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Is Rough Country bad, or is ORD just so GREAT?

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by Greg72, Nov 20, 2001.

  1. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I've been fairly opinionated in the past about the poor ride quality of Rough Country springs...too STIFF in my '72 K5, and a really miserable ride.....well today things have made a dramatic change for the better [​IMG]

    Today I received my first ever package from ORD....[​IMG] It was a COMPLETE set of greaseable bushings (3 pairs for the front, and 3 pairs for the back), and a set of the H.D. Front Shackles. The rear shackle flip should be coming in the next week or so....don't worry, I got the whole package.

    I spent a couple of leisurely hours under the front of my truck....put on a little music, cleared the workshop and laid out all the tools I'd need....carefully arranged my "ORD-Goodies" in their little plastic bags into neat little rows, etc. I had pre-soaked the front bolts with PB-Blaster....and the suspension is not THAT old, so the nuts came off without too much drama. I replaced the forward-most bushings first....pretty easy, and the "old" bushings came out without a lot of effort. I put the ORD stuff in, torqued 'em down to 50 Ft/Lbs and greased them until the grease squished-out in a very satisfying way [​IMG]

    The rear shackles were a little harder to do, the upper shackle mounts had some sort of red polyurethane bushings that were SO tight, it took a lot of effort and fancy language to extract them....the lower shackle mounts and bushings were easy. Installed the ORD assemblies, torqued 'em , greased 'em and took it out for a test drive.

    All I can say is WOW!!! [​IMG] Even just rolling the truck out of the garage and touching the brakes was a new experience....the front of the truck actually nosed-down under braking. Out on the street it was a remarkable change. The truck rode MUCH softer and there was less of an uneasy feeling going over bumps....it was nice and smooth and a LOT more fun to drive.

    I have to say that MOST of my frustration with the Rough Country springs was REALLY due to the binding of all those frozen, rusty, non-greaseable bushings. The ORD parts really let those springs work now, and they soak up bumps much better.

    I am super-happy with this first suspension project! Special thanks to Steve Watson at ORD for talking me OUT of springs until I had at least tried this bushing kit (How many places try to SAVE your money?) Also, the kit was complete, all the parts FIT and the instructions were plain and simple. Granted, this was not a complex job to tackle, but it's nice for once to acutally get everything you need....and not need to make phone calls or rush to the local auto parts store for the missing items!

    Another satisfied customer - Nice work ORD!



    -Greg72

    '72 K5 Blazer - 427BB/TH350/NP205/6" Lift/35x12.50's
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  2. ImpalaSS

    ImpalaSS 1/2 ton status

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    i cant wait for the day when my first package arrives! guess i gotta order stuff first? lol

    68 SWB 4x4 1 of 1,449 made 327, 465 4 speed, rockwell tcase, dana44, 14 FF, [urlhttp://communities.msn.com/68K10[/url]
     
  3. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Oh yeah.....I almost forgot! The pictures of the installation are in my CK5 Photo album....click on the link below to check it out! [​IMG]



    -Greg72

    '72 K5 Blazer - 427BB/TH350/NP205/6" Lift/35x12.50's
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  4. 85GMCJimmy

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    do the greaseable bushing fit any brand of spring or what?
     
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    I had the same luck with the greaseable bushings on my
    88 k5. Used to be stiff &amp; bouncy and now it's way smoother.
    I have only to do the very front spring eyes witch I have
    on order...
    Jim

    88 5.7 5in lift 35"procomp at's
    700-208-456-3in exh w/flowlowder 10 bolts & some ORD stuff
     
  6. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    85GMC,

    ORD has bushings for every size of spring....there are about 3 possible sizes, but Steve knows them all and got me the ones I needed with no surprises....just give them a call and they'll set you up.



    -Greg72

    '72 K5 Blazer - 427BB/TH350/NP205/6" Lift/35x12.50's
    <font color=blue>See it here: </font color=blue><a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/albun38>http://coloradok5.com/gallery/albun38</a>
     

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