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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5-newbie, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. k5-newbie

    k5-newbie 1/2 ton status

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    Hey all, been a member for a few days and been reading posts to try to get familiar with the site and the people here and I must say, there is a wealth of knowledge and good community vibe here. I just bought an '82 K5 about a month ago and am loving it so far even though its not much to look at for now.

    I do have a question about the ak-57 suspension kit...has anyone used it and would you recommend the kit? I am thinking of getting into crawling in the near future and only want to build the truck once. ( I usually build a vehicle 3 or 4 times before i get what I want /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif).

    And again, i look forward to becoming an active part of the community here.
     
  2. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    From the people that I have heard that use it, it flexes really well. If you have the money, sure get it /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    opps, and welcome to Ck5 /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Fill out your profile so everyone knows where you live (so if they have parts you want) and the specs on your truck's drivetrain, even if it's stock /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    k5-newbie 1/2 ton status

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    Thanks 84gmcjimmy, I have updated my profile /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
  5. 84gmcjimmy

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    Good job, do you have any plans for the truck, besides the suspension?
     
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    There is a lot of members here that swear by it. It is a good kit from what I saw of it when I was in Moab. You will have to run some kind of an anti-wrap set up or you will be replacing the springs quite often though, so make sure that you factor this into the cost when looking at the pricing. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

    Oh and welcome to CK5 brother /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  7. k5-newbie

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    yeah, looking for a vortec 350, I have located a dana 60 front and a 14 bolt rear (matching set), just haven't bought them yet. I have some friends who got me into this, but they all drive toyotas, so not much help to me on my blazer or what they refer to it as my "fat truck". I always liked the K5 so I bought it. I was looking into a 4 inch lift with 35's and just cut the fenders to keep my center of gravity low. thats about it for now. I will post a link to some pics tonight.
     
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    Sounds good. What are you going to do about tire type? If you do go with the ak-57 make sure you get an anti-wrap bar so they don't bend under acceleration /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Just checked the price of their anti wrap bar and its more than the ak-57 kit. Wasn't expecting that, but may be something to plan for.

    Oh and im not sure which tire I want to run...like I said, i'm new to this whole 4X4 thing, I've been building and racing Mustangs since '94, so this is a huge difference in lingo and application. But I love a challenge.
     
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    Sounds like your on the right track with the 14bff and the d60 thats for sure. You'll find that the low lift, big tire, fender hacking set up is pretty hot around here.

    I personally run 2" of lift with 36's and love it. My center of gravity is very low and I feel very stable on sidehills and other offcamber situations. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    Yeah there anti-wrap is expensive, if you live near a 4x4 shop they could probably fab one for you /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    With tires for rocks (like you said you were aiming for) alot of people are using goodyear's MT/r's or interco's IROK's /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Did you try a search for posts about it. The best success I've had with searching is to use the quotes. Also make sure to set the time frame, the default is 1 week.

    So I would type "ak-57" with the quotes.

    Just a little tip on searching.
     
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    thanks for the help
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I was looking into a 4 inch lift with 35's and just cut the fenders to keep my center of gravity low. thats about it for now.

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    Go with 38's minimum otherwise that 14FF will hang up on every little pebble to try to run over. I'd personally go with 42's if youre gonna run D60/14FF. Your idea of keeping your center of gravity low is great, just trim, trim, trim the fenders to fit the tires. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif


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    Huntsville......you ain't no convict is ya!! /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
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    hehe...no not a convict but I live in the middle of about 7 units around town. It's really quite safe if you think about it...if a prisoner escapes, he doesn't want to hang around here /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
    http://158.135.21.82/web/modules.php?name=coppermine&file=thumbnails&album=7
    oh BTW, here is a link to some pics of the /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif now remember, I have had it for less than a month, so don't expect a lot.

    I went to college here and then just stayed after graduation, so thats my story
     

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