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Need more flex.....any ideas?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kmodi, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. kmodi

    kmodi Registered Member

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    I have a CUCV k30 with 10" superlift springs in the front, 6" springs in the rear with the ORD shackle flip running and 46" michelins. What can I do to get more flex?

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    redneckdude 1/2 ton status

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    softer springs such as alcans, better shackle angle with longer shackles...besides that, not much else you can do with springs that tall...
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I'm afraid there's not much you can do up front with 10" springs. Maybe 8" BDS, 1" zero-rate and 1" body lift could give you the same height with a much better ride. The flip in the back is a good place to start, but I would run 4" springs (bds, tuff country), zero rate and again the body lift with that shackle flip. I've always loved that truck you've got. If you could get it to flex well with those tires it would be badass!
     
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    shackles and softer springs are the options I see. not that I can even see your shackle angle.
     
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    put 6" lift 52's up front, 6" shackle flip + 4" lift 56's in the rear
     
  6. kmodi

    kmodi Registered Member

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    who makes a 6"flip? i definately think i need to lower it and just cut the hell out of the fenders, who makes the best springs? if i put 6's or 4's instead of the 10's would it change the pioion angle enough that i would have to get driveshafts again? also what is a good template for cutting the fenders?
     
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    That rig is BURRRRRLY:eek1:.

    4 link:rolleyes: sorry couldn't help it.
     
  8. kmodi

    kmodi Registered Member

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    i know i know! 4 link is the way to go but i am not ready to put it in the garage for a few months yet:D anybody have experience with national spring?
     
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    I have some friends that run national springs and they said the quality has gone down. I was told it was because they started using cheaper metal but tried to compinsate by adding a extra leaf. Personally I would recommend Deaver Springs, I have them on my blazer and love them.
     
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    alcans and deavers are both really good, you cant go wrong with a custom spring, but these are the only 2 brands that i have ever heard of that no one has complaints with:D
     
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    bump
     
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    Got any other pics?:D
     
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    From what I have heard Deaver, Alcan, Atlas and National are all reputable spring makers but they are pricey. From what I know by personal experience, BDS and Tuff Country springs are excellent, affordable choices. They flex like mad, ride great, are durable and have great warranty. If you have a BDS dealer near you, I would just get my springs from them. They have the best warranty in the business. You break it, they replace it. I can't remember the last time I lifted a front tire with my 6" front springs.
     
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    here are a few more pics

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    right now it has ORD highsteer, ORD flips, 4.56's detroit in the rear.
    I am putting chromo 35 spline and a detroit in the front next week. I am ordering ctm's all the way around. Looking for some beadlocks. ORD bumper is in the mail.
     
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    Do a search for trimming I have seen alot of good looking trim jobs on CK5.:hack: :xmas:
     
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    yeah. looks to me like you need to lower the amount of lift you have and trim those fenders a bunch. Going to something like 6" springs up front and 2-3" springs in the rear (plus 'da flip) would prolly help a lot. I'd recommend BDS. Switching to 56s or 63s in the rear... and 52s or 56s in front would help a lot too...

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    I would think that to keep it on the cheap and make some improvements for the time being, You could probably just pull a couple leafs all the way around, check you shackle angles and move the shackle mounts to adjust accordingly. Then Just trim to fit. Probably make a big difference and not break the bank when you may not need too. You wont be able to take full advantage of the flex of 52's up front with those tires unless you virtually remove your fenders.
     
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    Too bad I didn't have a 102" projection monitor so I could see those pics.
     
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    a fender hacking is definately in the works for this weekend, any opinions on weather to follow the factor fender shape or to go with something more circular. Also what angle is most preferred for schackles?
     

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