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Is this a bad idea?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by TX Mudder, Jan 25, 2001.

  1. TX Mudder

    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    Ok, I was putting on my add-a-leaves on the rear today and got to thinking. I had the factory overload leaf from my old 76 lying around, so I test-fit it on the trucjk when I put the add-a-leafs on. It looked strange having TWO overloads, but it jacked it up another inch or so. I took it out, but it still had me thinking this would not be a bad idea. The 2nd overload would never compress - only the 1st one would, so it would be like the ORD zero-rate blocks. Anyone?
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    It will make the ride stiff has hell and give you fits if you hit a wash board road or these segmented concrete highways. Like hanging on to a bucking bronco (not the Ph**d type). My nickel.
     
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    Sounds to me like you'd be asking for broken springs. I don't know though, but it just sounds like would make them too stiff for something as light as a K5.
     
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    How about putting the second overload upside down so that it doesn't make the ride stiff, but adds height.

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    To me, this seems like a decent idea, especially if you can get a set real cheap. To make it look better, just cut off all but the portion that sids and the spring pad, get a long center bolt and skip the ORD 1" add-a-block.

    As for making the ride super stiff: How can it do this if even the first overload isn't touching the spring pack? If you're driving around with the leafs on the overloads, you're in for a bad ride whether you have 1 or 16 overloads in your packs.

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    Goose hit the nail on the head. Wouldn't hurt a bit.

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    I have done it. doesn't hurt a thing and has not hurt flex one bit. Dep gave me the idea but he cut it down on his so they are more of a block. If you look there is a slight curve to the over load. You want the curve down like a frown on the bottom one and the top one like it is in the pack. Under full stuff the overloads have about 3/8's gap at the ends. I think it will help control wrap. I ramps a 762 on a true 25 deg ramp. My limiting factors are the front not the rear.

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    Thanks for the replies, I'm glad I'm not crazy for thinking this.
    Grim, you currently are running two overloads? Does it look strange to you?
    I'd go ahead and put them on, but my ubolts will be just SLIGHTLY too short if I did. But if/when I do the shackle slip, they would be plently too long and I could just cut them down 3" instead of all 4.
    Again, not like looks are everything, but does it not look right?
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