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opions on rear set up

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by NoSmog73, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. NoSmog73

    NoSmog73 1/2 ton status

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    I was looking for feedback on which rear suspension you all like. I was lookin at the springer suspension and the ord shackle flip I would like 8" to run 36-38 tires and a mix of rocks and mud trips...
     
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    to run 36's all you need is a 4 inch suspension with 3 inch body lift. for 38's all you will need is 6 inch springs. you could use 8 inch spring and no body lift and clear both 36's and 38's

    73 Blazer 1Ton 6inch lift, 3 inch body, 36 inch swampers
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    NoSmog73 1/2 ton status

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    ya I like the idea of the long travel and the fles of both over just going to all spring lift
     
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    I have a 6" rear spring, Tuff Country, that flexes pretty well for a tall spring, but im swaping them out in favor of a flip and a 2" spring, for two ....ok three reasons, 1) flex, the shorter spring will flex better, 2) ride, the shorter spring will ride better, and 3) cause the 6" springs are 6 years old, have lost some arch and are down on the overloads, so they don't ride as well as they used to.

    The springer rear is quite impressive, so that could be an option, but i like the simplicity of a leaf and a flip instead of all the other moving parts of the Springer.

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    With my setup I know I could run 36x12.5s with no problem.I think I could run 38s with a little more trimming.I think a 4" susp. 3" boby would be a good way to go.With a 4" susp. lift you wouldnt have as many steering and driveline issues you get with bigger lifts.

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    I also like the 4" all spring lift with a 3" body lift. Saves all the hassles of doing the flip and all the driveline and extra steering mods. I'm not a big flip fan, but then I don't rock crawl. The spring all around setup would be much better in the mud IMO and if you went with a flexier spring like BDS or TC EZ's you would still have good flex once you do the shock mods. Good luck.

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    For some reason I was thinking that the Springer was rated for up to a certain tire size? 38s may be too much for it. Am I way off on this?

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    Well, ....kinda, sorta, but not really!

    The "Springer" flip works at it's best for 4-6" lifts. 8" is stretching it - and because the springs are quite a bit softer than the stockers, I don't recommend adding blocks to my setup to get more lift. Hell, we do all this so that we get away from those dang blocks!....

    It's not really limited to tire size though, but the resulting axle twist angles will usually mean some interference with the top of the tire and the inner fenderwells. This is made worse by bigger meats... One customer I have runs 40" Swampers - but he cut his whole fenderwells out (!) to let the tires stuff.

    Oh.... and the combination of a body lift and my setup would not be a bad idea.

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    do a 4" shackle flip and trim the fenders man. Fit pretty much any size tire u want.

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    i think the 4" with the 3" body lift would be a good setup...in my honest opinion though, i dont like body lifts and prefer all suspension...you could go with a 6" kit and shackle up front with the 2" shackle flip in the rear and run 36s-38s

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    Thanks to all for the input not set in stone but I will know in about a week. Marv I might be giving you an order for a 6"setup, Hey frizzlfry are you running stock steering components up front and how much longer are your brake lines in the rear?????
     

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