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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by deek, Jun 23, 2003.

  1. deek

    deek 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone done this? I got the idea from the technical section here. & if i was to do it with the factory shakle how much lift should i get?
     
  2. bigblock44k5

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    Depends how long of a bracket you make. You can make it any length you want basically, just remember your only going to get lift equal to half of the length of the bracket you make. Just make sure it is STRONG. You dont want to go with too much lift since it will affect you handling and pinion angle. Im planning on welding my own to replace the stock hangers, somewhat like the ord design, but without any lift. If I dont feel like putting in a four link. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
  3. BorregoK5

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    I believe your talking about the "cut through the hanger" shackle flip. This was the route I originally went with my Blazer. On stock springs you can expect to get around 3-3 1/2" of lift unless your rear stock springs are brand new at which point you may be able to acheive a complete 4" on the stock shackle. If you wheel hard, you might want to add some bracing to the top side of the outer lip back across the the bulk of the hanger. It was the need for that extra 1-1 1/2" of lift that lead me to make a bracket that bolts to the the bottom of the hanger and recreate the shackle mount for around 5" of lift. Good luck.
     
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    I have done this and it seems to work just fine. I would like to replace it with something better down the road, but I have been running this way for a year and a half with no issues. I even wrote up a little how-to on this with pics n stuff...
    http://www.geocities.com/TrcksR4ME/shackletech.htm
     
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    Can you give any dimensions of the hole you cut in the hanger? No need for me to research this the hard way /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Here are pics of the shackle flip I did using a bracket found in a junkyard. It came out very well and was easy to do. If you can't weld it just drill new bolt holes. Was much easier than cutting the factory shackle and gave 4' lift.
     
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    You were still in "edit" mode on Webshots when you grabbed that URL. It won't let us into your account in edit mode. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
  8. deek

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    yeah dimensions of the hole to cut would ba a great help. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    You were still in "edit" mode on Webshots when you grabbed that URL. It won't let us into your account in edit mode. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

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    Doh try this
     
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    nice rims! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    nice rims! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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    I get that a lot, it seems the rig looking like a total pile of crap makes the rims look that much better /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
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    yup, that's all you have to do is take a front hanger from a scrape truck and move it to you're back. add you're shackel hanging down and you have about 4" lift.
    i learned this after buying ord when they first came out. i was all proud first one around that had such a thing.
    friend of mine looked at it and said, you know if you did this. next week he showed it to me on his truck.

    dave
     
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    dimensions, so hard to get those magic numbers hehe, I know cause I could never find them. I would have to go out and measure mine, and maybe get a few shots with the digital cam to show the cuts better. I will be working on my truck tomorrow and will take some pics and measurments.
     
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    decisions decisions... what tools to use for this cutting of the hangers. my options are 4" angel grinder, sawzall,cutting torch,big drill. I'd like to torch causs it would go much faster. but i dont want to get blown up. My uncle thinks its a bad idea as well to be torching so close to the gas tank. so im leaning towards drilling some pilot holes and using the sawzall to keep the sparks down. what do you all think? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif i want to do this asap, this weekend if possible.
     

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