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I'm keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!**UPDATE**....**UPD#2**

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 77K5Blazer, Feb 6, 2002.

  1. 77K5Blazer

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    I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!**UPDATE**....**UPD#2**

    Hey guys. Well due to conflicting reasons, I am keeping my blazer. I guess I realized how much I love that damn thing, so I took down the "For Sale" signs and ordered a TC 4" kit with rear springs. I got the kit today, and got everything ready to go, should be starting tomorrow night. I am a little sketchy about it, could you guys give me any pointers, specifically anything with supporting the chassis and axles while I swap leaf packs?! It's good to be back on "The dark side". Any help is much obliged!

    **I started on the lift tonight. Damn I am a little frustrated! I started with the front for no apparent reason I guess. I am stuck right now, because the front spring perch bolts are basically completely bonded to the bushings inside the springs. I have new bolts, so I am going to cut out the old ones. I would have that already done, but I broke the only blade I have right now for my sawzall. I will be getting plenty more tomorrow to finish that thing off! I think I'm screwed on the steering arm. I soaked her down good several times, it won't budge an ounce with a three-pound sledge and 20 minutes of pounding. And I was just trying to get the connecting arm from the steering box off. Haven't even attempted the three other bolts yet! We'll see how far I can get tomorrow night, hopefully will get the front springs in. I need some detailed info on the brake lines, they just gave me some extending brackets, I think I'm gonna get some stainless steel lines, anyone have a Part number for me? Frank...I might be dropping you that email, it would be nice to discuss things over the phone.as for digi cam pics, that won't be happening. But, I will have an after pic posted the day I slap some 35s on! Time to go eat dinner and get some rest! Thank you all for the help you have given!

    <font color=red>***Alright guys, I got the front done tonight. I'm not too worried about the steering arm, I'm going to have the shop that's going to align it install it at the same time. Several more questions: 1) On the front brake lines, I figured since I am going to put new brake lines on, I didn't care abou the old rubber ones, so I cut them in two, since I didn't want to screw with removing them. So, I need new brake lines, but I have no clue how to get the old ones off, and put the new ones in! 2) I checked the ORD website and they show no brake line extensions for sale. 3) I take it I need to use a deep socket to torque down the U-bolt nuts, should I take them up to 100 ft. lb.? What about the shackle and spring eye bolts? 4) Anyone know of any Rancho or equivalent double steering stabalizers that mount like this : I---II---I....instead of doubled up on top of each other? and 5) I went to install my new shocks, but I couldn't budge that damn thing more than an inch to line it up in the brackets! What do I do??? Thanks again for all your help!</font color=red>

    Allan


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  2. J.R.

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    take your time with it, if this is the first time you have done it. safty first, i know it sounds korny but just use some common sense that god gave you.LOL have a good floor jack and some good jack stands and maybe a buddy to help out. oh and lots of break free lube, start spraying it now and let it soak,

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  3. NoSmog73

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    Well maybe some blocks to rest the axles on and or frame and the axles on the blocks.If you have acces to an air compresser then grab it and a impact wrench .
     
  4. 77K5Blazer

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    I've got a compressor and impact...any other specialty tools other than the torque wrench and BFH??

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  5. walt88

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    Good luck on those front Rear Spring mount :)

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  6. txbluethunder

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    make sure you keep your legs from underneath the drums...sometimes they like to fall :-)

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  7. DUKE

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    make sure you get a digital camera. So you can show us all how it goes.

    DUKE
    Why go around when you can go over?
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  8. Grim-Reaper

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    Well be careful how you suport that truck. Do one end at a time. Depdog and I pulled both axles out from under one and the truck tried to rock back on the bumper. Once the front axle is out where you would have to suport the truck with jack stands the truck will become tail heavy and lift the front.
    NOW THIS IS TRUE ON 73-77. Frame is different on the 78 up and you can get jack stands closer to the rear wheels so may not be an issue. It cought us totaly off guard and we almost dropped the truck.
    Hit NAPA and get some PB blaster and start soaking down all the bolts especialy the ones for the steering arm.
    When you take loose the rear axle make one side very loose and remove the other side. That will keep the axle under control and you can easily deal with the rest with a floor jack.
    Same goes with the front.
    Your going to have a set of shims that come with the front springs. Fat side goes forward to get the pinion angle correct.
    The Bumpsteer that you will have after the lift is a combo of things. One of the bigges is the sway bar. take a drive without it and see how it feels many run without a sway. If it is to much then get the ORD sway dissconnects. This will fix the angles. The rest of the bumpsteer is pretty well taken care of with the ORD Steering brace.

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  9. muddin4fun

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    PB nutblaster...lots and lots of PB nutblaster. [​IMG]


    Are you doing this in a garage or shop? If you do, make sure you'll be able to pull the truck out after it's lifted. I did the rear first so I could turn it around and give the steering arm more time to soak in PB Nutblaster...lots and lots....[​IMG]
    If you think you love your truck now, wait till it's lifted!

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  10. BurbinOR

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    Allan, most if not all the replies are right on the money. Especially Lara's comment about doing a lift in the garage..........don't laugh, I had a bud do that a few years back, had to air down to practically nothing to get it out.

    Key is using a GOOD floor jack - heck, I'd try to get TWO. I used two when we did my one ton conversion in the driveway.........they are useful for jockeying the axles back into place. First thing to do is get that PB Blaster and soak all the bolts - u-bolt nuts and spring nuts.

    On your project, you first need to get the tires off, jack the truck up high enough to be able to get the STOUT, LARGE, MORE THAN ADEQUATE jackstands (I have 4 3 ton units) under the frame right at the point in front of (in the case of the rear) or back of (in the case of the front) spring hanger. Then if you have a second set (which I have and recommend using for safety) put them under the ends of the frame horn. Double safety is always better. No worse feeling than being under a truck with a doubt in your mind if it is safely suspended.

    Other than that, it's an erector set. The front steering arm is always the hardest part, can't help ya there, but listen to the experts that did take theirs off............I fortunately didn't have to remove mine as we rolled a D60 in place instead.

    Do you have a raised steering arm with the kit? Probably should...........they are about $50 or so from any source, and worth it for a 4" lift. Actually, a necessity to do it right.

    Any questions during the job, drop me an email, I'll call ya.



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  11. speed_deed

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    A 'bud'? Yeah sure I have had 'buddys' do lots of things that I am to smart to do. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    '85 k-5 gmc jimmy 4x4 sierra classic. '84 k-5 gmc jimmy sierra. '70 cuda 440 6 pack executive edition shaker hood, steering column shift.
     
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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    It's been said but, Just take your time, and be safe..
    I would spray the steering arm then do the rear springs first. then do the front. The trick for the steering arm is to loosen the 3 nuts and drive around the block to help free it up, crank the wheel side to side to help. This may sound weird and unsafe but that is how the dealership does it. On my last axle swap I turned the axle upside down and smacked it with a 3 lb sledge and it popped right off. and check your brakelines and drivelines for length.

    you may want to relocate your rear shocks too[​IMG]




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    What do you mean, Where did I get it??...I <font color=blue>BUILT</font color=blue> the damn thing!!
     
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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    Bump....the update's attached to my original post....

    Allan

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!**UPDATE**

    I got the stainless lines from ORD..........<font color=blue> ONE TON</font color=blue> <font color=green>TPI'd</font color=green><font color=red> BEAST<font color=red>[/b]
     
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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!**UPDATE**

    Those steering arms are a pain. Two buddies and I rotated on the steering arm for about two hours before we got it off. If your truck was as rusted as mine that is what it will take. We even tried heating it, but that just destroyed my ball joints. Ineede new ones anyway. I like the idea of loosening the bolts then dirving around the block.

    <font color=red> It is just as much fun to build it as it is to bash it</font color=red>
     
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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!

    I'v only played with spring packs on 3 rigs and I have never..and I mean NEVER had a problem. The only set back on the lift I did on the Jimmy was the steering arm and I did the heat, hammer, pry and swear thing.
    On your drag link end, you'll need a pickle fork.
    I'v done 8 axle swaps so I'm getting good at those[​IMG]




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  18. 77K5Blazer

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!**UPDATE**

    One more question...what in the hell is a pickle fork, and where I can I beg, borrow, or steal one? Thanks for the info guys, much obliged!

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  19. Seventy4Blazer

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!**UPDATE**

    sears, like 30 dollars for a set i think
    says on it pickle for set.
    Grant

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in Yuma Arizona if ya got any parts for me.
     
  20. 77K5Blazer

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    Re: I\'m keeping my blazer....and I just got a lift!**UPDATE**

    Sorry guys, I keep on messing up my updates, it's in the original post, bright red...

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