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Leaf Springs or Blocks?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Lotsa_Faith, Aug 2, 2001.

  1. Lotsa_Faith

    Lotsa_Faith 1/2 ton status

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    ive been looking at superlift 6" lifts, and i've noticed that getting blocks in the back is alot cheaper than getting springs all around. whats the difference quality wise between springs and blocks?

    Mike Dee
     
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    You'll get a lot of axlewrap with 6" (probably 5.5") blocks. Go with new springs, you'll be gald you did. The only tradeoff is a little harsher ride because of increased arch. You are better off saving up and getting the springs IMHO. I'm sure someone will second me on this.

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  3. sapper

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    if you want to get 6"s of lift i would get the 4"shackle flip and some 2" springs. the more arch your springs have the less articulation you will get and a harder ride. just my .02

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  4. Pugsley

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    It all depends on what you are planning to do with it - Blocks are fine for the most part, unless you are planning on alot of heavy throttle and wheelspin. Longer leafs will result in somewhat diminished articulation, and a slightly stiffer ride. I'd say that for now go with blocks, and eventually add the 4" flip and 2" springs, or have custom springs made down the road.

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  5. beater74

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    go with sapper's route an much softer ride and more flex
     
  6. 84_Chevy_K10

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    I would say do the flip too. All my friends with lifts over 4" have them and I wouldn't have it any other way.

    I'm going with a flip and 2" blocks I think before I put my truck together again, but I'll consider 2" springs. I haven't decided yet but I'm doing a frame-off restoration, so I've got until next summer to think about it.

    Tim
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  7. MaxCrack

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    no blocks!

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