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Oh crap...busted shcok mount...am I S.O.L??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by fortcollinsram, Dec 26, 2001.

  1. fortcollinsram

    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    Today while drive in typical Denver traffic, I busted my rear, driver side, UPPER shock mount...The previous owner had obviously tried to weld the mount the first time it broke but did a REALLY shoddy job and it busted again. Again the shock mounting bracket that is RIVETED to the left frame rail next to the fuel take busted right at the bend in the bracket... I went to BEAR frame and axle down in Littleton and they wanted $260 to fix it...No way in hell...So I went to the Chevy dealer thinking it would be easy enough to get a new rivet-on bracket...WRONG...it in not a service part!!! So where can I pick this bracket up? And when I replace it, can I replace the rivets with some decent bolts instead? If I cant buy a bracket, any tips on making one? I've never fabbed much of anything so I will need LOTS of pointers...Oh well, this is the first part I have officially broken on my relatively ne K5....RIGHT ON (I think [​IMG])

    Chris

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  2. dyeager535

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    IMO the reason they shear like that a lot of times is from the bolt or shock rubber bushing deteriorating, letting the shock "jackhammer" the bracket, upper shock stud, and the rivets on the frame. Obviously it was partially a design flaw, just one that takes a long time to find out. : )

    Use the "search" function, I'm pretty sure that piece IS available, and was discussed here. probably available aftermarket too. If I were making one, I would use thicker metal, maybe even reinforce the angle, and definitely, even with a stock piece, weld the shock stud to the bracket. (just don't use those crimped lock nuts or you'll ruinthe stud, now you can't replace it : ) I've had two of those bolt holes oblong on me, I guess I was just lucky it didn't bust the mount.


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  3. Chaz88K5

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    UPGRADE TIME!!!...build a crossmember over the top of the axle between the frame and weld on tabs on the axle for the bottom shock mount then mount the top of the shock to the center of the crossmember you put above the axle...i am sure someone has some pics of this done...i have it done on my K5 but never took any pics

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  4. RaisedK5

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    Check another dealer, b/c i'm pretty sure you can get one, i know somebody mentioned getting a new one somewhere. But what i did was go to the bone yard, i pulled one off a Sub, i think it was even a two wheel drive, the bracket was the same, had all the same holes, only the blazer uses the two on one end and two in the middle, and the sub uses the two on the other end. it wasn't too bad drilling them out in the junk yard but drilling out the ones in my blazer were a pain, i had to pull the gas tank and get a right angle adapter for the drill, but it can be done for a lot less than $260

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    Steve Frisbe has a <a target="_blank" href=http://www.mooffroadoutfitters.rockcrawler.com/whats_new.html>shock relocation kit</a> that is less than the $260 you were quoted, can give you more shock travel and is available as a bolt in kit.
    I think Jeremy (55Willy) is also in the process of making such a kit. if it is already busted, time to upgrade![​IMG]

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  6. fortcollinsram

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    Will I be able to use Steve Frisbe's kit on my current 10-bolt and then can I STILL use it on my Dana 60/ Corp. 14BFF rear end when I get it switched in? I think all I would have to do is replace the bolt-on axle shock mount...correct?the rest of the system would be good to go, huh?

    Chris

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  7. Chaz88K5

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    the top part you would use with any axle...the part that attaches to the axle...i am not sure...i know the axle tubes are diff sizes but ask steve frisbe.. i would assume you would need a diff bottom mount but dont quote me on that one.

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  8. zakk

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    yup what Chaz said[​IMG]

    So you save money, updgrade and fix your rig all at once. it does not get better than that my friend[​IMG]

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    My Chevrolet dealer stocks nothing, but he had the shock mount. I am sure the only reason he stocks anything is that he just stocks the stuff that, breaks all the time. Seriously, if you are not ready to relocate your shocks this is a $12 - $13 item that is a pain in the butt to repair, but not $260 bucks worth. I bolted mine on and then had it welded. Less than $50.

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    You could go either way. Relocate the shocks or replace the mount. I can help with either option too[​IMG] I have the stock bracket off the Blazer. As mentioned previously by zakk I'm making a crossmember for the shock set up.

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