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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JayK5, Aug 13, 2001.

  1. JayK5

    JayK5 Registered Member

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    I am a new K5 owner. Was looking for a 4x4 late model truck like a Blazer, Ramcharger, or Bronco. I've read this forum a couple of times and know that the Ramcharger and Bronco are probably not words even to be spoken here, but I did happen to find a fantastic Blazer that I love. It is an '89 with pretty much everything stock as far as I can tell. Now I've got to let you know that I don't know that much about fixing up cars and that's where I hope you can help. My truck rides very rough over any kind of bumps and was wondering what I should look for. I was told it was the shocks. What is a good quality shock that I could put on my ride? Also, I will be looking to raise my blazer a little, and make it more off/road friendly. Where should I start? I know this is pretty vague, but anything would help.

    Thanks, and look forward to sharing my K5 with you as well as hearing about yours.
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    well first off welcome to the world of blazer's[​IMG] second i would run rancho rs 9,000's they are adjustable so you can make them soft or firm however you like them second what size of tires do you plan on running and what type of wheeling do you want to do? tell us that and then we can tell you how much lift you should get

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  3. xnoahx

    xnoahx 1/2 ton status

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    well, i would start with a 4" ORD shackle flip in the rear with some soft ride 2" lift springs, some 6" softride srpings and the ORD front shakles, Greasable bushings all around and RS9000 shocks. Get some 36" super swamper TSL's and get the 4.56 gears to match then you will want to do some work to the engine like some vortec heads, an edelbrock intake, a bigger cam, upgraded ignition system, a high flow air filter, some headers, dual exhaust, and flowmaster two chamber mufflers. then you should be all set. Was there anything i forgot? Maybe a 14bff and a D60?

    Check out my 73 K5 <a target="_blank" href=http://members.theglobe.com/xnoahx/73k5.htm>http://members.theglobe.com/xnoahx/73k5.htm</a>
     
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    Triaged 1/2 ton status

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    In the ride department it would be best to do it all at once (that way you don't have to do things like replace shocks you just put in with longer ones for a lift). Go for a lift with a soft spring rate (like Tuff Country "EZ-Ride"), a good set of shocks (Bilstines, Rancho 9000's, Edlebrock, etc.), and ORD's shackle flip for the rear insted of blocks <a target="_blank" href=http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/shacklekit.htm>http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog/shacklekit.htm</a>.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
     
  5. JayK5

    JayK5 Registered Member

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    I'm not looking to do any Monster Trucking, just some off-roading at the deer lease or maybe a little trailing with my cuz. The '89 Blazer comes standard with 31" tires right??? I was thinking about some 33s. Nothing too too big. I still will use this truck as my main vehicle, and that means some highway miles. I appreciate your input.
     
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    xnoahx 1/2 ton status

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    Well you probably have a 700R4 trans with the overdrive so that will help you on highway milage. If you are just going to do some easy wheeling then just go with a 2" lift of some sort. i would still go with some softer springs to get the better ride and shocks other than the RS5000's

    Check out my 73 K5 <a target="_blank" href=http://members.theglobe.com/xnoahx/73k5.htm>http://members.theglobe.com/xnoahx/73k5.htm</a>
     
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    This is what I did to my 91 V1500 Sub, wanting the same things you have expressed. I replaced the front springs with SkyJacker soft ride springs (2" lift) and installed a helper spring and 2" blocks in the rear, and replaced the rubber front stabilizer bar bushings with poly. The shocks are Rancho 9000s.
    I would advise against blocks, as I have an annoying axle wrap under even moderate acceleration and will install a 2" rear shackle flip.
    Result, a much better ride.

    Tires - I like Michelin LTX M/Ts, they stay round and smooth. You will be limited to 33s, I believe, with 15" wheels. Great tires.

    JB
     
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    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    I agree with the others. if you are going to lift it, do it now. I had relatively new 32s on my Jimmy. Then I lifted it and the 32s just looked wimpy. Got new 35s. Now I have nearly new 32s sitting in my backyard!

    I would look at one of the easy, bolt-on all inclusive kits. I have a 4" Rough Country lift. It came with front/rear springs (no blocks or shackle flips), steering arm, brake line brackets, and shocks. All for under $500. I have been pleased with the ride. If you are going to lift it, I would recommend going for the 4" instead of a 2 or 3" lift. The 4" lifts usually cost the same as the smaller ones. And it gives you room to grow later if you choose. Remember, the first thing you can do to start building your rig is to lift it. Start by lifting it right.

    Brian
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  9. JayK5

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    Thanks for all your help. I think I've got some information in which to make my decisions. I'll let you know what I've decided when it comes to fixin her up.

    Thanks again!!!!
     
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    Just remember that it's a truck not a caddy......

    ~~'84 K5~~
    Check it out at:
    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.k5.rockcrawler.com>www.k5.rockcrawler.com</a>
     
  11. JayK5

    JayK5 Registered Member

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    Gotcha!
    However, when the teeth are falling out of the guy I work withs mouth as I'm driving down the road, I figure its time to consider the smoothness of the ride somewhat. Didn't really happen, but it does ride a little rough.
     

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