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OH MY GOD! What a PITA - lift, tires, ball joints, etc.....

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 1986Blazer, Jul 27, 2002.

  1. 1986Blazer

    1986Blazer 1/2 ton status

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    I tried to do my 4" lift along with installing my 14B FF with new tires + new ball joints, new drag links, new and a bunch more. I pretty much had to do it in one day but that was thrown out the window.

    The ball joints (still original equip) took 1.5 hours just to remove. I ended up having to use a actylene torch to heat it up so it would pop out.

    I then experienced the joy of installing new springs (ft and rear). I'll never do that again. What a huge PITA!

    Oh yea...my oil pan was leaking, so I also decided to replace the gasket - I have yet to install one that does not leak. I hope this one holds. Since I had the axle dropped, it was much easier.

    Now I need to raise the front axle and reconnect it. I also need to slide my 14B under the and hook it up and I also need to torque down the new ball joints.

    I hope I can get it all done! Update and pics to follow!!!!
     
  2. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    A buddy and I just did my 14b swap a month or so ago...Just for $hits and giggles we timed how long it took us. From when we got the tires off the 12b to when we were ready to bolt the tires on the 14b, it took us 2 hours 15 minutes with air tools. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif /forums/images/icons/cool.gif /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
  3. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    Ohhh boy did you underestimate that job! Hope you got air tools.
    I hate to break this to you..........If the inner axle seals are the originals......9 out ot 10 chance in the next 6 months they will start leaking. /forums/images/icons/crazy.gif They are old and hard and having the shafts dragged over them usualy proves to be the finnal straw.
     
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    UseYourBlinker 1 ton status

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    I then experienced the joy of installing new springs (ft and rear). I'll never do that again. What a huge PITA!

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    No air tools? What was the problem? /forums/images/icons/confused.gif
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    You guys with air tools sure are lucky. I'm just finishing up my body off work/frame swap and I have no air compressor, no power tools, nothing. Just sockets, breaker bars, rachets, and wrenches. I borrowed a sawzall and a grinder.
     
  6. 1986Blazer

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    I have air tools and that did cut off a few hours of muscle sore bolt cranking, but it did not cut down on how sore I am now.....the morning after and I still need to get the front and rear axle connected to the springs!

    wish me luck. My deadline is 4pm today!!!!

    Chris
     
  7. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Good Luck!

    Whenever someone on this list tells me how EASY and FAST something can be done, I just laugh and ignore them. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif

    My personal experience with every project so far is that they take me forever, and I usually add-in some other "might as well" stuff to the project which makes them take longer.

    My K5 isn't my daily driver either, so that takes some of the pressure off....
     
  8. outlaw612

    outlaw612 1/2 ton status

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    Im gonna be doing a lift, axle swap, replacing the bearings/seals/balljoints in the axles this weekend.
     
  9. bryguy00b

    bryguy00b 3/4 ton status

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    how much of a lift..and to a 1 ton or 3/4?

    Bryan
     
  10. outlaw612

    outlaw612 1/2 ton status

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    Im putting on a 4" lift and 3/4 ton axles.(D44/14FF) I cant afford the D60....yet. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     

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