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I am sick of my leaves!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 77K5Blazer, May 31, 2001.

  1. 77K5Blazer

    77K5Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    The stupid leaves on my blazer are SO stiff! The previous owner put a 1" add-a-leaf into the rear, and now it pogos and does all sorts of crazy things, as well as having an extremly harsh ride! I wanna replace the springs, or can I take out the add-a-leaf and put one in that is a less harsh type leaf? Is there an add-a-leaf that is not stiff? I need something to keep my rear in the air, cause if I go all new springs, I would want to lift it 4" and I can't do that right now! Any help is appreciated!

    <font color=red>1977 Blazer, GM350, SM465, NP205, Dana 44/ 12bolt, 31x10.50r15 BFGs</font color=red>
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  2. laketex

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    I'm not too big a fan of these....but 1" or 2" blocks??? dirt cheap and they make excellent home defense devices when you're done with them. Get steel and not the hollow alum ones, those break.

    Or throw on a set of $250 front leaves, do a homeade shackle flip in the rear and you're done.

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  3. 90K5

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    ORD makes a 0 rate add-a-leaf that raises it 1" If your going to lift it anyway, just stick a block under there.

    90K5

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  4. 77K5Blazer

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    What about the ORD shakle flip in the rear packs, minus the add a leaf? would that cancel the droop and let me keep my stock springs? I am pressed for $ right now, so I am looking for a way to make it ride a little friendlier and let me run at least 32" bfg's on it!

    <font color=red>1977 Blazer, GM350, SM465, NP205, Dana 44/ 12bolt, 31x10.50r15 BFGs</font color=red>
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  5. 77K5Blazer

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    What is a "0" rate leaf? does this mean that it does not effect the ride of the stock leaves?

    <font color=red>1977 Blazer, GM350, SM465, NP205, Dana 44/ 12bolt, 31x10.50r15 BFGs</font color=red>
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  6. 77K5Blazer

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    Anybody? HELP!

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  7. Michael

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    Do what laketex sugested....remove the add-a-leave and do a shackel flip in the rear......it cost me nothing but a little time. You should be able to run 32's with stock springs anyway.

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  8. FatBoyBlazer

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    how do you do a shakle flip, foir free?

    high
     
  9. BurbinOR

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    Allan, the 1" ORD add a leaf is in reality just a 1" shim/block that adds that ride height to your rig. Put one under my new TC 4" lift springs to even out the lift when we did the one ton conversion. Cost is $35 I believe plus shipping which isn't much. If you need a pic let me know.

    <font color=blue>'79 ONE TON TPI K5 - See it at---&gt;<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com>http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  10. 77K5Blazer

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    That would be really great, i'm trying to figure out what I'm gonna do! Thanks a lot! I live in Hood River, and I'm gonna make a couple of coastal runs this summer, we should hook up, I really wanna see your blazer! Later...

    <font color=red>1977 Blazer, GM350, SM465, NP205, Dana 44/ 12bolt, 31x10.50r15 BFGs</font color=red>
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    I'll get a pic of the assembled leaf pack today for you and email it.

    One other thing I thought of...............maybe it is your shocks that are also causing part of the excessive stiffness. When I changed out my RS5000's to RS9000's set to number 2 I noticed a rather large difference in stiffness.............what shocks are you running?

    Either way, a 2" block short term is not a bad thing............most lifted trucks for years ran nothing but blocks in the rear for years with no real problems.

    Also, depending on your wheel size and offset, I would think you could run 32 or 33" tires with NO lift..........mudhog (Shannon Smith here in Portland) does it.

    <font color=blue>'79 ONE TON TPI K5 - See it at---&gt;<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com>http://www.blazzinor.coloradok5.com</A>
     
  12. 90K5

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    Yeah, take out the add-a-leafs, and put some 32's on it. If thye rub, go for the ORD add-a-leaf thing. It depends on the truck mostly if you will fit 32's or 33's with no lift. Mine was run for years with 32's and I don't see anyevidence of rubbing, and then the guy put 33's on it, and they rubbed a little bit.

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    I got a helper spring from super lift. It's an ez ride spring. It's real long and it goes underneath the top spring. It rides real nice!


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  14. 77K5Blazer

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    If I pull out the add-a-leaf, then it would sag again, and I am trying to avoid that! I want it to sit level, as it does right now, but with at least a little sm oother ride! I know that blazer's are not cars, but mine is ridiculous! I cannot believe how horrible it rides. It is like there is not flex in the rear at all and it just hops over bumps! It SUCKS! I don't want to lift it, I just want it to ride nice, sit level, and put on some 32's for the summer! The shocks that came with it are some monroe gas shocks! I think that I will change those here soon! How hard is it to change shocks? What is a good price for 4 RS9000's? Thank you for everyone's help!

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    Do the flip use EZ front springs and find a set of mid to late 80's rear springs and trash can the 77's. The mid 80's springs are far better ride than the 77. They have teflon pads and a softer rate. That combo will have it ride like a caddie. My lifts 75 with 86 rears rides so much better than my stock 79 it is not even funny. Also on your list should be ORD sway disconnects because you will need a sway if this is a daily driver. It corrects the angle the bar operates at and fixes a bump steer issue that will develope as a result. Steering brace also does wonders both on and off road.

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