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Newbie 88 Blaze question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by thekiffer, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. thekiffer

    thekiffer Registered Member

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    Ok, I am confused. I have a 1988 Blazer. Can I do the 52/56" rear leaf to front swap? How much lift does that swap give you with stock shackles or do you have to replace the shackles? Do you have to change your steering from stock right away with this swap? Sorry, I know just a newbie to Blazers.
     
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    Yes, you can do the 52" swap. Depending on the springs, you'll get approximately 4" of lift, and super-duper flex. You'll definitely need longer shackles, and you'll need to either relocate the front spring hangers in front of the core support bodymount brackets, or relocate the rear shackle hangers to the rear some. You'll definitely need to do a crossover steering swap. You'll also need extended front brake lines and a longer-travel front driveshaft.

    I gave a quick summary - here's a thread that spells out or links to all the gory details.
    52" spring swap thread
     
  3. thekiffer

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    Thanks, a ton I read the article I just keep seeing products with 81-87 and don't really know what is different about the 88 from the 88. Bye the bye Semper Fi, Devil
     
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    Masiony 1/2 ton status

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    in blazers and burbs, those years go up to 91'. the pickups (non 3+3's) only go to 87' for the straight axle front.
     
  5. thekiffer

    thekiffer Registered Member

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    ah, gotch ya. So as far as the frame goes on a Blazer not much difference from the 87 to the 88?
     
  6. Chevy305

    Chevy305 6 Lug 14bsf Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I'm a little confused :doah:. I put 52in springs on the front and rear of my K10, and I didn't have to modify anything. My frame is totally stock so what is the deal?
     
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    are you sure they were 52's? how is your shackle angle if they were? and how long are your shackles? and your k10 had 52's to begin with in the rear.


    and with the blazers, 87 and 88 are the "same". there could be slight differences that dont mean anything. but they are the same "generation" so they are basically identical.
     
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    Everything lines up perfectly, the shackle angle hasn't changed. I did order Tuff Country 52in springs. They have 3 leaves verses the 5 leaves of my old front springs.
     
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    You didnt move the front mount or anything??????
     
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    No, I just installed the springs and everything fits. :dunno: :screwy:
     
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    pics???
     
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    Chevy305 6 Lug 14bsf Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Sure, I'll take them tomorrow
     
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    they may be 52" long with the arch included. but surely they are not replacements for 52" springs. if you didnt move your front mount, then your axle would be 2" farther back because of the center pin. i would know, i just put my 52"s in today infact.
     

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