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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Hustler, May 14, 2001.

  1. Hustler

    Hustler 1/2 ton status

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    Hello everyone, I am new here and will be picking up my 1990 GMC Jimmy tomorrow. It is stock and only 89,000 miles on it. I am wanting to put a lift kit on it so I can run 33" or 35" tires. Can you guys/gals tell me what would be the best lift kit for me and would I need to do anything extra after the lift kit is on? Also, I live in St. Louis, does anyone know where to go to buy and have it put on? Thanks for your responses.
     
  2. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    Dont know much about St. Louis. I also have a 90 Jimmy and I have had good luck with Skyjacker 4" suspension lift, I had to get the longer brake lines, longer driveshaft, lower the transfer case and different steering arm. I installed everything myself. Welcome aboard!!!!! Let the addiction begin. Do you feel it running throught your veins yet??

    Will work for beer, parts and tools.
    90-350TBI-TCI700-241-33"-10/12 bolt w/4.10's,
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  3. 2Dogs

    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Welcome!
    Use the search button and do a search on - 4", lift, etc....
    Also check out the ORD forum http://www.offroaddesign.com/techtips/techtips.htm - read all four articles.
    ORD main site http://www.off-road.com
    Dave
     
  4. '73 K5

    '73 K5 1/2 ton status

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    Safety first man. Get the steering box brace from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.offroaddesign.com>http://www.offroaddesign.com</A>

    '73 K5
    Chevy good...Ford bad
     
  5. 2Dogs

    2Dogs 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Yepper!
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/steeringkit.htm>http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/steeringkit.htm</A>
    Can't overlook the obvious.
     
  6. CaptCrunch

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    You will find as many opinions on lifts as you will on what beer do ya drink... From my experience and lift kit searching here is what I have found in a nutshell on lift brands. Rough country is pretty stiff and the EZ rides from Tuff country are the flexy-est ones. Bds is the brand I chose after hearing great reviews of them. Superlift superrides ride great but tend to be a bit shorter then advertised (most soft springs are... see the spring rate chart on the tech page for the major brands) Skyjacker softrides are nice, but can be a bit bouncy and some think rough. Then you have the custom springs which get spendy... your best bet is to do some research online and search the archives here... when you narrow you choices to a couple different brands find some members running them. Shocks will be the same deal... a lot of different opinions. I was lucky and got to ride in a truck w/ almost every type of spring since a friend of a friend owns a shop here. My opinion is Skyjacker softrides for a stiffer truck ride and towing... BDS or Superlift supperrunners for a smoother ride and some flex. All depends what you want your truck to do. I'm happy to say that after much ado... I now have the 6" BDS lift w/ BDS shocks in my garage [​IMG].

    Oh yeah... 4 and 6" lifts are the most popular... 6" usually requires more mods such as longer driveshafts and can cause driveline angles probs for some. 4" is easier... just do a t-case drop w/ the factory spacers and you should be good to go.

    First off I'd get the ORD brace that has been mentioned cause the frame can crack there even with stock tires and street use. Next I would get a tranny cooler and the basic maintence done on any worn suspension or steering parts, a good tune up... fuel fitler... etc. That will give you some time to scope out lifts and maybe a member near by. Ok... my fingers are tired and I probably have 20 typos and misspellings LOL [​IMG]

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    1987 Chevy K5 Blazer- 350 TBI
     
  7. Grim-Reaper

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    Welcome To CK5.
    Hate my Rancho's Wish I had got the EZ's Call Stephen Watson at ORD. Prices are as good as your going to find. He's the ONLY place to get K5 offroad parts.
    Your list should include the following
    springs, frame shackle bushings, raised steering arm, Steering brace and Sway quick disconnects. The rear has some options. I'm VERY happy with the shackle flip but it does take some work to set up. The cheap way would be blocks but they add a lot of axle wrap and vib problems that the flip, done right, will not have.
    The brace if your tight on cash would be a wait a few months item but most of the folks here will tell you it's well worth the investment Even on the street it improves the street manners a LOT. It's a must if you do a lot of hard core wheeling.
    The disconnects you don't have to have but the sway in the stock config with lift WILL bump steer the truck. You can run without the sway and get rid of that but then the truck will be very prone to driffting in cross winds and not handle as well.

    Diging it in the dirt with my K5's
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  8. solowookie

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    I'm w/ capt... I'm going w/ a BDS also, actually order it tdoay. I'm going 4" w/ fender trim so I can fit 35" tires! [​IMG]

    I was going to go w/ BDS or tuff country ez's. I called BDS and one of the owners answered the phone, and I was EXTREMELY impressed with him and the warranty. nuff said.

    <font color=blue> Jeff </font color=blue>

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  9. Hustler

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    Thanks for all the replies. I will be doing a lot of reading before buying anythigng. I don't want to have to do it twice or do something again because it wasn't done correctly the first time. Again thanks.
     

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