

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JORGE, Oct 3, 2001.

  1. JORGE

    JORGE 1/2 ton status

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    What kind of shock absorbers,harder than stock originals,could i use in my k5? Mine has a very soft suspension.When i take a curve it goes to incline(body roll and shift) Very much.I need more stability.Thanks.
     
  2. zakk

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    rancho's seem to be really still. 9000's are adjustable and you can get those REALLY stiff.
    p.s. i know i cannot spel

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    Rancho RS5000's are very stiff. Other than that, no personal experience with any others.

    <font color=blue>'79 ONE TON TPI K5 - See it at---&gt;<a target="_blank" href=http://www.blazzinor.rockcrawler.com>www.blazzinor.rockcrawler.com</a>
     
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    I would imagine the pro comps would be stiff also, I have RS5000's right now and its mega stiff, but i think my spring bushings might be playing a part in that also. The RS9000'2 can be really soft or really stiff, 5 points of adjustability. Very nice

    My 73 K5 <a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/xk5blazerx/73k5.htm>http://www.geocities.com/xk5blazerx/73k5.htm</a> 350/TH350/NP203, Q-jet, Edelbrock intake, Vortec heads, 4" lift, and 36" TSL's
     
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    Get some nitrogen filled heckthorns from rough country. They're plenty stiff.
     
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    R5000 are about the setting of 3 on the Rancho 9000's....so they made them with 2 higher and 2 lower settings.....If you get the on board adjuster you can change it from in the cab as you going...

    C'moe

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  7. dyeager535

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    Shocks are not what control body roll. Body roll is a "slow" change the vehicle makes due to weight transfer. Springs and swaybars are what will change that, not the shocks. Stiff shocks will keep the vehicle from "bouncing" when you hit small bumps. Believe me. Going from stock 2/5 leaf springs to stock 3/6 leafs, same stock swaybar, theres a world of difference.

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    True but stiffer shocks could keep it from being dangerous. Mine used to roll back and forth because the shocks were bad and it had stock suspension. Now with a lift and shocks, it's tight in the corners. Course my back hurts more now..
     
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    You could try some KYB gas pressure socks, there know to be stiff on compression &gt;
     
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    Starting out with bad shocks is totally different than trying to make a vehicle stop from leaning in a sweeping curve. Unless you like to jerk the steering wheel when cornering (I have a friend that does that, drives me crazy) rolling back and forth is not an issue. Only when you straighten out or need to make abrupt maneuvers. If anyone needs proof of that, remove your shocks, and hit a speedbump at 15mph. Just don't say I suggested it.

    Even with the bottom of the line, $15 chain auto store shocks, my 3/6 leaf suspension FAR "outperforms" my previous 2/5 leaf.

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    I,m also thinking to install a 15x10 wheells,mine has 33x12,50 tires with the stock 6x15 wheells.I think this can give to me more stability.True?
     
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    I also was thinking to install a 15x10 wheells set on it.Mine has 33x12,50 tires on the stock 15x6 wheells.I think this can give to me more stability.What do you think about?
     
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    Wider tires help you "grip" better. You won't "slide" through corners as easily, if you can keep them on the ground. They also reduce economy, due to increased contact with the ground.

    Of course tires/wheels will do nothing for body roll, because that is entirely controlled by the suspension, and since your axles are not bolted directly to the body (ouch that would hurt) no matter what your tires do, the body is still going to roll without stiffer suspension components.

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