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modified cross member, when and why?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by four_by_ken, Apr 26, 2002.

  1. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    When is the modified cross member needed? I know some guys have it, some dont. What are the issues that cause this interfearance? I would rather not use a bent draglink, but I dont want to mess with the cross member either.

    Ken H?
     
  2. Butch

    Butch 1/2 ton status

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    It's one or the other. Either you bend the draglink or you change the crossmember, just the nature of the beast. I made one from 2x2 tube steel that has work well for me.
     
  3. AZK5

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    I don't have either. I have about a 4" lift and a dropped pitman arm and I have a straight draglink that is about 4 degrees from parallel to the ground. I'm running a front Dana 60 which is taller at the knuckle then a 44. I had to cut about 1" off the lip of the factory crossmember to clear the draglink when the passenger side is under compression.
     
  4. BadDog

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    I built a nice strong cross member out of 2x2x.250 so I could run a straight drag link.
     

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