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How can I make my 84 ride better

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by sting, Oct 9, 2001.

  1. sting

    sting Registered Member

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    I have a 84 with stock suspension and new rancho shocks is there any thing I can do to
    make it ride smoother.....stock rims and 31 inch tires...which is stock as well
     
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    Ride better how? What do you not like about the way it rides now?

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  3. J.R.

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    depends how much money you want to spend. you can replace springs, and depends on the rancho shocks but some of them can be rather stiff for a ride. there are some other brands of shocks that ride better then rancho but are more money also.

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    Replace all of the spring bushings with replacement ones from energy suspension. Or see if ORD makes factory replacement with greaseable bolts. That will make for a smoother ride. I just replaces my rear spring bushings on my 83 with energy sus. and the ride is completely different. I have a 2.5 procomp lift with 31s. The ride is stiff with the new springs. But that's expected. If you do decide to replace them, use some sort of fire, propain torch is the way to go, and be sure to have a sawz' all with a few replacement blades. I did it the hard way using a hack saw, and a drill. Either way works just be smart about it.

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  5. sting

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    OK..I know its not a caddy...its bone jarring... it has rancho 5000 shocks...are there better
    leaf springs that absorb pot holes and wash boards...if so what are they I dont care what they cost..
    Thanks for your reply....
     
  6. J.R.

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    look for the soft ride springs, contact off road design. they're a good company and really know there stuff!!

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    I hate to tell you this after you just bought shocks but Rancho 5000s are about the stiffest shocks made. If you want a better ride the Gabrial LT shocks with the VST valving are about the best for the money. I switched from Rancho 5000 to Gaberials on my K5 and like the Gabrials a lot better

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    I agree. Start out by replacing the Rancho 5000's (I have them and they hurt my back). If you have the $$$ buy Bilstiens(sp?). They cost about 70 each. If you plan on ever lifting your truck do it now or you will end up rebuying shocks.

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    To make your 84 ride better, FOR FREE, simply get some old inner tubes and cut them and tie one end off on them. Fill them up with sand and tie the other end off. Throw them in the back and you will have extra weight in there that will soften the ride!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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    I have the RS 5000s. If these are stiff shocks, wow. I always brag that my truck rides like a caddy, imagine what softer shocks would do!!!

    I have 4" Rancho soft ride springs. They ride very nice.

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    Go back to the store that you bought the Rancho's from and see if you can exchange them for the 9000's (about $40 more per shock) but well worth the adustable shocks....If you have quad shocks up front only use one shock on each corner.....

    Put rubber bushings in if you want to soften the ride Poly's let you fill the road more due to the stiffness of them....replacing the stablizer bar bushing will help also.....

    Check your springs to make sure that they are Stock... and that thdey aren't worn out to the point that they are resting on the bumper stops......your have a rubber one in the middle of spring arch and you may have one in the rear of the spring that is a limiter for the spring.....If your riding against or close to them your ride will be shitty....

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