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Made My Own Zero Rates

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Waxer, Apr 4, 2002.

  1. Waxer

    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    Now calm down. I made these cause I needed a set for the front that was slightly smaller than ORD's zero rates. I bought a set of ORD's for my rear. I made these which are 5/8" thick for the front due to crossover steering problem where my tie rod makes contact with my leaf springs under flex. This should take care of that. I didnt bother to mess with offset holes. Just wanted a simple zero rate AAL like ORD's. Anyways, here's a link to the pics. Enjoy...

    <a target="_blank" href=http://pics.rockreadyk5.com/zero_rates/>http://pics.rockreadyk5.com/zero_rates/</a>

    lemme know what you all think.
     
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    are the offset to move the axles?
    where on the ord site are there aal?
     
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    Waxer 1/2 ton status Author

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    No mine are not offset at all. They are strictly to provide extra lift.

    here's ORD's ones....
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/Zero%20Rates.htm>http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/Zero%20Rates.htm</a>
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    I didnt bother to mess with offset holes.

    <hr></blockquote> I guess they're not offset dude.../forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    Rene
     
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    oops... your right rene...
     
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    could you use the ord's on the front? and move the axle forward or will it f up steering too much?
     
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    Yes I could, but why? I don't need/want the axle moved forward.

    The reason I went with a 5/8 zero rate up front and ORD's 1" in the rear is to give the rear a little bit extra lift. I'm sure you all know how our K5's like to lean in the back when geared up. I'm just anticipating that.
     
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    yes, but moving the front axle forward gives you a better approach angle... but might f up steering...
     
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    true. Thus far my approach has not been an issue. It's been my departure.
     
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    approach is front right...
     
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    correct
     
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    Those are nice, I made some 1" offset versions for the front of my K5 1 is 1/4" thick and 1 is 3/8" thick to level the front of the truck. Kinda wacky huh? I think that drill press was made before electricity was around, does it have a foot pedal to make it spin? Just kidding I love old equipment like that.
     
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    hahahaha

    Its my roomates, can't complain tho. Between my 2 roomates and I we have a full shop with a full set of tools. Only thing we don't have is a hydraulic lift.
     
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    Damn man, yet again we are on the same page at the same time (with me a few days behind, just like the cross over). I'm finishing and installing mine this week end. Only diff is I had to make my own because I wanted 2" offset with less thickness. Mine are out of 1/2" stock (had it on hand) and all I lack is counter bores for the spring bolts and some tube to extend my drive shaft.
     
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    I know exactly how you made those! I made a set for my K5, actually I just chopped off an overload leaf and bolted them into my spring pack. So, the question is - how many cut off wheels did you burn up cutting those? That stuff is hard!

    I have a question about the ORD Zero Rates. I bought a set a while back from another COK5'er. They are still in the box, but I think I looked at them briefly and mine only have one hole. Did Watson start making them with single holes first, then do the offset later? If so, do any of you know if he would re-machine mine for a minimal fee? First of all, I need to get off my butt and look at them... I will keep you posted.
     
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    hahaha Mudzer knows it well.

    I used a chop off saw and just 1 blade. It worked pretty good. Not too long I guess. Cleaned up a little, threw some paint on and its done. It was an overload from my old 74 Spring pack.
     
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    I did the same thing only mine are 3/4" thick and are set up for a 1" offset. Total cost on them was about $1.25 for 2 bolts I had to buy. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif From start to finish it took about 30 minutes to make them.
     
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    30 minutes. What manner did you use to cut them. Even with the chop saw it took me a couple hours for 4 cuts. You say plasma and I'm going to be jealous.
     
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    Dont say Sawz All. I quickly dulled (no teeth at all) a blade, so Todd grabbed the Cut Off Wheel!!!
     
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    How about a chop saw set up to cut Stainless Steel. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif Cut through the 3/4x2 1/2" like a hot knife through butter. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif That saw goes through about 2 to 3 blades a week since it cuts alot of SS.
     

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